Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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American Foreign Policy in Transition: From Cold War Consensus to Controversy and Confusion

May 2018

In a new article for Contemporary American Review, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines how, twenty-five years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Americans are still...

The persistence of entrepreneurship and innovative immigrants

March 2018

Ethnicity and immigration status may play a role in entrepreneurship and innovation, yet the impact of university entrepreneurship education on this relationship is under-explored.

The decline in bank-led corporate restructuring in Japan: 1981-2010

March 2018

Using a unique dataset on all major corporate restructuring events in Japan between 1981 and 2010, we assess changes in the role of the main bank in guiding corporate turarounds, and the economic...

From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation and Linkage

February 2018

The development community has increased its focus on higher education over the past two decades, recognizing that education can contribute to building up a country’s capacity for participation in...

Zouping Revisited: Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County

February 2018

China has undergone dramatic change in its economic institutions in recent years, but surprisingly little change politically.

Has Abenomics Succeeded in Raising Japan's Inward Foreign Direct Investment?

January 2018

Japan is known to have an exceptionally low level of inward foreign direct investment (FDI). The promotion of inward FDI is one of the policy goals of Abenomics structural reforms.

Superficial Korea

September 2017

In this book, Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently affecting Korean society.

Mortality In Rural China Declined As Health Insurance Coverage Increased, But No Evidence The Two Are Linked

September 2017

Health insurance holds the promise of improving population health and survival and protecting people from catastrophic health spending.

ASEAN's Futures

July 2017

The future of ASEAN is necessarily unknown. Its futures, however, can be guessed with less risk of being wrong.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Why Japan (Still) Matters for Global Competition

April 2017

Through the 1980s, Japan was significant in global competition largely by shaping global technological trajectories, transforming major global industries, and contributing to fundamental...

Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform

April 2017

Uneasy Partnerships presents the analysis and insights of practitioners and scholars who have shaped and examined China's interactions with key Northeast Asian partners.

ASEAN between China and America: Is It Time to Try Horsing the Cow?

February 2017

Admirers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are impressed with the fact that it continues to exist and that an outright war has never broken out between its members.

Aid as Transnational Social Capital: Korea's Official Development Assistance in Higher Education

December 2016

In this paper, we explore a new framework for higher education official development assistance (ODA) with a focus on the transnational bridging benefits of social capital.

Entrepreneurship, small businesses and economic growth in cities

September 2016

Does entrepreneurship cause local employment and wage growth, and if so, how large is the impact?

The Impact of the Algorithmic Revolution from Silicon Valley: Fintech, IoT, Cloud Computing, AI... What's happening now in the US and what will happen in Japan (Japanese)

September 2016

アルゴリズム革命とは、情報処理能力の飛躍的向上により、あらゆる人間活動が計測され機械によって代替される流れのこと。FintechIoTCloudComputingAIなど、シリコンバレーの最先端の動きとこれから日本で起こることを、スタンフォード大学の研究員がわかりやすく解説。

Japan's Startup Ecosystem: From Brave New World to Part of Syncretic "New Japan"

September 2016

This paper asks the following: what does Japan's startup ecosystem look like now, how did it develop, and where it is headed?

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.

Policy Challenges from Demographic Change in China and India

July 2016

The world’s two most populous countries face numerous policy challenges from rapid demographic change.

Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea

July 2016

Scholars have long examined the relationship between nation-states and their "internal others," such as immigrants and ethno-racial minorities. Contested Embrace shifts the analytic focus to...

Information Governance in Japan: Towards a New Comparative Paradigm (SVNJ eBook series)

June 2016

The history of human civilization has been about managing information, from hunting and gathering through contemporary times.

Who Drops Out From Primary Schools in China? Evidence From Minority-Concentrated Rural Areas

May 2016

One of the Millennium Development Goals is to ensure universal access to primary education by 2015. However, primary school dropout remains a challenge in many developing countries.

Order Matters: The Effect of Second-Wave Migration on Student Academic Performance in Northwest China

May 2016

The migration of hundreds of millions of workers from the Chinese countryside to the city has created a generation of Left Behind Children (or LBCs), who now number more than 60 million.

Effect of Parental Migration on the Academic Performance of Left-behind Children in Northwestern China

May 2016

China’s rapid development and urbanization has induced large numbers of rural residents to migrate from their homes in the countryside to urban areas in search of higher wages.

Can Social-Emotional Learning Reduce Dropout in Developing Countries?

May 2016

An alarming number of students drop out of junior high school in developing countries.

People

Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Elin Matsumae Research Assistant
Yosuke (Jack) Hatano Global Affiliate Visiting Fellow, 2018-19, Shizuoka Prefectural Government
Portrait of Andray Abrahamian Andray Abrahamian Koret Fellow, 2018-19, Lecturer
Song Yuan Visiting Scholar
Jiazhong Fang Global Affiliate Visiting Fellow, 2018-19, PetroChina
Lisa Lee Program Coordinator, Asia Health Policy Program and Southeast Asia Program
Kristen Lee Executive Assistant to Professor Gi-Wook Shin