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Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 18:24:20 -0600
From: Mark Anderson <ander025@umn.edu>

The Organization for Asian Research would like to announce a roundtable discussion Thursday, April 6th, 2006 in conjunction with the AAS meeting in San Francisco:

Area Studies  and Bush Wars:

Neo-Conservatism and the China-Japan Nexus

Thursday, April 6th, 3:30-6pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 6, Marriot San Francisco, 55 Fourth Street, CA 94103

A roundtable with:

Juan Cole, Mark Selden, Bruce Cummings, Brett de Bary, Mark Driscoll, James Hevia, Naoki Sakai, and Mark Anderson

Please attend and participate in the discussion!
The topics we hope to address include: 1) available information concerning neo-conservative designs on China and the requisite China-Japan, Korea-Japan antagonism this strategy brings with it (as well as the current standing and influence of the neo-conservative faction within the administration), 2) patterns in major US broadcast and print media coverage of E. Asian policy issues that might help predict what will and won't get through should Bush administration policy in E. Asia reach a crisis point, 3) what lessons might be learned from the Bush administration debacle in Iraq for the purpose of heading off similarly misguided policies in E. Asia, and 4) the potential for weblogs and new media to amplify the voices of E. Asian Studies specialists in helping set the terms for debate over US policy in E. Asia.

Mark Anderson will launch an Area Studies and Bush Wars website and weblog at some point in the next few weeks (though the name may change somewhat). He will use it to post information related to this event, but he also hopes that in the near future it may develop into a collaborative site for posting commentary by E. Asian Studies specialists on the direction of current administration policy in the region, eventually to include real time posting on broader issues of media and cultural production in both the US and the region, and an online journal with a longer time horizon covering similar issues.
A second purpose he hopes to support will be that of a periodically updated archive for those thinking about or teaching about these topics. He would like to post an archive of course syllabi that address these or related issues on the website. Please feel free to contact him in this regard at ander025@umn.edu.

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