Seeing Like an Asian Geographer: Researching Asian States, Markets and Societies from a Geographical Perspective

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Asian Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Governors Square 11, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Calvin Chung, Jiang Xu
Chairs: Jiang Xu


From the decelerated pace of economic growth to the rising risk of climate change, many of the vexed questions facing peoples and environments of Asia are deeply ingrained in the complex interplay between state, market and society in and across space. This session brings together a panel of leading ‘Asian geographers’ – geographers whose research interest lies in Asia, whether as a territorial or cultural construct – to discuss the significance, opportunities and challenges of researching the dynamic mosaic of Asian states, markets and societies from a geographical perspective, drawing attention to the role of space in both mediating and complicating the relations of this triad. Each panelist will provide an opening statement which respond to the framing questions below with reference to his/her own research experience, before the panelists would interact among themselves and with the audience:

(1) What are the distinctive geographical features of state-market-society relations in Asian contexts?
(2) What are the emerging trends and issues of Asian states, markets or/and societies which warrant more research attention from geographers?
(3) What are the practical challenges for geographers to investigate and publish about Asian states, markets or/and societies?
(4) How can geographical inquiries on Asian states, markets or/and societies contribute to the broader geographical scholarship?

[This session is organised in the memory of the late Professor Anne Haila, who would have joined the session as a panelist.]


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Jiang Xu The Chinese University of Hong Kong 15
Panelist Ayona Datta University College London 10
Panelist Cindy Fan UCLA 10
Panelist Fulong Wu University College London 10
Panelist Henry Yeung National University of Singapore 10
Discussant Calvin Chung The Chinese University of Hong Kong 15

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