The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) addresses critical issues affecting the countries of Asia, their regional and global affairs, and U.S.-Asia relations. As Stanford University’s hub for the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia, we produce policy-relevant research, provide education and training to students, scholars, and practitioners, and strengthen dialogue and cooperation between counterparts in the Asia-Pacific and the United States.
Founded in 1983, Shorenstein APARC today encompasses seven regional and thematic programs that advance our mission. They include six vibrant research programs—focusing on China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, U.S.-Asia security, and comparative health policy in the Asia-Pacific—and a Global Affiliates Program that strengthens relations and creates new opportunities for collaboration between the Center and Asian partners in the public and private sectors.
Our research is broad and wide ranging, covering topics including innovation and entrepreneurship, education and development, political economy, governance and political movements, comparative health and health policy, Asia-Pacific regional cooperation, and U.S.-Asia relations.
As global events unfold at remarkable speed, our scholars bring multiple disciplines and new insight to bear on matters of vital importance to Asian nations and the United States, such as the evolving situation on the Korean peninsula and the ways to engage North Korea; Asia’s quest for balance amid China’s rising power; Japan’s economic restructuring and political leadership; the impact of new technologies on the labor market in South Korea and other nations on the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Asia’s shifting demographics and increasing rates of chronic disease; and the challenges facing U.S.-Asia alliances.
We share our research findings through an active publishing program, and pursue our education mission and public engagement goals by offering courses and training opportunities, policy outreach, numerous events, and expert commentary on topics in the news.
Each year, Shorenstein APARC produces an annual report highlighting our collective work and its impact.
Our monthly update covers the latest research and thought leadership from our experts along with highlights from our programs.
Our People and Leadership
The Center is led by distinguished faculty director and deputy director with extensive records of scholarly and teaching accomplishment in the areas of development, international relations, social movements, health economics, and global health policy.
We are home to dedicated staff and a community of outstanding resident scholars that includes academics and practitioners, and, each year a new, international group of postdoctoral fellows, research fellows, and visiting scholars.
Gi-Wook Shin, Shorenstein APARC Director and Korea Program Director
Professor of Sociology; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies
Karen Eggleston, Shorenstein APARC Deputy Director and Asia Health Policy Program Director
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Center Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
The key to Shorenstein APARC’s success is its ability to look to the future, enabled by the extraordinary people who take part in its research, publishing, and outreach activities.
The Center counts 1983 as its founding year, when it became part of Stanford’s International Strategic Institute, now the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. It traces its origins, however, even earlier: to 1978, when a visionary group of Stanford scholars committed to strengthening U.S.-Asia ties decided to address the need for a hub of Asia research that bridges disciplines and looks at Asia in regional and global contexts. It was the dawn of what later proved to be a transformative era marked by the rise of Japan as an economic superpower and the early moments of China’s opening to the world.
The new organization’s work was imbued with the desire to promote cooperative relations with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region rather than the distrust of the Cold War. From the early stages of Asia’s transformation through the twilight of the Cold War era, research projects on themes such as Northeast Asia regional security and the development of the high-tech industry brought together leading scholars from Asia and Stanford to join with high-level U.S. and Asian policymakers for fruitful collaboration and dialogue.
Since then, the Center has grown from a small core of China and Japan scholars to a premier research institution with a team of faculty and experts specializing in contemporary issues facing Northeast, South, and Southeast Asia and in trends that cut across the entire Asia-Pacific region.
In 2005, the Center was renamed the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in recognition of its long-time benefactor and friend, Walter H. Shorenstein (1915-2010).
Daniel Okimoto, Co-Director, 1983–1997
John Lewis, Co-Director, 1983–1990
Lawrence Lau, Co-Director, 1992–1996
Henry Rowen, Director, 1997–2001; Co-director, 2000–2001
Andrew Walder, Co-Director, 2000–2001; Director, 2000–2005
Highlights from APARC's 30th Anniversary
Asia's Rise: Thirty Years of Connecting Asia to Stanford - Panel 1
Shorenstein APARC's History: Thirty Years of Connecting Asia to Stanford - Panel 2
U.S.-Asia Relations: Thirty Years of Connecting Asia to Stanford - Panel 3
Photo credit: Rod Searcey