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Welcome to the 2019-20 academic year! We hope your summer was refreshing and that you are ready to embark on a busy quarter. We have plenty of research and news to share from APARC scholars and exciting events lined up – we’re looking forward to seeing you in the year ahead.

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Protesters at anti-Japanese rally in Seoul
The Perils of Populist Nationalism

To understand the escalating friction between Seoul and Tokyo one must recognize the unique characteristics of Korean nationalism and why it is manifested so differently in Koreans’ attitude toward China, writes APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin. Read more >>

New Pathways for Aging Societies
Elderly Chinese people perform tai-chi at a park in Beijing

The third annual gathering of our Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation project, held in South Korea, brought together academics and policymakers to explore the intersection of aging and technological development in East Asia, a region experiencing a rapid demographic decline. Read more >>

Unpacking the U.S.-China Conflict

We sat down with renowned Chinese politics expert David M. Lampton to discuss the growing crisis that is the U.S.-China relationship. Read more >>


2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award Honoring Maria Ressa
October 21, 12:15 – 1:45 PM
Portrait of Maria Ressa

JOIN US: Acclaimed Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, winner of the 2019 Shorenstein Award, will headline a panel discussion addressing her crusade to combat fake news, the devastating effect disinformation has had on democracy and societal cohesion in the Philippines, and the battle for truth in the digital age. RSVP now >>


Welcome to APARC, Robert R. King and Victor Cha
Portraits of Robert R. King and Victor Cha

We are pleased to welcome Ambassador Robert R. King, former special envoy for North Korean human rights issues at the U.S. Department of State, and Victor Cha, professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University, as Koret fellows in Korean studies this academic year. Read more >>

2020-21 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Open

Recent PhDs researching contemporary political, economic or social change in the Asia-Pacific region are invited to apply for the 2020-21 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applications are due December 20, 2019. Learn more >>


Gi-Wook Shin
Korea’s Migrants: From Homogeneity to Diversity

A special section in the latest issue of the journal Asian Survey, coedited by APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin, suggests a new framework in both social discourse and policy that reflects the varied complexities of Korea’s increasingly diverse migrants, charting a course forward for a nation that is staring into a demographic abyss. Read more >>

Cover of the journal Asian Survey

Karen Eggleston et al.
Enhancing Financial Protection Under China’s Social Health Insurance to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

In a BMJ collection marking the tenth anniversary of China’s health system reforms, researchers including Asia Health Policy Program Director and APARC Deputy Director Karen Eggleston analyze the succeeses of China's expansion of social health insurance and the next steps required to achieve universal health coverage. Read more >>

Cover of the BMJ collection of essays about China's health system reforms

Thomas Fingar
"New Mission, New Challenges," in Truth to Power: A History of the U.S. National Intelligence Council

APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar recounts his tenure as chair of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) from 2005 to 2008, reflecting particularly on two obstacles he faced: executing the intelligence reforms drafted in the wake of 9/11 and repairing damage done to the NIC’s credibility by the failures of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Read more >>



Trilateral Framework at Risk
Gi-Wook Shin, Director (author)
The Korea Times, August 27, 2019
US Military Official Confirms China Deal to Use Cambodian Naval Base
Donald K. Emmerson, Director of the Southeast Asia Program (quoted)
Voice of America, August 25, 2019
With Buildup of Forces on Border, China Displays Waning Tolerance for Hong Kong Protests
David M. Lampton, Rohlen-Oksenberg Fellow (interviewed)
PBS NewsHour, August 15, 2019
The U.S. has a Role to Play in the Escalating Hong Kong Crisis – as a Moderating Force
David M. Lampton, Rohlen-Oksenberg Fellow (author)
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2019


Hong Kong: A City in Turmoil 
October 2, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Pressing North Korea on Human Rights: Key to Progress on Security Issues 
October 4, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Sleepless in Chennai: Consequences of Increasing Sleep Among the Urban Poor
October 16, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Japan-South Korea on the Brink: Escalating Friction Amidst an Uncertain World 
October 18, 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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