The 2013 Southeast Asia Spring Speaker Series featured four diverse talks. If you missed any or all of our Friday events, here is a quick summary of what was presented at the Center during the Spring semester.
Jack Suyderhoud, UHM Professor of Business Economics, kicked off the Series on January 18th with a lecture entitled, “Economic Development Policies in Southeast Asia: An Overview.” Professor Suyderhoud’s compelling talk covered Southeast Asia development strategies and policies, economic growth models, motivation for economic growth and more.
The Speaker Series continued on January 25th with a topical presentation by Billy Tea, WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Entitled, “Handle with Care: Establishing a Myanmar Style of Democracy,” Mr. Tea’s talk posed the following questions: 1) What are the main challenges towards Myanmar’s liberalization and; 2) What can be done to ensure the country’s path toward democracy? Mr. Tea offered some interesting answers that he will likely soon publish in a book.
Gregory F. Moore, Chair of the UHM Department of Geology and Geophysics, graced the Center on March 15th. In his talk, “Historic and Future Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the NE Indian Ocean and Their Effects on People Living in the Coastal Zone,” Professor Moore presented evidence for uplift and subsidence along the coast of Sumatra and Myanmar, and also discussed the likelihood for a large earthquake along the west coast of Myanmar.
Finally, we were honored to have Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda of the Honolulu Consulate of Japan conclude the Spring series of talks on Friday, April 12th with a presentation on Japan-ASEAN relations. Following his talk, the Consul General was very generous with his time and stayed after for a lively and candid discussion with the attendees.
Our Speaker series will continue in the fall. Stay tuned for details on dates, speakers, etc. If you are interested in learning more about our talks (or perhaps even giving one!), we encourage you to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo for your interest and see you in the fall!