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Top Asia scholar to give speech on U.S.-Asia relations

Write 550 articles and 39 books or monographs on Asian politics and U.S.-Asian policy, add 41 years of dedication to one of the top academic institutions in the U.S., and what do you have?

Dr. Robert Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley (Courtesy photo)

One of the top Asian studies scholars in the world.

And he's coming to New Mexico State University.

Robert Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss current U.S.-Asia relations at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium on the NMSU campus. His speech is called "The United States and 21st Century Asia: Opportunities and Challenges."

Scalapino's visit coincides with NMSU's intent to build an Asian Studies program on campus.

"Dr. Scalapino's visit and the simultaneous visit by a Chinese delegation can help us create an Asian Studies program at NMSU," said Michael V. Martin, NMSU president. "New Mexico will have to compete and succeed in a global economy that is heavily influenced by Asia. NMSU can take the lead in becoming a major player in this endeavor. By creating a dialogue, partnerships and linkages, we can open up conversations that will assist all of New Mexico in its role on the international stage."

Scalapino's written works range from "Democracy and the Party Movement in Prewar Japan," published in 1952, to "The United States and Asia: Lectures at Peking University," published in 2002, 50 years later. He also has written or co-written "Parties and Politics in Contemporary Japan," "Communism in Korea," "Asia and the Road Ahead," "The Foreign Policy of Modern Japan," "The United States and Korea - Looking Ahead," "The Early Japanese Labor Movement," "Modern China and Its Revolutionary Process," "Major Power Relations in Northeast Asia," "The Politics of Development: Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Asia" and "The Last Leninists: The Uncertain Future of Asia's Communist States."

Scalapino has received a plethora of research grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Social Science Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Henry Luce Foundation and Earhart Foundation. Japan, Korea and Mongolia have bestowed medals upon him. He has been named Honorary Professor at Peking University and the Center on Northeast Asian Studies in Mongolia. Most recently, he was given the Award of the Ambassador of Dialogue by the Polish Asia Pacific Council.

Scalapino has made 54 trips to the People's Republic of China. On four of those trips, he served as a visiting professor of Peking University. He also visited the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, North Korea and all parts of South and Southeast Asia.

Scalapino earned his bachelor of arts degree from Santa Barbara College and his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. From 1949 to 1990, he taught in the Political Science Department at U-C Berkeley. He was department chair from 1962 to 1965 and Robson Research Professor of Government from 1977 until 1990. In 1978, he founded the Institute of East Asian Studies and served as its director until his retirement in 1990.

Scalapino will be accompanied by Asian expert K.A. (Tony) Namkung, foreign policy adviser to Gov. Bill Richardson. Namkung has more than 30 years' experience in U.S.-Asia relations. Namkung helped found the Institute of East Asian Studies at U-C Berkeley, raised four million dollars over two years to support projects on U.S. relations with China, Japan, and Korea, and received grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Rockefeller Foundation to work on defusing the North Korean nuclear crisis.