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2019 Tsinghua International Summer School - Experiencing China

Date:27 August 2019
Author:Thomas Veenstra

This year I had the fortune of being one of the 200 participants of a summer school hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing. I received the scholarship provided to me by Tsinghua University through the University of Groningen. This summer school was aimed...

Korean vending machine

Korean vending machines: pork belly, dried flowers and foreign subway tickets

Date:29 April 2019

Vending machines, if you ask me, provide a window on a country’s cultural priorities. They ensure, after all, access to goods which are deemed to be so vital that they should be available around the clock, everyday of the year. They are indeed my favorite...

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Busiest air route in the world? Take a wild guess…

Date:04 October 2018

Visiting one of the foundations supporting CEASG this week, I had the dubious honor to fly the busiest air route in the world. Any clue which route I am writing about? According to the South China Morning Post of Hongkong, some 65 thousand flights shuttled...

Claire Defossez

Building bridges in the common fight against international terrorism

Date:24 May 2018
Author:Claire Defossez, MA student East Asian Studies

The attacks on three churches in Indonesia last week are a reminder that international terrorism is unfortunately still very much a problem today. It also underlines its international nature. Whereas after the subsequent attacks in Paris left people with...

An unrestored part of The Great Wall

The future of a healthier Beijing

Date:08 August 2017
Author:Amber Ebskamp

As part of the Netherlands Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS), a group of 30 students from all over the country including myself took off to Beijing, the capital of China. Before departure I didn’t have many expectations, only a few. Some good and some...

Diagonal zebra crossing at main gate PNU

“Pedestrian dance” in Busan, or "Cyclist's scramble" in Groningen.

Date:11 May 2017
Author:Tjalling Halbertsma

The iconic pedestrian scramble in front of Tokyo's Shibuya Station must be the world's most famous diagonal zebra crossing in the world, but the intersections outside the main gate of our partner institution Pusan National University (PNU) boast no less...

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto)

MIRAI Program 2016: A Memorable Experience

Date:16 February 2017
Author:Lise Weerden en Montijn Huisman

Since the phrase entered common usage around two decades ago, both the concept and practice of public diplomacy have gained increasing attention. Various actors have come to explore its potential, and public diplomacy has become prominent in many...

The Great Liao

The Great Liao? Chinggis? CEASG?

Date:23 January 2017
Author:Tjalling Halbertsma (CEASG Director International)

Ever heard of the Great Liao? Or the Da Liao? Perhaps the Liao dynasty? As opposed to the Tang, Ming or Qing dynasties, the Liao have been largely overlooked by most and remain largely unknown to this day. Yet the Liao conquered and ruled vast parts of...

Boris Jansen

East Asian Studies at the University of Groningen

Date:09 January 2017
Author:Boris Jansen (Master Ambassador East Asian Studies)

I’ve been interested in East Asia for a long time. Since primary school I’ve been fascinated by Japan and in 2010 I participated in the International Geography Olympiad held in Taiwan, which sparked my academic interest in the entire region. When I got the...