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    “Is a Chinese Pacific in the making?” an interdisciplinary ethnography of Asia Pacific diplomacy

    Donnerstag, 29 April 2021
    18h / 6pm (CEST; UTC+2)
    Language: English

    Rodolfo Maggio, PhD, University of Turin, Italy

    Exceptional circumstances in Asia Pacific  history have been drawing the media spotlight on the Chinese presence and influence in Oceania. China has indeed become one of the largest donors in the Pacific, and the volume of its trade with Pacific Islands has been steadily growing over the past decade. However, money alone does not explain the qualities of Sino-Pacific relations.
    Situated understandings of concepts such as security, threat, corruption, and friendship suggest novel explanatory possibilities and new research directions. We can interrogate this anthropology of the Asia Pacific region to develop new ways of exploring how China is managing to change the perception of its role in the Pacific as a legitimate actor.


    Prof. Adam Grydehøj
    Chair Professor, Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries
    South China University of Technology

    Dr. Jessica Marinaccio
    PhD Pacific Studies,School of Languages and Cultures
    Victoria University of Wellington

    Prof. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
    Director, School of Pacific & Asian Studies
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

    Rodolfo Maggio teaches anthropology at the University of Turin, Italy. He has been Special Foreign  Researcher at Waseda University, Tokyo, and Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on moral economy, religion, and the anthropology of the Asia Pacific region. He published three monographs about, respectively, the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Karen Ho and Jared Diamond. His book The Kwara’ae of Honiara: Migration and ‘Good Life’ in Solomon Islands has been published in 2019.

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