July 03, 2012

Current Events in Burma/Myanmar

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Asia. A long period of military rule has kept the country from developing either politically or economically. But that may be starting to change. One sign of that change was the recent election to Parliament of the country’s leading opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi. Next time on Focus our morning talk show we will review recent events in Burma as we talk with Christina Fink, from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10 am

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June 04, 2012

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

This interview was recorded on January 26, 2012

We’ll bring you a conversation with one of America’s leading scholars of East Asia, Ezra Vogel, emeritus professor of social sciences at Harvard. His 1979 best-selling book "Japan as Number One," predicted the rise of Japan as an economic powerhouse. His most recent book looks at China’s development and role Deng Xiaoping played in that country’s modernization. The first book, he says, played a role in educating America about Japan. His hope is that the new book will do the same for China.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 30, 2012, 10 am

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January 09, 2012

Current Events in North Korea

With Bruce Cumings, Ph.D. (Department of History Chairperson; the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, University of Chicago)

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