[Blueboard] Rituals of Relief_Emergency Assistance to Japan from other Asian Countires Following the Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
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Fri Aug 3 12:51:30 PHT 2012
ACAS in cooperation with the Department of Political Science and the
Japanese Studies Program cordially invites you to a lecture:
Rituals of Relief: Emergency Assistance to Japan from Asian Countries
Following the Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
David M. Potter
August 18, 10:30 to 12 noon, Berchmans Hall 106
In March 2011 Japan found itself, for the first time in many years, in
the unexpected position of aid recipient. Over the following three
months following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Japan received offers of assistance from more than 250 international
organizations, countries, and other agencies, the largest number of
any recent natural disaster. A Foreign Ministry assessment in July
observed that, after Sudan, Japan was likely to be the largest
recipient of humanitarian assistance in 2011.
Drawing upon insights from gift theory, elaborated in recent years
from the works of French sociologist Marcel Mauss, and Hattori
Tomohisas thesis that aid is a symbolic act of domination, this paper
examines Asian governments offers of emergency aid and their
justifications for giving aid to Japan. The paper argues that
humanitarian aid to Japan in 2011 offered a rare chance to reverse the
symbolic power relationship between aid donor and aid recipient. Yet
each governments aid response, and the rationales for it, was
somewhat different, reflecting positions in the international aid
regime and specific relationships with Japan.
David Potter Profile
David M. Potter is a professor of international relations in the
Faculty of Policy Studies, Nanzan University. His research focuses on
official development assistance and international non-governmental
organizations. His main publications include S. Ahmed and D. M.
Potter, NGOs in International Politics. Kumarian Press 2006: D. Van
Belle, J-S. Rioux, and D. M. Potter, Media, Bureaucracies, and Foreign
Aid. Palgrave 2004: D. M. Potter, Japans Foreign Aid to Thailand and
the Philippines. St. Martins Press 1996. His co-edited book,
Foreign Aid Competition in Northeast Asia, will be published by
Kumarian Press/Stylus this fall.
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