Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

The Big Show in Bololand

October 2012

When a devastating famine descended on Bolshevik Russia in 1921, the United States responded with a massive two-year relief campaign that battled starvation and disease and saved millions of lives....

Regional Perspectives on Human Rights: The USSR and Russia, Part One

October 2012

The Soviet Union advocated a conception of human rights different from the notion of rights prevalent in the West.

Introduction of Buddhism to Korea: An Overview

October 2011

The arrival of Buddhism in Korea led to the fundamental transformation of local society and a blossoming of Korean civilization.

News

Finding My Place in the RSP & the U.S.–Japan Relationship

August 2021

The following reflection is a guest post written by Kristine Pashin, an alumna of the Reischauer Scholars Program, which will begin accepting student applications on September 6, 2021.

Stanford e-Entrepreneurship Japan: Fostering Innovative Ways to Address Social Issues

May 2021

The following reflection is a guest post written by Naho Abe, an alumna of Stanford e-Entrepreneurship Japan.

Giving Back to One’s Hometown: Stanford e-Oita Guest Speaker, Sumire Hirotsuru

January 2021

The accomplished young violinist, who was born and raised in Oita Prefecture, encouraged students to think about their strengths and emphasized the importance of balancing academics and...

Events

SPICE Webinar: “Angel Island Immigration Station: The Hidden History”

August 19, 2020

Webinar recording: https://youtu.be/ou4OpF-8j-g   Connie will speak about how the Chinese detention barracks on Angel Island were saved from demolition in the 1970s, opening the door to the hidden...

SPICE Webinar: "Indigenous Voices: Educational Perspectives from Navajo, Native Hawaiian, and Ainu Scholars in the Diaspora"

June 8, 2020

Webinar recording: https://youtu.be/sQBR-NZBWks Video of Educational Perspectives from Navajo, Native Hawaiian, and Ainu Scholars in the Diaspora   Webinar Description: On March 18, 2021, the...

More than Sports: Using the Olympics to Teach Modern East Asian History

June 8, 2020

Webinar recording: https://youtu.be/ShtOUZ67F-s Video of Using the Olympics to Teach Modern East Asian History   Webinar Description: From amazing athletic feats to beautiful pageantry, the...

Projects

Teaching Resources on Japan

To promote a deeper understanding of Japanese culture, history, contemporary issues, and U.S.–Japan relations, we recommend the following diverse set of teaching resources and curriculum tools to...
English

Teaching Resources on Korea

To promote a deeper understanding of Korean culture, history, and contemporary issues, we recommend the following diverse set of teaching resources and curriculum tools to bring Korea to life in K...
English

Teaching Resources on China

China is a rising global power with a rich culture and history, yet it is not generally well understood by outsiders.
English

Multimedia

The Iranian Revolution

April 2020

In this video, Professor Abbas Milani discusses Iran and the Iranian Revolution, noting the influence of Iran regionally and in the United States, the significance and impact of the Iranian Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution’s causes and...

The Rise and Implications of Identity Politics

March 2019

Black Lives Matter. Catalan independence. #MeToo. White nationalism. The Islamic State.

Scholars Corner

September 2017

Scholars Corner features videos of scholars from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) discussing contemporary issues and research in their fields of expertise, reflecting FSI’s research interest in the problems, policies,...

People

naomi funahashi Naomi Funahashi Manager, Reischauer Scholars Program and Teacher Professional Development
jonas edman Jonas Edman Instructor and Manager, Sejong Korea Scholars Program, Instructional Designer
rylan sekiguchi Rylan Sekiguchi Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design, Instructor, Stanford e-Hiroshima
Dr. HyoJung Jang HyoJung Jang Instructor, Sejong Korea Scholars Program
IshimatsuHeadshot Sabrina Ishimatsu Sales Manager, Event Coordinator, Instructor, Stanford e-Takatsuki
Carey Moncaster Carey Moncaster Instructor, Stanford e-China
Lamb Stefanie Stefanie Orrick Lamb Curriculum Consultant
Waka Takahashi Brown Waka Takahashi Brown Instructor and Manager, Stanford e-Japan
Kasumi Yamashita Kasumi Yamashita Instructor, Stanford e-Oita