APM wishes you a great summer


Dear Readers,

This week the Asia Pacific Memo enters upon its summer hiatus. We’ll be taking a break from memo publishing for the months of July and August but will return with the academic year in September. Looking ahead, we encourage you to take our very brief readership survey and help us to improve our product and our delivery.

Whether you’re a reader or a contributor or both, thank you for your continued interest in the APM and we look forward to engaging with you — and issues facing the Asia Pacific — again very soon.

WIth best wishes for an enjoyable summer,

The Asia Pacific Memo team

The campus of the University of British Columbia looking north (July 2014).

The campus of the University of British Columbia looking north (July 2014).

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Big Noise, Big Settlement: the Logic of Claims-making in China

Memo #308

By Sophia Woodman – Sophia.Woodman [at] ed.ac.uk


The twenty-fifth anniversary of China’s nationwide democracy movement and its suppression in June 1989 was marked in the mainland by an imposed silence. Revisiting the “verdict” that the demonstrations were a “counterrevolutionary rebellion” does not appear to be on the horizon.

But this does not mean… Continue reading

Modi: Breaking the Mold of Indian Politics (Part 1 of 2)

Memo #296

Narendra Modi’s Historic Electoral Victory.

By John Harriss – jharriss [at] sfu.ca


That Narendra Modi should have won India’s 16th General Election is no great surprise.

But the scale of his triumph is.

Together with most other commentators I expected Modi to win, but thought it likely that he would be… Continue reading

Chinese SOEs and Non-Renewable Resource Development in Alberta

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #294

By Daniel Wood  - dwood [at] alumni.ubc.ca

Canada’s abundance of non-renewable energy resources, such as conventional and synthetic crude and natural gas, are vital to the national economy. According to Statistics Canada, jobs from this sector currently contribute to 4% of Canada’s total labour force… Continue reading

A Canal Runs through It: Seoul’s Ara Waterway at Two

Memo #293

By Daniel Kane – danielkane [at] gmail.com

The Han is the river of the South Korean capital of Seoul, and for most of that city’s history it served as highway to the Yellow Sea, some twenty kilometers to the west. To be sure, it still does, but since 1953 and the Korean War armistice a significant chunk… Continue reading

Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration, and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper (Video Interview with Paul Evans)

Memo #291

Behind the Book: Dr. Paul Evans discusses his latest book Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration, and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper

Last month the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Paul Evans to discuss his recently released book, Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration, and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper (University of Toronto Press, 2014). In our discussion, Dr. Evans told us… Continue reading

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 Senkaku, or Diaoyu Islands. And in attempts to resolve the impasse, international law has if… Continue reading

Local Voices in Water Resources Management: A Case Study in Negotiated Approach from Bangladesh

Memo #265

By Mustafa Alam – mstfalam [at] gmail.com

A case study from Bangladesh highlights the success of a negotiated approach to water resources management, wherein the participation of the local populace in the planning and decision-making process is ensured, local knowledge is used and local stakeholders empowered.

In the Khulna and Jessore districts of coastal… Continue reading

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 approved joint-degree programs and more than thirty jointly run Sino-foreign universities operating in China—and the trend seems to be growing. Other prominent institutions include Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University… Continue reading

China in Global Governance (Video Interview with Professor Gerald Chan)

Memo #230

Featuring Gerald Chan – gerald.chan [at] auckland.ac.nz

Professor Chan, of the University of Auckland, discusses his research on China in global governance.

He describes Chinese involvement in world affairs as a new phenomenon, which began with Chinese reforms in the 1980s. This period saw increased interaction between China and other states, and between China… Continue reading