[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
Nanzan University

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  
Tomohisa’s 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 government’s 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, Japan’s Foreign Aid to Thailand and  
the Philippines.  St. Martin’s 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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