The Sigur Center for Asian Studies

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The Sigur Center of The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University is the largest academic institute devoted to Asian Studies in Washington, DC.

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Photos from The Sigur Center for Asian Studies's post 05/24/2024

Thank you to everyone who attended our panel event, "Taiwan Relations Act @45 Years and Counting"! A special thanks to Taiwan's Representative to the United States, Amb. Alexander Tah-Ray Yui, for his opening remarks. You can watch a recording of the event on our YouTube channel.

Photos from The Sigur Center for Asian Studies's post 05/22/2024

Congratulations to our Inaugural David Gitter Fellow, Ashli Boxley! The David Gitter Fellowship for Advanced Chinese Language Study provides funding for students to spend a full academic year studying Chinese in China or Taiwan. Ashli will spend a year in Taiwan studying Chinese.

Photos from The Sigur Center for Asian Studies's post 05/20/2024

Congratulations to our William Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Asian Studies! Student who receive this award have obtained excellence in Asian Studies both inside and outside of the classroom. The Undergraduate Award went to Rachel Hsu while the Graduate Award went to Jennifer Ahn and David Zhong (not pictured). Congratulations to all of our Asian Studies graduates!

04/29/2024

๐ŸŒ Exciting News Announcement! ๐ŸŒ We're thrilled to share that our latest publication, "The U.S.โ€“Japanโ€“South Korea Trilateral Partnership: Pursuing Regional Stability and Avoiding Military Escalation," is now live on the Quincy Institute website!

Authored by Mike Mochizuki and James Park, this thought-provoking piece delves into the emerging trilateral partnership in northeast Asia. With a focus on addressing challenges posed by North Korea and China, the partnership advocates for a balanced approach that prioritizes stability while avoiding military escalation.

Read the full report here: https://quincyinst.org/research/the-u-s-japan-south-korea-trilateral-partnership-pursuing-regional-stability-and-avoiding-military-escalation/ -introduction

04/24/2024

๐ŸŽ‰ Join us for a special event commemorating 45 years of the Taiwan Relations Act! ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ“… Date: May 7th, 2024
๐Ÿ•› Time: Lunch 12:00 - 12:30 PM, Discussion 12:30 - 2:00 PM
๐Ÿ“ Location: Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Speakers:

Deepa Ollapally
Ryan Hass
Raymond Kuo
Ambassador Alexander Tah-Ray Yui
Janet Steele
Vincent Wang
๐Ÿ“ธ Explore a captivating photo exhibit on the 2nd floor!

Join us for an engaging discussion and celebration!

04/24/2024

Delve into the complexities of Asia-Pacific geopolitics with Mike Mochizuki's insightful op-ed in The New York Times Opinion section. Mochizuki offers a thought-provoking analysis of the shifting dynamics in U.S.-China relations, highlighting the importance of both security alliances and diplomatic engagement in navigating the region's challenges. Don't miss out on this essential read: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/24/opinion/china-asia-us-relations.html

04/22/2024

๐Ÿ“š Exciting News! Join us for the 2024 GW Taiwan Studies Research Fellows Presentation!

๐ŸŽค Moderator: Liana Chen, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Co-Director of TERP

๐Ÿ“… Date: May 2nd (Thursday)
๐Ÿ•’ Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Chung-wen Shih Asian Studies Conference Room Suite 503, 1957 E Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Featuring presentations by:

๐ŸŒŸ Tappy Lung, Elliot School of International Affairs - "Taiwanโ€™s Public Diplomacy Through Academic Exchange Programs"
๐ŸŒŸ Hong-lun Tiunn, Milken Institute School of Public Health - "Addressing Nurse Brain Drain: An Investigation of Taiwanese Nursesโ€™ Migration to the United States"
๐ŸŒŸ Simran Dali, Elliot School of International Affairs - "The Dual Effects of Language Barriers on Economic and Social Integration of Foreign Brides in Taiwan"
๐ŸŒŸ Alex Wan, Elliot School of International Affairs - "Linguistic Legacies in Taiwanโ€™s Age of Reconciliation"
๐ŸŒŸ Aidan Boyle, Elliot School of International Affairs - "Linguistic Legacies in Taiwanโ€™s Age of Reconciliation"

Don't miss this opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research on Taiwan-related issues! See you there! ๐ŸŒโœจ

04/18/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting News! Join us for a thought-provoking session at the Chung-wen Shih Asian Studies Conference Room! ๐ŸŒ Dr. Lรช Nam Trung Hiแบฟu, Author & Lecturer at Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam, will delve into Evacuation Campaigns in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War & the Case of Children in Vinh Linh Special Zone. ๐Ÿ“š Save the date!
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Date: April 24, 2024
๐Ÿ•› Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Expand your understanding of Vietnam's history and its impact on society. Don't miss out!

04/17/2024

๐Ÿ“š Exciting News Alert! ๐ŸŽ‰

Join us at Lindner Family Commons on April 23 from 4 - 5:30 PM for a captivating conversation with Geling Yan, the renowned Chinese-American author of 6 gripping novels and acclaimed screenwriter!

Don't miss this unique opportunity to gain insights into Yan's extraordinary storytelling journey. Save the date and be part of an enriching experience!

04/17/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting Event Alert! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Join us for an exclusive in-person event at Carnegie as we delve into the heart of India's upcoming historic elections! ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ

๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
๐Ÿ• Time: 1:00 - 2:15 pm EDT

India is on the brink of its largest national election ever, poised to possibly re-elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a third term. ๐ŸŒโœจ

Get ready to explore the fascinating journey of India's last decade and speculate about its next five years with our esteemed speakers:

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Ashley J. Tellis, Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Alyssa Ayres, Dean of Elliott School of International Affairs
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Ashok Malik, Partner at The Asia Group

Our moderator, Ashley J. Tellis, will lead a riveting conversation on India's political trajectory. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธโœจ

Don't miss out on this insightful discussion! Register now for your spot at this exclusive event. Limited seats available. Click the link below to secure your place! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ

https://events.ceip.org/indiainmodisthirdterm?utm_source=invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invite&mkt_tok=ODEzLVhZVS00MjIAAAGSh3e-wPivsDsxuTGYjhc0GmGacU8C3I7R85P46KSCpRc76PwzHvWxsgc-y16RFwZp3df4YctT49WjkitXKlr_RX1tdCUr6vaaOBuPj11_ihDs

04/12/2024

Join us in congratulating our Communications Assistant Francis M. Garcรญa Fernรกndez who was named to the inaugural cohort of Harvard Kennedy Schoolโ€™s prestigious Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program preparing students for graduate school ๐Ÿ‘

04/11/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting Event Announcement! ๐ŸŒŸ Join us for an enlightening talk on "The Gender Politics of Superstition in the Chinese Revolution" by Xiaofei Kang, hosted by the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA.

๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
๐Ÿ•’ Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
๐Ÿ“ Location: Bunche Hall 10383

Discover the fascinating intersection of gender, politics, and revolution in Chinese history, as we delve into the CCPโ€™s campaign against superstition during wartime Yanโ€™an.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Speaker: Xiaofei Kang, Professor of Religion and Chinese History at George Washington University
๐Ÿ“š Author of "Enchanted Revolution: Ghosts, Shamans, and Gender Politics in Chinese Communist Propaganda"

Don't miss this thought-provoking discussion! Save the date and join us for an afternoon of insight and exploration.

04/09/2024

๐ŸŒ USโ€“Japanโ€“Philippines Summit: Strengthening Deterrence or Exacerbating Conflict? ๐ŸŒ

Don't miss our upcoming panel discussion on the implications of the first-ever US-Japan-Philippines trilateral summit for regional security in the Asia-Pacific. Join experts Mike Mochizuki and Sarang Shidore, moderated by Jake Werner, as they analyze the potential impact of this partnership.

๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, April 10th
๐Ÿ•™ Time: 10:00 โ€“ 11:00 AM EST

Register now to secure your spot: https://quincyinst.org/events/us-japan-philippines-summit-strengthening-deterrence-or-exacerbating-conflict/

04/08/2024

Join us TOMORROW for our Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture featuring Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan!

04/04/2024

๐ŸŒโœจ Exciting Announcement! ๐ŸŒŸ Join us for the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) annual conference on April 18-19! Explore the theme of international authoritarianism with insights from Dean Alyssa Ayres and Professors Deepa Ollapally and Robert Sutter! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ผ Secure your spot now: https://www.acfr.org/annual-conference/2024-annual-conference/2024-registration/

04/03/2024

Today and tomorrow are ! Be sure to make a donation to the Sigur Center to help support Asian Studies programming and students at GW! https://ow.ly/ymP850R7YNV

04/03/2024

๐Ÿ” Exciting Opportunity! ๐ŸŒŸ Professor Deepa is hiring a Non-FWS Research Assistant! ๐Ÿ’ผ If you're eager to gain hands-on research experience, this could be the perfect role for you! Apply now! ๐Ÿ“

04/02/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting Event Alert! Join us for the 2024 Gaston Sigur Memorial Lecture on "The Future of American Policy towards Southeast Asia" with Bilahari Kausikan. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ April 9th, 2024, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM at City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington DC. Don't miss this insightful discussion!

03/26/2024

๐ŸŒ Join us for an engaging discussion on "The Ripple Effect: Chinaโ€™s Complex Presence in Southeast Asia" featuring Dr. Enze Han, Professor of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong & GWU Doctoral Alumnus. ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Date: March 27, 2024
๐Ÿ•“ Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC

Discover the intricate dynamics of China's influence in Southeast Asia and delve into insightful perspectives on international relations. Don't miss out on this enriching event!

03/26/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Big news! Prof. Robert Sutter rocked the stage in Taipei, delving into US-China-Taiwan relations post-pandemic. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Honored by NCCU, his speech will be featured in Issues & Studies journal! ๐Ÿ“–

03/20/2024

๐Ÿ“ฃ Attention George Washington University graduate students! ๐ŸŽ“ The Sigur Center is offering the Uyghur Studies Summer Fellowship, providing funding for research on the Uyghur region and diaspora. This opportunity covers travel, living expenses, research materials, or tuition. Apply by April 12th, 2024, through the Sigur Center's website. Don't miss this chance to explore and contribute to understanding Uyghur culture and history!

03/19/2024

๐ŸŒ Join us on March 26th for a vital discussion on 'Myanmar in Crisis: Human Rights, Regional Impacts, and Future Prospects' featuring Wai Wai Nu, a leading advocate for human rights in Myanmar and its Rohingya population. As a former political prisoner and Founder & Executive Director of Women Peace Network, her insights are invaluable. Don't miss out on this important conversation at the Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs. See you there! "

03/18/2024

๐ŸŒ Exciting news! Mark your calendars for our Taiwan Roundtable on March 21st! We'll be diving into the transition path to May 2024 and what it means for us. Don't miss out, join us at the State Room, Elliott School of International Affairs. See you there!

03/08/2024

Discover the elegance and power of Mandarin Chinese with our latest course offering! Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, our program is tailored to suit your learning needs. Join our community today and embark on a journey filled with language and culture. ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒ

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๐ŸŒŸ Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! The deadline to apply for the Gitter Fellowship for Advanced Chinese Language Study is approaching fast: March 11, 2024! ๐ŸŒŸ

We're excited to announce this endowed Fellowship, supporting GW graduate students in their pursuit of intensive, immersive Chinese language instruction in China or Taiwan. Made possible by alumnus David Gitter, MA in Asian Studies โ€˜15, the fellowship offers a stipend of $25,000 starting Fall 2024 to cover tuition and living expenses.

Eligible candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents, enrolled or intending to enroll in China-focused programs at GW. If you have an intermediate level of proficiency in Chinese and can commit to a full academic year of immersive study, this could be your chance!

Check out the eligibility criteria and required documents below. Apply before March 11th, and take your studies to new heights!

For more information, visit https://gradfellowships.gwu.edu/gitter-fellowship-advanced-chinese-language-study.

02/27/2024

We are pleased to announce a new endowed Fellowship for Advanced Chinese Language Study for GW graduate students, made possible by a generous gift from alumnus David Gitter, MA in Asian Studies โ€˜15. The Gitter Fellowship supports an academic year (9 months) of intensive, immersive Chinese language instruction in China, or in Taiwan (under certain conditions). The fellowship stipend is $25,000 starting in Fall 2024 and is meant to support reasonable tuition and living expenses while the graduate student is studying in the Peopleโ€™s Republic of China (PRC) or in Taiwan.

The David A. Gitter Endowment for Contemporary China Studies seeks to strengthen the understanding and engagement capacity of American scholars and public service-oriented practitioners by supporting a higher degree of language proficiency and developing a cultural understanding of the PRC or Taiwan. This is in addition to developing an in-depth understanding of the different dimensions of contemporary China, Taiwan, and the broader region through coursework at the George Washington University. MA students would complete one or two years of their coursework at GW and go on Continuous Enrollment status while they live in China or Taiwan to complete the fellowship.

A selection committee comprised of faculty members affiliated with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies will select one (1) fellowship recipient each year. We will notify applicants by about late March 2024.

Apply on the Sigur website or search โ€œGitter Fellowship GWUโ€ on Google.

02/22/2024

Dr. Robert Sutter was surveyed last month by ChinaPower, the China-focused ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on a major report โ€œsurveying experts on Chinaโ€™s approach to Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ in 2024 and beyond.โ€ Dr. Sutter served as one 57 U.S. contributors to the report alongside 48 Taiwanese contributors.

Dr. Sutter is a Professor ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ of Practice of International Affairs at GW as well as Special Advisor on Strategic Outreach to the Dean of the Elliott School. Prof. Sutter previously served as the Director of the Elliottโ€™s School undergraduate programs.

The Sigur Center congratulates Dr. Sutter on this major contribution to the field, and we look forward to reading the report in depth. ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ

02/20/2024

Dr. David Shambaugh recently published a must-read article in the Journal of Contemporary China: โ€œThe Evolution of Contemporary China Studies: Coming Full Circle?โ€

Dr. Shambaugh is the Gason Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs at GW. He also serves as the Director of the China Policy Program.

The Sigur Center congratulates Prof. Shambaugh on another piece of important research.

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