NYU Shanghai Center for Global Asia Lecture Series

Managing 'China's Rise': Lessons from Past Southeast Asia-China Relations
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:30 to 18:30
Anthony Reid
1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Will a rising China adjust to the geopolitics defined by the UN and the established powers, or seek to change the rules to suit its own interests? Western answers to this question often pay too little attention to China’s long history of foreign relations, while Chinese ones risk developing a ‘Sino-speak’ of Chinese Exceptionalism (Callahan 2012). China's conversion to the fictional but useful ‘Westphalian system’ of equal sovereign states is relatively recent, while its Sino-centric experience of unequal relations is very ancient. The equally ancient experience of China's southern neighbors in managing relations with the behemoth, as well as with each other, is arguably a more helpful guide to a plural global future. Anthony Reid’s presentation postulates abandoning Sino-centric simplifications like ‘the tribute system’ or ‘Chinese world order’ in weighing the lessons of Asia’s past.
Anthony Reid is a Southeast Asian historian, now again at the Australian National University after serving as founding Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA (1999-2002) and of the Asia Research Institute at NUS, Singapore (2002-7). His recent books include Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680 (2 vols, 1988-93; Chinese translation 2010), Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia (2010), and A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads (2015). This talk derives from a book he edited with Zheng Yangwen, Negotiating Asymmetry: China’s Place in Asia (NUS Press, Singapore, 2009).
Professor Tansen Sen, Director of the Center for Global Asia, will be introducing Anthony Reid. 
The Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai will serve as the hub within the NYU Global Network University system to promote the study of Asian interactions, both historical and contemporary. The overall objective of the Center is to provide global societies with information on the contexts for the reemerging connections between the various parts of Asia through research and teaching. This includes exploring how the polities and societies of Asia have interacted over time and are now beginning to interact again on broad fronts. The Center will also encourage the examination of Asia’s connections with the wider world, focusing specifically on how these connections have in the past and at present impact Asian societies. Collaborating not only with the various NYU campuses and portal sites, but also with other institutions across the world, the Center will play a bridging role between existing Asian studies knowledge silos. It will take the lead in drawing connections and comparisons between the existing fields of Asian studies, and stimulating new ways of understanding Asia in a globalized world.
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