Category Archives: China

Rebuilding a Broken House: Healthcare Reform in China

Memo #279 By Jiong Tu – jt457 [at] cam.ac.uk Since the 1980s, when China began to adopt market reforms, its health care system experienced a transition from fully state-run and financed care toward more privately financed and delivered health care. … Continue reading

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Violent Disputes in the Chinese Medical Sector: the “Yinao” Phenomenon

Memo #278 By Jiong Tu – jt457 [at] cam.ac.uk The medical sector in China has witnessed increasing disputes between doctors and patients over the past several years. According to a 2012 report, medical disputes in China had increased at the … Continue reading

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Resolving the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute: The Limitations of International Law

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #272 By  Keshav Kelkar – keshav.kelkar [at] alumni.ubc.ca Among the many issues causing friction in Sino-Japanese relations, none has as great a potential for generating armed conflict as the dispute over the … Continue reading

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The Global Intensification of Supplementary Education

Memo #271 Featuring Julian Dierkes Recently, Ee-Seul Yoon of the Faculty of Education at UBC in coordination with the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Julian Dierkes, Associate Professor and Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research at UBC’s Institute for Asian Research, to … Continue reading

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Posted in Asia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea | Tagged China, education, education policy, hagwon 학원, Hong Kong, hyper-education, juku 塾, Korea, sociology, supplementary education, tutoring | 1 Comment

Redback Rising: Canada’s Role in the Internationalization of the Renminbi

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #267 By Grégoire Legault - gregoire.legault [at] alumni.ubc.ca The Chinese renminbi, or “people’s currency” (人民币), has been internationalizing more rapidly than experts had previously forecast, even though the country’s capital account remains closed and … Continue reading

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The Rise of Volunteering in China: Transforming Cities and Personhood

Memo #266 By Lisa Hoffman – hoffmanl [at] uw.edu Indicative of an increased attention to volunteerism as a tool for cities and communities across the globe, in 2011 the United Nations issued its first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, … Continue reading

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NYU Shanghai and the Future of International Higher Education in China

Memo #261 By Joel Heng Hartse – joelhartse [at] gmail.com New York University Shanghai recently completed its first semester of operations. Though NYU Shanghai was recently touted by National Public Radio as the first Sino-U.S. joint university, there are in fact hundreds of … Continue reading

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Fragmentation vs. Integration in Asia in 2014: A Year for the History Books

Memo #259 By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca Dr. Tiberghien at the G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2013). In the wake of major leadership change around East Asia, what will be the major trends in the Asia/Pacific region … Continue reading

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A Strategic Discovery: Rare Earth Elements Bonanza in the DPRK

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #258 By Marie-Pier Baril – mariepier.baril [at] gmail.com Earlier this month, MiningWeekly announced the world’s largest known single reserve of rare earth elements (REE) was discovered in Jongju, North Pyongan province, Democratic … Continue reading

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Xiaomi: The Rise of an Indigenous Chinese Tech Industry

  Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #257 By Grégoire Legault - gregoire.legault [at] alumni.ubc.ca Xiaomi (小米), a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, represents the dawn of a new era in China: the shift from low-tech to high-tech industry. What’s more, … Continue reading

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