Day Fifteen: Transitions—time and space…Kant where are you when we need you!?

 

I spent time at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital yesterday. Oh man. I got to shadow a physician who is specialized in cancer. He was also training a junior physician, so I got to a see a lot – doctor-trainee, trainee-patient, and doctor-patient.

Cancer is a helluva thing – some patients will die and others, are showing signs of recovery. I left with this gem of a mantra, “He is going to die – we all die”. The blunt honesty hit me like a ton of brick but then the reality set in, he is right, and he’s a doctor, and he sees this every day.  For the past year I volunteered at hospice palliative care but I am still not immune to the shock upon hearing the words that “he/she will die and there is nothing, medically, we can do to save them.”

I was instantly reminded of this scene from Hadrian’s Memoirs:

My dear Mark, Today I went to see my physician, Hermogenes, who has just returned to the villa from a rather long journey in Asia … I took off my cloak and tunic and lay down on a couch. I spare you details which would be as disagreeable to you as to me … the description of the body of a man who is growing old, and is about to die of a dropsical heart … It is difficult to remain an emperor in presence of a physician, and difficult even to keep one’s essential quality as a man … This morning it occurred to me that my body, my faithful companion and friend, truer and better known to me than my own soul, may be, after all, a sly beast who will end by devouring his master … ”

Right before I left for the hospital, I was asked to edit a document. The document was for a seventeen year old boy who has a hole in his heart—his parents were both victims of the gas leak and are now survivors who are chronically ill, which their son has inherited. This is common here in Bhopal…heart breaking.

Today, all day staff meeting….I  am planning on visiting a mosque this evening. If I do, you’ll read about it tomorrow.

 

In search of "US"!

They may not be written, articulated, or learned even, but with kindness, tolerance, and a sincere respect towards the host, one can easily feel at home in Kunming, as I have. Having never been to Asia, I was looking forward to a major culture shock. An environment, a culture, and language so different from the Western world, and completely unfamiliar to an Ethiopian eye; instead I was met with the recognition of one in the other. A smile will take you further to the heart of the residents making it easy for them to welcome strangers with open arms, eager to share their culture and novice craft of living that’s unique to them. And indeed no less apparent, we too get to share each of our own unique story as they observe how we each carry ourselves in a strangers land they call home. A wonderful experience that’s currently hard to author in just few words, our journey continues … Looking forward to it.

In search of “US”!

They may not be written, articulated, or learned even, but with kindness, tolerance, and a sincere respect towards the host, one can easily feel at home in Kunming, as I have. Having never been to Asia, I was looking forward to a major culture shock. An environment, a culture, and language so different from the Western world, and completely unfamiliar to an Ethiopian eye; instead I was met with the recognition of one in the other. A smile will take you further to the heart of the residents making it easy for them to welcome strangers with open arms, eager to share their culture and novice craft of living that’s unique to them. And indeed no less apparent, we too get to share each of our own unique story as they observe how we each carry ourselves in a strangers land they call home. A wonderful experience that’s currently hard to author in just few words, our journey continues … Looking forward to it.

India China Conversations | Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality

Below are presentations from the third day of India China Conversations Conference: “Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality” (April 28, 2012)

Session I: Causes, Patterns, Consequences

Atul Kohli, Politics of inequality in India

Kellee S. Tsai, The Political Economy of Inequality in Reform-era China

Aziz Khan, The Disconnect Between Global Economic Power and Shared Domestic Prosperity in China

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Inclusive Growth or Rising Inequalities? Indian economy in the Neoliberal Age

Session II: Reactions and Responses from State and Society

Vivienne Shue, Prosperity Amidst Poverty and Inequality: Reactions and Responses from State and Society in China

Ching Kwan Lee, The Power of Instability: How the Grassroots State Absorbs Popular Unrest in China

Devesh Kapur, The Capability Trap of the Indian State

Sanjay Ruparelia, Legislating Socioeconomic Rights in India: Origins, Promises, Risks

Neera Chandhoke, Compound Inequalities and Political Violence in India

India China Conversations | Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality

Below are presentations from the third day of India China Conversations Conference: “Prosperity amidst Poverty & Inequality” (April 28, 2012)

Session I: Causes, Patterns, Consequences

Atul Kohli, Politics of inequality in India

Kellee S. Tsai, The Political Economy of Inequality in Reform-era China

Aziz Khan, The Disconnect Between Global Economic Power and Shared Domestic Prosperity in China

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Inclusive Growth or Rising Inequalities? Indian economy in the Neoliberal Age

Session II: Reactions and Responses from State and Society

Vivienne Shue, Prosperity Amidst Poverty and Inequality: Reactions and Responses from State and Society in China

Ching Kwan Lee, The Power of Instability: How the Grassroots State Absorbs Popular Unrest in China

Devesh Kapur, The Capability Trap of the Indian State

Sanjay Ruparelia, Legislating Socioeconomic Rights in India: Origins, Promises, Risks

Neera Chandhoke, Compound Inequalities and Political Violence in India

October Inaugural Workshop Resources

The official launch of ERSEH took place at at 5-day workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal (October 24-28, 2010). Thirty scholars and experts from India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and United States, representing the disciplines of religious studies, environmental studies, international affairs, and Himalayan studies, collaboratively developed the foundational research questions, established project goals, and, began to build a community of experts to explore new perspectives in religion, sustainability, and their policy implications.

Faculty members from The New School — Ashok Gurung, L.H.M. Ling, Cameron Tonkinwise, Mark Larrimore, and Sara Winter — make up the core members of ERSEH.
They led small group discussions on the themes of:
– Dynamics of local knowledge and practices
– Urbanization/migration/globalization)
– Mapping continuities and changes in sacred conceptions of the environment

(See workshop agenda, full list of participants and their bios, and research questions below.)

Culminating with a range of interpretations and perspectives, the workshop was a strong starting point to grapple with the complexities of international environmental policy and the role of religion within it. It laid the groundwork for the next few years as ICI continues to spearhead further inquires on the Himalayas’ pressing issue of environmental policy and climate change.

FINAL_LuceProjectSummary
FINAL_KTMWorkshop_Questions
FINAL_ParticipantBios

Welcome from the Senior Director of India China Institute

The initiative is designed to unlock the potential of collaboration amongst a growing field of scholars and their work. By building platforms for dialogue between and among these three countries, we empower a new generation to tackle global issues. Through these interactions, participants will learn from each other how their respective countries can build unique and effective solutions for the people of Asia’s economic engine.

Prosperity and Inequality | Debates in India and China

Below are presentations from the Prosperity and Inequality: Debates in India and China conference at The New School (March 27-28, 2008).

Session I: Cities, Capital Formation And Social Discontent

Robert Buckley, Capital Formation and Social Discontent

Zhiwu Chen, Do State Ownership and Regulations Reduce Inequality?

Michael Cohen, The Crises of Urban Capital and Labor

Session II: The Social Costs Of Growth

Shantayanan Devarajan, Why does India still have so many poor people?

Carl Riskin, Some Social Costs of Transition and Development in China

Xiu Lan Zhang, The Costs of Migration in China: A Life Stage Perspective

Session III: Designs For The Future

Brank Milanovic, China, India and Global Inequality

Session IV: Searching For Models: A New Asian Social Contract?

Arjun Appadurai, Who Owns Asia’s Future?

Tao Liu, In Search of a New Model of Development in Asia

Yushi Mao, Chinese experience on its economic prosperity

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