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Lecture 16 of “Cultural Signs and Asian Community” —Why Asian Community Now?—Its Necessity & Meaning

    On June 29th, 2020, the sixteenth lecture of the research project conducted by Professor Wang Yongxiang, deputy dean of School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, was successfully held online. The lecture, given by Mr. Chung Joon-Kon, a chief researcher of the Eurasia Foundation, began at 6:30 pm in the Tencent conference, entitled “Why Asian Community Now?Its Necessity & Meaning”, presided over by Professor Wang Yongxiang and Professor Lin Minjie, and Dr. Shen Jun as an interpreter. Teachers, postgraduates and undergraduates from our school attended the lecture.

    Mr. Chung Joon-Kon is the chief researcher of the Eurasia Foundation, a lecturer of Meiji University. He is mainly interested in comparative politics, East Asian politics and Asian community theory. His main works include Changes and Traits of Democracy in the Post-war Political Process, Introduction to Korean Modern Politics, Reading Korean Modern Politics, For the Creation of the Asian Community, etc.

 

 

    Started with an interaction with students, Mr. Chung Joon-Kon asked a question, which caused students to think about multicultural symbiosis. Mr. Chung Joon-Kon pointed out that in today’s society characterized by globalization, the role of sovereign states has changed dramatically. We are facing a situation where it is difficult to make a difference in the existing national country, and we need to explore again what the state and individuals should be. Through the unprecedented earthquake that occurred in March 2011 and the resulting nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, Mr. Chung Joon-Kon discussed a paradigm shifting with issues such as the relationship between the state and individuals, industrial technology and life, the existence of capitalism, and the significance of the progress of human civilization. Mr. Chung Joon-Kon pointed out that the correctness of the sovereign state’s free exercise of various claims within the framework of the so-called national border needs to be further explored. The self-disciplined decision in the sovereign state may transcend national borders and have a devastating impact on the surrounding areas and the entire global village. Therefore, in terms of the gap between rich and poor, poverty, environment, energy, food, human rights, security, etc, the concept needs to be changed. It seems to remind people all over the world that they should go beyond their national countries and think about regional cooperation and mutual assistance.

 

 

    At the end of the lecture, Professor Lin Minjie made a wonderful summary of the content of the lecture. Through this lecture, teachers and students gained a lot. Today, we must think more about the issues of care for the environment and human life. It is time to explore a new direction from the social structure, value system and social status that only pursue economic efficiency. So far, mankind has pursued freedom, equality, happiness, safety, and comfortable environment in countless trials and errors.                                           (Wei Yaqing)