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Dafna Zur with K-pop group aespa.

K-pop’s “Next Level”: Notes from the Field

News / May 10, 2022
Prof. Dafna Zur shares impressions from her visit with Soo-Man Lee, founder and chief producer of SM Entertainment, and the rare opportunity to tour the Seoul-based company and see the K-pop megastars-in-training. The preliminary results of this fieldwork, part of a documentary on K-pop, will be aired during the Korea Program's 20th Anniversary conference.
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In Troubled Waters: South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

Commentary / May 3, 2022
Just as the United States experienced a crisis of democracy under the Trump administration, South Korea underwent a democratic recession during President Moon Jae-in’s time in office. The consequences of this decline have been evident throughout the election and the subsequent presidential transition.
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Next Steps in U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

Commentary / April 29, 2022
There are multiple, concreate areas for constructive cooperation between the United States and China as they tackle growing environmental challenges.
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Japanese Population Projected to Live Longer Without Dementia

News / April 27, 2022
A new microsimulation projects that over the next 20 years, Japanese people will live longer without dementia, but older women with a less than high school education will benefit less than men.
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NPR's Beijing Correspondent Emily Feng Wins 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award

News / April 26, 2022
Feng, whose compelling and bold reporting has amplified the voices of Chinese citizens amid rapidly deteriorating press freedom in the country, is the recipient of the 21st Shorenstein Journalism Award.
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It’s Time for K-pop Stars to Speak Out on Human Rights

Commentary / April 21, 2022
With few exceptions, South Korea’s K-pop idols have been conspicuously silent on controversial subjects – including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Bukchon Hanok village and text about Stanford's Korea Program 20th anniversary conference on May 19-20, 2022.

Stanford University’s Korea Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Conference Spotlighting South Korean Wave, North Korean Geopolitics

News / April 20, 2022
The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center will commemorate its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference, convening eminent speakers from the K-pop industry, academia, and government, and unveiling two new documentary films.
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Vladamir Putin and Xi Jinping shake hands.

Beijing Is Used to Learning from Russian Failures

Commentary / April 19, 2022
The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.
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Predoctoral Fellow Spotlight: Tongtong Zhang Examines Channels for Public Deliberation in China

Q&As / April 12, 2022
Political Scientist and APARC Predoctoral Fellow Tongtong Zhang explores how the Chinese Communist Party maintains control through various forms of political communication.
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Education Level Will Widen Disparity in Health Outcomes of the Future Elderly Population, New Study Projects

News / April 11, 2022
In the first study to compare the progression of educational disparities in disability across two rapidly aging Asian societies, APARC coauthors Cynthia Chen and Karen Eggleston project that from 2015 to 2050, elders with high educational attainment will have a lower prevalence of functional disability and chronic conditions compared to elderly with low educational attainment.
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APARC Names 2022-23 Shorenstein and Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellows

News / April 4, 2022
Political scientists Aidan Milliff and Jingkai He will join APARC as Shorenstein postdoctoral fellows on contemporary Asia, and economist Jianan Yang will join as our Asia Health Policy postdoctoral fellow for the 2022-23 academic year.
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Japan’s Top Envoy to the U.S. Discusses the State of Japan Studies in Higher Education with Stanford and UC Berkeley Experts

News / March 31, 2022
At an in-person meeting of a joint delegation from Japan's Embassy to the United States and Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco with a panel of experts from Stanford and UC Berkeley, Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita stressed the importance of bilateral academic collaboration in the continual development of the U.S.-Japan partnership.
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Postdoc Fellow Spotlight: Mary-Collier Wilks Explores Power Dynamics and Development Imaginaries in International Organizations

Q&As / March 31, 2022
Ethnographer and APARC Postdoctoral Fellow Mary-Collier Wilks unveils how distinct development narratives shape the dynamics of aid chains and international organizations’ delivery of services in Southeast Asia.
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New Cross-Country Study Underscores the Importance of Health Workforce Development and Socioeconomic Factors in Affecting Health Outcomes

News / March 28, 2022
Analyzing data from 191 World Health Organization member countries, a new study from APARC’s Karen Eggleston indicates that strengthening the health workforce is an urgent task in the post-COVID era critical to achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals and long-term improvement in health outcomes, especially for low- and lower-middle-income countries.
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Unpacking the Crisis in Xinjiang: James Millward on China's Assimilationist Policies and U.S.-China Engagement

News / March 24, 2022
APARC Visiting Scholar James Millward discusses PRC ethnicity policy, China's crackdown on Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang province, and the implications of the Xinjiang crisis for U.S. China strategy and China's international relations.
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An Uncomfortable Friendship: Understanding China’s Position on the Russia-Ukraine War and Its Implications for Great Power Competition

Commentary / March 21, 2022
On WBUR’s "On Point" and Fox 2 KTVU, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's alignment with Russia and the worldwide implications of its calculus on Ukraine.
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Collaborating Against Carbon: Stanford and Peking University Partner on Decarbonization Research

News / March 16, 2022
A report on China and the United States' decarbonization and carbon neutrality proposes areas of collaboration on climate change action, global sustainable finance, and corporate climate pledges. The report is the product of roundtables with participants from the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, SCPKU, APARC's China Program, and Peking University’s Institute of Energy.
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South Korean Democracy Under Stress: Yoon Suk-yeol’s Victory Likely to Increase Domestic Polarization

Commentary / March 10, 2022
On CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia," APARC Director Gi-wook Shin shares insights about the potential for democratic backsliding and further domestic tension after Yoon Suk-yeol’s victory in the contentious presidential election in South Korea.
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Protesters display placards in front of the Representative Office of the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission to protest against Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine on February 25, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Invasions Are Not Contagious

Commentary / March 3, 2022
Russia’s War in Ukraine Doesn’t Presage a Chinese Assault on Taiwan
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South Korea Votes, Beijing Watches

Commentary / March 2, 2022
Anti-Chinese sentiment surges—especially among the young—in advance of the March 9 elections.
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New Book by Stanford Sociologist Kiyoteru Tsutsui Probes the Decoupling of Policy and Practice in Global Human Rights

Q&As / February 25, 2022
In his new book, Shorenstein APARC’s Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui explores the paradox underlying the global expansion of human rights and Japan’s engagement with human rights ideas and instruments. Japan, he says, has an opportunity to become a leader in human rights in Asia and in the world.
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Ukraine Is a Distraction from Taiwan

Commentary / February 14, 2022
Getting bogged down in Europe will impede the U.S.’s ability to compete with China in the Pacific.
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“K-Pop Stars, Too, Should Speak Out on Human Rights Issues,” Says Stanford Sociologist Gi-Wook Shin

News / February 14, 2022
K-pop and North Korean human rights are the subjects of two documentaries to be released this spring to mark the 20th anniversary of Stanford University’s Korea Program, reveals Professor Gi-Wook Shin.
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South Koreans Are Rethinking What China Means to Their Nation

Commentary / February 8, 2022
A new study illuminates the potential effects of anti-Chinese sentiment in Korea.
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North Korea Is Becoming an Asset for China

Commentary / February 3, 2022
Pyongyang’s Missiles Could Fracture America’s Alliances
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