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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] ubc.ca 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 … Continue reading

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

Memo #273 By Scott North – north [at] hus.osaka-u.ac.jp “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 … Continue reading

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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] alumni.ubc.ca 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 … 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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Keeping Neighbours Closer: Beijing’s Geopolitical Pitch

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #249 By Jargalsaikhan Mendee - mendee [at] alumni.ubc.ca 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 … Continue reading

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

Memo #248 By Dal Yong Jin – yongjin23 [at] gmail.com 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 … Continue reading

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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 Botchwey – blsb2 [at] cam.ac.uk 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 … Continue reading

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The Asian Century (Video Interview with Masahiro Kawai)

Dr. Masahiro Kawai, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, discusses the importance of peace, security, and stability in achieving an ‘Asian Century’. Continue reading

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Tertiary Education in Mongolia: Tackling Mongolia’s Labor Deficit Problem

The Mongolian economy is booming and continues to enjoy an extremely high GDP growth rate. Economic opportunities for citizens in urban and rural settings abound. Mining is a major portion of the economy, with the massive Oyu Tolgoi mining project accounting for a third of Mongolia’s GDP. While World Bank development projects focus on infrastructure development, economic governance and institutional strengthening of the mining sector, the demand for a sufficiently educated Mongolian workforce remains unmet. Continue reading

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