Video Presentation and Discussion | This is MY Rock: The Role and Influence of New Media in the South China Sea Territorial Disputes

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
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This Tower Center-Asian Studies joint event will kick off several Tower Center events in the coming weeks that will examine rising tensions in territorial disputes involving China, Japan, and several Southeast Asian countries (and U.S. security and diplomatic interests) in the East and South China Seas.  News and documentaries on YouTube will be used to look at the role and influence of new media in public perceptions and discussions.  In this case, the focus is on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea involving China, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Anny Wong, Tower Center Research Fellow


Anny Wong joined the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies as a Research Fellow in January 2013. Prior to moving to Dallas in the fall of 2012, she was a political scientist at the RAND Corporation in Arlington, VA and did policy research for a variety of clients including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and Japan’s National Institute for Science and Technology.  She continues to consult at RAND, the World Bank, Freedom House, and other organizations, and is a Board Member of the Japan-America Society of Dallas Fort Worth.  Anny was an East-West Center Graduate Fellow in Honolulu, obtained her doctoral degree in political science from the University of Hawai’i a Manoa, and has worked, traveled and lived in many parts of Asia. She loves dogs, food, travel, and is a big fan of Asterix and Sherman’s Lagoon.

Ling Shiao, Associate Professor in History, will moderate discussions with the audience


Ling Shiao is an associate professor in SMU’s William P. Clements Department of History and an associate in SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. Professor Ling researches on the history of social and intellectual movements in modern China, Chinese Communism, and Gender and Chinese Society. She has written numerous conference papers and reviews in journals, including Twentieth Century China and Enterprise & Society, and she is now working on a book titled, “Printing, Reading and Revolution: Kaiming Press and Cultural Transformation of Republican China, 1920s-1940s.” She received her PhD in History from Brown University.

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 This event is supported with a grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative.