Understanding the Asian Experience: Development, Governance, Democracy and Dissent in Singapore, China and Malaysia

3 Sessions: Wednesdays; September 30 &, October 7 & 14; 10:00 a.m. - Noon


Member Fee:           $40
Non-Member Fee:     $50


This course will explain the uniquely Asian experience in the relationship between development, governance, democracy and dissent through an exploration of the cases of Singapore, China and Malaysia, among others. Each meeting will focus on one case study, drawing comparisons between them as we transition from one case to the next.

Session One:           The Singapore Experience
Session Two:           The Chinese Experience
Session Three:         The Malaysian Experience

The consistency and coherence in the themes will allow us to use an interesting case-study approach to explore both the similarities and differences between each approach, to gain a broader perspective on the outcomes of each case and draw conclusions on some of the factors that have made the Asian experience unique.

Surain Subramaniam is Professor of International and Asian Studies at UNC-Asheville where he has been on the faculty for almost 20 years. He holds a BA in International Studies and Political Economy from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and a MA and Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching have focused on international and Asian studies.