GRADNAS Seminar - Book Discussion: State Formation through Emulation- The East Asian Model

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Join us for a discussion on the book State Formation through Emulation - The East Asian Model published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. This volume coauthored by Chin Hao Huang and David C. Kang challenges the assumption that the European experience with war and state-making was universal. With its focus on Korea, Japan and Vietnam, the book broadens the scope of state formation in East Asia beyond the study of China itself and shows how countries in the region interacted and learned from each other and China to develop strong capacities and stable borders.

Authors: Chin Hao Huang (Associate Professor: Political Science and Head of Studies (Global Affairs, National University of Singapore)

David C. Kang, (Professor of International Relations: University of Southern California)

Discussant: Natasha Hamilton-Hart (Director: New Zealand Asia Institute, University of Auckland)


Chin Hao Huang is Associate Professor of Political Science and Head of Studies for Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. His research and teaching focus on China's foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. His books include Power and Restraint in China's Rise (Columbia University Press 2022) and Identity in the Shadow of a Giant: How the Rise of China is Changing Taiwan (Bristol University Press, 2021).

David C. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, where he is also director of the USC Korean Studies Institute. He researches East Asian security, the international relations of historical East Asia, and Korean politics. He is the author of American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Natasha Hamilton-Hart is Director of the New Zealand Asia Institute and Professor in the Department of Management and International Business, University of Auckland Business School. Her research focuses on business in Southeast Asia, particularly in the banking and natural resource sectors, as well as on foreign investment flows and financial regulation. She is the author of Asian States, Asian Bankers: Central Banking in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2002) and Hard Interests, Soft Illusions: Southeast Asia and American Power (Cornell University Press, 2012).

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This event is the fourth in the GRADNAS Seminar series of 2023 that will showcase the cutting-edge academic research on Asian security by GRADNAS members. It presents an exciting opportunity for research exchange involving the network, providing a regular occasion for GRADNAS scholars to share and receive feedback on their ongoing and published research. Join us as we celebrate and showcase the excellent research by GRADNAS members and friends. Visit our website here.

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