Modernizing Asia’s Countryside

Apr 2, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Harvard-Yenching Institute annual roundtable

Co-sponsored with the Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Korea Institute, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and the Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation


Han Do-Hyun | Professor of Sociology, Academy of Korean Studies
Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham | Director, Cultural Studies Institute, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
Nishikawa Kunio | College of Agriculture, Ibaraki University
Mini Sukumar | Department of Women’s Studies, University of Calicut
Wen Tiejun | Professor and Director of the Centre of Rural Reconstruction, Renmin University of China


Elizabeth J. Perry | Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

Talk will be held over Zoom

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This interdisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars from China, India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam will explore the record of successful and unsuccessful efforts at rural development in their own countries. Why have some programs succeeded in increasing productivity, improving infrastructure and public services, alleviating poverty, and ameliorating social and economic inequality, whereas others proved much less successful? What have Asian countries learned from these achievements and shortcomings? And, based on that knowledge, what lies ahead for 21st-century Asian villages?