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The Pivot to Asia with Kurt Campbell and Susan Shirk

Kurt Campbell, Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, visits his Alma Mater, UC San Diego, to share some insight and some anecdotes from his political career.

Campbell, who is now Chairman and CEO of the The Asia Group, sits down with Susan Shirk, the chair of the 21st Century China Program and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego, to discuss US relations with Asia and how that continent has garnered more attention than it has in the past.

When Campbell worked with Secretary Clinton in writing a statement predicting that the 21st century would be largely focused on Asian countries, their piece coined the phrase “pivot to Asia.” This phrase caught the attention of the international media, with some unintended consequences.

Hear Campbell explain the controversy and intentions behind the “pivot towards Asia” as well as the relations between China and Japan in “The Pivot to Asia with Kurt Campbell and Susan Shirk.”

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Music and Dance from Eastern Antiquity

West of the metropolis of Tokyo lies Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, a protected area home to the sacred Mount Mitake.

This majestic mountain has been a site of Shinto worship for thousands of years and the surrounding national park is scattered with ancient shrines. At the mountains peak, there is a Shinto shrine built under Emperor Sujin in 90 B.C. which contains a statue built in 736.

From this ancient area of worship comes a special form of Kagura, sacred Japanese song and dance rituals.

In this video, the East Asia Center and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara present the first and only US performance of Chichibu Kagura. These particular songs and dances date back the the seventeenth century.

Get lost in the mystic antiquity of “An Evening of Sacred Music and Dances from Japan Kagura Ensemble of Chichibu Shrine.”

For more world dance, check out this video of dances choreographed by John Malashock as he collaborates with Japanese artist Junko Chodos.