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China and Regional Studies Joint Webinar Series – Webinar on 22 April 2022


Date: 22 April 2022 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Hong Kong time, GMT+8)
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Topic: Economy of Anticipation in the Sea of Japan Rim


Since the end of the Cold War, regions and cities along the Japanese Sea have time and again issued hopeful strategies that anticipate the sea region being at the cusp of a new era of peace and prosperity.   However, the legacy of wars and political conflicts still paralyze development initiatives there. This study focuses on the persistent local attempts in the South Korean province of Gangwon and its cities to counteract peripheralization caused by geopolitics. The article analyzes how the sense of geopolitical vulnerability gave rise to anticipatory measures for economic development. The presentation identifies and analyzes two broad types of practices 1) the depiction of future as the vibrant centre of the sea region, and outlining of the right preparations for that future, and 2) the practice of the narrative to form that reality. This presentation will question the idea of copying development models within one country from affluent to peripheral regions.





Dr Outi Luova


Dr. Outi Luova

University Lecturer, Centre for East Asian Studies, the University of Turku, Finland

Dr Outi Luova is a senior researcher focusing on China’s urban governance, and regional cooperation in East Asia. She works as a University Lecturer (equivalent with Assistant Professor) at the Center of East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, and acts as the Vice-director of the Center. She is also the director of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies that supports Asian studies in Finland by arranging online courses and other academic activities.


Her recent publication include: “Local environmental governance and policy implementation: Variegated environmental in three districts in Tianjin, China”, Urban Studies, Special issue “New directions of urban studies in China”, 2020:3; and the edited volume Greening China’s Urban Governance. Tackling Environmental and Sustainability Challenges. Jørgen Delman, Yuan Ren, Outi Luova, Oscar Almén and Mattias Burrell (eds),Springer, 2019. She has also published popularized articles on China’s science policies in Finnish professional magazines.




Topic: Exporting cities from East Asia: Another growth engine or illusive dream?


East Asian states have achieved rapid economic growth and urbanisation in the past decades. While the urbanisation rate of the region has slowed, their successes have led the state to replicate its urban development models elsewhere, especially in developing countries, to achieve further economic growth. Such an attempt was not usual as best practices in urban development were primarily derived from Western experiences. In this regard, this seminar will focus on the South Korean government’s various initiatives to export its urban development experiences outside Korea. In particular, this seminar will critically investigate a new large-scale housing development project in Kuwait that is being promoted jointly by the Korean and Kuwaiti governments. Doing so will contribute to understanding the diverse aspects of the urbanisation process in East Asia and question the idea of exporting an urban development model to other countries where their historical and geographical contexts are different.





Dr. Do Young Oh


Dr. Do Young Oh

Research Assistant Professor, School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Dr. Do Young Oh is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University. He was previously a Research Officer, based jointly at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre and the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he finished his PhD in Regional and Urban Planning. His research interests focus on comparative urbanism and postcolonialism in East Asia. His doctoral thesis investigated the evolving university-city relationship through a comparative analysis of East Asian urbanisation processes. His thesis was short-listed for the biennial ICAS Book Prize in 2019 (Dissertation in the Social Sciences).





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