South Korea

Scholarly Publications

South Korea's Democratic Decay

July 2020

South Korea (hereafter Korea) is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression.” Both the spirit of democracy and actual liberal-democratic standards are under attack.

Smoking, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease in South Korea, Singapore, and the United States: A Microsimulation Model

November 2019

The substantial social and economic burden attributable to smoking is well‐known, with heavy smokers at higher risk of chronic disease and premature mortality than light smokers and nonsmokers.

Other Publications

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2019-20

December 2020

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for the academic year 2019-20 is now available.

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2018-19

December 2019

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2018-19 is now available.

Future Visions: Opportunities and Challenges of Korean Studies in North America

December 2018

On November 1-2, 2018, the two-day conference "Future Visions: Opportunities and Challenges of Korean Studies in North America" was convened by Shorenstein APARC's Korea Program to examine the...

News

New Book Explores the Intersection of Demographic Shifts and Innovation, Offering Lessons from Asian Nations

March 2021

Contributing authors to the new volume 'Demographics and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific' convened for a virtual book launch and discussion of the challenges facing aging societies in East...

Postdoc Spotlight: Jeffrey Weng on Language and Society

February 2021

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Jeffrey Weng shares insights from his research into how language and society shape one another, particularly how the historical use of Mandarin...

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

January 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...

Events

Are South Korean Liberals Truly Liberal?

January 28, 2021

While many countries around the world have slipped toward authoritarianism, South Korea has won praise for exhibiting democratic resilience through “candlelight protests” and a presidential...

The Politicization of the Judiciary in South Korea

December 4, 2020

This event is part of Shorenstein APARC's winter webinar series "Asian Politics and Policy in a Time of Uncertainty." Judiciary independence is explicitly prescribed in the constitutions of many...

Is Korean Democracy in Crisis?

October 12, 2020

In recent years, we have witnessed a worldwide trend of "democratic depression" in both young and established democracies, where the backsliding from democracy is facilitated by various forces such...

Projects

Tailored Engagement: Toward an Effective and Sustainable Inter-Korean Relations Policy

The already serious situation on the Korean Peninsula is worsening. North Korea is on a path to credibly threaten South Korea, Japan, U.S.
English

Diversity and Tolerance in Korea and Asia

A new research collaborative examines diversity issues and challenges in Korea and greater Asia.
English

Engaging North Korea

Rapidly changing circumstances continue to shape relations on the Korean peninsula and in East Asia.
English

Multimedia

A Conversation with the Author of "Superficial Korea"

October 2017

Dafna Zur, assistant professor of East Asian Language and Cultures at Stanford University, leads a discussion of Superficial Korea, a book by Gi-Wook Shin, professor of sociology and Shorenstein APARC director, which was recently published in...

The North Korea Crisis

June 2017

Video and transcript from the joint CISAC/Shorenstein APARC panel discussion, "The North Korea Crisis," on May 30, 2017, with James Person, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation at the Center for Korean History and Public Policy; Gi-Wook...

Wind of Change? South Korea under the New Administration

May 2017

Video and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC Korea Program colloquium, "Wind of Change?

People

Portrait of Curtis J. Milhaupt Curtis J. Milhaupt Senior Fellow, by courtesy William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Dr. Yong Suk Lee Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Portrait of Joyce Lee Joyce Lee Research Project Manager
Portrait of Kenji Kushida Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar at APARC