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The JPRI in Asia Initiative promotes reporting and analysis by JPRI Network members based in Asia. We currently feature blogs from China, Hong Kong and Japan.

“Notes from Nanjing” is a blog by David Arase, Resident Professor of International Politics at the SAIS Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) in Nanjing, China. HNC seeks to be a “one-of-a-kind educational collaboration” that educates future leaders in “the only China-based international program with spaces for genuinely free and open academic exploration.” (HNC website) After spending a year there as a visiting professor in 2011-2012, David decided to stay indefinitely and help Chinese and international students who aspire to become future leaders earn postgraduate degrees and certificates. Prior to this he was Professor of Politics at Pomona College specializing in East Asian politics, political economy, and international relations with a special focus on Japan. He has written many journal articles and commentaries, and has produced four books, of which the last, The US-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power (The Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series), co-edited with Tsuneo Akaha, won the 2011 Ohira Foundation Special Prize for work advancing the idea of Pacific Community.

China Elections and Governance: HK Focus
is a blog by Suzanne Pepper produced for the “China Elections and Governance” Website of the Carter Center China Project. The Website provides Chinese officials at all levels a robust resource for governance and election affairs, and gives scholars worldwide the opportunity to study Chinese politics and offer reform measures. A long-time Hong Kong resident, Suzanne Pepper has been an attentive observer of debates there on the future of democracy under Chinese rule. Hong Kong’s first decade since reversion to Chinese administration is analyzed in her book, Keeping Democracy at Bay: Hong Kong and the Challenge of Chinese Political Reform (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Since 2007, however, pressures to wean Hong Kong from its commitment to Western-style democratic values have intensified and arguments about the superiority of Beijing’s unified one-party rule have grown more insistent. Pepper’s blog will focus on this developing story as Hong Kong’s democracy movement struggles to maintain its coherence amid the growing pressures for full integration within the Chinese political system.

JPRI in the Field
is a blog by Dustin Wright, who is spending 2013 in Japan as a Fulbright- Hays Dissertation Fellow to conduct research on the histories of Japanese communities around U.S. military bases. Wright is a Ph.D. candidate studying modern Japanese history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Emergency Response

We at JPRI are saddened by the tragic consequences of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northern coast of Japan on March 11th, but also heartened to see that the Japanese people are responding with great courage, dignity, and resilience.

To help fund the emergency response and the long-term recovery efforts that will be needed to rebuild damaged communities, JPRI announces the creation of the JPRI Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Donations to the Fund from JPRI's friends will go to organizations in Japan supporting the relief and recovery efforts that are now being identified by our partners at Give2Asia. Go to the Fund page.

Pacific Rim Service Learning Initiative

JPRI and the Center for the Pacific Rim have launched a Pacific Rim Service Learning Initiative , starting with the appointment of Heather Heistand as inaugural JPRI Fellow in International Service Learning & Development. Heistand directs Panango, a non-profit organization that "strives to facilitate development in Papua New Guinea through education and cultural exchange."

This summer Heistand is leading a service-learning mission to PNG, during which she will provide updates via her blog " Teaching in Papua New Guinea: Notes from the Field ." The blog can be accessed at

Upon her return to the Bay Area she will write a Pacific Rim Report for JPRI and the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, based on her work with Panango. She will also lead efforts to recruit students from University of San Francisco for future service-learning missions to PNG.

We look forward to expanding the Initiative to other parts of the Pacific Rim in the coming months.

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