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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

SPICE Director Gary Mukai awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun

February 2018

Last night, SPICE Director Gary Mukai was formally conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, for his lifelong contributions to the promotion of friendship and mutual...

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush interviewed for the Mineta Legacy Project

January 2018

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta is a person of many firsts.

SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi selected for the 2017 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

December 2017

The U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) identifies, cultivates, and empowers a new generation of Japanese American leaders.

Events

Webinar - President Obama Visits Hiroshima: Perspectives and Classroom Resources

May 17, 2016

On May 27, 2016, President Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima.

China and the Forbidden City: A Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Educators

July 10, 2015

The Forbidden City housed the imperial families of China from the 1400s until the early 20th century.

The Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers

July 28, 2014

The Stanford Korean Studies Program (KSP) and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), with support from Hana Financial Group, are offering a very exciting and...

Projects

Teaching Resources on Japan

Japan
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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...
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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.
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Multimedia

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,...

Japan's Emergence as an Innovating Economy

February 2017

Japan's emergence in the 1970s and 1980s as a technological and innovative powerhouse impressed and fascinated the world. Many believed that Japan's technological gains stemmed from government-provided subsidies.

Doomed to Cooperate: Averting Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers

October 2016

At the end of the Cold War, American and Russian scientists came together—overcoming political, cultural, and geographic divides—to work toward a common goal of reducing nuclear threat. In this video, Siegfried S.

People

Sabrina Ishimatsu Sales Manager, Event Coordinator, Distance Learning Instructor
Stefanie Orrick Lamb Curriculum Consultant
Waka Takahashi Brown Instructor and Manager, Stanford e-Japan
Naomi Funahashi Manager, Reischauer Scholars Program and Teacher Professional Development
Jonas Edman Instructor and Manager, Sejong Korean Scholars Program, Instructional Designer
Rylan Sekiguchi Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design