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East Asia – The New Normal

14.10.2021 | 09:0015.10.2021 | 16:00

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Centre for East Asian Studies, we have the pleasure to invite you to the hybrid event ”East Asia – The New Normal” on October 14-15 in Zoom and Publicum PUB 3, Assistentikatu 7, Turku

Join us to learn about the current academic research, career opportunities and economic cooperation between Finland and East Asia! Please, register by Monday October 11 using the link down below!

Thursday October 14 at 10.00-16.15

Morning: East Asia – The New Normal?

Opening words by Prof Lauri Paltemaa

Distinguished Speakers from East Asia

  • 10.15. Minister Audrey Tang: ”Digital Social Innovation.”
  • 10.50 Professor Jeffrey Kingston: ”The Politics of Pandemic in East Asia.”
  • 11.20 Professor Haksoon Paik: ”Geopolitics & Emerging Security Problems in the Asia-Pacific and South Korea’s Strategic Choices.”
  • 11.50 Professor Ka Ho Mok: ”Refining the Ways of Knowing and Doing: Research in the Times of COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Afternoon: CEAS Docent Afternoon

  • 13.00 Sungju Park-Kang: “A Korean Spy Who Is (Still) to Die 115 Times.”
  • 13.30 Juha Saunavaara: ”East Asian Actors’ Interest and Involvement in the Arctic – from Curiosity to Mainstream.”
  • 14.00 Satoko Naito: ”Japan, the Imagined, and Myself: Memory, Control, and Identity in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Literature.”

14.30 Coffee break

  • 14.45 Yoko Demelius: ”Visions and Challenges of Work-Life Balance in Japan: Looking Beyond the COVID Crisis.”
  • 15.15 Elina Sinkkonen: ”Dynamic Dictators: Autocratization and Authoritarian Resilience in China and Elsewhere.”
  • 15.45 Minna Valjakka: ”Remediating Existence: New Audiences, Localities and Importance of Public Art.”

Friday October 15 at 9.00-16.00

Morning: Greetings from the Alumni – Where did East Asian Studies Take Me?

Working in Diplomacy, PR and Educational Exports

  • 9.00 Anne Mutanen, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland to Dublin
  • 9.30 Reetta Ilo, PR & Comms Manager, San Francisco Agency
    1. 00 Wang Yue, Planning Officer at Global Education, TAMK

10.30 Coffee break

Doing Business with China and in China

  • 10.45 Suvi Kurki, International Sales Specialist, Jintian Copper
  • 11.15 Tuomo Kauha, Growth and Internationalisation Coordinator, Team Finland
  • 11.45 Olli Hakala, Chief Liaison Officer, Turku Chamber of Commerce

Afternoon: New Normal in China – Perspectives from Business and Politics

Opening words by Director Marjut Johansson, UTU School of Languages and Translation Studies

  • 13.15 Markus Laine, Hanza Group: ”Business Environment in China from a Finnish Perspective: a Changing Landscape.”
  • 14.00 Sari Arho Havrén, Business Finland: ”Europe and China Relations and Future Prospects, What They Mean for EU and Finland.”
  • 14.45 Mikko Puustinen, MEAE: ”Finland, China and the Expanding Meaning of Economic and Trade Relations.”

15.30 Birthday cake

The Zoom link to the event will be sent to registered participants.

We are looking forward to your participation!

Centre for East Asian Studies

University of Turku


14.10.2021 | 09:00
15.10.2021 | 16:00


Turun yliopisto, Publicum
Assistentinkatu 7


Centre for East Asian Studies, Turun yliopisto