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Gi-Wook Shin
 South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol waves a national flag during the celebration of the 77th National Liberation Day at Presidential House on August 15, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Path Ahead for Yoon

Commentary / September 15, 2022
How Korea’s New President Can Recover from His First 100 Days of Struggles
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Members of K-pop band BTS speak at a press briefing at the White House.

Will Hallyu Swell to a Tidal Wave? Korea's Future as a Cultural Superpower

Commentary / August 1, 2022
The Korean Wave, which has unique characteristics and continues to evolve in intriguing directions, could become a first mover on the global cultural scene.
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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks on the government supplementary budget at the National Assembly on May 16, 2022 in Seoul.

Beyond Representation: How Diversity Can Unleash Korea’s Innovation

Commentary / June 30, 2022
A social and corporate culture that values and enforces conformity surely cannot be a wellspring of creativity and innovation. Korean society must find a new source of vitality. Enhancing diversity to stimulate innovation and change could be the answer.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the South Korean parliament via video link.

In the Wake of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Korea Should Join Its Peers in Defending the Liberal International Order

Commentary / June 1, 2022
It is difficult to anticipate how the geopolitical storm set off by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may develop. What is certain is that the international order will not be the same, and this change will have significant repercussions for South Korea.
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Collage of Soo-Man Lee, SUHO, and Ban Ki-moon speaking at a podium

North Korea’s Geopolitics, South Korea’s Pop Culture Wave Take Center Stage at Korea Program’s 20th Anniversary Conference

News / May 27, 2022
The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center marked its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference that gathered eminent leaders from academia, government, and the K-pop industry, including former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global star SUHO, leader of K-pop group EXO.
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The Gwangju Uprising

Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy

Commentary / May 24, 2022
“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”
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South Korea's President Yoon holds a champagne glass

Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-U.S. Summit?

Commentary / May 20, 2022
Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.
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Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a press conference

In Troubled Waters: South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

Commentary / May 3, 2022
Just as the United States experienced a crisis of democracy under the Trump administration, South Korea underwent a democratic recession during President Moon Jae-in’s time in office. The consequences of this decline have been evident throughout the election and the subsequent presidential transition.
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Xion, Seoho, Ravn, Keonhee, Leedo, and Hwanwoong of OneUs visit the Empire State Building

It’s Time for K-pop Stars to Speak Out on Human Rights

Commentary / April 21, 2022
With few exceptions, South Korea’s K-pop idols have been conspicuously silent on controversial subjects – including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Bukchon Hanok village and text about Stanford's Korea Program 20th anniversary conference on May 19-20, 2022.

Stanford University’s Korea Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Conference Spotlighting South Korean Wave, North Korean Geopolitics

News / April 20, 2022
The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center will commemorate its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference, convening eminent speakers from the K-pop industry, academia, and government, and unveiling two new documentary films.
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South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-Yeol

South Korean Democracy Under Stress: Yoon Suk-yeol’s Victory Likely to Increase Domestic Polarization

Commentary / March 10, 2022
On CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia," APARC Director Gi-wook Shin shares insights about the potential for democratic backsliding and further domestic tension after Yoon Suk-yeol’s victory in the contentious presidential election in South Korea.
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South Korea Votes, Beijing Watches

Commentary / March 2, 2022
Anti-Chinese sentiment surges—especially among the young—in advance of the March 9 elections.
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Members of the K-pop band BTS.

“K-Pop Stars, Too, Should Speak Out on Human Rights Issues,” Says Stanford Sociologist Gi-Wook Shin

News / February 14, 2022
K-pop and North Korean human rights are the subjects of two documentaries to be released this spring to mark the 20th anniversary of Stanford University’s Korea Program, reveals Professor Gi-Wook Shin.
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Yoon Seok-Youl

What Does Korea’s 2022 Presidential Election Mean for Its Democracy?

Commentary / January 26, 2022
The ongoing South Korean presidential race holds significant sociopolitical implications for the future of democracy as democratic backsliding has now become an undeniable reality in South Korea.
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North Korea Conundrum Book cover

How to Solve the North Korean Conundrum: The Role of Human Rights in Policy Toward the DPRK

News / October 29, 2021
APARC's new edited volume, 'The North Korean Conundrum,' shines a spotlight on the North Korean human rights crisis and its connection to nuclear security. In the book launch discussion, contributors to the volume explain why improving human rights in the country ought to play an integral part of any comprehensive U.S. engagement strategy with the DPRK.
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Protesters participate in a rally oppose a planned visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi near the Chinese Embassy on November 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Rise of Anti-Chinese Sentiments in South Korea: Political and Security Implications

Commentary / October 7, 2021
APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin shares insights on rising anti-China sentiments in South Korea and their implications for the upcoming South Korean presidential election.
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[Us and Them] I’m Korean, You’re Not, and There’s a Fine Line You Can’t Cross

Commentary / September 22, 2021
In a new interview with The Korea Herald, Gi-Wook Shin discusses ethnic homogeneity, its nationalist roots, and the limitations to building multicultural identity in South Korea.
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What to Read This Summer — 2021: Book Recommendations by APARC Faculty

News / June 9, 2021
APARC faculty suggest dozens of books for your summer reading.
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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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