Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum

David Steinberg and Abraham Kim during an Asian Leadership Forum lectureU.S.-Asian relations will impact the future of the United States and the world. This dynamic and growing region has already left its mark on the world's economy, environment and politics. Long-time allies and critical trading partners rub shoulders with each other and with nations vital to the question of the area's future stability and security, like North Korea. Understanding this region and its complex histories and current realities is a necessary part of moving forward in a global world.

The Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum invites national experts on the region to speak to the Missoula community and to open a dialogue on questions critical to Missoula, Montana and the United States. All Asian Leadership Forum lectures are free and open to the public.

Spring 2015

Documentary: The Land of Many Palaces

The Land of Many Palaces: A Chinese man standing in a desert with a distant city behind him.

Date: Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm

Location: The Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

Speaker: Adam James Smith, co-director and co-producer of The Land of Many Palaces

Free and Open to the Public

China is in the middle of an epic social engineering undertaking that seeks to move 250 million people from rural villages into newly built cities in an effort to promote modernization and combat the intense poverty in China’s poorest rural villages. While these new cities offer access to critical services like modern schools and hospitals, many of the villagers being moved fear they won't be able to find employment and will lose the support of their farm land in their old age.

“The Land of Many Palaces” follows the stories of a government official tasked with convincing farmers that their lives will be better in one of these new cities and a farmer who is being pressured to move. The 60-minute documentary will be followed by a question and answer session with Adam James Smith, co-director and co-producer of the film.

Sponsored in conjunction with East Asian Studies at UM.

More about the film's Production Team

Watch the Land of Many Palaces trailer

Past Asian Leadership Forum Events

Global Pandemics and Bioterrorism
Speakers: David Hamon of Banyan Analytics and Alex Philp of GCS

2014 CHINA Town Hall
Speakers: Former President Jimmy Carter (webcast) and Robert A. Kapp

Memories of the Korean War: Stories and Artifacts
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President, The Korea Society

Korea and Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Dr. Stephen Noerper, and Dr. Abraham Kim

The Life and Legacy of Mike Mansfield
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Congressman Pat Williams, and Dr. Paul Lauren

U.S. Public Diplomacy and Leadership in East Asia
Speaker: Kathleen Stephens, the first U.S. woman Ambassador to South Korea

Burma: Reforms and Opportunities for the Future in Southeast Asia
Speaker: David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University

Asia and Cyber Security
Speaker: David Hamon, Director of Banyan Analytics and former Senior Official with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency