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September 2019

The Lose-Lose Trade War
by Xiangfeng Yang
“The feud not only has precipitated an economic decoupling of the United States and China, but also has pushed the overall bilateral relationship to its lowest point in half a century.”

China’s Social Credit System: Data-Driven Governance for a ‘New Era’
by Larry Catá Backer
“Social credit redirects the power of data away from markets and strengthens the state’s ability to comprehensively control behavior.” First in a series on ways of governing.

Japan’s Model of Immigration Without Immigrants
by Erin Aeran Chung
“[T]he government opted for piecemeal solutions that would temporarily meet domestic needs for labor while maintaining official closed-door policies.”

Australia’s Refugee Detention Regime: Offshore and Unaccountable
by Amy Nethery
“[T]he idea that being ‘tough on asylum’ wins elections has become one of the great enduring myths of Australian politics, and apparently both major parties have decided that the stakes are too high to try anything different.”

Are Malaysia’s Reformers Up to the Task?
by Gaik Cheng Khoo
“There is a danger that internal power struggles may cause distractions and derail the project of reformation.”

Escape from Jakarta?
by Abidin Kusno
“The lack of planning can be understood as an art of governing, for it ensures the operation of informality.”

Perspective: Gay Marriage in Taiwan and the Struggle for Recognition
by Howard Chiang
Advances for minority rights in Taiwan may help make the case for independence at a time when China has increased pressure for reunification and faces protests in Hong Kong.

Books: Japanese Ingredients for a Good Old Age
by Jason Danely
Convivial meeting places that cultivate a sense of purpose and belonging are a key to happiness among the rapidly growing cohort of elderly people in Japan.

Four Months in Review: April–July 2019
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April through July, country by country, day by day.

Map of East and Southeast Asia
by the editors of Current History

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