APARC In-House Series

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Books Published by APARC

Shorenstein APARC has a long history of publishing full-length edited volumes and single-authored books by our scholars and fellows on subjects related to contemporary Asia. This series of books published by APARC provides a valuable platform for disseminating Center scholarship on topical issues in rapid flux. Shorenstein APARC books are marketed and distributed to libraries, bookstores, and other retail outlets through a co-publishing agreement with Rowman & Littlefield

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Patterns of Impunity

Robert R. King
2021 April 23, 2021

Human Rights in North Korea and the Role of the U.S. Special Envoy

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The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

Donald K. Emmerson
2020 August 4, 2020

Southeast Asia is arguably the most diverse region in the world. Accordingly, rather than addressing the exact same question, the contributors to this volume have — as experts on Southeast Asia-China relations — explored the matters they see as most important and most deserving of exploration and exposure. After the editor’s introduction, the chapters proceed in pairs. Each pair and a closing chapter cover a distinctive theme in Southeast Asia’s interactions with China.

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Being in North Korea

Andray Abrahamian
2020 August 1, 2020

**See our dedicated book page for more information about the book, including praise, reviews, and author commentary.**

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Healthy Aging in Asia

Karen Eggleston
2020 May 15, 2020
Life expectancy in Japan, South Korea, and much of urban China has now outpaced that of the United States and other high-income countries. With this triumph of longevity, however, comes a rise in the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and hypertension, reducing healthy life years for individuals in these aging populations, as well as challenging the healthcare systems they rely on for appropriate care.  
 
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Peace on a Knife's Edge: The Inside Story of Roh Moo-hyun's North Korea Policy

Jong Seok Lee,
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2018 February 7, 2018

Peace on a Knife’s Edge is the translation of Lee Jong-Seok's 2014 memoir of South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun's efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula in the face of opposition at home from conservative forces and abroad from the Bush administration’s hard stances of “tailored containment” and its declaration of the North as part of the “axis of evil.”

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Challenges in the Process of China’s Urbanization

Karen Eggleston, Jean C. Oi, Wang Yiming
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2017 May 19, 2017

The same institutions that enabled China’s massive urbanization and spurred its economic growth now require further reform and innovation.

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Policy Challenges from Demographic Change in China and India

Karen Eggleston
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2016 July 12, 2016

The world’s two most populous countries face numerous policy challenges from rapid demographic change. Drawing on social science expertise from China, India, and the United States, the contributors examine the social and economic challenges for policies across a range of domains, from China’s changed family planning policies and India’s efforts to address gender imbalance, to both countries’ policies regarding old-age support, human capital investment, poverty alleviation, and broader issues of governance.

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Internationalizing Higher Education in Korea: Challenges and Opportunities in Comparative Perspective

Yeon Cheon Oh, Gi-Wook Shin, Rennie J. Moon
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press, 2016 June 10, 2016

Student mobility in Asia has reached unprecedented levels. Inbound and outbound student mobility creates opportunities for Asian societies but also challenges, such as growing diversity and brain drain. This book examines these and other related, timely issues for the case of South Korea, a major player in the internationalization of higher education in Asia, and draws on the comparative experiences of other key players in the Asia-Pacific region—Japan, China, Singapore, and the United States.

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Anti-Americanism in Democratizing South Korea

David Straub, David Straub
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2015 July 2, 2015

Americans think of South Korea as one of the most pro-American of countries, but in fact many Koreans hold harsh and conspiratorial views of the United States. If not, why did a single U.S. military traffic accident in 2002 cause hundreds of thousands of Koreans to take to the streets for weeks, shredding and burning American flags, cursing the United States, and harassing Americans?

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Crossing Heaven's Border

Hark Joon Lee
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2015 February 4, 2015

From 2007 to 2011 South Korean filmmaker and newspaper reporter Hark Joon Lee lived among North Korean defectors in China, filming an award-winning documentary on their struggles. Crossing Heaven’s Border is the firsthand account of his experiences there, where he witnessed human trafficking, the smuggling of illicit drugs by North Korean soldiers, and a rare successful escape from North Korea by sea.

As Lee traces the often tragic lives of North Korean defectors who were willing to risk everything for their hopes, he journeys to Siberia in pursuit of hidden North Korean lumber mills; to Vietnam, where defectors make desperate charges into foreign embassies; and along the 10,000-kilometer escape route for defectors stretching from China to Laos and to Thailand. 
 
Press kit available here:  Crossing Heavens Border Press Kit

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Modes of Engagement: Muslim Minorities in Asia

Rafiq Dossani
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2014 June 30, 2014

Of Asia’s 800 million Muslims, 215 million are minorities within their countries. These Muslim minorities have experienced a persistent decline in their socioeconomic and political status. Along with this decline, they are increasingly identified by their faith and largely accorded no other identity for civic relations. Why have these Muslim minorities been particularly affected during a time of unprecedented opportunities for the mainstream in Asia’s unprecedented era of growth and rising freedoms?

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Troubled Transition: North Korea's Politics, Economy and External Relations

Sang-Hun Choe, Gi-Wook Shin, David Straub
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2013 December 31, 2013

Kim Jong-il once declared he would transform North Korea into a "great and powerful country" by 2012, apparently believing that nuclear weapons would compel the international community to engage on his terms. With no such prospect in sight, North Korea faces a multitude of intractable problems. Will North Koreans accept his son as their leader, and will he embrace new thinking to solve the country's problems? Why do North Korean leaders resist reform of an economic system that impoverishes the people? Can a country so dependent on outside help continue to defy the international community?

In Troubled Transition, leading international experts examine these dilemmas, offering new insights into how a troubled North Korea may evolve in light of the ways other command economies and totalitarian states--from the Soviet Union and East Germany to Vietnam and China--have transitioned.

The publication of Troubled Transition was made possible by the generosity of the Koret Foundation of San Francisco, CA.

Examination copies: Shorenstein APARC books are distributed by the Brookings Institution Press. You can obtain information on obtaining an examination copy at their website.

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Asia's Middle Powers? The Identity and Regional Policy of South Korea and Vietnam

Joon-woo Park, Gi-Wook Shin, Don Keyser
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2013 December 31, 2013

South Korea and Vietnam established diplomatic relations only twenty years ago. Today these former adversaries enjoy unexpectedly cordial and rapidly expanding bilateral ties. Leaders of the two nations—perceiving broadly shared interests and no fundamental conflicts—seek to leverage their subregional influence on behalf of common or complementary policy goals. Today they often profess a “middle power” identity as they explain their foreign policy in terms of such classical middle power goals as regional peace, integration, and common goods.

Broadly similar in many respects, South Korea and Vietnam are nonetheless sufficiently different that a comparison can yield interesting insights—yet there is a dearth of systematic comparative work on the two. While holding a range of views on the contentious concepts of middle power and national identity, the contributors to Asia’s Middle Powers? help readers, both academic and policy practitioners, to gain an enhanced appreciation of South Korea and Vietnam’s regional behavior and international strategies

The publication of Asia's Middle Powers was made possible by the generosity of the Koret Foundation of San Francisco, CA.

Examination copies: Shorenstein APARC books are distributed by the Brookings Institution Press. You can obtain information on obtaining an examination copy at their website.

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Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan

Kenji E. Kushida, Kay Shimizu, Jean C. Oi
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2013 December 1, 2013

Japan’s first decade of the twenty-first century was both disappointing and bewildering, producing wildly contrasting evaluations. Many have come to call this period the “second lost decade,” characterized by policy paralysis and overall lackluster economic growth.

For those studying Japan more closely, however, the same decades reveal nothing short of a broad transformation in numerous core tenets of Japan’s postwar political economy. How can we best capture this transformation?

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Japan under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance

Kenji E. Kushida, Phillip Lipscy
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2013 July 30, 2013

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in 2009 with a commanding majority, ending fifty years of almost uninterrupted Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule. Then, in 2012, just over three years later, the DPJ lost power in an equally stunning landslide loss to the LDP. This volume examines the DPJ’s remarkable ascendance, its policies once in power, and its dramatic fall.

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Adapt, Fragment, Transform: Corporate Restructuring and System Reform in South Korea

Byung-Kook Kim, Eun Mee Kim, Jean Oi
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2012 July 1, 2012

South Korea remains a puzzle for political economists. The country has experienced phenomenal economic growth since the 1960s, but its upward trajectory has been repeatedly diverted by serious systemic crises, followed by spectacular recoveries. The recoveries are often the result of vigorous structural reforms that nonetheless retain many of South Korea's traditional economic institutions. How, then, can South Korea suffer from persistent systemic instability and yet prove so resilient? What remains the same and what changes?

The contributors to this volume consider the South Korean economy in its larger political context. Moving beyond the easy dichotomies—equilibrium vs. disequilibrium and stability vs. instability—they describe a complex and surprisingly robust economic and political system. Further, they argue that neither systemic challenges nor political pressures alone determine South Korea's stability and capacity for change. Instead, it is distinct patterns of interaction that shape this system's characteristics, development, and evolution.

Examination copies: Shorenstein APARC books are distributed by the Brookings Institution Press. You can obtain information on obtaining an examination copy at their website.

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Only Beautiful, Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea

John Everard
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2012 June 1, 2012

Coverage of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) all too often focuses solely on nuclear proliferation, military parades, and the personality cult around its leaders. As the British ambassador to North Korea, John Everard had the rare experience of living there from 2006, when the DPRK conducted its first nuclear test, to 2008, just before Kim Jong Il’s stroke. While stationed in Pyongyang, Everard’s travels around the DPRK provided him with numerous opportunities to meet and converse with North Koreans.

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Peacemaker: Twenty Years of Inter-Korean Relations and the North Korean Nuclear Issue

Lim Dong-won
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2012 May 1, 2012

More than two decades after the cold war ended elsewhere, it continues undiminished on the Korean Peninsula. The division of the Korean nation into competing North and South Korean states and the destructive war that followed constitute one of the great, and still unresolved, tragedies of the twentieth century. Peacemaker is the memoir of Lim Dong-won, former South Korean unification minister and architect of Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung's Sunshine policy toward North Korea.

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Democracy after Democratization: The Korean Experience

Jang-Jip Choi
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2012 May 1, 2012

Half a century since the adoption of democracy in South Korea, the Korean people's high hopes for popular governance have not been met. There is widespread skepticism about what Korea's implementation of democracy has brought to the nation and whether it will be able to respond effectively in the future to the demands of an evolving society and world. What accounts for the conservative complacency of Korea's democratic system? Why do democratic administrations in Korea seem so incompetent?

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Beyond North Korea: Future Challenges to South Korea's Security

Byung Kwan Kim, Gi-Wook Shin, David Straub
Shorenstein APARC, distributed by the Brookings Institution Press, 2011 December 31, 2011

Why should Americans worry about South Korean security? The answer is clear: North Korea, and beyond. Most international attention to the North Korea problem has focused on U.S. policy, but South Korea's longterm role may in fact be more important. South Korea's security is vital to peace and stability, not only in Northeast Asia but also the wider world.

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