The Institute of East Asian Studies presents lectures by distinguished speakers throughout each year. For a complete list of upcoming and past events, go to the IEAS Events page.
Webcasts for selected lectures are available here. We will add to this online resource as more lectures are recorded.
Imagined Borders, Deadly Threats: Where the South and East China Sea Crisis is Heading
October 18, 2013
The South and East China seas continue to be a site of at best negotiation and at worst belligerence. Since 2010 territorial disputes over such areas as the the Senkaku/Diaoyu island group have intensified, raising anxieties over destabilized international relations across the region in both Asia and the US. A panel of experts revisit the crisis in the region, followed by discussions with UC Berkeley faculty analyzing the evolving situation and the role of the US in the wake of its "pivot to Asia."
Theatrical Engagements: Stan Lai in Conversation with Wen‑hsin Yeh
Stan Lai, Playwright
January 29, 2013
Influential playwright Stan Lai has stretched the boundaries of the theatrical experience in his native Taiwan, in China, and around the world. He has negotiated the fraught landscape between China and Taiwan through drama, and in recent years through active efforts to reshape the theatrical culture of China. In a wide-ranging conversation with Professor of Modern Chinese History Wen‑hsin Yeh, Lai explores his work, his ideas, and his unique vision.
Exceptional and Chinese: Beyond China and the West
Wang Gungwu, Professor and Chairman of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
April 10, 2013
Sixty years ago, Francis L.K. Hsu in his Americans and Chinese: two ways of life (1953), described the people of both countries as culturally and psychologically exceptional. Today all the talk is about two powerful countries, exceptional now in a different world. Like the book, this lecture will focus on people. Were Chinese who left China exceptional, or exceptional only after they left? Did it matter if they moved not to the West but within the region? When they remained or became Chinese, was that what distinguished them outside China? For several centuries, more than 90 per cent of them lived, worked and settled in various parts of the Nanyang or Southeast Asia. What was exceptional and Chinese about them, and what happens when China now seeks to be exceptional anew?
Mobile Horizons: Interactions Across the Taiwan Strait
Su Chi, Presidential Advisor
Tien Hung-mao, National Institute for Policy Research
Yan Xuetong, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Georgetown University
March 4-5, 2011
With the recent overtures between China and Taiwan, we see the fruition of developments long in the making, as business, familial, religious, and cultural ties have developed between the two despite official posturing. The culmination of a three-year research project, this conference explores these networks, their development, and assesses the future for Taiwan and China.
Below the Storm: 60 Years of Cross-Strait Connections
Conference organizers: Yu-Shan Wu, Research Fellow and Director, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica
Wen-hsin Yeh, Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Professor of History and Director of the Institute of East Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley
February 5-6, 2010
Cross-Straits relationships between the Mainland and Taiwan are among the most critical issues in today's East Asia. Despite much journalistic coverage and editorial commentary, in-depth scholarly examinations of the many facets of related issues are yet to be undertaken in North American academia. While recent decades have seen many periods of tense political relations between Taiwan and China, extensive contacts between the two exist at many other levels. Below the stormy diplomatic conflicts, a broad and complex network of connections has developed. This conference looks not only at political relations, but many other spheres, in an effort to open up new vistas in public understanding of contemporary China, Taiwan, and East Asia.