Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

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Deciphering China's Ukraine Calculus

June 2022

China’s rhetoric and actions toward Ukraine are shaped by domestic politics and prior decisions about protecting its national interests and finding opportunities in the crisis, says Shorenstein APARC...

Special Connections for Common Coffers: How Patron-Client Relationships Help China Fulfill Its Revenue Imperative

June 2022

Understanding the complex connections between the Chinese state and favored private firms is important for scholars and experts who wish to examine China’s corporate restructuring. In a new study,...

Problems with Revisionism: A Conceptual Framework for Assessing Chinese Intentions

June 2022

Deciphering China’s intentions is a pressing task for U.S. scholars and policymakers, yet there is a lack of consensus about what China plans to accomplish. In a new study that reviews the existing...

APARC’s South Asia Initiative Sets Forth a New Agenda for Indian Competitiveness

June 2022

The inaugural conference of APARC's South Asia Initiative convened experts from the public and private sectors to examine the role that critical and emerging technologies can play in India’s...

Oksenberg Conference Panelists Discuss Origins, Limits, and Implications of Sino-Russian “Friendship without Limits”

June 2022

Three weeks before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, China and Russia announced that their 2019 “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination in a New Era” had been upgraded to a “friendship...

Rethinking China’s Influence in Southeast Asia: The Role of Non-State Actors and Unintended Consequences

June 2022

Departing from international relations scholarship and popular media accounts that tend to portray China as a great power intent on establishing a sphere of influence in Southeast Asia, Lee Kong...

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

June 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...

Biden Says We’ve Got Taiwan’s Back. But Do We?

May 2022

Many will applaud Mr. Biden for standing up for democratic Taiwan in the face of Chinese threats. But he could be putting the island in greater danger, and the United States may not be able to come...

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

May 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,...

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

May 2022

“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”

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

May 2022

Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.

ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus ‘Not Appropriate’ for Myanmar: Ex-US Ambassador

May 2022

The Irrawaddy spoke to Scot Marciel, former United States ambassador to Myanmar and currently a visiting scholar at APARC, about the current state of regional and international efforts to tackle the...

K-pop’s “Next Level”: Notes from the Field

May 2022

Prof. Dafna Zur shares impressions from her visit with Soo-Man Lee, founder and chief producer of SM Entertainment, and the rare opportunity to tour the Seoul-based company and see the K-pop...

In Troubled Waters: South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

May 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...

Next Steps in U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

April 2022

There are multiple, concreate areas for constructive cooperation between the United States and China as they tackle growing environmental challenges.

Japanese Population Projected to Live Longer Without Dementia

April 2022

A new microsimulation projects that over the next 20 years, Japanese people will live longer without dementia, but older women with a less than high school education will benefit less than men.

NPR's Beijing Correspondent Emily Feng Wins 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award

April 2022

Feng, whose compelling and bold reporting has amplified the voices of Chinese citizens amid rapidly deteriorating press freedom in the country, is the recipient of the 21st Shorenstein Journalism...

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

April 2022

With few exceptions, South Korea’s K-pop idols have been conspicuously silent on controversial subjects – including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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

April 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...

Beijing Is Used to Learning from Russian Failures

April 2022

The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.

Predoctoral Fellow Spotlight: Tongtong Zhang Examines Channels for Public Deliberation in China

April 2022

Political Scientist and APARC Predoctoral Fellow Tongtong Zhang explores how the Chinese Communist Party maintains control through various forms of political communication.

Education Level Will Widen Disparity in Health Outcomes of the Future Elderly Population, New Study Projects

April 2022

In the first study to compare the progression of educational disparities in disability across two rapidly aging Asian societies, APARC coauthors Cynthia Chen and Karen Eggleston project that from...

APARC Names 2022-23 Shorenstein and Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellows

April 2022

Political scientists Aidan Milliff and Jingkai He will join APARC as Shorenstein postdoctoral fellows on contemporary Asia, and economist Jianan Yang will join as our Asia Health Policy postdoctoral...

Japan’s Top Envoy to the U.S. Discusses the State of Japan Studies in Higher Education with Stanford and UC Berkeley Experts

March 2022

At an in-person meeting of a joint delegation from Japan's Embassy to the United States and Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco with a panel of experts from Stanford and UC Berkeley,...

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