Asiatica Association

News for August 2010

Position as Research Associate at Social Science Baha, Kathmandu

by , 31 Aug 2010 | in resources | no comments yet

The Social Science Baham, which was set up in January 2002 to foster and facilitate the development of the study of the social sciences in Nepal, has just sent me the announcement of a posistion as full time research associate based in Kathamndu.

Application deadline: 8 September 2010 (5 pm)< Send your application by email to:

AJISS-Commentary No. 98 “Russia’s Far East and Japan: Obstacles to Cooperation” by Yoshiaki Nishimura

by , 26 Aug 2010 | in periodicals | no comments yet

The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has published the AJISS-Commentary No. 98 “Russia’s Far East and Japan: Obstacles to Cooperation”, by Yoshiaki Nishimura
(, Professor of Economics at Teikyo University in Tokyo and Professor of Political Science at Keio University.

Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District managed to record a 3.5% economic growth in 2009, although the Russian economy as a whole suffered a major setback with its real gross domestic product contracting by 7.9% compared with 2008. This was largely due to the growth of the mining and manufacturing industry in Sakhalin, the extractive sector in particular. Moscow’s high-powered preparations for the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vladivostok are also adding dynamism to the development of the Far Eastern economy.

Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies, 114

by , 19 Aug 2010 | in periodicals | no comments yet

We have just received (on surface mail) the Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies, 114 (May 2010 - vol. 29, no. 2), a hard copy quarterly published by the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), established in 1981 to promote research in Chinese studies both in Taiwan (The Republic of China) and overseas.

It is written in Chinese with subtitles in English. It contains articles, interviews, and regular updates on the happenings in the worldwide community of Chinese studies.

This issue includes: Special Feature ("Setting Sail on a New Century: The Opening of the National Central Library's "Matteo Ricci & Pacific Studies Reading Room", by Karl Min Ku); Summary of Research (papers: "A Brief Discussion of W. A. P. Martin's Chinese Version of "Psalm of Life", by Wang Wenbing; "A Survey of Public

US-South Korea: “2+2 and The U.S.-ROK Joint Vision Statement”, by Scott Snyder

by , 10 Aug 2010 | in periodicals | no comments yet

The United States and South Korea held an historic bilateral meeting of ministers of foreign affairs and defense (or “2+2”) for the first time on July 21, 2010, coinciding with the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War. This meeting was followed by a four-day joint show of force that included the aircraft carrier George Washington, F-22 Raptors, and a variety of anti-submarine warfare exercises. The 2+2 meeting and naval exercises underscore high levels of U.S. support for the military alliance with South Korea and U.S. commitment to continued deterrence on the Korean peninsula. The focus on near-term urgent issues such as coordinating an effective response to the March 25 Cheonan sinking was perhaps inevitable. However, it squeezed out the important strategic task of consolidating the alliance based on the affirmation provided by Presidents Obama and Lee through the June 2009 Joint Vision Statement.  Because this task requires cabinet-level attention to guide the bureaucracy, the focus on near-term coordination may have come at a cost to the broader goals of the alliance.


Free Chinese and Sanskrit Buddhist Volumes of the Bibliotheca Philologica et Philosophica Buddhica (Soka University)

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The Research Centre for Buddhist Philology of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology of Soka University (Japan) has made freely available online the first 11 volumes of the series Bibliotheca Philologica et Philosophica Buddhica (BPPB) 1998-2010 in PDF. Since the books are complete, downloading takes a while, but it is worth waiting.

Some titles: Vol. VI. Michael Zimmermann, A Buddha Within: The Tathagatagarbhasutra... (2002); Vol. IX. D. Stevenson and H. Kanno, The Meaning of the Lotus Sutra's Course of Ease and Bliss... (2006); Vol. X. J.

Scholarships by the French Institute of Pondicherry

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The French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) based in India offers seven doctoral scholarships in the fields of Ecology, Indology and Social Sciences. The scholarships are open to people of all nationalities who wish to work on a topic that is in relation with the research programmes conducted at the IFP.