Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia
By Michael S. H. Heng - 11 May 2016

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power
Politics,Society

By Michael S. H. Heng - 01 May 2016

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power

Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector
Society,China

By Jiwei Qian - 29 Apr 2016

Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector

Human-Scale Economics: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand
Society,Southeast Asia

Human-Scale Economics: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand

In Surin and in other examples around the world, small-scale and low-tech production appears to have created the conditions under which the poor can reduce the poverty that has plagued them for decades.
China Launches a Controversial Directive to Open Up Gated Residential Compounds
Economy,Society,China

China Launches a Controversial Directive to Open Up Gated Residential Compounds

China’s State Council issued a guideline for urban development on February 21. It states that “in principle, no more enclosed residential compounds will be built. And existing residential compounds will gradually have their interior streets integrated into the public road network.”
By Zhihua Zhou - 19 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Vietnam and the Philippines: Learning Together for Primary Care Payment Reform
Society,Southeast Asia

Vietnam and the Philippines: Learning Together for Primary Care Payment Reform

Vietnam and the Philippines have both prioritized universal health coverage on their health reform agendas. Both countries have been trying to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and are striving to deal with growing challenges of population aging and chronic disease.
By Sarah Bales - 16 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Rural Poverty Reduction in China: Policy Changes and Future Challenges
Society,China

Rural Poverty Reduction in China: Policy Changes and Future Challenges

The first set of policies aims to improve the targeting accuracy of poverty reduction programs. The second set of policies plans to have poverty reduction programs to focus on adjacent regions with disadvantaged natural and economic conditions.
By Jiwei Qian - 15 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Facing the Threat: Taiwan National Disaster Management
Society,East Asia

Facing the Threat: Taiwan National Disaster Management

On February 6, 2016, the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. President Ma Ying-jeou announced that the Cabinet had drafted a new plan for anti-seismic reinforcement of construction and would push for further amendments to strengthen disaster prevention and relief measures.
Understanding the Failure of Farmers’ Specialized Cooperatives in China
Society,China

Understanding the Failure of Farmers’ Specialized Cooperatives in China

The vast majority of FSCs in China are not authentic cooperatives, but shell companies, private businesses, or commercial enterprises. The considerable policy supports from the government since the 2000s have been ineffective in fostering a healthy cooperative system.
China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?
Economy,Society,China

China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?

The recent housing boom in the high tier cities is a product of supportive policies, easy monetary environment, strong demand, increasing price of land, and various informal financing means.
By Zhihua Zhou - 29 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s New Species of Environmental Protest
Society,Environment

China’s New Species of Environmental Protest

In 2007, China was taken by surprise when two large mobile phone and Internet-organized demonstrations put the last nail into the coffin of a multi-billion RMB petrochemical project producing para-xylene (PX) in the city of Xiamen.
Trumpism and the Predicament of American Democracy
Politics,Society

Trumpism and the Predicament of American Democracy

In a few of Republican candidate Donald Trump's rallies, there were clashes and even skirmishes between protestors and supporters. The violent scenes were in sharp contrast to the "gold standard" of American democracy that people have come to know.  
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