Welcome to the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, a unique Stanford
University institution focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia.
A visionary group of Stanford scholars established the Center three decades ago to
address the need for research on Asia that — rather than being siloed by discipline and
by country — reached across departments, from sociology to engineering, and looked
at Asia in a regional context. The Center’s work was imbued with the desire to promote
cooperation rather than the distrust of the Cold War. We take great pride in our contribution to the growing understanding of Asia’s global significance, and to the improvement in U.S.-Asia relationships developing today.
The following pages provide a glimpse of how Shorenstein APARC has fulfilled its
mission over the past thirty years, by producing outstanding interdisciplinary research;
by educating students and the next generation of scholars; by promoting constructive
interaction in the pursuit of influencing U.S. policy toward Asia-Pacific regions; and by
contributing to how Asian nations understand issues key to regional cooperation and
to their relations with the United States.
While we are proud of what we have achieved, it is only the beginning. Shorenstein
APARC’s efforts are as dynamic as the rapid changes now taking place in Asia, and we
look forward to many decades more of leading the way to deeper, more meaningful
understanding and relations with this vital and vibrant world region.
Table of Contents
2 Shorenstein APARC Leadership, 1983–2013
3 Director’s Message
4 1983–1989 Asia’s Emergence
6 1990–1996 Asia After the Cold War
8 1997–2005 Asian Financial Crisis / The War on Terror
10 2006–present China’s Rise / Crisis in Korea
20 Programs: AHPP / Corporate Affiliates / JSP / KSP / SCP / SEAF
34 Supporting Shorenstein APARC
36 Photo credits