A speaker delivering a talk in front of an audience at APARC's Asia Health Policy Program 2015 conference at the Stanford Center at Peking University.

Shorenstein APARC Research

Specializing in the interdisciplinary study of the countries and international relations of the Asia-Pacific

Our approach

Shorenstein APARC integrates scholarship and insights of academics and practitioners interested in regional and global perspectives on contemporary Asia. Our research is grounded in the social sciences, interdisciplinary in nature, and policy relevant.

    About APARC Research
  • About APARC Research
  • New Asia
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Demographics, Health, and Health Policy
  • Education and Development
  • Political Economy and Economic Development
  • Governance, Political Movements, and Political Violence
  • Asia-Pacific International Affairs and U.S.-Asia Relations
  • Complete Projects

About APARC Research

The Center is home to a vibrant community of distinguished faculty, scholars, and practitioners whose careers span the realms of government, diplomacy, the military, and business. We bridge theoretical and field research, and study varied issues related to the politics, economies, populations, security, foreign policies, and international relations of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
APARC’s scholarship is also a natural bridge between academic and policy-relevant Asia research
Our research is organized around specific projects as well as broader scholarly activities, and is largely produced through our six regional and thematic programs.
We disseminate research and insight by APARC scholars and affiliates through the Center’s publications.
Use this menu to explore our research topics and projects.

New Asia

Asia drives the global economy, but there are worrying signs that the engine of growth is slowing. The major economies of the region—China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—all see diminishing returns from the model of manufacturing-based, export-oriented development. They also grapple with societal challenges related to low birth rates, aging populations, brain drain, environmental pollution, political corruption, and low cultural tolerance.

The problem these societies face is how to create their own version of innovation-driven economies that will allow them to remain at the center of dynamism and growth in the twenty-first-century global ecosystem. To do so, they must find a new engine of economic growth by attracting foreign talent, upgrading pertinent social values of cultural diversity and social tolerance, and effectively reflecting and transmitting such values through social institutions.

Recognizing that countries throughout Asia lag behind in these efforts compared to more advanced, technologically innovative Western economies, the New Asia multi-year research cluster advocates for and pursues a “New Asia” of social, cultural, and economic maturity. This research cluster includes the following projects:

Asia-Pacific International Affairs and U.S.-Asia Relations

Closeup on two men speaking during a conference on demographic change and social development at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, April 2016.

Bridging Asia Research and Policy

The integral role of policy engagement in our mission and work is a prominent characteristic that distinguishes Shorenstein APARC from Asia centers, while our being in essence an academic research institution differentiates us from Asia think tanks.

APARC visiting scholar Jane Yeonjae Lee delivering a seminar presentation, standing at a lectern.

Do Research at APARC

We offer multiple fellowship and training opportunities for students, scholars, and practitioners.