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New publication by NIAS researchers

Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami have written "Japan og Singapore i Arktis: Overvejelser for Grønland", TIDSSKRIFTET GRØNLAND, 1/2013, pp.2-17.

There is a growing awareness in the Nordic region of Asia’s increased interest in the Arctic region and Arctic affairs, including in relation to Greenland. However, with the possible exception of China, there has been little Western scholarly work to analyze exactly why Asian countries are interested in the Arctic. Looking at the Arctic engagement of Japan and Singapore, this paper finds that their interest in the Polar Regions is not necessarily a new phenomenon and that Arctic policy, as with the development of other foreign policy objectives, is a complex mix of national, bureaucratic and group interests. For Greenlandic and Danish policymakers, it may be useful to understand the genesis of Japan and Singapore’s Arctic policies and that their interest is complex and multi-faceted.

To read more, please follow the link

Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy

NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami has written a blog  article for the Arctic Institute, Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy.

To read the full blog, please follow the link

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Tobias Fast, Lund University
Topic: Decentralization – a panacea for equitable inclusion?

Samuel Costa, Lund University
Topic: Go West Young Man: the role of Infrastructure Investments
in China

New associated PhD at NIAS

Sanna Schliewe is a new associated PhD student at NIAS from 1 May.

Sanna is a PhD student from the new Niels Bohr Professorship Centre for Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, where my project is linked to the core ”Globalization and Intervention”. The aim of my PhD project is to provide new psychological insight about how humans manage to live meaningfully between societies – as temporary immigrants in unfamiliar environments far away from their place of origin. Focus is on Danish expatriates and their domestic workers in India. Based on extensive fieldwork, the project will explore how understandings of self and others is tranformed in everyday encounters. Drawing on a combination of cultural psychology and phenomenology, the project will generate new knowlegde and research tools for the psychology of migration. Moreover, the project aims at providing knowlegde to be used to prepare practitioners working globally with intervention under potentially complicated circumstances.

Sanna will be at NIAS until November 2013.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Anastasia Volkova, University of Turku
Topic: New directions of the Japanese management system: Case study of Toyota and Honda Corporations.

Jesper Svensson, Lund University
Topic: Environmental activism in China: Collective action in an Authoritarian Context

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Autumn 2013

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Autumn 2013 and need some inspiration, literature or simply just time to write on your thesis, then NIAS has something to offer: the Nordic Scholarship!

The Nordic Scholarship covers inexpensive travel to Copenhagen, two weeks board and accommodation plus a working place at NIAS! A perfect chance to concentrate on your thesis, have inspirational talks with our researchers or collect material in Northern Europe's most comprehensive Asian studies library.

More information about SUPRA students' experiences at NIAS and practical information as well as application form.

NB: SUPRA scholarships are primarily for students from NNC member institutions.

Deadline for application: 1 June 2013

For more information, please contact

NIAS Library closed on 1 May

NIAS Library will be closed for the holiday on 1 May.

In Focus: Japanese politics at the crossroads


On the In Focus blog right now Dr Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins at University of Edinburgh and NIAS Press author, writes about Japanese politics at an historical cross-roads as the country is facing a number of domestic and international challenges.
In her book “Power and Dissent in Imperial Japan: Three Forms of Political Engagement“, which will be published by NIAS Press in August, Dr Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins looks at the democratic legacies of Japan which she argues can provide inspiration and hope for a better and fairer future both within and outside Japan.

New book: Making it in China



Professor Min Dongchao has together with Zhu Shanjie translated the book Making it in China (在中国制造) to Chinese and the book has now been published in China. The book is edited by Merete Lie, Ragnhild Lund and Gard H. Hansen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)and was originally published by Høyskoleforlaget/Norwegian Academic Press in 2008.

Book Description:

Making it in China addresses the rapid influx of foreign-owned enterprises in China, focusing on the experiences of and with Norwegian companies, as perceived by both Chinese and Norwegian scholars and commentators. Based on recent empirical studies the contributions focus on China’s development, on the foreign enterprises and changes in Chinese people’s lives. The aim of the book is to enhance the readers’ understanding of the complexities, challenges and achievements of the rapid influx of foreign investments in China. Chinese and Norwegian scholars alike argue that there is a need to go beyond the much communicated stereotypes and rather try to understand the deep-rooted contrasts and complexities embedded in the Chinese culture. The book provides fresh insights into variable dynamics and forces at play in this regard. Richly illustrated by maps, photos and interviews with major players in the industrial field, and with short comments from ordinary people, it will be of interest to students, to industrialists and to people with a general interest in China and foreign industrialisation.   

Paperback: 184 pages 
Publisher: Shanghai Century Literature Publishing Company (March 1, 2013) 
Language: Chinese 
ISBN: 978-7-208-11253-7 
Price: 28 RMB 


Professor Min Dongchao, director of the Centre for Gender and Culture Studies at Shanghai University, has received a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship to work with senior researcher Cecilia Milwertz at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies for two years from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015.



Forskningens Døgn – En aften i Asiens tegn

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 17:30 to 19:30

Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek og
Nordisk Institut for Asienstudier (NIAS)
 inviterer til
en levende aften i Asiens og forskningens tegn.

Aftenens program består af fire personlige,
spændende, meget forskellige oplæg – tilsat
asiatisk mad og underholdning. Hvert oplæg varer
små 30 min. inkl. spørgsmål.

Oplægsholdere og emner:

Aki Tonami: Far away from "home"
Vera Altmeier & Tippe Eisner: The third giant of Asia - Indonesia rising
Cecilia Milwertz: Hvordan bliver man Kinaforsker?
Geir Helgesen: Hvornår bliver der krig i Korea?

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ikke mindst på, hvad en Asienforsker laver, og hvordan man bliver Asienekspert. Studerende på
ungdomsuddannelser og universitetet, Asienaficionados og alle interesserede er velkomne!

Sted: Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek i Gothersgade 140 på 1. sal
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Nordisk Institut for Asienstudier (NIAS) er et førende, selvstændigt, tværnationalt forskningscenter under
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