Asia Pacific Memo is for those interested in current issues in Asia and across the Pacific. Distributed twice-weekly, we feature 350 word essays or video interviews on contemporary Asia. Each edition addresses a compelling issue and is based in academic research. If you would like to receive the Memo via email, see our “subscribe” page.

Asia Pacific Memo is a communications initiative led by the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Core components of Asia Pacific Memo

Our previous editor, Dr. Julian Dierkes explains the Asia Pacific Memo’s key goal:


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