Het LeidenAsiaCentre genereert nieuwe kennis over het moderne Azië die beantwoordt aan een directe maatschappelijke vraag.

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Actieve samenwerking met maatschappelijke partners in kennisdeling en de ontwikkeling van nieuw relevant onderzoek.

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Onderzoek en activiteiten vinden plaats binnen de drie kernthema’s: ‘Europa en Azië’, ‘Mensen, rechten en mensenrechten’ en ‘Levensstijl en cultuur’.

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Asian Food Summer School 19 oktober 2017


Leiden University enjoys a world-wide reputation for its expertise on Asia and for its Asian collections. To coincide with the official opening of The Asian Library in September 2017, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), LeidenAsiaCentre (LAC) and the Shared Taste Project at Leiden University hosted a Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food for MA/PhD students and early career scholars.

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Report Roundtable: China in Global Governance 7 september 2017

China has changed the dynamic in the world order, whether or not it intended to do so. Its fast economic growth has given it the potential to have a much greater influence on the world. As a result, the world is increasingly asking what kind of influence China will have. Will it upset the liberal world order that has dominated since WW2? Will it integrate peacefully into this order? Or will the outcome be somewhere between these two poles, with China contributing to reforms of the existing order?
On the 23rd and 24th of August, the LeidenAsiaCentre held a roundtable discussion to try to answer some of these questions and get to examine what China’s intentions might be with regards to global governance. This roundtable session brought together experts on Chinese political economy to discuss China’s changing international role and the implications of this for Europe.

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Report Workshop: How to Read the Recent Developments in the South China Sea disputes? 17 augustus 2017


The South China Sea is a busy area of ocean criss-crossed by shipping lanes, bordered by Vietnam to the west, China and Taiwan to the north, the Philippines to the east, and Brunei to the south. This approximately 3.5 million square kilometre area has been the focal point of considerable ongoing disputes between these and other Asian nations. In the past two years, these disputes have seen a number of new and interesting developments.

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Chinese women’s quiet rebellion 7 augustus 2017

In the 1950s, the communist state called on Chinese women to join the labor force, but as the retreating state plays a smaller role in enforcing female hiring, old gender stereotypes are returning. For educated and financially independent Chinese women, these biases present a unique challenge:

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AMT Panel discussion: Studying in Leiden from an Asian Perspective

10 november 2017 |  13:00 - 17:00

As we move into the last months of the Leiden Asia Year, it is about time we also listen to some of our very own Asian students, asking them how they have experienced the year so far, and what it feels like to be “Asian” in Leiden:

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