2020-21 East Asia Now Series

From security to trade to popular culture, contemporary events in East Asia create ripples felt around the world, including Wisconsin. East Asia Now is a traveling forum that brings together scholars, policymakers, business people, and community leaders from around the state to discuss the impact of East Asian current events on Wisconsin. Each year CEAS will select a relevant topic and hold 2-3 East Asia Now forums around the state.

If you are interested in hosting an East Asia Now event or have an idea for a topic, please contact CEAS associate director David Fields.

East Asia Now is the Wisconsin Idea in action!

2020-2021 Topic: The US-China Relationship

What do escalating tensions between the United States and China mean for Wisconsin and beyond? What would be the effects of “de-coupling” the two countries? Is such an outcome even possible? The topic of this year’s East Asia Now series will focus on many dimensions of the US-China relationship including trade, geopolitics, employment of soft-power, and differing approaches to international issues including environmental issues. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year’s programming will be virtual, but will remain true to the Wisconsin Idea by bringing together experts, policymakers and community members to gather a diverse set of perspectives on these issues. Please check our upcoming events page and join our mailing list for upcoming events.


Dealing with China, 27 April 2021 (Virtual Event)

A panel discussion on U.S.-China relations under a Biden administration, focusing on national security, economics, and higher education

Talking Trade Video Podcast

A partnership between CEAS and Wispolitics.com/Wisbusiness.com, this video podcast is hosted by UW-Madison economist and CEAS faculty member Ian Coxhead and Sandi Siegel, president of M.E. Dey & Co., a century-old Milwaukee-based logistics and shipping firm. It will explore how trade tensions between the US and China continue to impact Wisconsin and beyond. Click here to see all the episodes in this video podcast.

Photo of President Trump and President Xi Jingping

Connecting East Asia and Wisconsin!

Fostering a community for the study of East Asia!