School of Languages and Area Studies

East Asia Study Day 2013

Hard Power vs. Soft Power: Intra-regional Dynamics in East Asia

Wednesday 6th November, 1.30-4.40, Park Building

Focusing on the contrast between hard power and soft power, this roundtable aims to examine how political, economic, social and cultural influences may be utilised as sources of hard power and soft power, which have been claimed or believed to be exercised by the states in East Asia to various degrees. The exercise of hard power and soft power within the region creates an intra-regional dynamics, which is articulated by varying aspects including the territorial dispute of Diaoyutai/Senkaku Island between China and Japan, the Greater Chinese nexus in East Asian institutionalisation, China’s investment in Taiwan and the popularity of ‘Korean Wave’ in the region. Specialists from Universities of Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham and Westminster will address these prevailing issues that will have a significant impact on East Asia’s future regionalisation. The roundtable will be opened by Dr. Lyushun Shen, the Head of Taipei Representative Office in the UK, who will examine Taiwan’s role in the East Asian region.  


1.30-1.40: Welcome address by Dr. Ann Matear (SLAS HoD), Dr. Angela Crack (on behalf of CEISR) 

1.40-2.20: Opening speech by Dr. Lyu-shun Shen, the Role of Taiwan in East Asia (including 10-min Q&A)

2.20-4.00: Roundtable: Hard Power vs. Soft Power: Intra-Regional Dynamics in East Asia (chaired by Dr. Angela Crack)

  • Mr. Ed Griffith (Fellow, White Rose Asia Centre, University of Leeds): China’s Strategy in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Island Dispute: A Structurationist Perspective
  • Dr. Winnie King (Research Fellow, British Interuniversity China Centre and Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol): Locating A Greater Chinese Nexus in East Asian Institutionalisation 
  • Dr. Chun-yi Lee (Lecturer, the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham): China’s Investment in Taiwan: Risk or Opportunity
  • Dr. Ming-Yeh Rawnsley (Associate Research Fellow, China Media Centre, University of Westminster): Korean Wave in Taiwan

4.00-4.10: Break

4.10-4.40: Q&A