Category: Asia Pacific

The Ainu People and Japan – Recognition over Reconciliation

The upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have led to the Japanese government to implement policies and campaigns that have emphasized Japan’s international role in the world and growing acceptance of diversity. Whether it be rising public acceptance of biracial…

A Democratic Deficit: Hong Kong’s Resurfacing Umbrella Movement

Hong Kong’s highly anticipated election on March 26 arises from a prolonged, uneasy discourse on the legitimacy and controversy surrounding the “one country, two systems” structure. Granted back to China in 1997, Hong Kong is able to exercise a level of autonomy…

Is Jakarta Running Ahok? The Resurgence of Ethno-Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

Governors’ posts in seven provinces, mayors’ and regents’ in 18 cities, as well as local leaders in 76 districts were at stake in Indonesia’s regional elections on 15 February 2017. However, the contentious race for the Jakarta governorship has overshadowed the rest of…

For Whom the Bell Tolls- the TPP and Donald Trump

Donald Trump may be a man of many words, or “the best words”, but when it comes to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) he is certainly a man of his word. In a move that surprised few President Trump withdrew…

Demonetisation: Taking India to Uncharted Territories

Few fiscal policies result in overnight changes to an economy, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation program in 2016 was a policy intended to combat corruption and tax fraud that ended up jolting the economy’s output within a couple…