Within a few short years of its founding, the Stanford China Program has established a reputation as one of the top research programs in the country focusing on contemporary China. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC News
Jean Oi was appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the newly founded Schwarzman Scholars international scholarship program. Read more »
Limits of China's village democracyShorenstein APARC in the news: Wall Street Journal on November 9, 2012
Activists in Wukan, in Guangdong province, have discovered there are limits to grassroots democracy. New research by Jean C. Oi, showing a high percentage of upper-level government overseers in China's villages, highlights the boundaries of the power of local elected officials.
Policy implications of China's view of the global orderShorenstein APARC News
Thomas Fingar, who leads the China and the World research initiative, examines the policy implications of China's view of the global order. He shares his thoughts in a new publication on security in Asia.
CISAC, Shorenstein APARC News
Thomas Fingar, FSI’s Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, considers how the outcome of the election could impact U.S.-China relations, and how the United States could focus its priorities in Asia. Read more »
Building confidence key toward a successful U.S.-China relationshipShorenstein APARC, CISAC in the news: China-US Focus on August 20, 2012
In a recent interview about the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, Thomas Fingar spoke of the need for the two countries to focus on building more confidence in one another for their future wellbeing.
Shorenstein APARC News
On May 18, 2012, the Pentagon released its annual report about the People's Republic of China's recent military developments. During Stanford's annual Oksenberg lecture, Karl Eikenberry discussed China's military modernization and its overall national security strategy. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC in the news: Leader's Magazine on April 6, 2012
Thomas Fingar, who has observed developments in U.S.-China relations since "ping-pong diplomacy" in the early 1970s, spoke with China-based Leaders Magazine about the significance of -- and hype surrounding -- the Obama administration's "Asia pivot." Read more »
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A revelatory story emerged in China this spring: Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s Communist Party head, had fallen out with the party and was accused of shocking abuses of power. On May 2, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center held a special seminar to make sense of what this unusual high-level scandal could mean for the future of China’s current political system. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, CHP/PCOR, FSI Stanford, AHPP, SCP News
Chinese officials are developing a social security network to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing demographic landscape. Karen Eggleston discusses the success of China’s health care reforms and the long road ahead. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, AHPP, SCP News
How has the cigarette become so integrated into the fabric of everyday life across the People's Republic of China? To get to the heart of this question, a diverse group of experts met Mar. 26 and 27 in Beijing. In an interview, conference lead Matthew Kohrman spoke about the history of China's cigarette industry, cigarettes and society, and the growing tobacco-control movement. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC News
Stanford experts recently came together with colleagues from across Asia for two Shorenstein APARC conferences at the new Stanford Center at Peking University. China and the World examined China’s contemporary interactions with its neighbors, and Cigarette Production Before, During, and After Liberation explored China’s cigarette industry over the past 100 years. Read more »
China must invest more in rural children, say Stanford scholarsShorenstein APARC, AHPP, SCP in the news: YaleGlobal Online on March 14, 2012
As China's economy grows so does the prevalence of social inequality. In a YaleGlobal Online article, a team of Shorenstein APARC China experts says the country must invest more now in education and public health programs for its rural children or it will face major growth challenges in the near future.
Shorenstein APARC, CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A: Shanghai Oriental Morning Post on February 16, 2012
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping recently visited the United States to meet with top officials and tour various cities. China experts followed the trip closely because Xi is anticipated to become China’s next president. Thomas Fingar spoke with the Shanghai Oriental Morning Post about the visit, and about the Obama administration's Asia policy. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC News
Since opening its doors to the world in 1978, China has pursued a sometimes erratic but reasonably steady course leading to increasing global economic and political interaction. Thomas Fingar is leading a new multiphase Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center initiative to explore the nuances and complexity of China’s foreign relations and domestic issues. The project kicks off with a Mar. 19-20 workshop at the new Stanford China Center at Peking University. Read more »
Kohrman to speak about cigarette factory mapping and policyShorenstein APARC Announcement
At present, the tobacco industry annually produces some six trillion cigarettes worldwide. A third of all these sticks were produced in China last year. During a Jan. 30 seminar, Matthew Kohrman will introduce the Cigarette Citadels project, an innovative application of participatory GIS, and discuss its implications for public health policy and social theory about the state and the politics of life.
- » Cigarette Citadels, Remapping Theory and Policy, Cigarette Factories in and Outside of China
- » Cigarette Citadels Project
Stanford's Fingar examines China's development issuesShorenstein APARC, CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: YaleGlobal Online on January 18, 2012
For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization. But its integration into the world economy and global trends drive and constrain Beijing's ability to manage growing social, economic and political challenges. In a YaleGlobal Online series article, Thomas Fingar looks at the global implications of China’s development challenges.
Stanford publications contextualize China's developmentShorenstein APARC News
After 10 years of rapid growth, China will undergo a major leadership transition later this year. Two recent Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center edited volumes -- Going Private in China and Growing Pains -- put China’s development into context as the country prepares for the next decade of its future.
- » Going Private in China: The Politics of Corporate Restructuring and System Reform
- » Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation
Fractured Rebellion a 'groundbreaking book,' says China BeatShorenstein APARC in the news: China Beat on December 1, 2011
Fractured Rebellion is the first full-length account of the evolution of China's Red Guard Movement in Beijing, the nation's capital, from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. A recent China Beat review praised Andrew Walder's 2009 book as "groundbreaking" and as "[bringing] meaning to a whirlwind of events."
East Asia internships for studentsShorenstein APARC Announcement
The Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center and the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies are excited to offer highly qualified Stanford students an opportunity to extend classroom knowledge of East Asia to real-life working and cultural experiences through the East Asia Internship Program. Internship positions will cover a wide spectrum of business, non-profit, media, educational, medical, technology, and government activities.
Kohrman's ground-breaking study of cigarette warning labelsShorenstein APARC, AHPP, SCP in the news: Stanford Cancer Center News on June 7, 2011
What influence might graphic warning labels have on cigarette sales? Matthew Kohrman is studying that question with experimental methods in Southwest China. Kohrman’s research is generating much-needed data in support of the expansion of China’s warning label system. Among the countries increasingly adopting graphic labels, the United States will require visual warnings on all cigarette packages by next fall.
Stanford Cancer Center News: Smoking cessation in a land of two trillion cigarettes
Andrew Walder discusses China's political "holding strategy"Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford Op-ed: Boston Review on July 11, 2011
China's Soviet-style political system has not kept pace with the dramatic changes taking place within the country's social and economic systems, suggests Andrew Walder in a recent Boston Review op-ed. Keeping the lessons of the former Soviet Union in mind, he says, China's government has instead utilized a "holding strategy" to maintain its political institutions over the past twenty years.
Farmers in rural China struggling to survive, Scott Rozelle commentsFSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, FSE in the news: Los Angeles Times on July 7, 2011
Two-hundred million farming households in China are struggling to capitalize on their nation's breathtaking economic development. While city dwellers are enjoying fast-rising living standards, much of rural China remains a hardscrabble landscape where average incomes of about $3,200 a year are less than a third of what they are in urban areas. "No one is going to get rich off farming," said Scott Rozelle, an expert on China's rural economy at Stanford University. "It's not going to happen until farm sizes get bigger. That's why millions of people are moving to the cities."
- » Los Angeles Times article - Farming in China: Amid China's economic transformation, many farmers struggle
China's Food InflationFSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, FSE, REAP, SCP in the news: Associated Press - Boston.com on May 11, 2011
Middle class appetites and rising affluence are driving up the price of food in China, home to 1.3 billion people. Growers are faced with rising demand for food just as the rural labor supply dwindles. Yet the changes in food and work preferences aren't all bad, as they reflect the human and economic development taking place in China, says Scott Rozelle, food economist and Helen Farnsworth Senior Fellow at FSI.
Give new smoking ban time, suggests China tobacco health expert Matthew KohrmanShorenstein APARC, AHPP, SCP in the news: NPR and Al Jazeera English
Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death in the world today, including in China where cigarette smoking is a popular pastime. "The [tobacco] industry in China is run by the Tobacco Monopoly Administration, a central government administrative body created in the 1980s, also known as China Tobacco Corp.," said Matthew Kohrman in a February 2011 interview with NPR's Morning Edition. China nonetheless issued a nationwide indoor smoking ban on May 1. Speaking with Al Jazeera English on the first day of the ban, Kohrman predicted that Chinese citizens will increasingly comply with the ban even if in fits and starts initially. "It all has to do with implementation," he suggested. "It all has to do with changing the culture of smoking and people’s thinking about it—that takes time."
- » NPR: China dependent on tobacco in more ways than one
- » Al Jazeera English: China starts national ban on indoor cigarette smoking