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APR
15
Date:
Thursday, 15 Apr 2021
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Zoom registration link: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsdOGqqzwjHNaMqyg2NSkO7EkfMQeP6RDG
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Zodpey presently works as Vice President – Academics, Public HealthFoundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi and also holds leadership position as Director at Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. His background as a physician, epidemiologist, scientist and thought leader on public health uniquely position him to drive the global public health agenda. Prof. Zodpey has been involved in several major national and international research initiatives, which have contributed significantly to the field of public health

He has vast experience of research collaboration with national and international agencies, academic and research institutions and organizations, development partners and governments. His collaborative, context specific and solutions-oriented approach to public health is respected worldwide. His initial research work mainly focused on occupational health, infectious diseases and vaccines. He has been investigator for more than 125 research, program development, technical assistance and capacity development projects.

Moderator: Aniruddh P. Behere
is an Assistant Professor and has joint appointments in the College of Human Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He currently practices at Helen DeVos Children's hospital and specializes in working with medically complex children and is the medical director of Peds Consult Liaison and Global Health (Psy).

Date:
Thursday, 15 Apr 2021
Time:
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Webinar registration link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-J4ZRbtFQBqdAIWnRUbOOA
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Marc Steinberg | CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

What is the appeal of platforms? How do they
hook us into their use? Why, for instance, is the
chat app turned super app LINE so popular in
Japan, WeChat so widely used in China and in the
diaspora, or iMessage so widely used by iPhone
users? Connection, intimacy, widespread use and
value (what economists call "network effects"), the
access to news and other services – these are all
some of the reasons why platforms are widely
taken up and used. Yet one crucial term missing
from this list of explanations is: convenience.
This talk will analyze the crucial place of
convenience in the platform era. Building on earlier
work on one of the prototypical systems that was an inspiration for iPhones and
Android alike, Japan's i-mode, this talk will examine how convenience was a key
attribute of this early i-mode system. In doing so, it will explore one of i-mode's unlikely
inspirations: Japan's convenience stores.

Marc Steinberg is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University,
Montreal, and director of The Platform Lab. He is the author Anime's Media Mix:
Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (University of Minnesota Press, 2012,
translated into Japanese and Italian), The Platform Economy: How Japan Transformed
the Commercial Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and Media and
Management (University of Minnesota Press, 2021).

Date:
Thursday, 15 Apr 2021
Time:
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Webinar registration link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-J4ZRbtFQBqdAIWnRUbOOA
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Marc Steinberg | CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

What is the appeal of platforms? How do they
hook us into their use? Why, for instance, is the
chat app turned super app LINE so popular in
Japan, WeChat so widely used in China and in the
diaspora, or iMessage so widely used by iPhone
users? Connection, intimacy, widespread use and
value (what economists call "network effects"), the
access to news and other services – these are all
some of the reasons why platforms are widely
taken up and used. Yet one crucial term missing
from this list of explanations is: convenience.
This talk will analyze the crucial place of
convenience in the platform era. Building on earlier
work on one of the prototypical systems that was an inspiration for iPhones and
Android alike, Japan's i-mode, this talk will examine how convenience was a key
attribute of this early i-mode system. In doing so, it will explore one of i-mode's unlikely
inspirations: Japan's convenience stores.

Marc Steinberg is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University,
Montreal, and director of The Platform Lab. He is the author Anime's Media Mix:
Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (University of Minnesota Press, 2012,
translated into Japanese and Italian), The Platform Economy: How Japan Transformed
the Commercial Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and Media and
Management (University of Minnesota Press, 2021).

APR
16
Date:
Friday, 16 Apr 2021
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Registration link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NOuq9p7yQkigUGaSwEPAIw 
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Renren Yang, assistant professor, The University of British Columbia
What makes Chinese animation special? What are the major stakes of forging a Chinese style of animation? This talk traces the concept of the "Chinese school of animation" to a series of groundbreaking fine art (meishu) animated films produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio during the socialist era (1950s-1960s), with a focus on the ink-and-wash genre. By comparing Feeling from Mountain and Water (shanshui qing, 1988) and Fog Hill of Five Elements (wushan wuxing, 2020), this talk aims to not only demonstrate how traditional landscape painting informs our reading of ink-and-wash animated films, but also historicize the stylistic and technical innovations of the ink-and-wash animation from the socialist to the post-socialist period.
Bio: Dr. Renren Yang is assistant professor of modern Chinese popular culture in the department of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia. He works on twentieth-and-twenty-first century Chinese literature, film, and Internet culture. He has published articles on Chinese time-travel imagination, surveillance cinema, and web novels. This lecture is a part of the Global Virtual Speaker Program series hosted by the MSU Asian Studies Center, and funded through area studies endowments.

This lecture is a part of the Global Virtual Speakers Program sponsored by the MSU Asian Studies Center and funded through its area studies endowments.

APR
28
Date:
Wednesday, 28 Apr 2021
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
Online - Registration link forthcoming
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Spring 2021 Webinar Series

In recent decades, people living in the Lower Mekong Region have witnessed major shifts from predominantly subsistence agriculture to industrializing economies, with attendant changes in migration, crop production systems, and major infrastructure (roads, dams, industrial estates). This series of four webinars will explore how communities in the region are experiencing the economic, social, and cultural dislocations of these transformations.

To view the flyer please visit The Mekong, China, & Southeast Asian Transitions series: Markets for Mekong Goods Spring 2021 Webnar series flyer.

International concurrent times: HST (2-3:30pm) | EST (7-8:30pm) | Vientiane/BKK/PhnomPenh/Hanoi=Apr. 29 (7-8:30am)

Register to attend.

Full webinar series schedule:

Panel 1 : Jan 27 - Markets for Mekong Commodities

Panel 2 : Feb 24 - Migration, Mobility, and the Mekong

Panel 3 : Apr 7 - The Spirits and Spiritual Life of the Mekong

Panel 4: Apr 28 - Mekong Dams: Debates and the Politics of Evidence

This series is made possible through funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and is co-organized by Michigan State University-James Madison College and Asian Studies Center, the East-West Center, University of Hawai'i-Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa-Center for Chinese Studies, and Chiang Mai University-Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development.

APR
29
Date:
Thursday, 29 Apr 2021
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Zoom registration link: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdeGhrTIsGdBMQeHkxebrNbKbTFfSKhPd
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Speaker: Prakash B. Behere is a Director Professor and currently practices at the Psychiatry Department in Acharya Vinobha Bhave Rural Hospital which is affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences in Wardha, Maharashtra. He specializes in adult, child and addictionpsychiatry. During his 42 years of experience, he has held various posts including being the prestigious Vice Chancellor of D. Y. Patil Education Society (Deemed University) in Kolhapur Maharashtra.

Behere has a keen interest in education and clinical research and has presented at national and international meetings, published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals and has written chapters in books pertaining to mental health. He is the National Advisor in the Journal of Psychosexual Health and a member of the Editorial Advisory board of numerous journals. He is also part of several national and international committees including being the Executive Council member of Remote and Rural Mental Health of World Psychiatric Association (WPA). He has a passion in Global Health and is the elected Chairman of the Task Force on Combat Schizophrenia of Indian Psychiatry Society and a Member of Task Force onMillion Suicide Study for Prevention Suicide in India. He is also the Chief Coordinator for SE Asia in Global Mental Health Assessment Tool (GMHAT).

Moderator: Aniruddh P. Behere is an Assistant Professor and has joint appointments in the College of Human Medicine's Departmentof Pediatrics and Human Development and Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He currently practices at Helen DeVosChildren's hospital and specializes in working with medically complex children and is the medical director of Peds Consult Liaison and Global Health (Psy).