Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring 2017 Issue

We proudly present Volume 7 of the Penn Asian Review, our Spring 2017 issue!

You can read the issue digitally or pick up a hard copy at one of the following locations:
 - Center for East Asian Studies, Williams Hall 642
 - East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, Williams Hall 847
 - South Asian Studies Department, Williams Hall  820
 - History Department, College Hall 208
 - Pan-Asian American Community House. ARCH Building G22
 - PubCo racks in Van Pelt Library
 - PubCo rack in Houston Hall
 - PubCo rack in Williams Hall

We thank our sponsors and supporters including the Center for East Asian Studies, PubCo, and the Student Activities Council as well as all of our contributors.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Call for Submissions - Spring 2017

Dear Quakers,

Penn Asian Review invites you to submit your academic papers and essays for our s
eventh volume, the Spring 2017 edition. Our Editorial Board is seeking submissions from undergraduates and graduates in the Penn community.

Penn Asian Review is an annual undergraduate publication for sharing and discussing important
current and historical political, cultural, and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region. We also have an open-forum blog at, open to contributions from everybody. You can find us at events held by our sponsor and collaborator, the Center for East Asian Studies. As Asia continues to grow in significance, it becomes more crucial for us to be aware of regional issues which are certain to affect our lives, so don't miss your chance to share your thoughts on these important matters.

Submission Guidelines:
·  Students from all disciplines and majors are encouraged to submit their work, as long as the topic deals with Asia in some way 
·  There is no minimum or maximum word count. However, if your submission is over 10 pages, you may be asked to condense your work
·  Chicago citations 
·  Due by February 20th, 2017
·  Please send your submission as a word document to

We look forward to hearing from you!
PAR Board

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Spring Issue is Here!

We're excited to present to you the sixth volume of the Penn Asian Review! You can now get your copy at various locations around campus.

As always, many thanks to the writers and individuals who made this issue possible.

Here is a digital version for your perusal. Happy reading!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two Exciting Announcements!

1. The latest edition of Penn Asian Review (Volume 5) has been printed and distributed around campus! It can also be viewed below.

2. Congratulations to Sean Hamamoto for winning Penn PubCo's Best Research Article in the Social Sciences and Humanities! His article "Debating Under the Influence: The Impact of Lobbying and Lawsuits on Congressional Redress Debates" was published in Volume 4 of Penn Asian Review last spring. Prize money will help cover future publication costs.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

North Korea’s Pivot to Russia

North Korea’s Pivot to Russia
By John Grisafi
Throughout the past year, there has been a continuous trend in North Korea’s foreign policy: an increasingly amicable relationship between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Russian Federation. Numerous developments show that Moscow is fast becoming Pyongyang’s new preferred foreign benefactor with improvements in their diplomatic, political and economic relationships. This constitutes a significant shift from the past two decades, in which China has been Pyongyang’s only strong supporter.

Close relations between Pyongyang and Moscow are certainly nothing new, with the Soviet Union being the original benefactor of North Korea at the time of its founding in the late 1940s and continuing through the Cold War. With the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, however, Russian support for North Korea dwindled. This was a result of lack of both means – especially economic – and strategic necessity on the part of Russia in the 1990s, which was more concerned with rebuilding its own economy. Consequently, the People’s Republic of China became the only large power supporting North Korea, giving Beijing greater influence both in Pyongyang and with North Korea’s enemies when they sought to talk with Pyongyang.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Japan Self-Defense Force uses anime, technology to draw more recruits

Japan Self-Defense Force uses anime, technology to draw more recruits
by John Grisafi
The Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) has been making efforts to bring up recruitment numbers through use of popular culture, especially anime and modern technology.

During the past 20-plus years, Japan has experienced a sharp decline in the birth rate and, consequently, an aging population. Japan’s declining birthrate has recently led to a shortage of young men and women willing and able to serve in the JSDF.

In response, the JSDF has stepped up and become more creative in its efforts at recruiting. Several of these campaigns have made use of moe-style female anime characters while others have been based on modern mobile devices.

One strategy has been for the JSDF offices in several prefectures to design sets of female anime characters for use in ads, posters, calendars, handouts, cardboard cutouts, etc. They are typically a set of three, with one to represent each branch of the JSDF – ground, maritime, and air.

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