Asian Law Center, University of Washington Law School
Over the past fifty years, the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington School of Law has been a global leader in producing cutting-edge scholarship, offering rigorous teaching programs and implementing innovative projects focused on Asia. The Asian Law Center’s teaching, research and public policy work at the intersection of Asian and comparative law, global business law, development and rule of law, and Islamic law in context is highly regarded nationally and internationally.
Bold ideas about the future made an impression on University of Washington President Michael K. Young at an early age - he was a 13-year-old boy from California when he attended the Seattle World’s Fair. Living in Japan during his Mormon mission in the 1970s further expanded his world view and set the foundation for a career focus on Asia.
When Kim Jong Il (Kim Chŏng-il), dictator of North Korea, died on September 17, 2011, people had only a vague idea of what kind of government would follow this cultish leader’s demise. His third son, Kim Jong Un (Kim Chŏng-ŭn), had been named successor, but nobody knew whether that designation would stick. Kim Jong Il had inherited his position from his father, Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-sŏng), founding leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Designers and engineers from Seattle contributed ideas about the greening of Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis of more than 30 million people, while architects from China helped brainstorm on a co-housing community in Capitol Hill being designed with the Living Building Challenge, the most advanced green building standard in the world.
This collaboration is a unique feature of a four-day workshop on sustainable development that brought professionals from China together with their American counterparts for intensive exchange in Seattle and Olympia from Oct. 9 to 13.
"Spaces of Possibility: Korea and Japan, In, Between and Beyond the Nation" is a new collaborative research project organized by Andrea Arai and Clark Sorensen (Japan Studies and Korean Studies program, respectively).
The 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress, concluded in mid-November 2013, selected a new leadership that will guide China for the next 5 to 10 years. The announcement of that leadership raises many questions about whether the reigning CCP can surmount growing challenges. From multiple sources, intense pressures are being exerted, calling on the CCP to change, but the new leadership and the CCP in general is not likely to be fully up to meeting the challenges.
Urban Design and Planning: China Village Studio - Sichuan, China
The course is organized as a service-learning studio, in coordination with design, social-scientific and environmental-scientific faculty and students in China and local community and social-entrepreneurial initiatives. Students will practice different methods of cross-cultural engagement, including community asset mapping, participatory rural appraisal (PRA), design "charrettes" and other rapid, inclusive, interdisciplinary and intercultural exercises.
Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times. Stanford: Stanford University, 2012.
Hara-kiri of a Woman at Nagamachi. Translation of the early modern Japanese puppet play Nagamachi onna-harakiri by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Published online by the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, as a winner of William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize, 2011.