Workshop – Beyond the State’s Reach : Casino Spaces as Enclaves of Development or Lawlessness ?


21-22 août 2015, Center for Khmer Studies.

This workshop is organized by the Casino and Development in Asia Research Network, gathering together the University of Macau, the National University of Singapore (ARI), Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO-ENS Lyon, France) and IIAS, and whose objective is to investigate the nexus between “Casino and Development” in Southeast Asia, China and beyond.

Beyond the State’s Reach : Casino Spaces as Enclaves of Development or Lawlessness ? is the second phase of the IIAS/Mellon Foundation Forum Asian Spatialities 3 : Across Southeast Asian Borderlands which aims at studying Southeast Asia based on networks, processes, transitions, polyvalence, and fluidity, in opposition to the concepts of the “nation-state” or the “region”. This workshop seeks to better understand the “transitional zones” that have emerged in the wake of the encounter between local communities, new migratory circulations and the global economy. The multiplication of mega casino resorts in Asia is emblematic of these new spaces created across local and global scales. Over the past few years, the belief has taken root that the gaming industry is a powerful tool for economic development. The gaming revenue generated in the two most lucrative gaming markets in the world, Macau and Singapore, has prompted neighboring countries to follow suit. A number of casinos have mushroomed along the borders of Southeast Asian countries. These casino projects have been incorporated into the national leisure economy as part of global city branding, or to attract foreign investments for local development and modernization.

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Colloque International – From Eco-districts to Smart Cities : Which Role for Mobility ? Experimenting Smart Communities in Europe and Japan


16-17 septembre 2015, Colloque international organisé par Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO, UMR5062) et Laboratoire d’Economie des Transports (LET, UMR5593).

Lieu : Sciences-Po Lyon, 14 avenue Berthelot, Lyon 7ème, Amphi Leclair

Attempts to create low carbon or more energy efficient cities are not new as evidenced by many sustainable or eco-districts (mainly in residential areas) achievements in various European countries. Japan too has seen several programmes to support the development of sustainable cities.

Today, the development of smart-grids marks a new step forward in the management of energy. The uncertain and timely varying production level of electricity from renewable sources makes it generally difficult to stabilize the power grid. Smart grids open up interesting prospects for a better use of local energies. Linking energy and urban challenges, “smart communities” experiments aim to test out technologies (including that of the smart grid) in limited areas, seeking ways to co-ordinate them while at the same time collecting data that will inform solutions which, ultimately, could be extended to cover entire cities. Their focus is on creating energy-efficient buildings and introducing energy from renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass and in Japan, hydrogen). At the same time, they address issues of lifestyle changes needed to reduce energy demand. Thus citizens will be called upon to make changes in the ways in which they use energy, by modifying and adapting mobility and energy consumption to information received almost in real time.

This at any rate is the goal of Japan’s “Demonstration of Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems” programme launched by the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) which has given birth to “Smart Communities”. Under the supervision of NEDO, it has also initiated several experiments abroad including that of the Lyon Confluence district.

The “Smart Communities” approach integrates the transport question and is not limited to the energy management of buildings. The experiments underway draw upon the expertise of many partners including car makers — Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi — who have an interest themselves in integrating hybrid and electric or even fuel-cell vehicles into this broad framework of energy management. Several concepts are being tested out, among them the use of electric vehicle batteries as a storage resource for renewable energies, not only charging energy but also discharging it into buildings. Another idea is to promote EVs for use by individuals, companies (for their fleets) and even in car-sharing services. Mobility needs can also be met through multimodal information systems that encourage greater use of public transport and walking in order to reduce electricity consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases.

Whilst the European experiments in Lyon, Malaga and Manchester are ongoing with NEDO support, the « Smart Communities » programme in Japan was set to end in March 2015. The purpose of this workshop is to present the Japanese Smart Community programme and discuss its main outcomes in the different areas of energy management, transport and mobility initiatives, comparing those outcomes with those in the Lyon confluence district as well as in other cities such as Malaga in Spain, Manchester in the UK and Los Alamos in the USA. The workshop will be based on the research conducted by IAO and LET within the framework of the PREDIT programme and is financed by ADEME.

Five sessions are planned. The first will discuss current policies on energy management in Japan and in France and examine their evolution in the context of each country. The second session will focus on transport and mobility in cities involved in every type of experiment, especially experiments promoting electric mobility and new services (car-sharing, information systems and so on). The third session will present the main characteristics of the 2010-2015 Japanese “Next Generation and Social System Demonstration” developed by the METI in Japan’s four “Smart Communities”. The fourth session will present the Lyon Smart Community project in the Confluence district while the last session will look at some other European and US examples of smart communities.

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Nouvelle publication de Danielle Tan


Danielle Tan, « Chinese Engagement in Laos : Past, Present, and Uncertain Future », Trends in Southeast Asia, ISEAS Publishing, 2015 n° 7


On 7 April 2010, the Lao government signed an agreement with China that sets out the financing and the construction of a high-speed railway line (420 km) linking the capital Vientiane to southwestern China. Underthe original plan, China was to fund 70 per cent of the US$7.2 billion project. The construction was initially set to commence on 25 April 2011to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Laos. However, the project was postponed after the corruption scandal that led to the removal of China’s Minister of Railways in February 2011. Afterwards, the Chinese construction companies pulled out of the venture fearing the rail link would not generate enough profit. Laos resolved to take full ownership of the project. Laos and China are still finalizing the details of the loan agreement with the China EximBank. In return for financing the project, “China will secure supply of around 5 million tons a year of mineral resources, mainly potash, by 2020, along with other raw materials such as timber and agricultural products that may be shipped to China,” stated the Lao Minister of Energy and Mining (Wall Street Journal 2012). To put an end to rumours concerning the cancellation of the railway project, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong confirmed that the project was still on the agenda during his visit to China in April 2014 (Radio Free Asia August 2014).

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Journée des doctorants et post-doctorants de l’IAO 2015


La journée des doctorants et post-doctorants de l’IAO aura lieu le 19 juin 2015 en salle R66 du campus Descartes de l’ENS Lyon de 10h à 18h30.

Il est prévu 9 présentations de 15 à 20 minutes (avec PPT), chacune d’elle étant suivie d’une discussion d’environ 20 à 25 minutes avec les participants.

Voici le programme détaillé

10h00 à 10h05 :Accueil des participants en salle de réunion de l’IAO (R66)

10h05 à 10h45 : Benoît GRANIER (doctorant à l’IAO en science politique)
Changer les comportements individuels : la stratégie japonaise en matière de consommation d’énergie

10h50 à 11h30 : Nicolas LEPRETRE (doctorant à l’IAO en science politique)
Action publique et réseaux électriques intelligents : le cas des smart communities au Japon

11h30-11h50 : Pause

11h50 à 12h30 : TAN Xinxin(doctorante à l’IAO en histoire)
Etat des lieux de la recherche sur l’histoire des transports en commun à Shanghai

12h35 à 13H15 : HOU Qingbin(doctorant à l’IAO en histoire)
La pratique judiciaire de la cour mixte française de Shanghai au cours de la première guerre mondiale : àpartir du règlement des affaires contre les ressortissants allemands en 1917

13h15 à 14h15 : Pause déjeuner (restaurant universitaire Descartes)

14h15 à 14h55 : SUNG Tzu-Hsuan(doctorante à l’IAO en histoire)
L’industrie de cosmétiques en Chine (1900-1937)

15h00 à 15h40 : Katrine WONG (doctorante à l’IAO en histoire)
Wang Xiaolai (1886-1967), Historical footprints of a Republican Shanghai citizen

15h45 à 16h25 :Gwenael NJOTO-FEILLARD (docteur en science politique, visitingfellow à l’ISEAS, Singapour, et chercheur associé àl’IAO)
Les entreprises de vente multi-niveaux islamiques en Indonésie

16h25 à 16h45 : Pause

16h45 à 17h25 : Théo CLEMENT(doctorant à l’IAO en science politique)
Il faut que tout change pour que rien ne change : évaluer l’actuelle ouverture économique nord-coréenne à travers une perspective historique

17h30 à 18h10 : Paul GARDERES (doctorant à l’IAO en langue et civilisation chinoise)
Les rapports entre fiction et représentation de la souveraineté sur un corpus de romans commentés de lafin du 17ème siècle en Chine

18h10 à 18h40 : Discussion générale et bilan de la journée

A partir de 18h45 : Garden partyde l’IAO (jusque vers 20h00 environs)

La 9e Rencontre du Réseau DocAsie


L’Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO, UMR 5062) et le Service Commun de la Documentation de l’Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (SCD Lyon 3) organiseront les 24, 25 et 26 juin 2015 la 9ème rencontre du réseau national DocAsie (réseau des bibliothécaires et documentalistes travaillant sur l’Asie en France), rencontres organisées chaque année dans différentes villes depuis 2007 (Marseille, Paris, La Rochelle, Nice, etc…). Compte tenu de l’importante documentation sur l’Asie à Lyon, le comité de pilotage du réseau DocAsie a prévu de l’organiser à Lyon au sein de l’ENS de Lyon et du campus de l’Université Lyon 3. Cette réunion va réunir une quarantaine de personnes autour de la thématique « préservation et valorisation des collections asiatiques».

Ces journées sont l’occasion d’échanger sur les méthodes de travail avec les différents acteurs de la documentation dans le domaine des études asiatiques en France. Ce réseau est un outil indispensable à la recherche, et bien entendu également  à Lyon, le réseau comptant entre autres partenaires, outre l’IAO, la Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon (fonds chinois) et le SCD de l’Université Lyon 3.

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Article 铭记中国贡献,也是记忆的责任 (Se souvenir de la contribution de la Chine [à la victoire dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale] est aussi un ‘devoir de mémoire’) de Christian Henriot, publié le 14 mai 2015, au Quotidien du Peuple, le plus grand journal chinois.

Cet article est une réflexion sur le rôle de la Chine pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale et sa contribution à la victoire en 1945.