Asia In-DepthAuthor: Asia Society
15 Nov 2018

Asia In-Depth

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Produced by the global non-profit organization Asia Society and drawn from interviews with a broad range of experts, each episode of Asia In-Depth provides incisive, illuminating commentary on all things Asia — from current affairs to education to arts and culture. Subscribe today.

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    North Korea’s Market-Savvy Millennials

    While concerns over nuclear and ballistic missile tests tend to dominate the headlines about North Korea, a story that may be just as consequential has been quietly developing over the past two decades. Private enterprise and sophisticated markets are starting to give the country’s citizens access to a wide array of goods, including illegal foreign media products. Today, the country’s millennial generation is coming of age having grown up with a market mentality and far more foreign media exposure than their parents — something that’s having major social and political implications. In this episode, we trace how this generational shift is changing North Korea from the inside.

  • Posted on 13 Jul 2017

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    American Universities in China—Free Speech Bastions or Threat to Academic Freedom?

    In recent years, American universities have been setting up branches and full degree-granting campuses in China at a time when Chinese leaders are cracking down on so-called “Western values.” This has raised questions back in the States — including in the U.S. Congress — as to whether academic freedom is being compromised. In this episode, we look at the case of NYU Shanghai and what challenges American educational institutions face in China's current political environment.

  • Posted on 19 May 2017

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    Donald Trump and Asia

    When Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th president of the United States in November, it sent shockwaves across the world, particularly in Asia. Throughout his campaign, he made pledges that, if acted upon, could fundamentally alter the U.S. position in the region... and even the broader international order. In this episode, we look at the geopolitical hotspots in Asia including China, North Korea, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, and the Philippines, and how President Trump might address them.

  • Posted on 10 Jan 2017

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    North Korea Goes Ballistic

    In spite of ever-stricter sanctions on North Korea, the impoverished and isolated country continues to produce more sophisticated weapons. Many experts fear North Korea is approaching its ultimate goal of a nuclear ballistic missile arsenal capable of hitting targets around the world. In this episode, analysts describe how the “Hermit Kingdom” is managing to develop these weapons, and what, if anything, can be done to counter them.

  • Posted on 26 Oct 2016

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    China’s Economy—Headed for a Crash?

    After embracing market reforms in 1979, the world's largest communist country blindsided the world with three decades of consistent double-digit GDP growth. It was dubbed the "China Miracle." But now, the country's growth is rapidly slowing and a raft of grave concerns about demographics, the middle-income trap, capital flight, and debt are emerging in its economy. So does this mean economic catastrophe, or can it be managed? In this episode we hear from a range of economists, investors, and journalists to unpack what’s going on in China’s economy, and what a stumble might mean for the world.

  • Posted on 07 Jul 2016

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