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Asia Week: How Is this Part of the World Impacting Us?

Week of Study at SMCM Includes Lectures and Films
April 1, 2010
Press Release #10-084


What will Asia look like in the next 10 years? This vibrant, influential, and turbulent part of the world is the focus of a week of lectures and films Tuesday, April 6, to Tuesday, April 13, at St. Mary's College of Maryland. All events are free and open to the public.

Film director Mehreen Jabbar will screen and discuss her film, "Ramchand Pakistani," based on a true story of an accidental crossing into India by a Pakistani Hindu family, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Cole Cinema at the Campus Center.

James A. Dorn, a China specialist and vice president at the Cato Institute, will talk about "China's March toward the Market," at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Cole Cinema at the Campus Center. Will China's financial center rival the U.S.? What does China need to do to overtake the U.S.? Dorn will respond.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Daugherty-Palmer Commons, award-winning Washington Post journalist and novelist John Pomfret will discuss "Riding the Tiger: How the Communist Party Has Stayed in Control of China."  How has China remained a one-party state 60 years after the Communist revolution?

The final event of Asia Week brings Sarah Jackson-Han, Radio Free Asia director, to Cole Cinema at the Campus Center at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, to talk about "Scaling the New Great Wall: International Broadcasting to East Asia's Closed Societies." How does Radio Free Asia provide accurate and timely news to Asian countries whose governments prohibit access to free press?

Asia Week is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and college departments. The Center for the Study of Democracy serves the students and community of St. Mary's by raising discussions of national and international significance.  You can learn more by going to its web page at

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