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This article examines the role that "civil society" in South Korea has played in promoting the rights of transnational migrant workers in an era of globalization. The analysis concludes that the nexus between the country's civil society and transnational workers has been critical in the process...
This article argues that so-called Confucian capitalism in Asia is based on a superficial reading of Max Weber. The major points Weber has can still apply in Asia today. Thus, controversial issues such as Asian values and Confucian capitalism need to be re-examined in this globalized age.
Civil society and the Internet energize each other in their co-evolutionary development in China. The Internet facilitates civil society activities by offering new possibilities for citizen participation. Civil society facilitates the development of the Internet by providing the necessary social...
This article examines the impact of Japanese local government's initiatives for promoting the protection of foreigners' rights. Evident in this study is the premise that local government is the single most important factor for promoting foreigners' rights in Japan.
The China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement has been hailed as a landmark pact in pushing for freer trade between China and the ASEAN countries. With the establishment of the free trade zone, trade and investment between the Chinese and ASEAN economies are expected to increase significantly; but while...
This article evaluates the prospects for democratic transition in Myanmar by looking at the environment under which dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in 1995 and 2002. It argues that while her release in 1995 was mainly based on the regime's overconfidence in its...
The ouster of President Joseph Estrada initiated a new constitutional debate in the Philippines. In view of the fixed term of office, which allows for removal of a malperforming president only by way of an impeachment, political analysts are demanding a shift from the existing presidential to a...
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