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The Nordic Asia Podcast

14. Jan 2022 / 28

Heritage, Humour and Regional Identity in Goa

A Conversation with Prakruti Ramesh. Host: Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Since the 1980s, pictures by the late Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda have been used to adorn and confer ‘local’ flavour on a variety of public settings in Goa. Today, Miranda’s work is a familiar sight to travelers in Goa. While some of the pictures selected for display – including by the government in spaces that […]

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10. Jan 2022 / 28 min

Conflicted Citizenship in Vietnam: Between Grassroots Mobilization and State Repression

An interview with Mirjam Le and Franziska S. Nicolaisen. Hosted by Linh Phương Lê

Does ‘citizenship’ exist in a socialist or communist context? If it does, what would this mean in the case of Vietnam? To what extent do the Vietnamese state and Vietnamese citizens perceive citizenship differently? And how are those differences negotiated? Why does the wave of recent popular protests in neighbouring countries concern the Vietnamese government? […]

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7. Jan 2022 / 25 min

COVID-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy in Japan

In conversation with Kamila Szczepanska and Yoko Demelius. Hosted by Satoko Naito

Anti-vaccination movements pose an increasing threat to global public health, but what of vaccine hesitancy? Join us for a discussion on the effects of vaccine hesitancy in Japan during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. University of Turku’s Centre for East Asian Studies University Teacher Dr. Yoko Demelius and University Lecturer Dr. Kamila Szczepanska discuss historical, cultural, […]

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27. Dec 2021 / 24 min

East Asian Cold War History with a Maritime Twist

In conversation with Kuan-Jen Chen. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

When did the Cold War in East Asia really begin? According to ADI-NIAS researcher Kuan-Jen Chen, the answer is 1945 – if we view the Cold War through a maritime lens. In conversation with NIAS Director Duncan McCargo, KJ explains how he is using Japanese and Taiwanese sources to gain a more nuanced perspective on […]

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20. Dec 2021 / 25 min

Understanding South Korea’s Taegukgi Rallies

In conversation with Myunghee Lee. Hosted by Petra Desatova

Why did so many of South Korea’s senior citizens take to the streets between 2016 and 2019? What motivated their participation in rallies? And what do these rallies tell us about the state of South Korea’s democracy? Korea Foundation and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies postdoctoral researcher Myunghee Lee discusses these and other questions with […]

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13. Dec 2021 / 22 min

Autocratization in South Asia

In conversation with Sten Widmalm. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Although autocratic forms of rule have a longer history in postcolonial South Asia, the slide towards autocratization has arguably accelerated in recent years, albeit unevenly. In this episode Kenneth Bo Nielsen is joined by Sten Widmalm to discuss his new edited book, The Routledge Handbook of Autocratization in South Asia. Widmalm offers a comprehensive analysis […]

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10. Dec 2021 / 39 min

The #MeToo Movement in China and the Case of Tennis Star Peng Shuai

In conversation with Dusica Ristivojević. Hosted by: Julie Yu-Wen Chen

Several high-profile cases of sexual harassment and assault have helped the #MeToo movement in China continue to make impacts on a society that is highly controlled and surveilled. Most recently, tennis star Peng Shuai’s saga has accused former top Chinese Communist Party leader, Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. Although Peng did not say that she […]

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6. Dec 2021 / 27

COP26 from a Southeast Asian Perspective

In Conversation with Sharon Seah. Host: Quynh Le Vo

COP26 was billed as the make or break event in the fight against climate change. In conversation with Quynh Le Vo, Sharon Seah, coordinator of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, discusses Southeast Asian countries’ key priorities going into the conference and the commitments they made in Glasgow, including climate finance, […]

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3. Dec 2021 / 28 min

Rethinking China’s Humanitarian Diplomacy before and during Covid-19

In conversation with Lauri Paltemaa and Hermann Aubié. Hosted by Satoko Naito

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread to Europe and other parts of the globe in spring of 2020, the Chinese government started reporting donations of Personal Protective Equipment as well as other medical supplies to areas experiencing severe shortage. Listen to Dr. Lauri Paltemaa and Dr. Hermann Aubié discuss their research on the exact nature of […]

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26. Nov 2021 / 31 min

Network Monarchy and Its Challengers

Making sense of Thai politics with Duncan McCargo. Hosted by Petra Desatova

What does a cup of coffee tell us about Thailand’s intricate power relations? Where does the country’s monarchy come into this? And why does it matter? Prominent political scientist and NIAS director Duncan McCargo joins Petra Desatova to revisit his famous ‘network monarchy’ concept and explain why Thailand should not be seen as a ‘Deep […]

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19. Nov 2021 / 28 min

Chinese Digital Vigilantism: The Mediated and Mediatised Justice-Seeking

In conversation with Qian Huang. Hosted by Joanne Kuai

What is digital vigilantism? How do Chinese citizens seek justice online? How does digital vigilantism reflect contemporary Chinese technological and socio-political development? In a conversation with Joanne Kuai, a visiting PhD Candidate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Qian Huang, lecturer and PhD Candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, explains the growing phenomenon of online collective […]

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12. Nov 2021 / 22 min

In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South – Implications for the North

In conversation with Olle Törnquist. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

In his new book In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South – Implications for the North (Zed-Bloomsbury), Olle Törnquist has returned to findings from fifty years of research on democracy and social rights movements in especially Indonesia, India and the Philippines, to address the major puzzle of our time: why the vision about development […]

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5. Nov 2021 /

The Wa of Myanmar – And China’s Quest For Global Dominance

Interview with Bertil Lintner - Hosted by Terese Gagnon

NIAS Press 2021 Who are the Wa of Myanmar and how, in three decades, have they built a force that is now the largest non-state military actor in Asia-Pacific? How does China’s economic, political, and military support for the Wa factor into the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative? What role might the Wa play in […]

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29. Oct 2021 / 26 min

Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins

In Conversation with Giuseppe Bolotta. Hosted by Fanny Töpper

How is childhood experienced in the slums of Bangkok and how does it relate to socio-political processes in Thailand? What role do mothers play in the leadership of the slums? And how can we understand recent mass protests in Thailand through the lens of children’s activism? Giuseppe Bolotta gives insights into his recently published book Belittled […]

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22. Oct 2021 / 24 min

The Modi Wave: Politics of the Pandemic in India

In conversation with Alf Gunvald Nilsen. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

At the start of 2021, a widespread belief held that India had escaped the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed – this was evidenced, the story went, in the country’s comparatively low death rates. Narendra Modi boasted to the World Economic Forum in January 2021, “that the country has saved humanity from a big disaster by containing […]

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15. Oct 2021 / 27 min

Beyond a Shadow: Southeast Asia Transcending US-China Rivalries

In conversation with Joseph Liow Chin Yong. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

Why do Southeast Asia specialists get tired of explaining that the politics of the region cannot be reduced to a zero-sum game of Chinese-US great power rivalries? How do relatively small Southeast Asian states negotiate their relations with these major powers in an increasingly antagonistic environment? And why has the idea of the Indo-Pacific become […]

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8. Oct 2021 / 27 min

Sharing Scholarship: Academic Publishing and Teaching Tibetan Buddhism in Finland

In conversation with Albion Butters. Hosted by Satoko Naito.

How can one approach religion as both an academic researcher and a spiritual practitioner? Join us for this wide ranging talk with Dr. Albion Butters, historian of religion and a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism. The first half of the conversation focuses on the Finnish Oriental Society (Suomen Itämainen Seura) and academic publishing through the digital […]

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1. Oct 2021 / 26 min

The Web of Meaning: The Internet in a Changing Chinese Society

In coversation with Elaine Yuan. Hosted by Joanne Kuai

What is the impact of Internet technology communication in China? How do Chinese people view “privacy” differently from the western perspective? How is the newly passed China’s Personal Information Protection Law going to impact people’s lives? In a conversation with Joanne Kuai, a visiting PhD Candidate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Elaine Yuan, an […]

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3. Nov 2020 / 24 min

Why Tiktok still matters

Hermann Aubié, Outi Luova

New trends on Tiktok includes strange food

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