The Asia Pacific Memo wishes you a pleasant summer

The C.K. Choi Building on the University of British Columbia campus, home of the Institute for Asian Research and the Asia Pacific Memo (Credit: Mr. Tlaloc).

As of June 1 the Asia Pacific Memo will be on summer hiatus. We want to thank our readers and contributors over the past year for their support and we look forward to seeing you in September. Until then, from the campus of the University of British Columbia here’s wishing you a happy, safe, and productive… 

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Xiaomi recently opened an online store to sell accessories and start building a brand name in the West (Credit: Xiaomi).

Red Star Over Asia: Taking Stock of Xiaomi’s Meteoric Ascent

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #339 By Grégoire-François Legault – gregoire.legault [at] alumni.ubc.ca Increasingly, tech products will be “designed in China” as opposed to “made in China.” Xiaomi 小米, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, represents a new era of innovation in China that will increasingly enable indigenous tech companies to compete… 

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The River Naff and an area in Teknaf from where the refugees leave Bangladesh towards other destination in Southeast Asia (Credit: Kazi Fahmida Farzana).

Migration Crisis on Southeast Asian Shores: Individual or Regional Responsibility?

Memo #338 By Kazi Fahmida Farzana – fahmida [at] uum.edu.my On May 10–11, 2015 some 2,000 new Rohingya migrants from Myanmar landed in Malaysia and Indonesia. Many others are believed to have lost their lives in this desperate journey, while hundreds are still drifting on the high seas. By seeking asylum on the shores of Southeast… 

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How the EITI May Become Mongolian, Part 2 of 2

Memo #337 By Christopher Carter – cj [at] cj-carter.com and Dulguun Davaanyam – d.dlgn [at] alumni.ubc.ca In the second part of this video, we examine how the EITI, and more specifically the EITI report, can and has had an impact reducing the negative social, cultural, and environmental impacts of mining by empowering civil society and… 

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How the EITI May Become Mongolian, Part 1 of 2

Memo #336 By Christopher Carter – cj [at] cj-carter.com and Dulguun Davaanyam – d.dlgn [at] alumni.ubc.ca As a former Soviet satellite state, Mongolia has experienced a tremendous transition to free markets and democracy over the past 15 years. Most recently, has been the realization of the country’s vast mineral wealth. In the past decade, foreign… 

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An earthquake-devastated building in the village of Dhawa in rural Gorkha district, Nepal (Credit: Learning Planet, https://www.facebook.com/LearningPlanet).

After a Massive Earthquake, Rebuilding it Right in Nepal

A Statement from the Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia: The Institute for Asian Research at UBC sends its deepest condolences to the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the country on April 25th, 2015. UBC has many connections with Nepal, and many faculty, students, and alumni… 

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Some of the hardest hit by the recent earthquake are poor, rural residents (Credit: plan-international.org).

Nepal: The Long Road to Recovery

A Statement from the Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia: The Institute for Asian Research at UBC sends its deepest condolences to the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the country on April 25th, 2015. UBC has many connections with Nepal, and many faculty, students, and alumni… 

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The recent devastation in Nepal and the response to it reveals the fault lines of soft power and strategic interests (Credit: Voice of America).

Amidst its Tragedy, Nepal’s Strategic Dilemma

Memo #333 By Tsering Shakya – tsering.shakya [at] ubc.ca Although previous studies have argued that international/donor agenda drives disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Nepal and strengthens the role of NGOs vis-à-vis the government, there are clearly differences in international influences by country, a fact made notable in the cases of China and India. Nepal’s fear… 

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Miners at work in Nalaikh near Ulaanbaatar (credit: Bernd Gross).

Avoiding the Resource Curse in Mongolia

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the Land of the Blue Sky Memo #332 By Christopher Carter – ultericommunications [at] gmail.com and Dulguun Davaanyam – live.environmentally.friendly [at] gmail.com Since moving out of the Soviet orbit, Mongolia has experienced tremendous economic and political change as it continues to… 

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Regional revitalization minister Shigeru Ishiba (left) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe display a sign in front of Ishiba’s new office in Tokyo in September 2014 (Credit: The Japan News).

Regional Vitalization: Japan at the Crossroads

The Heisei mergers are long done and Japan has turned to vitalizing its rural economy. The question is whether such a policy will work. Memo #331 By Anthony Rausch – asrausch [at] cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp The current focus on regional vitalization by the Abe Cabinet reflects Japanese concern with its dropping rural population and Tokyo-centered economy. The… 

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Peking University, once the bastion on student liberalism, is yielding this position to the country’s economics and finance universities. What does this tell us about the shifting and evolving nature of liberalism in China? (Credit: Wikicommons).

A New Look at Chinese Liberalism among Elite Students

Memo #330 By Fen Lin – fenlin [at] cityu.edu.hk Peking University, the traditional locus of Chinese liberalism, seems to be yielding this role to China’s economics and financial universities. A 2012 survey, conducted among six elite universities in Beijing and Shanghai, revealed that only 14% of Peking University students described themselves as liberal reformists, the lowest… 

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