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Bukchon Hanok Village with modern buildings in the background in Seoul, South Korea

Korea Program

Promoting multidisciplinary, social science-oriented research on policy-relevant Korean affairs

 

Who We Are

The Korea Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is a West Coast hub of scholarship on contemporary Korea and the issues shaping the future of the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Our work examines these topics from regional and comparative perspectives through cultural, political, and economic lens. We train and support emerging Korea scholars and convene experts from academia, government, business, and civil society for dialogue, research, and publishing activities that inform policymakers in the United States and Korea and strengthen the bonds between the two countries.

 

In the Spotlight

Bukchon Hanok village and text about Stanford's Korea Program 20th anniversary conference on May 19-20, 2022.

Korea Program's 20th-Anniversary Conference | May 19-20

The two-day event will spotlight North Korea’s geopolitics and South Korea’s Hallyu, featuring speakers from the K-pop industry, academia, and government, including Ban Ki-moon, Soo-Man Lee, and EXO's SUHO.
(L to R) South Korea's presidential candidates, Lee Jae-myung, Ahn Cheol-soo, Sim Sang-jung, and Yoon Suk-yeol pose for photograph ahead of a televised presidential debate at MBC studio on February 21, 2022, Seoul.

Expert Analysis: Korea's Presidential Election and Its Democracy

The Korea Program and Director Gi-Wook Shin offer expert analysis of South Korea's March 9 presidential election and its implications for the future of Korean democracy. Keep up-to-date on the latest commentary,
Members of the K-pop band BTS.

“K-Pop Stars, Too, Should Speak Out on Human Rights Issues”

In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo, Gi-Wook Shin shares plan to unveil two new documentaries about K-pop and the North Korean human rights problem at the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Korea Program.

Recently at the Korea Program

The Politics of Gender Equality in South Korea | Young-Im Lee and Min Hee Go

The Politics of Gender Equality in South Korea | Young-Im Lee and Min Hee Go

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Korea's Experience in Global Context

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Korea's Experience in Global Context

'Hallyu' in North Korea: Can South Korean Popular Culture Bring about Real Change?

'Hallyu' in North Korea: Can South Korean Popular Culture Bring about Real Change?

(Right to left): Gi-Wook Shin, ROK Ambassador to the US Cho Yoon-je, and Siegfried S. Hecker seated at a conference room at Stanford

Our Research

Together with academics and stakeholders in government and civil society, we explore Korean issues and policy solutions through economic, social, political, and security lens.

Hallym-Stanford Innovation Cnference Panel

Our Publications

We share our research findings through peer-reviewed journals, scholarly and trade presses, policy reports, and Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center’s publishing program.

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