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A selection of Asia Society Switzerland's latest videos available on YouTube. We cover a variety of topics across different event formats – from Chinese literature to the state of democracy, Taiwan's digital strategy, or urban resilience. And more!
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Big Picture: Contemporary China With Author Yan Lianke
ZURICH, July 4, 2023 — Internationally acclaimed author Yan Lianke discusses his most recently published novel “Xin Jing” or “Heart Sutra” (Chatto & Windus / Vintage / Penguin Random House, London, 2023), which explores the tension between religious belief and the state in today's China. Yan read Chinese excerpts from his novel and got into a conversation with English translator Yunlong Song of sinokultur and Asia Society Switzerland Executive Programs Manager Madelaine Wiebalck.
Oxford Debate: Should Europe Side With the U.S. on China?
ZURICH, June 26, 2023 — In the first LIVE ‘Oxford Debate,’ participants are debating whether Europe should side with the U.S. on China. Arguing for the motion are Rhodium Group Senior Advisor Noah Barkin and University of Zurich Senior Lecturer Simona Grano. Arguing against the motion are Philippe Le Corre, senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute's Center for China Analysis; and Marina Rudyak, assistant professor at Heidelberg University. Asia Society Switzerland Executive Director Nico Luchsinger moderated the discussion.
A Closer Look at Solomon Islands
February 23, 2023 — In the latest episode of Asia Society Switzerland’s A Closer Look series, renowned local journalist Dorothy Wickham and leading entrepreneur Jay Bartlett share their insights about Solomon Islands being the focus of Beijing, Canberra, and Washington. Simona A. Grano, senior lecturer at the University of Zurich, moderates the conversation.
A Closer Look at Thailand
March 9, 2023 — In the final episode of Asia Society Switzerland’s A Closer Look series, two leading voices from Thailand speak about their country’s upcoming elections, people’s sentiments about it, and the post-pandemic tourism industry. Participants include Siam Intelligence Unit Co-Founder and Executive Director Kan Yuenyong and Mahidol University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Associate Professor Punchada Sirivunnabood. Noel Clehane, global head of Regulatory and Public Policy at BDO, moderated the conversation.
STATE OF ASIA 2022: The State of Democracy
ZURICH, November 10, 2022 — Asia Society Switzerland hosts ‘State of Asia,’ its annual flagship conference that provides a condensed overview of current and future developments in Asia, and how they affect the world. In the fifth session, Leni Robredo, 14th vice president of the Philippines, delivers a keynote on the state of democracy in Asia, with Keio University National Security professor Tomohiko Taniguchi and Asia Society Policy Institute in New Delhi senior fellow C. Raja Mohan sharing their reaction statements. – More videos from STATE OF ASIA 2022 on YouTube
Special Event: "We're Witnessing Profound Change" – Kevin Rudd on Understanding How China Sees the World
June 2, 2022 — Asia Society President and CEO Kevin Rudd examines the ideological underpinnings of China President Xi Jinping’s worldview and how countries can create effective China policies. Asia Society Switzerland Executive Director Nico Luchsinger moderated the conversation.
Urban Resilience: How Asia's Cities Bounce Back From Sudden Disasters
ZURICH, October 4, 2022 — In the second session of the two-event series on Urban Resilience in Asia by Asia Society Switzerland and the Swiss Re Institute, experts from Manila, Karachi, Singapore, and Zurich discuss what major challenges these fast-growing cities are facing, and how cities can build resilience to bounce back quickly after a sudden disaster. Keynote speakers include Madhu Raghunath, sector leader for sustainable development for the Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand (BMPT) program at the World Bank; David Lallemant, assistant professor at the Asian School of the Environment of NTU Singapore; and Arif Hasan, architect and urban planner. Panel discussion participants include Amar Rahman, global head of climate change resilience services at Zurich Insurance Company; Christian Wertli, head of infrastructure solutions at Swiss Re; and Thomas Sevcik, co-founder of Arthesia. Asia Society Switzerland Executive Director Nico Luchsinger moderates the discussion.
Oxford Debate: Will China Win the Race for Supremacy in the Semiconductor Production?
ZURICH, September 20, 2022 — In this Oxford style debate, the participants debate whether China can reach its goal of establishing a world-leading semiconductor industry by 2030. Speakers include Dr. Sophie-Charlotte Fischer, senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich; Jimmy Goodrich, vice president for global policy at the Semiconductor Industry Association; Jan-Peter Kleinhans, head of Technology and Geopolitics at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung; and John Lee, director of East West Futures Consulting. Asia Society Switzerland Executive Director Nico Luchsinger moderates.
Talk at the Library: Stories From Afghanistan to Thailand
ZURICH, June 15, 2022 — Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen’s former Southeast Asia correspondent Karin Wenger talks about her experience covering the news from South and Southeast Asia for 13 years. Wenger shared how she met and stayed in touch with people whom she covered and whose stories they wrote, stories that later appeared in her three books. Asia Society Switzerland Programs and Editorial Manager Remko Tanis moderated the conversation.
Executive Roundtable: Democratizing Technology and Data
ZURICH, November 8, 2021 — Audrey Tang, digital minister of Taiwan, talks about the island's digital response to Covid-19 and shares how Taiwan effectively countered fake news by tapping into popular meme culture. Tang also discussed strategies to ensure that the internet remains inclusive, and explained why retaining digital talent is not an issue for Taiwan.
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