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Economic implications of 'Brexit' On-set interview Prof. Yang Jun-sok from Catholic University of Korea

The economic tremors following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union have already spread across the globe as financial markets all across the globe took a punch today.
Of course, much more economic ramifications still to come.

Joining me live in the studio is Dr. Yang Junsok, Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Korea. 
Professor Yang, thanks for joining us.

Now, let's start with the impact of Britain's decision on the UK economy. 
Economists had predicted that a vote to leave the bloc could do substantial damage to the British economy.
Is that a fair forecast?

Now, the UK is the first of the European Union's 28 members what will this mean for the EU economy? 
UK contributes roughly 19 billion U.S. dollars per year as annual contribution to the central EU budget. Not only that, it makes up a huge portion of the EU economy.

What about its impact on other parts of the world? For instance, Korea. Do we expect Korean firms trading with UK partners to feel immediate impact? Also, Korea has an FTA with the European Union. What's going to have to happen on that front?

Yang Junsok, Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Korea, Thank you indeed for joining us tonight. Updated: 2016-06-24 20:19:35 KST

viernes, 24 de junio de 2016

Ellis, Robert E CIV USARMY AWC (US)

Dear Colleague:

On this day that our British friends have declared their intentions to withdraw from the European Union, I hope this email finds you well.

I am writing to share with you the English-language version of my article on Chinese investment activity in Latin America and the Caribbean, just published by the Interamerican Development Bank.  The article is a short characterization of the motivations and patterns for the activities by Chinese companies in the region, in each of the principal sectors where that activity has occurred: petroleum and mining, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail, and services.  It also examines the effect of the deceleration of China's GDP growth on those investments.  It finds that while softer Chinese demand may postpone some discretionary investment in sectors such as petroleum, it will probably not impact sectors such as agriculture, where the continued growth in Chinese domestic demand for animal protein will continue to drive imports of meat and products such as soy and fishmeal.  It also finds that Chinese investment will continue to be strong in manufacturing and technology sectors, where the acquisition of capabilities is privileged by the Chinese state, and where investment by Chinese companies is driven more by targeting growing Latin American markets, than it is by demand in the PRC.  The article also finds that slowing Chinese growth may actually accelerate the push by its banks and construction companies, with problems in China in the financial and construction sectors pushing Chinese banks and construction companies abroad  to shore up their balance sheets.

The article is available with this email as a PDF, and also, in both English and Spanish forms, through the Interamerican Development Bank, who published it, at:


The full publication also contains a number of excellent articles by leading China-America scholars-I encourage you to take a look at all the work that is offered in that edition.

Thank you, as always, for the opportunity to continue in contact.



Dr. R. Evan Ellis
Research Professor of Latin American Studies U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute
47 Ashburn Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
Tel: (717) 245-4085
Cell: (703) 328-7770
Fax: (717) 245-3820

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  1. NEW BOOK> Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives
  2. NEW ANTHOLGY OF BUDDHIST TEXTS: Common Buddhist Text: Guidance and Insight from the Buddha
  3. INTERVIEW> Tricycle Interview with Shayne Clarke

NEW BOOK> Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives

by Charles DiSimone

Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair: Body, Woman, and Desire in Medieval Japanese Narratives
Author: Pandey, Rajyashree;

Perfumed Sleeves and Tangled Hair explores the possibilities and limits of terms such as “body,” “woman,” “gender,” and “agency”—categories that emerged within the context of western philosophical, religious, and feminist debates—to analyze texts that come out of altogether different temporal and cultural contexts. Through close textual readings of a wide range of classical and medieval narratives, from well-known works such as the Tale of Genji to popular Buddhist tales, Rajyashree Pandey offers new ways of understanding such terms within the context of medieval Buddhist knowledge.
Pandey suggests that “woman” in medieval Japanese narratives does not constitute a self-evident and distinct category, and that there is little in these works to indicate that the sexed body was the single most important and overarching site of difference between men and women. She argues that the body in classical and medieval texts is not understood as something constituted through flesh, blood, and bones, or as divorced from the mind, and that in the Tale of Genji it becomes intelligible not as an anatomical entity but rather as something apprehended through robes and hair. Pandey provocatively claims that “woman” is a fluid and malleable category, one that often functions as a topos or figural site for staging debates not about real life women, but rather about delusion, attachment, and enlightenment, issues of the utmost importance to the Buddhist medieval world.
Pandey’s book challenges many of the assumptions that have become commonplace in academic writings on women and Buddhism in medieval Japan. She questions the validity of speaking of Buddhism’s misogyny, women’s oppression, passivity, or proto-feminism, and points to the anachronistic readings that result when fundamentally modern questions and concerns are transposed unreflexively onto medieval Japanese texts. Taking a broad, interdisciplinary approach, and engaging widely with literature, religious studies, and feminism, while paying close attention to medieval texts and genres, Pandey boldly throws down the gauntlet, challenging some of the sacred cows of contemporary scholarship on medieval Japanese women and Buddhism.
8 b&w illustrations

222pp. February 2016
Cloth - Price: $55.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-5354-9

More info here: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9539-9780824853549.aspx
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NEW ANTHOLGY OF BUDDHIST TEXTS: Common Buddhist Text: Guidance and Insight from the Buddha

by Peter Harvey
Common Buddhist Text: Guidance and Insight from the Buddha, a project of the International Council of Vesak, based at Mahachulalongkorn-rajavidyalaya University, Thailand

This is a text of 256,000 words and 423 pages with translations from Buddhist texts in Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan, representing the
‘Theravāda, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna’ traditions. A pdf of the text can be downloaded at: 
http://www.undv.org/vesak2015/en/cbt.php The plan is for it
to be published as a book in English and then into the other official UN languages as well as other languages of Buddhist countries, with the aim
that it will be available for free and distributed to many hotels.The proposer and co-ordinator of the project is Egil Lothe, President of the
Buddhist Federation of Norway, and an international committee of scholars, headed by Ven. Khammai Dhammasami, Executive Secretary of the International
Association of Buddhist Universities, selected most of the passages to be included. The project began in 2012, and has had feedback from many
scholars and leading monastics.

The text is edited by Peter Harvey (University of Sunderland), with the overall guiding hand of Venerable Professor Brahmapundit (MCU Rector) as
Chief Editor. Translations are newly done: from Pali by P.D. Premasiri (University of Peradeniya), G.A Somaratne (University of Hong Kong) and
Peter Harvey; from Sanskrit by Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa (University of Oslo); from Chinese by Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa and Venerable Thich Tue Sy (Van Hanh
University); and from Tibetan by Tamás Agócs (Dharma Gate Buddhist College, Budapest).

The text is divided into: Part I, with 69 Pali passages (56 pages) on the life of the Buddha and 11, 13 and 6 passages from the three traditions on
'Different perspectives on the Buddha (18 pages ; Part II (265 pages), on the Dharma, with 231 Pali passages, 168 Sanskrit and Chinese ones, and 91
Tibetan ones spread across 11 chapters; and Part III (39 pages), on the Sangha, with 2 chapters. There are 29 pages of overall and tradition
introductions, and each passage has a short introduction contextualising it.

A report on this project will be part of the Translating Buddhism conference at York St John University, York, June 30th to July 2nd.

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland
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INTERVIEW> Tricycle Interview with Shayne Clarke

by James Benn
Some people on this list may be interested in an interview with Dr. Shayne Clarke (McMaster University) that appears in the latest edition of Tricycle Magazine. It is currently in front of Tricycle's paywall.
The title of the article is "Rules for Pregnant Nuns & Married Monks."
Please enjoy responsibly.
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