Published: Nov. 15, 2021

CAS has multiple events this week. Among them are:

Asian Studies at CU

Tuesday, November 16 at 9:30am

The Center for Asian Studies will be hosting an "Asian Studies at CU" information session for undergraduates interested in study abroad and work opportunities in Asia, scholarships and fellowships available for study in Asia, and the CU Asian Studies minor and major.

Speakers from the Center for Asian Studies, Academic Advising, Education Abroad, Career Services, and the Office of Top Scholarships will be in attendance to share with students about the many ways in which they can incorporate Asian Studies into their studies and professional development.

Interested students can register here:

Indonesian Nongkrong

Wednesday, November 17 at 3pm
Location: The HIVE @ALTEC Hellems 159

Selamat datang! Join us to practice your listening and speaking skills at the Indonesian Nongkrong, hosted by ALTEC and the Center of Asian Studies!

International Game Night @ALTEC

Wednesday, November 17 at 4pm
Location: The HIVE @ALTEC Hellems 159

Are you interested in playing games from countries around the world or in different languages?
Join ALTEC, our world language departments, faculty, and students at International Game Night! All languages and levels are welcome!
Feel free to drop by, or RSVP to get a reminder or lead a game:

Behind the Scenes in Lhasa: The Economics of Rituals in the Tibetan Buddhist State

Thursday November 18 at 4pm MST
Guggenheim 205*

Paljor Tsarong is a Tibetan anthropologist and historian, and son of George Dundul Tsarong, a ranking bureaucrat in the Ganden Phodrang government and a decade in exile after 1959. Paljor has recently completed a book, to be published by Lexington Press, The Life and Times of George Tsarong of Tibet, 1920-1970: A Lord in the Traditional Tibetan State.  Paljor has also worked extensively with Melvyn Goldstein and has written extensively on Marxism and Tibet.  In this talk, he will speak on the structure and function of the traditional Tibetan government, including the economics of rituals in the traditional state. 

Politics of Power in Myanmar

Friday, November 19 at 12 noon

Zoom link

Myanmar is one of the least electrified countries in the world.  The country’s Ministry of Energy and Electricity claims (overestimates?) that 50 percent of the population has been electrified as of 2020, and the power consumption per capita is about twenty times less than the world average. For rural households, access to electricity is lower still. Prior to 2011, five decades of military rule left many communities fending for themselves with regards to electricity, leading to a number of resourceful innovations. At the same time, the country has been a major exporter of energy -- with Myanmar in long-term contracts to deliver natural gas through pipelines to Thailand and China and plans for huge hydroelectric facilities that would primarily export electricity to China and Thailand. In ethnic minority areas (Shan, Karen, Kareni, Katchin, Mon) energy projects have been implicated in human rights abuses including deliberate flooding of villages and forced labor.

This talk will explore Myanmar’s energy situation and how this situation changed during and after its decade of democracy from 2011 to 2021 followed by the military coup and violent crackdown; the role of Thailand and China as exploiters of Myanmar energy sources; Myanmar’s deployment of clean decentralized energy including community-centered energy development, and the complicated relationship between states/regions and the union government vis-a-vis energy development.

Kyi Phyo -- Foundation Renewable Energy and Ecology (FREE)

Shoon So Oo -- World Wildlife Fund Myanmar

Chuenchom Greacen -- independent consultant

Dr. Chris Greacen -- independent consultant

In addition, this is International Education Week! Check out the many events related to International Education aound campus this week.