Asia and Latin America in the 21
UM's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) marked a successful beginning to its "Asia and Latin America in the 21st Century" initiative by hosting over 200 participants at the 1st annual "Miami's Asia Summit," which took place on April 17th, and the academic workshop, "Asia and Latin America: Setting the Agenda," which took place on April 18th. The events are part of CLAS' strategic undertaking to set a framework for studying the interaction between Asia and Latin America in the coming decade.
Setting the Agenda: Asia and Latin America in the 21st Century
This publication emerges out of the University of Miami's 2012 "Asia and Latin America in the 21st Century" conference, where experts from around the world convened to address the macroeconomic trends, trade relations, and sociopolitical trends that have emerged as the links between Asia and Latin America strengthen. Organized under three broad themes—Asia and Latin America as Subject and Object of Globalization; Comparative Perspectives; and Empirical Research—these pieces establish a multidisciplinary dialogue regarding some of the most pressing issues affecting the region today, inclusive of, but not limited to, issues of bi- and multilateral trade relations, development finance, human trafficking, environmental protection policy, sociocultural dynamics, and economic globalization.
Miami's Asia Summit 2012
The first ever "Miami's Asia Summit," hosted by CLAS and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, featured renowned experts and business professionals and addressed the new role of Asia in the western hemisphere. Three panels with Asia-Latin America international experts examined current issues in US-Asia-Latin America relations and interactions between Latin America/Caribbean and China as well as Latin America/Caribbean and India. The panels were moderated by Andres Oppenheimer from the Miami Herald/CNN and Stephen Keppel from Univision News. Attendees participated in a luncheon featuring Craig Allen, U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia.
Asia and Latin America: Setting the Agenda
Held at UM's Newman Alumni Center, "Asia and Latin America: Setting the Agenda" brought experts from institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (P.R. China), Tsinghua University (P.R. China), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidad Icesi (Colombia), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), University of Cambridge, Harvard University, American University, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Inter-American Dialogue, and other organizations to the University of Miami to discuss the new dynamics of the relationship between Asia and Latin America. The conference included remarks from UM President, Donna E. Shalala, and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Leonidas G. Bachas.
Latin America and China: The New Dynamics
China’s involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean is expanding in a spectacular way. In a time frame of less than a decade, China has gone from having virtually no presence in Latin America to being a very significant partner to a large number of Latin American countries. China’s presence in Latin America and the Caribbean is part of a more general policy of “going out” (zou chuqu), and needs to be understood —both analytically and empirically— within a larger context of globalization. This seminar reviews the growing literature on the China-Latin America connection from the perspectives of policy, economics, society, culture, and history. Other cases of relevant Asian players in Latin America and newcomers (India) are included as well. The objective is to examine, analyze and debate the interaction between Asia/China and Latin America as an evolving field of study.