The LeidenAsiaCentre generates academic knowledge on modern Asia for societal applications in the Netherlands.

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Active cooperation with societal partners in knowledge sharing and the development of new and relevant research.

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Research and events take place within three core themes: ‘Europe and Asia‘, ‘People, Rights and Human Rights‘ and ‘Lifestyle and Culture‘.

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Summer School Asian Food 19 October 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 August 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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(Nederlands) Chinese women’s quiet rebellion 7 August 2017

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(Nederlands) Presentatie Onderzoeksrapporten in Beijing 15 June 2017

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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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