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July 31st, 2014

A year in review: Visiting fellows find new perspectives

Shorenstein APARC Corporate Affiliates News

Three visiting fellows, Tetsuo Ishiai of Tokyo, Japan, Tejas Mehta of Mumbai, India, and Wendy (Wei) Wang of Beijing, China, spoke with Shorenstein APARC about their experience in the Corporate Affiliates Program from 2013-14. Read more »


Stanford postdoc fellow explores patterns of Chinese bureaucratic competition and the influence of foreign firms

Ling Chen, a Shorenstein APARC Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, discusses her research on China's city bureaucracies and their relations with domestic and foreign industry, a product of nearly 270 interviews with Chinese bureaucrats and firm executives. Read more »



July 25th, 2014

Gi-Wook Shin: How can Northeast Asia resolve its history wars?

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP News

Shorenstein APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin says now is the time for Northeast Asia to address divided memories because ignoring them would be dangerous and a missed opportunity to learn from history. Read more »



July 23rd, 2014

Call for papers: Conference on human capital & ageing

AHPP News

Shorenstein APARC’s Asia Health Policy Program co-organizes an annual conference and issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing focused on the challenges facing ageing societies worldwide. Paper submissions for the conference and special issue are currently being accepted. Read more »



July 22nd, 2014

Cuéllar tapped for California Supreme Court

FSI Stanford, CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, FSE, The Europe Center News

FSI Director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to replace retiring Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's highest court. Read more »



July 15th, 2014

Stanford scholars examine Japan’s defense reform push

Japan Studies Program News

Shorenstein APARC's Ryo Sahashi, a visiting associate professor, and Daniel Sneider, associate director for research, offer insight on Japan's announcement to reinterpret their longstanding pacifist Constitution. Read more »



July 11th, 2014

Indonesia’s presidential election: What’s at stake?

SEAF News

Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Shorenstein APARC, answers a few questions about Indonesia’s tight-raced presidential election, which has still yet to declare an official winner. The election is considered a historic event for the world’s third largest democracy that was once a dictatorship. Read more »



July 7th, 2014

History textbooks in East Asia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formed a panel to rewrite national textbooks that reference the country's wartime past. Daniel Sneider, associate director for research at Shorenstein APARC, says those actions are a “backdoor way of limiting references to Japanese aggression” in an Economist article analyzing the history debates. Read more »


Implementing Structural Reforms in Abenomics: How to Reduce the Cost of Doing Business in Japan

Japan Studies Program News

Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi’s new co-authored working paper, “Implementing Structural Reforms in Abenomics: How to Reduce the Cost of Doing Business in Japan,” is cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Read more »



July 1st, 2014

Security cooperation and confidence-building are key to Northeast Asia’s stability, experts say

KSP News

The twelfth session of the Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum, held on June 20 at Stanford, brought together leading experts to discuss recent developments on the Korean Peninsula. The Forum was hosted by Shorenstein APARC's Korean Studies Program with the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. Read more »



June 30th, 2014

Incoming fellows bring expertise on NKorea and Asia's higher education system

KSP News

The Korean Studies Program at Shorenstein APARC welcomes Mike Cowin, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Pyongyang as a Pantech Fellow, and Oh Yeon-Cheon, the president of Seoul National University as a Koret Fellow. Read more »



June 27th, 2014

Faculty Spotlight: Phillip Lipscy

Japan Studies Program News

Phillip Lipscy, the Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow at FSI and assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, talks about his time at Stanford as a student and teacher. In conversation with Shorenstein APARC, Lipscy highlights current projects and motivations to research in the fields of East Asian political economy and international relations. Read more »



June 26th, 2014

British diplomat to Pyongyang to join Shorenstein APARC as Pantech Fellow

KSP News

Mike Cowin, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), will join the Korean Studies Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center as the 2014–15 Pantech Fellow. Read more »



June 25th, 2014

Fukushima: Japan’s political leadership helped save country from worst-case disaster, Stanford researcher says

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, Japan Studies Program News

Kenji Kushida, the Takahashi Research Associate in Japanese Studies at FSI’s Shorenstein APARC, argues Japan’s political leadership under Prime Minister Naoto Kan and the Democratic Party of Japan was beneficial, giving direction at a critical time, and when the government lacked capacity and systems of emergency planning. Read more »


Shorenstein APARC fosters dialogue on Muslim experience in Asia through new book

Rafiq Dossani, a former senior research scholar at Shorenstein APARC, examines the paradox of Muslim minority decline in Asia within a new book, "Modes of Engagement: Muslim Minorities in Asia." He says a way forward is for governments to focus on the poorest and connect education to development, thereby incorporating this peripheral group. Read more »


Korean university president selected as Koret Fellow

KSP News

Oh Yeon-Cheon, the president of Seoul National University (SNU), has been named the 2014–15 Koret Fellow. He will join the Korean Studies Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center this fall after completing his four-year term as SNU’s president. Read more »



June 19th, 2014

Asia experts gather in Beijing for urbanization summit

AHPP, SCP, SCPKU News

Leading scholars and policy specialists convened at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) in Beijing on May 25 to examine urbanization, a process that is expected to dramatically impact the Asia-Pacific region into the foreseeable future. The conference was co-organized by Shorenstein APARC and China's National Development and Reform Commission. Read more »



June 18th, 2014

Stanford Global Development and Poverty initiative awards $4.6 million for research aimed at alleviating poverty

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC News

Fourteen Stanford researchers addressing global poverty through a range of academic disciplines are receiving the money from the university-wide Global Development and Poverty initiative. The initiative is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and is administered in partnership with Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Read more »



June 11th, 2014

Gi-Wook Shin says SKorea must embrace diversity

KSP News

Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, urged Korea to embrace diversity in order to achieve broader social integration in a keynote speech delivered at the Korea Forum 2014 in Seoul. Korea needs to shift its orientation to “respecting differences while maintaining shared goals," he said. Read more »



June 10th, 2014

Emerging economist named Shorenstein APARC Predoctoral Fellow

Mari Tanaka, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Stanford, has been named the Shorenstein APARC Predoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia for 2014-15. She will join the Center this fall, examining the effects of enterprise development and international trade in low-income countries. Read more »



June 9th, 2014

US-China relations headed for “scratchy time,” says Oksenberg lecturer

SCP News

Kenneth Lieberthal of The Brookings Institution delivered the annual Oksenberg Lecture on U.S.-China relations at Shorenstein APARC on June 3. He was joined by a panel of scholars, including Cui Liru of CICIR, FSI distinguished fellows Karl Eikenberry and Thomas Fingar, and Stanford China Program Director Jean Oi. Afterward in a Q&A, Eikenberry shared his observations from the Shangri-La Dialogue. Read more »


Gi-Wook Shin on SKorea’s local elections

KSP News

South Korea held their regional elections on June 4th, not long after the Sewol ferry capsized and claimed the lives of many school-aged children. The ballot was largely viewed as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye’s response to the ferry tragedy. In the Economist, Shorentein APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin says Ms. Park will likely take the poll results as an opportunity to reform. Read more »



June 2nd, 2014

Indonesia’s cash transfer programs are valuable, Stanford health fellow finds

AHPP News

Nearly forty-four percent of Indonesia’s population is living on less than $2 a day, making it near impossible for some to seek proper health treatment. Postdoctoral Fellow in Asia Health Policy Margaret Triyana says one way to improve this situation is through conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs. Read more »



May 29th, 2014

Faculty Spotlight: Xueguang Zhou

Xueguang Zhou recently spoke with the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center about his route to Stanford and his research focus on China’s urbanization and bureaucracy. Read more »



May 28th, 2014

Stanford scholars publish wide array of literature on contemporary Asia

FSI's Shorenstein APARC faculty and scholars have published a variety of publications in early 2014, covering topics from the Japanese fiscal condition to disability policy in North Korea. Read more »



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Stanford scholars discuss Asia-Pacific policy during Obama's second term
Fresh off his re-election victory, Barack Obama – the "Pacific President" – will become the first president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he travels to the Southeast Asian countries this month. The trip highlights the region's importance to the United States and signals that Obama's second term will significantly focus on Asian trade, security and governance issues.
Mention of Sarah Bhatia in Stanford Report on November 16, 2012

FSI fellow addresses China education gap
While 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, only two percent of their rural counterparts have the same privileges. Rozelle argues that the vast gap could result in a “lost generation” of children from rural backgrounds denied the skills to work in a modern economy, derailing China’s rapid economic growth.
Mention of Scott Rozelle in The Stanford Daily on April 3, 2012

Global Insider: Resource-Hungry South Korea Turns to Green Diplomacy
In an email interview, Jae-Seung Lee, a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Korea Studies Program and a professor at Korea University, discussed South Korea's energy security. WPR: What is the breakdown of South Korea's energy consumption, ...
Mention of Jae-Seung Lee in World Politics Review (subscription required) on March 14, 2012

The Way China Copes With Its Economic Challenges Will Have an Impact on Us All
Thomas Fingar: "For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty. But China’s integration into the world economy and global trends drive and constrain Beijing’s ability to manage growing social, economic and political challenges."
Mention of Thomas Fingar in Jakarta Globe on January 19, 2012

Former aid official says N. Korean children suffer from poor diet
Katharina Zellweger, who led the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development in Pyongyang for five years until September, said North Korean children need a balanced diet, though the public rationing system has been very up and down.
Mention of Katharina Zellweger in Yonhap News on December 1, 2011

Better school lunches – in China
In a series of studies, economist Scott Rozelle’s research team found that nearly 40 percent of Chinese primary-school children suffered iron-deficiency anemia. After assessing Rozelle’s work, the Chinese government has pledged to make elementary and middle-school lunches more nutritious.
Mention of Scott Rozelle in Scope (blog) on November 23, 2011

America pivots toward ASEAN
Don Emmerson: "To the sounds of a gamelan orchestra, white-dressed Balinese pay ritual homage to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and learning. The timing is apt as over a thousand journalists and others try to ...
Mention of Donald Emmerson in Asia Times Online on November 22, 2011

US, China role play for ASEAN
Don Emmerson: "Southeast Asian policymakers looking north to the Asian mainland and east across the Pacific Ocean see two major, different, and complementary assets to their region: China's biggest-in-the-world economy and America's best-in-the-world military."
Mention of Donald Emmerson in Asia Times Online on November 18, 2011

US Assisted Living Model To Be Tried In China
LUNA: Karen Eggleston is a health economist and director of the Asia Health Program at Stanford University. She says other Asian countries, like Japan and South Korea, have grappled with these issues. But this is new for China, so there is a burgeoning ...
Mention of Karen Eggleston in NPR on October 11, 2011

Japan in a Post 3/11 World
Daniel Sneider: After a triple crisis, Japan’s politics are in gridlock over nuclear power
Mention of Daniel Sneider in Asia Sentinel on October 7, 2011

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