International Journal of Asian Studies

Lastest Issue: Vol. 17, No.2 (July 2020)

Research at a Distance: Area Studies in the Post-Pandemic Era
Jin Sato
Research Articles
Sir Robert Hart and the Writing of Modern Chinese History
Chihyun Chang
Turkic Typologies: Ideology and Indigenous Linguistic Knowledge in the Work of Bekir Çobanzade
Michael Erdman
The Import Sales Contract System in Shanghai 1903–1918, with Special Reference to US–Chinese Commercial Disputes
Eiichi Motono
Alexis de Tocqueville and Three Revolutions: France (1789–), Japan (1867–), China (1911–)
Hiroshi Watanabe, Linus Recht
Book Reviews
Uneven Moments: Reflections on Japan's Modern History By Harry Harootunian. Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019. Pp. viii + 372. ISBN 9780231190206 (hardcover); ISBN 9780231190213 (paperback); ISBN 9780231548779 (e-book).
Bill Mihalopoulos
Cosmopolitan Intimacies: Malay Film Music of the Independent Era By Adil Johan. Singapore: NUS Press, 2018. Pp. xxvii + 387. ISBN 978-981-4722-63-6.
Hanafi Hussin
Tales of Southeast Asia's Jazz Age: Filipinos, Indonesians and Popular Culture, 1920–1936 By Peter Keppy. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2019. Pp. 269. ISBN 9789813250512.
Arwin Q. Tan
Pentecostal Megachurches in Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption and the Nation Edited by T. Chong. Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, ISEAS Publishing, 2018. Pp. 243. ISBN 9789814786881.
Juliette Koning
尋租中國:台商、廣東模式與全球資本主義 (Rent-Seeking Developmental State in China: Exploring the Role of Taiwan's Businessmen in Global Capitalism) By Jieh-min Wu. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2019. Pp. 464. ISBN 978-986-350-341-5.
Wei-Hsiu Huang
China's Soft Footprints in Southeast Asia Edited by Maria Serena I. Diokno, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, and Alan H. Yang. Singapore: NUS Press, 2019. Pp. 249. ISBN 978-981-4722-89-6.
Kornphanat Tungkeunkunt
Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan By Jennifer M. Miller. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2019. Pp. 358. ISBN 9780674976344.
Amiko Nobori
International Law in a Transcivilizational World By Yasmak Onuma. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Pp. xx + 732. ISBN 978-1107024731.
Seung Jin Oh
Making Meaningful Lives: Tales from an Aging Japan By Iza Kavedžija. Philadelpia: University of Pennsylvania, 2019. Pp. 216. ISBN 9780812251364
Dohye Kim
Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution By Xing Fan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018. xiii, Pp. 288. ISBN 978-988-8455-81-2.
Nancy Guy
Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accommodation By Gregory Vincent Raymond. Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2018. Pp. ix + 293. ISBN 978-87-7694-239-7; and ISBN 978-87-7694-240-3.
Aries A. Arugay

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Published by Cambridge University Press in association with the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo


International Journal of Asian Studies (IJAS) is an interdisciplinary, English-language forum for research in the social sciences and humanities. IJAS examines Asia on a regional basis, emphasising patterns and tendencies that go beyond the borders of individual countries. It is particularly interested in locating contemporary changes within a historical framework, especially using interdisciplinary approaches, and so promotes comparative studies involving the various regions of Asia. As well as encouraging contributions from western scholars, IJAS focuses attention on the work of Asian scholars, in order to encourage multi-directional communication across the international Asian studies community. It includes both themed and general issues.


The Journal seeks both original papers and survey articles that fall within its scope as outlined above. Since the Journal is attempting to cross methodological boundaries, we would particularly appreciate papers that can develop new methodologies within their general approach. Papers must be in English and in principle no more than 12,000 words in length, including footnotes. Submissions will be sent on to referees.

Editorial Board

Jin Sato, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Executive Editor
Christopher Gerteis, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Executive Editor/Book Review
Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Associate Editors
Jun Akiba, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Ryosuke Furui, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Ryo Sahashi,, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Regional Editors
Cemil Aydin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Sébastien Billioud, University Paris-Diderot, France
Ching-yuen Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prasenjit Duara, Duke University, USA
Thomas Fröhlich, Hamburg University, Germany
Najaf Haider, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Kim Hang, Yonsei University, South Korea
A-chin Hsiau, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Tomoko Masuya, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Dilip M Menon, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Mansur Sefatgol, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Tehran, Iran
Kai Vogelsang, Hamburg University, Germany
Zhang Xudong, New York University, USA and Peking University, China
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