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April 20th, 2010

Pre-screening: Into the Fire

KSP Announcement

The Korean Studies Program is pleased to pre-screen a major new Korean film, subtitled in English, about the Korean War to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. The film, "Into the Fire," is based on an actual event. During the desperate early days of the war when regular South Korean and American soldiers were tied down elsewhere, high school students defended the South Korean port city of Pohang. The movie is both an action film and a drama about the character development of these young men as unlikely heroes.

April 9th, 2010

Health reform spans the Pacific


When searching for insights about how other countries deal with similar challenges, Americans often look to Europe and Canada. Rarer is the comparison to counterparts across the Pacific. Yet President Obama has clearly articulated the vision of the US as a Pacific Nation, and there are developments around the Pacific rim that merit consideration in our debates. Read more »

April 1st, 2010

Burma/Myanmar report conveys views of Stanford scholars


Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Shorenstein APARC, and Thitinan Pongsudhirak, FSI-Stanford Humanities international visiting scholar this year, were among the contributors to a major new report from the Asia Society, addressing the most effective strategy for engaging Burma's authoritarian regime. Pongsudhirak offered the Thai viewpoint for the Asian perspectives section of the report. The Task Force's report, titled Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for U.S. Policy, recommends framing U.S. policy toward Burma based on internal changes and a careful balance of both positive engagement and sanctions to encourage political and economic reform.

March 30th, 2010

Veteran journalist Barbara Crossette wins 2010 Shorenstein Journalism Award

This annual award, which carries a cash prize of $10,000, honors a journalist not only for a distinguished body of work, but also for the particular way that work has helped American readers to understand the complexities of Asia. It is awarded jointly by the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center at Stanford University, and the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University, part of the Kennedy School of Government. Events have been hosted alternately at both centers. Read more »

March 23rd, 2010

Economic Globalization and U.S.-Korea Relations

KSP News

Korean Studies Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center hosted an international workshop on South Korean economic affairs on March 18-19 sponsored by Koret Foundation. Leading scholars and former senior officials from Korea and the United States convened to discuss key aspects of economic globalization and Korea's role, from policies and politics to the economic prospects of a unified Korean. As part of the workshop, Ambassador Duk-soo Han gave his talk on "Economic Globalization and U.S.-Korea Relations" for a larger audience from the community and the Bay area on March 18.

March 9th, 2010

REAP finds a breakfast solution

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, REAP, FSE In the News: Stanford Magazine on March 1, 2010

Anemia and malnutrition stunt the cognitive development of children in poor, rural areas of China. A Stanford-PRC research team led by FSI Senior Fellow Scott Rozelle, co-director of the Rural Education Action Project (REAP), found answers to help give millions of kids a better future. And Beijing is already taking action.

March 5th, 2010

Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth discusses North Korea policy at Shorenstein APARC

Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, spoke March 4 at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center to members of the Stanford community and invited guests. Bosworth had just returned from a round of consultations the previous week with foreign counterparts in Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo. Read more »

March 4th, 2010

Shorenstein APARC titles bring new perspective to China's ongoing transformation and U.S.-ROK relations

Edited by center faculty members Jean Oi, Xueguang Zhou, and Scott Rozelle, Growing Pains contains new analytical and empirical research on the challenges that China must face if it is to continue its upward trajectory. In One Alliance, Two Lenses, Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin examines U.S.-Korea relations in a short but dramatic period that witnessed the end of the Cold war, South Korea's full democratization, inter-Korean engagement, two nuclear crises, and the start of the U.S. war on terror. Read more »

March 3rd, 2010

One Alliance, Two Lenses

KSP In the News: Chosun Ilbo, The Hankyoreh

In a recently published book based on analysis of newly collected data from major American and Korean newspapers, Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center, argues that U.S.-ROK relations, linked to the issue of national identity for Koreans, are largely treated as a matter of policy for Americans -- a difference stemming from each nation's relative power and role in the international system. Read more »

March 1st, 2010

Leading Thai Scholar on Campus March-April 2010

SEAF In the News

Thitinan Pongsudhirak was selected in a campus-wide competition to spend two months--March and April 2010--at Stanford as an FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor. He is a Professor of International Political Economy in the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. Stanford units facilitating or co-sponsoring his stay at Stanford include the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF), the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).

February 24th, 2010

Testifying on Capitol Hill will be a unique experience for Toyota execs, according to Shorenstein APARC scholar

In the News: Los Angeles Times on February 23, 2010

In his testimony before the House Oversight Committee about Toyota's massive recall efforts, Akio Toyota will learn that you can't win such an encounter. But you can lose. Shorenstein APARC Associate Director for Research Daniel Sneider comments on a Japanese CEO learning the lessons of American business the hard way.

February 23rd, 2010

The weight of history rests on the slender shoulders of South Korean Olympic phenomenon Kim Yuna

In the News

The world figure skating champion is a superstar in her homeland and favored to win gold at the Vancouver Olympics. But her status as "the nation's daughter," notes Daniel Sneider, Shorenstein APARC's associate director for research, is inextricably linked to South Korea's long, complex, and troubled history with Japan.

February 8th, 2010

Will Japan emerge from its shell? The new government finds charting a new course not so easy

Op-ed: Yale Global Online on February 5, 2010

Since the Democratic Party of Japan came to power in August 2009, upsetting fifty years of conservative rule, U.S.-Japan relations have been on rocky ground. It would seem that the DPJ is upending decades old policies, hewing its own path with the United States, China, and the Asia-Pacific region. As Shorenstein APARC Associate Director for Research Daniel Sneider notes, Japan's new tack not only has caught the United States flat-footed, but also has other countries in the Asia-Pacific worried. Read more »

January 27th, 2010

Scholars, business and government leaders from Japan and United States connect for a "Dialogue"


On January 21, scholars, along with government and business leaders from Japan and the United States, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Mr. John V. Roos, came together for a transnational "Dialogue on Japan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem." +PDF+ presentation available
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January 12th, 2010

Lessons from South Korea's Economc Policy during the Global Financial Crisis

KSP News

South Korea is recovering from the global financial crisis and ensuing recession much more quickly than most other countries. Byongwon Bahk, Koret Fellow of Korean Studies Program at APARC, spoke on South Korean economy at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Read more »

January 8th, 2010

Chaisung Lim explains South Korea's system of innovation


Just added to the SPRIE audio archives--Dr. Chaisung Lim speaks on the historical characteristics of South Korea's national system of innovation and its radical changes since the 1997 economic crisis.

January 5th, 2010

Cost of Korean unification

KSP Op-ed: Wall Street Journal on January 4, 2010

Peter Beck, Pantech Fellow of Korean Studies Program, estimates that Korean unification would cost at least $2 trillion over 30 years.

January 4th, 2010

APARC's "Divided Memories and Reconciliation" featured in the Straits Times Singapore Newspaper

In the News: The Straits Times Singapore Newspaper, US Bureau on November 22, 2009

Tracy Quek from the U.S. Bureau at The Straits Times Singapore Newspaper discusses a three-year project at APARC to examine how the main players in North-East Asia - China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - along with the United States, form their views of the past, or what the scholars call "historical memories." Read more »

December 29th, 2009

NGO "Pioneers for Health" promoting tobacco control in Yunnan, PRC

AHPP In the News: The Economic Daily з»ЏжµЋж—ҐжЉҐ on December 19, 2009

Two news articles report on the activities of "Pioneers for Health," a health policy non-governmental organization founded in China a year ago with help from AHPP faculty affiliate Matthew Kohrman. Read more »

December 15th, 2009

Working paper series on health and demographic change in the Asia-Pacific


December 2009 marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Asia Health Policy Program's working paper series on health and demographic change in the Asia-Pacific. Read more »

December 8th, 2009

Japan PM out of the frying pan, now into the fire

In the News: Reuters on December 8, 2009

Daniel Sneider of Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center comments on Prime Minister Hatoyama’s challenges saying "The real concern is that the crisis over the Futenma airbase issue in Okinowa starts having a corrosive impact on a range of issues." The world's two biggest economies need to coordinate on financial and economic policies. They need to be able to sit down and talk." Read more »

November 20th, 2009

Is Japan's newly elected DPJ government anti-American or simply pro-Asian? Daniel Sneider comments in Foreign Policy

Op-ed: Foreign Policy on October 13, 2009

Daniel Sneider: Since the Democratic Party of Japan won in the country's August national election, Japan watchers have worried that the new government might try to upset the status quo and ease away from the United States. The DPJ is implementing a new paradigm -- but not the one people think. Read more »

Final report now available for inaugural Stanford-Kyoto Dialogue, focused on energy and the environment

The inaugural Stanford-Kyoto Dialogue, held in Kyoto in Setember 2009, gathered established and rising experts from Stanford University across Asia to consider topics related to "Energy, Environment, and Economic Growth in Asia." Key sessions of the two-day meeting covered the geopolitics of energy in Asia, energy efficiency, clean technology, and post-Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions. The final report is now available.

SEAF Director Donald K. Emmerson debates "Islamism" in new book


Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam was published by Stanford University Press in November 2009. But the story behind the book dates back five years to November 2004. It was then that Donald K. Emmerson and Daniel Varisco -- who have each contributed a lead essay to this volume -- agreed to disagree. Read more »

Shorenstein APARC scholars publish five wide-ranging new books

In five new books -- three of which were produced as part of Shorenstein APARC's in-house publishing program -- Center academics tackle an array of issues related to Asia's past, present, and future, from both policy and historical perspectives. Read more »

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