Chinese SOEs and Non-Renewable Resource Development in Alberta

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #294

By Daniel Wood  – dwood [at]

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

At the Frontier of the Middle Income Trap: Remarkable Parallels between India’s and Indonesia’s Elections

Memo #274

By  Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at]

India and Indonesia are both facing crucial elections this year: May for India and July for Indonesia (April for parliament). Although contexts are different and their ties are rarely explored, they face remarkably similar economic issues. Both are seen as successful emerging powers of the 2000s and powerful members of the G20. Yet, in both cases, the public… Continue reading

Reforming “Regular” Employment in Japan: A Target of Abenomics’ “Third Arrow”

Memo #273

By Scott North – north [at]

“Regular” employment in Japan connotes unlimited samurai-style devotion by employees, with employers responsible for worker well-being and employment stability. Japan’s courts cite this relationship ideal to restrict employers’ legal right to dismiss workers. Therefore, to cut costs, employers have turned to increasing non-regular employees, which now comprise some 40%… Continue reading

NGO Funding and Overhead Costs: Fallacies and Misconceptions

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #262

By  Xue-Rong Jia – xue-rong.jia [at]

Almost every international non-governmental organizations (INGO) releases an annual report summarizing its activities and achievements for the year, including a breakdown of its revenues and expenses. For example, last year Save the Children spent 3.8 percent of its… Continue reading

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

Memo #259

By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at]

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 in 2014? Did the battle over the Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone… Continue reading

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]

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 People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea). The DPRK’s mineral resources have always… Continue reading

Keeping Neighbours Closer: Beijing’s Geopolitical Pitch

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Memo #249

By Jargalsaikhan Mendee – mendee [at]

Lately, Chinese leaders have been busy bolstering relations with their immediate neighbours.  As evidence, the Prime Ministers of India, Mongolia, and Russia arrived in Beijing for bilateral meetings with China’s President Xin Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on the… Continue reading

Hybridity is the New Norm: Korean Cinema in a Global Age

Memo #248

By Dal Yong Jin – yongjin23 [at]

After a period of recession, the Korean film industry has experienced a revival in recent years with the market success of several hybrid films, successes that have served to boost the overall market share of domestic films in Korea. Prior to this, the domestic Korean film… Continue reading

The “Exotic” Minority in Western China: Why Domestic Ethnic Tourism in China May be Doing More Harm than Good

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #241

By Brianna Botchweyblsb2 [at]

In western China, domestic tourism is on the rise and ethnic tourism is a central but troubling part of this industry. While tourism may provide poorer, minority areas with income, the increase in ethnic tourism is a problematic… Continue reading