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Gi-Wook Shin
A man holds a 'Stop Asian Hate' sign during a rally protesting rising violence against Asian Americans.

Perspectives on Rising Anti-Asian Violence from REDI

News / May 17, 2021
The Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Task Force sheds light on historical roots of anti-Asian racism and considers how our troubling times can present an important opening for Asian Americans to challenge racialization and white supremacy.
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[Top left] Gi-Wook Shin; [top right] Roberta Cohen; [bottom left] Tomás Ojea Quintana; [bottom right] Joon Oh

Using the UN to Create Accountability for Human Rights Crimes in North Korea

News / April 15, 2021
Experts on human rights agree that the UN needs to work through multiple channels to support ongoing investigations and build evidence for future litigations in order to create accountability and pressure the DPRK to desist in committing human rights crimes.
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South Korean men standing up, wearing face masks, holding hands and cheering

Gi-Wook Shin Discusses South Korean Ruling Party’s Local Election Losses on CNBC

Commentary / April 9, 2021
“The South Korean people gave the Moon administration a red card,” says APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin, predicting that containing soaring housing prices and other domestic challenges will be the deciding issues in next year’s presidential election.
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Statement Against the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

News / March 22, 2021
The constant exercise of care and vigilance, moral courage and fortitude, consideration and sympathy are all required to address this bane on our history and society.
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Demonstrators in South Korea sitting on the ground and carrying signs in Korean

Gi-Wook Shin on Racism in South Korea

Q&As / March 11, 2021
Protections against gender and sexual discrimination are increasing in South Korea, but addressing longstanding racial discriminations based in nationalism and building a multicultural identity still has a long way to go, says Gi-Wook Shin in a new interview with Asia Experts Forum.
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Shifting Gears in Innovation Policy: Strategies from Asia

New Book Outlines the Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Future Economic Growth in East Asia

News / January 29, 2021
Yong Suk Lee explains in the new volume, Shifting Gears in Innovation Policy, that while ‘catch-up’ strategies have been effective in promoting traditional economic growth in Asia, innovative policy tools that foster entrepreneurship will be needed to maintain competitiveness in the future.
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President Biden walks past a row of Chinese and American flags.

APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

News / January 14, 2021
Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-region analysis of what’s next for U.S. policy towards Asia and recommendations for the new administration.
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[Left] The Impossible State by CSIS; [Right] Director Gi-Wook Shin

Democratic Erosion in South Korea

Commentary / October 5, 2020
Gi-Wook Shin discusses the state of democracy in South Korea, and how democratic backsliding there fits into larger patterns of democratic decline underway across the globe.
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President Moon Jae In of South Korea during his inauguration proceedings.

Democracy in South Korea is Crumbling from Within

Commentary / July 14, 2020
South Korea is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression,” warns APARC’s Gi-Wook Shin. But the dismantling of South Korean democracy by chauvinistic populism and political polarization is the work of a leftist government, Shin argues in a ‘Journal of Democracy’ article.
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Training teachers as a springboard for cross-cultural awareness

News / August 6, 2014

Twenty-four U.S. secondary school teachers gathered at Stanford to learn about Korea's history, culture and society at the Hana-Stanford Conference, co-sponsored by FSI’s Shorenstein APARC and SPICE. The conference – in its third year – aims to make Korean studies accessible to all grade levels.

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Gi-Wook Shin: How can Northeast Asia resolve its history wars?

News / July 25, 2014
Shorenstein APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin says now is the time for Northeast Asia to address divided memories because ignoring them would be dangerous and a missed opportunity to learn from history.
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Fukushima: Japan’s political leadership helped save country from worst-case disaster, Stanford researcher says

News / June 25, 2014
Kenji Kushida, the Takahashi Research Associate in Japanese Studies at FSI’s Shorenstein APARC, argues Japan’s political leadership under Prime Minister Naoto Kan and the Democratic Party of Japan was beneficial, giving direction at a critical time, and when the government lacked capacity and systems of emergency planning.
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Stanford fellow to serve as chargé d’affaires at US Embassy New Delhi

News / May 27, 2014
Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, the Koret Fellow at FSI's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, has been named the chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy New Delhi. She was asked to step in to replace retiring Ambassador Nancy Powell, with the formation of a new government under Narendra Modi.
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Shorenstein APARC convenes Track II dialogue on wartime history issues in Asia

News / May 8, 2014
Shorenstein APARC will host a closed-door dialogue on wartime historical memory on May 11-13, co-sponsored by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat. Participants include scholars from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States, along with Stanford scholars.
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Tides of nationalism rise in Asia, Stanford scholars offer historical lens

News / April 23, 2014
Experts at FSI's Shorenstein APARC offer insight on the growing tensions across Northeast Asia, exploring the connection to historical memories of World War II in a multi-year comparative study. Scholars also provided recent commentary through various media interviews.
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Realistic Approach to Attain ‘Unification Bonanza’

News / April 2, 2014
South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye generated public attention through a recent statement that emphasized the benefits of Korean unification, saying it would bring a “bonanza” to the region and its partners. Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin suggests “serious debate” and a “creative and feasible unification strategy” are necessary to move forward with that national goal.
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Elimination of Jang Song-taek contradicts usual narrative in North Korea

Commentary / December 19, 2013
In this op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub discuss North Korea’s puzzling execution of Jang Song-taek and the social, economic, and political problems facing Kim Jong Un’s regime. They suggest that Jang’s execution may be an attempt to consolidate power and to shore-up support within the country. Shin and Straub point out that the revelations made to justify the purge and execution also act to delegitimize the regime by sending confused signals to the international community, in particular to China and South Korea over their recent economic engagement. They propose that the U.S., South Korea, and China may be able to use this as an opportunity to influence Kim and convince him to relinquish North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, among other goals.
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Stanford's Shin on Kim Jong Il's death and what's next for North Korea

Q&As / December 19, 2011
As the world reacts to the death of Kim Jong Il, Stanford’s Gi-Wook Shin talks about the transition of power in North Korea. He discusses what’s in store for relations between Pyongyang and Washington, and what to expect of what is perhaps Kim’s most troubling legacy: his nuclear weapons program.
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Shorenstein APARC receives grant from Academy of Korean Studies

News / January 25, 2008
Shorenstein APARC has received a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies in Seoul which enables the center to publish a series of books on Korea's democratization and social change, under the series title: Korean Democracy: From Birth to Maturity.
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Center Director Gi-Wook Shin honored with an appointment to an endowed chair

News / October 24, 2007
On October 11, the Stanford Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Shorenstein APARC's Director, Gi-Wook Shin as the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies.
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Shorenstein APARC delegation visits Chinese scholars, policymakers, and business leaders

News / July 29, 2007
In April 2007, a delegation of scholars from Shorenstein APARC visited Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing, fulfilling the center's mission to carry its work "into Asia." Daniel Sneider, Shorenstein APARC's associate director for research, recalled the busy and productive trip for the summer 2007 edition of FSI's regular newsletter, Encina Columns.
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