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Gi-Wook Shin reappointed as Center director

News / September 1, 2015

Stanford professor Gi-Wook Shin has been reappointed for another term as the director of Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), from July 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2019. The announcement was made yesterday in an email.

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In Myanmar, doctors protest "militarization" of healthcare

Commentary / August 24, 2015

Doctors, nurses and other medical staff in Myanmar are wearing black ribbons to protest the appointments of military personnel in the Ministry of Health.

“The Black Ribbon Movement Myanmar 2015,” which began on Facebook in early August, quickly amassed over 42,000 followers, and on Aug. 12, led the minister for health to drop plans to appoint military personnel to over 300 management positions within the ministry.

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Eggleston: East Asia's demographic challenges

Q&As / July 7, 2015

Demographic change is fast becoming one of the most globally significant trends of the 21st century. Declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy -- two of the patterns triggering demographic change -- will cause vast socioeconomic strains, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, which has some of the world's most populous countries. Stanford health researcher Karen Eggleston

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Stanford students craft ways to combat big tobacco

News / July 2, 2015

For Matthew Kohrman and his students, the war against tobacco needs a new communications strategy.

After all, he noted, three times as many cigarettes are currently manufactured and sold worldwide than were in the 1960s. And the global cigarette industry is the greatest cause of preventable death on the planet today.

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At Stanford, UN leader calls for global action

News / June 28, 2015

The United Nations has thus far fulfilled its charter to prevent a third world war, but with 60 million refugees, continued bloodshed with unresolved civil conflicts and terrorism spreading like cancer, the world's leading peacekeeping organization must spearhead global action, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday at Stanford on the 70th anniversary of the international organization.

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Visiting fellow draws plan to scale up health index in China

News / May 13, 2015

China was for hundreds of years almost entirely an agricultural society, but modern industrialization changed that dynamic, and the impact on health has been startling.

Urbanization, population aging and changes in lifestyle (from mobile to sedentary) have led a transition from an acute to chronic disease-ridden society. Now, 10 percent of China’s adult population is diabetic or pre-diabetic—holding the number one place in the world.

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Karen Eggleston coedits special issue on China-India population ageing

News / February 9, 2015

A rapidly aging population poses serious challenges for many countries around the world, particularly in Asia, home to the most populous countries. China and India account for nearly 36% of the world’s population, and are expected to face social and economic complications from demographic change in the next decades.

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Stanford anthropologist assesses proposed smoking bans in China

Commentary / December 4, 2014

China’s State Council has put forth draft legislation that would ban smoking in public spaces, part of the government’s larger advocacy efforts to help curb tobacco use nationwide. Matthew Kohrman, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, said it’s a step forward but the ban’s long-term success would depend on local enforcement.

Despite popular belief, global cigarette production has tripled worldwide since the 1960s. Leading the surge has been China.

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Entrepreneurs point toward innovation in China’s health services

News / November 6, 2014

A middle class is emerging in China, and simultaneously, its population is rapidly aging. These two phenomena are impacting the country’s traditional consumer habits, including spending on healthcare. Experts say private-sector services are one important part of the future of China’s healthcare system, and perhaps also a sign of what’s to come for other countries in the region.

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Examining China’s transition

News / October 9, 2014

Economic and demographic transition pose major challenges for countries worldwide, particularly in large developing countries like China; however, strengthening social welfare programs can offset negative effects and help promote a sustainable future, according to Karen Eggleston, a scholar of Asia health policy at Stanford University.

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Call for applications: Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia

News / October 2, 2014


The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University is pleased to announce its search for two 2015–16 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows in Contemporary Asia. The award will be given to two junior scholars, who have completed their Ph.D. (with degree conferral and approval by August 31, 2015).

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Shorenstein APARC changes program names

News / September 10, 2014

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University formally changed many of its program names in tandem with the website project led by our parent organization, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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Call for papers: Conference on human capital & ageing

News / July 23, 2014
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.
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Indonesia’s cash transfer programs are valuable, Stanford health fellow finds

News / June 2, 2014
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.
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Faculty Spotlight: Karen Eggleston

News / April 29, 2014
In conversation with Shorenstein APARC, Karen Eggleston, center fellow and director of the Asia Health Policy Program, reflects on her initial draw to Asian studies and eventual focus on comparative Asia health policy. She also shares perspectives on health reform in China and demographic change across East Asia, and talks about related upcoming activities.
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Shorenstein APARC announces 2014-15 postdoctoral fellows

News / April 11, 2014
Shorenstein APARC is pleased to welcome three exceptional postdoctoral fellows this autumn, researching a variety of topics on contemporary Asia, including epidemiological trends of diabetes in Vietnam, China's state-owned enterprises, and political governance in Vietnam.
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Karen Eggleston provides testimony to U.S.-China Commission on China’s healthcare sector

News / April 7, 2014
Karen Eggleston presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s healthcare sector on April 3. Eggleston responded to several questions about China's health status and health system performace based on her research.
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Stanford fellow addresses burden of cervical cancer in Mongolia

News / March 25, 2014
Mongolia has one of the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Asia due in part to barriers to knowledge and access to services. Gynecological oncologist and Shorenstein APARC fellow Gendengarjaa Baigalimaa talks about her research evaluating a new national screening and vaccination program aimed to mitigate the disease.
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Former Asia health fellow details new approach to understanding obesity in Cambodia

News / February 21, 2014
Siyan Yi, a former fellow in the Asia Health Policy Program, co-publishes research that puts forth a new way of understanding an individual's elevated risk toward non-communicable diseases in Cambodia.
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Will Demographic Change Slow China's Rise?

News / October 2, 2013
China's population of 1.34 billion is now 50 percent urban, over 13 percent above age 60, and with 118 boys born for every 100 girls. For such a large population at a relatively low level of per capita income, how will aging interact with substantial gender imbalance and rapid urbanization?
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Research Assistant Position Available for Health Economics Research on Japan and China

News / September 25, 2013
The Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center announces the availability of a research assistant position in health economics research on evidence-based health policy in East Asia.
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China Central Television (CCTV)-America recently interviewed AHPP director Karen Eggleston

News / September 5, 2013
China Central Television (CCTV)-America recently interviewed AHPP director Karen Eggleston for a program about the challenges of population aging in China, in comparative perspective:
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Systemic Flaws within China's Health Care System

News / August 22, 2013
Recent arrests of some Chinese doctors and employees of a multinational pharmaceutical firm provide a window into the incentive distortions of China's healthcare system, as highlighted in an August 7 article of ChinaOutlook that quoted health economist and AHPP program director Karen Eggleston.
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