East Asian Covid-19 Paradox: Lessons from China, Japan and Taiwan


Date: Monday, January 24th, 2022
 12:00pm MST
Duration: 60 minutes via ZOOM

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The China Institute, Prince Takamado Japan Centre, and Taiwan Studies Program at the University of Alberta invite you to attend a virtual book launch for The East Asian Covid-19 Paradox written by CIUA Senior Fellow and University of British Columbia Political Scientist, Yves Tiberghien. At this event Professor Tiberghien examines the factors that have contributed to the relative success of East Asian states in fighting Covid-19, despite their proximity to the original frontline of the pandemic and the absence of strong regional institutions.



Yves Tiberghien

Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta; 
Professor of Political Science and Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research at the University of British Columbia

Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002; Harvard Academy Scholar 2006; Fulbright Scholar 1996) is a Professor of Political Science and Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He is also Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research, and Director of the Center for Japanese Research.

Yves’ research specializes in comparative political economy and global economic and environmental governance, with an empirical focus on Japan, China, Korea, and Europe.


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Jia Wang

Interim Director, China Institute, University of Alberta

Jia Wang is currently the Interim Director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta, where she manages research, programs, and government and media relations since 2011. Jia has over 15 years of direct management experience focusing on the economic and political dimensions of contemporary China and Canada-China relations in various capacities. At the China Institute, in addition to overseeing the operations, she leads policy research initiatives examining Canada's diplomatic, trade, investment and energy linkages with China. Jia also provides strategic and policy advice on China to University senior leaders as well as executives at public and private sector organizations. 
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Aya Fujiwara

Director of Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Alberta

Aya Fujiwara is the Director of Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Alberta. Her areas of research are ethnic and immigration history of Canada, Japanese Canadians, Asia-Pacific transnationalism, and Japan-Canada relations. She is the author of Ethnic Elites and Canadian Identity: Japanese, Ukrainians, and Scots, 1919-1971 (2012) and co-author of Hiroshima-75: Nuclear Issue in Global Contests (Ibidem-Verlag, 2020). She currently serves on the executive boards of the Japan Studies Association of Canada, the Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education, and the Organizing Committee for the Canadian National Japanese Speech Contest. For the past five years, she has also led the Japan-Canada Academic Consortium. She teaches Canadian and East Asian courses at the Department of History, Classics, and Religion.
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Ashley Esarey

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; 
Director of Taiwan Studies, 
University of Alberta

Dr. Ashley Esarey received his BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles, earned his MA, MPhil, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University in New York, and held the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. At the University of Alberta, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, where he teaches courses on East Asian politics, global security, and international relations. His research concerns media and politics in China and Taiwan, environmentalism, peace and security in East Asia, and leadership politics.