"Experts have compared him (Cho Seung-Hui) to the Columbine shooters, saying that he fits the same profile. This is a judgment about mental state and behavior patterns that have nothing to do with race or ethnicity," says Shorenstein APARC's director, Gi-Wook Shin.
The international community appears to have been stunned by North Korea's test of a nuclear device. While the media has predominantly focused on the political implications of the test, it is also important to understand exactly what occurred from a technical perspective. On Monday, October 9th, Dr. Gi-Wook Shin, Director of the Korean Studies Program and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, asked Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Emeritus Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and visiting professor at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University about the nature of the test executed by North Korea and possible technical implications.
Blood-based ethnic national identity has hindered cultural and social diversity in Korea. Koreans must envision a society in which they can live together, not simply as fellow ethnic Koreans but as equal citizens of a democratic polity.
After a long hiatus, Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein APARC and founding director of the Korean Studies Program at Stanford, has brought back the Journal of Korean Studies, the premier journal in the field, and given it new life at the Center. In a recent interview, he discusses the relaunch, the Journal's editorial process, and his plans for future issues.
Effective September 1, 2005, APARC will be known as the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. The announcement was made at a gala dinner in honor of APARC's longtime benefactor, Walter H. Shorenstein.
After an intensive selection process, the Asia-Pacific Research Center at the Stanford Institute for International Studies has selected Daniel Sneider and Scott Syder to be the 2005-2006 Pantech Fellows in Korean Studies for Mid-Career Professionals. The fellowships were made possible by generous gift from the Pantech Group.
The Korea Foundation will donate $2 million to the School of Humanities and Sciences to endow a new professorship in Korean Studies - a major boost to Stanford's Korean Studies Program, housed at APARC.
The Korean Studies Program at APARC and the Project on Peace and Cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region at CISAC joined forces to welcome a delegation from the DPRK's Institute of Disarmament and Peace.