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Scholarly Publications

Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War

July 2016

No nation is free from the charge that it has a less-than-complete view of the past.

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

June 2016

Student mobility in Asia has reached unprecedented levels.

The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence in India

March 2016

The neighboring north Indian districts of Jaipur and Ajmer are identical in language, geography, and religious and caste demography.

Other Publications

Behind the Comfort Women Agreement

January 2016

The breakthrough agreement on the comfort women issue between Japan and South Korea on Dec. 28, 2015, was the culmination of at least four years of negotiations between the two governments.

Demographic Change in East Asia: Economic, Social, and Security Implications

December 2011

Japan leads, chased closely by South Korea, with China, on a vastly larger scale, not far behind.

Korean Food, Korean Identity: The Impact of Globalization on Korean Agriculture

December 2005

One of the few ways to get a taste of North Korea, short of leaping through numerous hoops to get a visa to visit the country, is to eat cold noodles (naengmyen).


Opinion: Next Korea, Next Generation

September 2017

Researchers in the Korea Program regularly contribute to Korean media on the Korean affairs ranging from education and economics to politics and society.

The role of science and ethics in Korean literature

June 2017

Dafna Zur, assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford, discusses her current research on literary and scientific education in postwar North and South Korea.The complete...


Red Stage, or Bringing the Authoritarian Streak Out

February 12, 2018

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is often labeled a hermit kingdom, supposedly one of the most isolated, mysterious, and inaccessible countries on earth.

The Moral Economy of 'Face': Gift-Exchange, Recognition, and Depoliticized Solidarity

January 29, 2018

The metaphors of ‘face’ are often found in South Korea’s fair trade activism, as fair trade and ethical consumption are frequently described as ‘trade with persons whose faces you know’ and their...


The Korea Colloquium on History and Culture

The lectures of the Korea Colloquium on History and Culture are sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Korean Studies Program and the William J.

Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers

Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary Teachers was established at the Korean Studies Program in 2012 with the generous support of Hana Financial Group.

Divided Memories and Reconciliation

There are two obstacles to understanding how historical memory about the wartime period has been formed in Northeast Asia.


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...

15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Keynote Speech by Ian Johnson: Religion After Mao

May 2017

Video and transcript from "15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Keynote Speech by Ian Johnson: Religion after Mao" on May 1, 2017, with keynote speaker and Shorenstein Journalism Award winner Ian Johnson.Following a century of violent anti...

Eight Threats to Freedom of Expression in India

April 2017

Audio and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC colloquium, "Eight Threats to Freedom of Expression in India," on April 5, 2017, with Ramachandra Guha.India prides itself on being the "world's largest democracy." In some respects it is certifiably...


Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology