Image-Making in Asia: Branding, Commercialization and Product Penetration of Popular Products across Asia with discussants Anne Allison, Ian Condry, and Roald Maliangkay. This panel was moderated by Laura Nelson.This conference will explore a number of broad threads under the rubric of "soft power." The overarching goal is to examine some of the important ways in which culture, product branding, export projection of national cultures, athletic events, and global NGOs serve to create a more unified (or divided) Asia.To what extent are cultural and athletic activities used by national governments to project positive images? Do transnational groups such as NGOs operate independently of governments as cross national cultural unifiers? Are cultural products such as films, soap operas, and toys moving more easily across national borders in ways that foster some comprehensive sense of "Asian-ness" or "Asian identity?" - Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeleymoreless
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