About APM

Asia Pacific Memo is for those interested in current issues in Asia and across the Pacific. Distributed twice-weekly, we featured 350 word essays or video interviews on contemporary Asia. Each edition addresses a compelling issue and is based in academic research.

Asia Pacific Memo was a communications initiative led by the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. It ran from 2010 to 2017.

Founded in 1978, the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) is an international leader in research and teaching on contemporary Asia. The Institute is composed of five research centres (China, Japan, Korea, India and South Asia, and Southeast Asia) and several collaborative projects and programs.  The Institute focuses on generating interdisciplinary collaborations that connect deep local knowledge to inform perspectives on contemporary policy issues important to Canada and the broader Asia Pacific region.

The University of British Columbia, established in 1908, educates a student population of 50, 000 on major campuses in two cities and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning.


Please note that each contributor or author of Asia Pacific Memo retains all copyright in his or her article(s) submitted and published in Asia Pacific Memo. The articles published in Asia Pacific Memo do not necessarily express the views or opinions of the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia or any of its representatives. Any opinions or views expressed in an article that is published in Asia Pacific Memo are those of the author of that article.

APM Team

Hyung-Gu Lynn

Communications Assistants: 
Leo-Thomas Brylowski
Justin Kwan

Previous Staff:
Daniel Jacinto (Communications Assistant)
Ian McDonald (Communications Assistant)
Daniel Kane (Associate Editor)
Paul Weston (Student Editing Assistant: Video)
Hannah Smith (Student Assistant)
Howard Tsang (Communications Assistant)

Previous Editorial Board Members:
Julian Dierkes
Paul Evans
Jessica Main
Chris Rea
Tsering Shakya
Timothy Cheek
Mark Turin
Prod Laquain

Public Outreach Grant

We are thrilled to announce that Asia Pacific Memo (APM) has been awarded a grant that will allow it to develop visualizations and expand its audience in a targeted manner.

APM will continue to translate academic research on contemporary Asia after receiving a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Public Outreach Grant, “Asia Pacific Memo Phase Two – Expanding the Reach and Impact of Research on Contemporary Asia through Social Media, Visualizations, and Outreach to Secondary Schools.”


Infographics and data visualizations are increasingly in use to facilitate understanding of complex interconnections, but also to embrace the potential for visual learning. We will begin to develop visualizations for a select set of Memos that lend themselves to such an approach.

One of our editors, Dr. Julian Dierkes explains why we proposed a focus on visualizations as a step to further develop APM.

Outreach to secondary schools

APM offers communications of research on contemporary Asia to the general and specialist public. At the same time, we believe that some of our Memos may be of particular interest or use to specific audiences. As an experiment in targeting one example of such a specific audience, we are collaborating with British Columbia social studies teachers to evaluate the potential of offering Memos as teaching materials in secondary schools.

We have decided to focus on BC secondary schools as a first step in acknowledgment of the importance that the Asia Pacific has for the province. But if such a targeted approach meets with significant interest, we will be considering other well-defined audiences as potential targets.

Watch secondary school teachers in the Metro Vancouver region describe their experience with APM as a resource for secondary school students and teachers’ professional development: