1953 saw both the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement and a Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Korea. The uneasy and incomplete peace, coupled with a formalized U.S.-ROK security alliance relationship, ushered in a new era on the Korean Peninsula. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of these pivotal events. At a recent Korean Studies Colloquium, 2013–14 Koret Fellow, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, discussed the evolution of the bilateral alliance, its challenges and achievements, and major issues. Read more »
The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University is pleased to announce its search for two 2014–15 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows in Contemporary Asia-Pacific Studies. Read more »
Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, will join the Korean Studies Program (KSP) at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) as the program’s 2013–14 Koret Fellow. Read more »
Crumbled and languished health system in North KoreaKSP in the news: The Irrawaddy on June 25, 2013
Quoted recently in The Irrawaddy, Katharina Zellweger describes North Korea's health system, "Overall, it's a stark contrast between Pyongyang which is the window to the world for North Korea and the rest of the country."
Since its founding in 1999, SEAF has "brought Southeast Asia to Stanford, and Stanford to Southeast Asia" -- and it hopes to continue that mission in the years to come. Read more »
Since 2001, the Stanford Korean Studies Program has developed into a world-renowned center offering impactful programs addressing current, policy-relevant issues and events. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC postdoctoral fellowships offer recent graduates a year of "breathing space" at Stanford before they launch their academic careers. The Center looks forward to welcoming its latest group of extraordinary postdoctoral fellows this autumn. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, AHPP Q&A
To their family members and to the Philippine government, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are the country's “new heroes.” Postdoctoral fellow Marjorie Pajaron talks about her research on the significant economic benefit of OFW remittances. Read more »
Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow wins dissertation awardKSP Announcement
Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow Jaeeun Kim’s dissertation Colonial Migration and Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea has won the American Sociological Association's Theda Skocpol Award in the area of comparative and historical sociology.
This autumn, AHPP will welcome development and health economist Margaret Triyana as the 2013-14 Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellow. Triyana will focus on analyzing the effects of rural-urban migration on children's health outcomes in China and Indonesia Read more »
Stopping ethnic violence in India begins with understanding the history behind it, says Ajay Verghese, a current Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow. His research explores the roots of conflict in two demographically similar regions of Rajasthan. Read more »
Tim Forsyth, a Lee Kong Chian Fellow, speaks about the gap between conservation efforts and economic and social development in Southeast Asia. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP Q&A
In the coverage of failed rocket launches and Kim Jong Un's new wife, North Korea's ordinary citizens are often overlooked. A new book by former British diplomat John Everard, delves into the daily life of North Koreans and examines the challenges of developing successful diplomatic relations with this isolated country. Everard spoke at Stanford on Oct. 26. Read more »
In-depth on life in North KoreaKSP in the news: NK News
John Everard spoke candidly with NK News about his experiences as UK ambassador to North Korea. In a related review, his new book, Only Beautiful, Please, is described as "a real commodity, offering an up to date snapshot of life on the ground."
The Asia-Health Policy Program (AHPP) is one of several Stanford organizations seeking solutions to major global health issues through a comparative study of the health policies of different countries. Visiting fellows and scholars from Asia play an integral part in AHPP’s research, publishing, and outreach activities. Read more »
AHPP looks forward to welcoming its incoming 2012-13 research fellows from Mongolian Medical University, the University of Hawai'i, and Harvard. AHPP's new fellows specialize in research topics including cervical cancer prevention, migrant remittances, and the political economy of support for the elderly. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce Huiyu Li, a doctoral student in Stanford's Department of Economics, as its 2012–13 Takahashi Pre-doctoral Fellow. Her current research focuses on quantifying the cost of resolving insolvent firms and its impact on aggregate output in China and Japan. Read more »
Regional conflicts are no simple matterSEAF in the news: Stanford Daily on May 16, 2012
In trying to understand the source of a regional conflict we should avoid focusing too narrowly on a single issue of identity, said Lee Kong Chian Fellow Graham Brown during a May 15 seminar at Stanford. Brown gave examples from Southeast Asia to illustrate the complex nature of conflicts.
Life in North Korea today is much more vibrant than the stark slopes and muted grey concrete buildings Katharina Zellweger encountered when she began traveling to North Korea in the mid-1990s. The 2011-12 Pantech Fellow spoke with Shorenstein APARC about the positive change she has watched slowly ripple throughout the country for 17 years. Read more »
Graham K. Brown, University of Bath, in residence this springSEAF News
SEAF welcomes Graham K. Brown as the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellow in-residence during the spring quarter. Brown is working on a project to understand the dynamics between global narratives and local identity conflicts, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He directs the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath.
In the coming academic year, the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship program will double in size. The four incoming fellows represent the best of the next generation of contemporary Asia scholars. Their research ranges from civil society and authoritarian governance in China to ethnic conflict in South Asia, and Korean migration and identity to election politics in Japan. Read more »
James Ockey in residence as 2012 Lee Kong Chian FellowSEAF News
What can the strong tradition of political families in Thailand's parliament tell us about the country's contemporary political system? James Ockey, a 2012 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellow, continued his research and writing on this timely topic during his winter quarter residence at Stanford. Ockey, who specializes in the politics of Thailand, is a political science professor at Canterbury University in New Zealand.
Predoctoral fellowship and undergraduate/graduate internship opportunitiesAnnouncement
Are you a Stanford student studying Asia? Shorenstein APARC offers fellowship opportunities for predoctoral students studying contemporary East Asia, and internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining firsthand work experience in East Asia this summer. Now accepting applications.
- » Shorenstein APARC/Takahashi Predoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia
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Development aid to North Korea urgedKSP in the news: Voice of America
Development cooperation with North Korea is critical to dealing with the country's chronic food shortage. Katharina Zellweger, Stanford KSP 2011-2012 Pantech Fellow and the former head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation office in Pyongyang for the past five years, spoke with the Voice of America about her observations and experiences of the country and its people.
When Siyan Yi was a medical student in Cambodia 12 years ago, he volunteered with a collaborative government-NGO project to provide young women at high risk for HIV/AIDS -- the victims of sexual exploitation -- with housing, vocational training, medical care, and psychological support. Cambodia at that time had one of Asia’s highest HIV-infection rates. That rate has dropped by half, thanks to government policy measures, international NGO support, and the efforts of medical professionals like Yi. Read more »