Asian Perspective

Provides articles on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, 2009

Democratization and the Transformation Process in East Asian Developmental States: Financial Reform in Korea and Taiwan
This study explores the impact of democratization on financial reform in Korea and Taiwan. In Korea, democratization decreased the autonomy and efficiency of bureaucrats and increased the power of business groups, which led to unregulated financial liberalization....
Japan's Asean Policy: Reactive or Proactive in the Face of a Rising China in East Asia?
Since the announcement of the Hashimoto Doctrine in 1997, Japan's proactive response to ever-changing Southeast Asia has been a main factor in advancing a new regionalism in East Asia. However, it is believed that China-ASEAN relations have outpaced...
Russia, China and a Multipolar World Order: The Danger in the Undefined*
Since the late 1990s, the concept of multipolarity has gained prominence around the globe. Russia and China, in particular, have repeatedly agreed on this ill-defined term and subsequently have included it or alluded to it in nearly all of their joint...
Using Norms Strategically: Transnational Advocacy Networks' Operation for North Korean Human Rights*
In May 2002, China decided not to repatriate North Korean asylum seekers who fled to Shenyang. The decision was not only in contravention of the 1986 North Korea-China bilateral repatriation agreement, but also constituted China's repudiation of its...
What Is It That Best Explains the East Asian Peace since 1979? a Call for a Research Agenda*
This article discusses how historians and social scientists may go about seeking to explain the relative absence of war in East Asia since 1979, after a period of three decades when East Asia was the world's most war-prone region. Many have discussed...
When Being "Native" Is Not Enough: Citizens as Foreigners in Malaysia*
Why do the natives of Sabah oppose the internal migration of natives from the rest of Malaysia? Why is being "native" not enough? The hostility is in direct contrast to what most scholars know about Malaysia: a multiethnic country with successful preferential...