China and East Asia
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Social Mobility in China: Class and Stratification in the Reform Era
by David S. G. Goodman
“[S]tudies have revealed a high level of intergenerational transfer of class and social status, privileged and otherwise.” First in a series on social mobility around the world.
The Power and Limits of Populism in the Philippines
by Nicole Curato
“Is one of Asia’s oldest democracies rejecting its tradition of liberalism in exchange for a strongman who can restore self-esteem and bring order to a desperate nation?”
A Cambodian Fusion of Personality, Party, and the State
by Kosal Path
“From local to national politics, the state, the party, and the personal interests of elites have merged into one machine.”
The Legacies of the Reformasi Movement in Indonesia
by Doreen Lee
“Reformasi-era values concerning citizen welfare and the public good remain deeply entrenched among a small but vocal segment of society.”
Chinese Australians Face a Foreign Influence Panic
by Jia Gao
“The most disturbing aspect of the debate is the impact it is having on Chinese Australians who want to successfully integrate into Australian society.”
Convergences and Divergences Within the ‘New’ Greater China
by Allen Chun
“What used to be viewed as relatively self-defined polities in a previous era ... are now being reconfigured by competing centripetal and centrifugal tensions.”
Perspective: Trump, Kim, and an Uncanny Diplomatic Opening
by Bruce Cumings
For all his bluster, Donald Trump may have recognized what US strategy long refused to acknowledge: North Korea is ready to discuss denuclearization in exchange for recognition and respect.
Books: Red Swan Song: The End of Policy Experimentation in China?
by Jessica C. Teets
Will Xi Jinping’s increasingly authoritarian rule stifle innovation by local officials, which has been instrumental in the Chinese communist regime’s resilience and economic success?
China Gambles on Modernizing Through Urbanization
by Kristen Looney and Meg Rithmire
“[T]he plan aims for massive urbanization through the extension of formal permanent residency to current and future migrants in small cities and towns rather than large urban centers.”
China’s Corruption Crackdown: War Without End?
by Andrew Wedeman
“Xi’s crackdown on corruption has focused new attention on the much deeper issue of the relationship between power and wealth in contemporary China.”
A New President Aims to Change South Korea’s Course
by David C. Kang
“The reality is that powerful business and political clans are deeply embedded in Korean society and unlikely to disappear anytime soon.”
Vietnam’s Urgent Task: Adapting to Climate Change
by Pamela McElwee
“[O]ne-size-fits-all adaptation will not work, given the wide variety of regional impacts in Vietnam.” First in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
The Tightening Authoritarian Grip on Thailand
by Claudio Sopranzetti
“The regime’s aim is to impose an authoritarian form of order on the country’s makeshift and improvisatory everyday life and its freewheeling public sphere . . .”
Trump and the Asia-Pacific: Do the Ties Still Bind?
by Mark Beeson
“The possibility of miscalculation or accident is already high at a time when the region is undergoing major geopolitical change, and when questions about international leadership are much more unsettled than we might have guessed only a few short months ago.”
Perspective: Recovering from Disaster, Reinventing Japan?
by Susanne Klien
Civil society groups have helped meet social needs left unaddressed by the official response to the 2011 triple disaster. Their influence may be changing traditional patterns of rural neglect.
Books: Chronicles of China’s Spiritual Revival
by Robert P. Weller
A veteran journalist explores the surprisingly varied and vibrant array of religious groups that are now thriving in a country that is officially atheist but searching for something to believe in.