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 News

Records 24 / 40

Japan's Three Most Consequential Events of 2020

January 2021

Abe's resignation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and delaying the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games have disrupted Japan's efforts to re-establish itself as a strong leader, both domestically and...

Nominations Open for 2021 Shorenstein Journalism Award

December 2020

Sponsored by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the annual award recognizes outstanding journalists and journalism organizations for excellence in coverage of the Asia-...

Stanford e-Japan: A Turning Point in My Life

November 2020

The following reflection is a guest post written by Hikaru Suzuki, a 2015 alumna and honoree of the Stanford e-Japan Program, which is currently accepting applications for Spring 2021.

Q&A with Graham Webster of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance

October 2020

Webster explains how DigiChina makes Chinese tech policy accessible for English speakers

Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to U.S. Political Consultancy Rally Forge

October 2020

An astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some with AI-generated images) that left thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and...

Democrartic Erosion in South Korea

October 2020

Gi-Wook Shin discusses the state of democracy in South Korea, and how democratic backsliding there fits into larger patterns of democratic decline underway across the globe.

What Does It Mean to Be an American?: A Web-based Curriculum Toolkit

September 2020

For several years, I had been anticipating September 2, 2020—the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II—to be a momentous day.

APARC Announces 2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellowships for Emerging Scholars in Contemporary Asia, Japan, and Korea Studies

September 2020

The Center’s commitment to supporting young Asia scholars remains strong during the COVID-19 crisis.

China Scholars Program: East Asia Through a STEM Lens

September 2020

The following reflection is a guest post written by Mallika Pajjuri, an alumna of the China Scholars Program and the Reischauer Scholars Program. She is now a student at MIT.

Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi Analyze the Choices and Challenges Facing China’s Leaders

August 2020

Fingar and Oi joined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to discuss their edited volume, ‘Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China’s Future.’

How WWII Continues to Shape Regional and International Relations in Asia

August 2020

In an interview with Stanford News, Gi-Wook Shin, the director of APARC and the Korea Program, describes how divergent perspectives on the legacies of WWII continue to shape different understandings...

“Co-Bots,” Not Overlords, Are the Future of Human-Robot Labor Relationships

August 2020

Yong Suk Lee and Karen Eggleston’s ongoing research into the impact of robotics and AI in different industries indicates that integrating tech into labor markets adjusts, but doesn’t replace, the...

Q&A with Daphne Keller of the Program on Platform Regulation

August 2020

Keller explains some of the issues currently surrounding platform regulation

Call for Stanford Student Applications: APARC Hiring 2020-21 Research Assistants

August 2020

To support Stanford students working in the area of contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center is offering research assistant positions for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the...

Self-inflicted wounds: The Church and dissipation of Christianity in Europe

August 2020

Christianity in Europe is fading. A vague and symbolic identity is replacing belief in God, belonging to denominations, and attendance at religious services. Olivier Roy documents these changes in Is...

Why the US-Japan Partnership Prospered Despite Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 2020

There has been little diplomatic conflict between the United States and Japan over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, but that stability could change in the future writes...

Ran Abramitzky Appointed H&S Senior Associate Dean of Social Sciences

July 2020

Professor of economics Ran Abramitzky has been named the new senior associate dean of the social sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He will begin his term on September 1, 2020.

Four Stanford e-Japan Alumni Awarded Yanai Tadashi Foundation Scholarships

July 2020

In 2015, SPICE launched the inaugural online course, Stanford e-Japan, for high school students in Japan.

Democracy in South Korea is Crumbling from Within

July 2020

South Korea is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression,” warns APARC’s Gi-Wook Shin. But the dismantling of South Korean democracy by chauvinistic populism and political...

Q&A: The Data Delusion

July 2020

Protecting Individual Isn't Enough When the Harm is Collective. A Q&A with Marietje Schaake and Martin Tisne on his new paper The Data Delusion.

People

Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
2214 small C RICEMI60239 004078r5X7 Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
rsd15 081 0253a Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Jenny Martinez Headshot Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
rsd18 083 0009a Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
avner greif Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
lanhee chen 2017 headshot reduced size Lanhee J. Chen Affiliated Faculty David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program
rsd15 081 0344a Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
jensen Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law