The March issue of Pacific Affairs contains five articles, one Perspectives piece, a multi-authored review essay, and our regular and generous installment of book reviews.
In the issue’s opening article, “Feelings of Home Amongst Tamil Migrant Workers in Singapore’s Little India,” author Wajihah Hamid explores the everyday experiences of contemporary Tamil migrant male workers in Singapore’s Little India through the concept of transnational home. While the homely feelings of these migrant men highlight homesickness, their unhomely experiences demonstrate how governmentality and control of migrant bodies have been reconfigured within Little India and Singapore.
In the following article, “The Evolving Power of the Core Executive: A Case Study of Japan’s ICT Regulation after the 1980s,” author Masahiro Mogaki examines the transformation of the Japanese state through an exploration of that country’s ICT (Information and Communications Technology) regulation after the 1980s. What he finds is state transformation with the fluid change of power within the core executive, which can be understood as a reconstitution of the Japanese state in response to challenges both sector-specific and beyond. He concludes with the argument that the Japanese state has retained dominance over society through its reconstitution mobilised by the core executive.
This is followed by multi-authored piece, “How are Chinese Students Ideologically Divided? A Survey of Chinese College Students’ Political Self-Identification.” Through a survey of students from six elite Chinese universities, authors Fen Lin, Yanfei Sun and Hongxing Yang explore the current outlook of Chinese youth’s political identities and analyze the factors conditioning their identity formation. The results reveal that the majority of these college students either claim to be apolitical or to be liberals. Also found was that among various channels of political (re)socialization, family plays a weak role, while mass media has a strong influence on students’ political orientation. The authors conclude that such ideological patterns are rooted in the student movements and intellectual transition in China over the past four decades.
Next, Benjamin Habib, in his “Balance of Incentives: Why North Korea Interacts with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” explores the hypothesis that capacity-building incentives that feed into the leadership perpetuation and state survival imperatives of the North Korean government represent the most likely explanation for North Korea’s interaction with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in relation to environmental vulnerabilities that would threaten those imperatives. He finds a strong probability that North Korea is utilising the UNFCCC as a capacity-building vehicle in both its agricultural and energy sectors, a weak possibility that North Korea’s climate change vulnerability is a compelling incentive for greenhouse gas mitigation, and a weak possibility that North Korea is using the Clean Development Mechanism as a means for generating foreign currency revenue.
China’s economic presence in Latin America has taken on new heights. In the next paper, “China’s Economic Statecraft in Latin America: Evidence from China’s Policy Banks,” authors Kevin P. Gallagher and Amos Irwin reveal how China’s loans to Latin American governments exceed those of the World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Export Import Bank. Further, the majority of this finance is for the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors. However, contrary to conventional wisdom, the authors argue that China is driven by commercial concerns, not geopolitical ones.
Next we present one of our occasional Perspectives piece. In “Paths of Integration for Sexual Minorities in Korea,” authors Joseph Yi and Joe Phillips write how the prevailing model among the LGBT in Korea is to participate in dense, sexually active but separate and passive enclaves, while a small, vocal group of LGBT activists pursue activist “identity politics,” seeking more open integration and government recognition and protection as an oppressed minority. In their essay, the authors highlight an alternative: a “bridging-dialogue” model of integration wherein LGBT individuals nurture social ties and communicate with members of the larger society in ostensibly non-political settings, such as civic organizations, school friends, and university forums.
Finally, we present a multi-author review essay titled, “Indian Political Studies: In Search of Distinctiveness.” Here, authors John Harriss, Aseema Sinha, Andrew Wyatt, and Sinderpal Singh all contribute to a review of the multi-volume Political Science: ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations.
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