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AAS Conference in Honolulu on March 31–April 3, 2011
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is the scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association consisting of approximately 7,000 members worldwide. | The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies).
Each spring, the AAS holds a four-day conference devoted to planned programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on Asian affairs.
On March 31–April 3, 2011 the Association for Asian Studies is holding a special joint conference with the International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu at the Hawaii Convention Center, in order to celebrate its 70th anniversary (Source http://www.asian-studies.org/).
Among the presenters are also scholars from the IN-EAST:
1. Prof. Flemming Christiansen
2. Dr. Chun-Yi Lee
China’s New Challenge: Balancing the Interests of Labour and Overseas Investors
Her paper aims to analyze how does the Chinese government balance the seesaw game between the labour disputes and pressure from foreign or non-domestic investors, using the case of Foxconn. The discussion included to review the effect of new labour contract law, which implemented on January 1, 2008. It has been argued that this new labour contract law to be more beneficial on labours’ rights. The question of this paper therefore is: why didn't the new labour contract law prevent those tragedies in Foxconn? Following this question, this paper further aims to explore the central-local relationship and the hegemony of Chinese state in society from theoretical perspective.
3. Melanie Wacker
Japan Bans Cluster Munitions – The Role of Civil Society
Japan is one of the signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international treaty which entered into force in August 2010 and bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions. Assuming a constructivist perspective I argue that it was largely in response to the sedulous efforts by Japanese civil society actors working towards the realization of the idea of human security in Japan’s foreign policy that Japan joined the treaty. The focus is on the strategies these norm entrepreneurs employ to shift the referent of security from the nation state to the human individual.