News from Asia
Regional News from Stanford University - Asia
Population aging is one of the most global and significant trends in the 21st century. Although each society has different social and economic backgrounds that have resulted in demographic transformation, the older population is growing rapidly in general due to declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy. The Asia-Pacific region is where we witness the most rapid population aging. Because of the region’s population size and its rapid economic transformation, many scholars have conducted research on the Asia-Pacific region’s ongoing demographic shift and its future.
News Item Lessons from a North Korean defector
Photo: A North Korean soldier keeps watch southwards as he stands guard on the north side of a demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju. | Reuters/Lee Jae-Won
Defecting from North Korea is a fraught journey. If caught within its borders, you risk prison camp or a public hanging. If you successfully cross the border to China but are discovered, authorities will return you to North Korea to the same end. Even getting past China’s borders to a neutral country risks imprisonment and the various ways cruel people take advantage of the desperate.