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Global Asia and Asian Studies


Refreshed for 2020, this research collection explores key areas of interest and relevance in Asian Studies. From social media in authoritarian states to reproductive politics, migrant worker conditions, sustainable development, and the Hong Kong protests, the highlighted articles and book chapters traverse disciplines and advance leading-edge themes. Browse these contributions to investigate new takes on Asian Studies as a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, and ever-evolving field, transcending boundaries between geographic areas.

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Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleOnline Publication Year
Thailand’s Thwarted DemocratizationPaul Chambers & Napisa WaitoolkiatAsian Affairs: An American Review2019
Embattled authoritarians: continuity and collapse in Central and Southwest AsiaCharles J. SullivanAsian Security2019
Survive and Thrive: Field Research in Authoritarian Southeast AsiaLee Morgenbesser & Meredith L. WeissAsian Studies Review2018
Jokowi’s Authoritarian Turn and Indonesia’s Democratic DeclineThomas P. PowerBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies2018
Authoritarian Resilience Revisited: Joseph Fewsmith with Response from Andrew J. NathanJoseph Fewsmith & Andrew J. NathanJournal of Contemporary China2018
Facebook and political participation in Cambodia: determinants and impact of online political behaviours in an authoritarian stateSereyvicheth ChunlySouth East Asia Research2019

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"Manipulating the public sphere in North Korea, Burma/Myanmar, and China" in The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China, 1st Edition (2017). By Alexander Dukalskis.

"When democracy is questioned: Competing democratic principles and struggles for democracy in Thailand" in Political Participation in Asia: Defining and Deploying Political Space, 1st Edition (2017). Chapter by Bencharat Sae Chua.

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Economic Development

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleOnline Publication Year
The Entrepreneurial Developmental State: What is the Perceived Impact of South Korea’s Creative Economy Action Plan on Entrepreneurial Activity?Ramon Pacheco Pardo & Robyn Klingler-VidraAsian Studies Review2019
Indonesia’s Restrained State Capitalism: Development and Policy ChallengesKyunghoon KimJournal of Contemporary Asia2019
Joint development in the South China sea: China’s incentives and policy choicesHuaigao QiJournal of Contemporary East Asia Studies2019
Energy and economic growth in developing Asian economiesMuhammad AzamJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy2019
The “Absence” of Asian Regional Economic Integration and the Development Orientation of the Belt and RoadLi XiangyangSocial Sciences in China2019
Economic Techno-Politics and Technocratic Development in the Oecusse-Ambeno Enclave, Timor-LesteLaura S. Meitzner YoderThe Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology2018

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"Japan and the EU as International Actors" in EU–Japan Relations and the Crisis of Multilateralism, 1st Edition (2019). By Julie Gilson.

"Gendered discourses of development in two Indian states" in Gender, Development, and the State in India, 1st Edition (2019). By Carole Spary.

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"Sinification by greening: Politics, nature, and ethnic borderlands in Maoist ecocinema" in Ecology and Chinese-Language Cinema: Reimagining a Field (2019). Chapter by Cheng Li.

"ASEAN regionalism and the politics of the environment" in Environmental Cooperation in Southeast Asia: ASEAN's Regime for Trans-boundary Haze Pollution, 1st Edition (2010). By Paruedee Nguitragool.

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Gender and Sexuality

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleOnline Publication Year
Gender and authoritarian populism: empowerment, protection, and the politics of resentful aspiration in IndiaPriya ChackoCritical Asian Studies2020
The Kaji-Hara (housework harassment) debates: the gendering of housework in contemporary JapanIori HamadaJapan Forum2019
Education and gender gap in couples’ time use: evidence from ChinaFuhua Zhai, Qin Gao & Xiaoran WangJournal of Asian Public Policy2019
Boys at the Barre: Boys, Men and the Ballet in JapanMasafumi MondenJapanese Studies2019
Women’s gender role attitudes and fertility intentions of having a second child: survey findings from Shaanxi Province of ChinaYing Li & Quanbao JiangAsian Population Studies2019

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"Second-generation women's memory and cultural identity" in Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: Voices, 1st Edition (2018). By Jackie J. Kim-Wachutka.

"Fertile subjects: Global reproductive politics at the intersections of caste, class and gender" in Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India, 1st Edition (2019). By Maya Unnithan.

Protests and Social Movements

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleOnline Publication Year
A REPORT OF THE 2019 HONG KONG PROTESTSMartin PurbrickAsian Affairs2019
Mass Protests in China (III): Summary and Government Response PolicyJames TongChinese Law & Government2019
Smartphones versus NHK? Mobilization strategies of the Japanese anti-nuclear movement under Abe’s restrictive media policyAnna WiemannContemporary Japan2020
A city and a SAR on fire: as if everything and nothing changes*Daniel VukovichCritical Asian Studies2019
The Politics of Counter-Expertise on Aerial Spraying: Social Movements Denouncing Pesticide Risk Governance in the PhilippinesLisette J. Nikol & Kees JansenJournal of Contemporary Asia2018
A divided movement: urban activists, NGOs, and the fault-lines of a peasant struggleMubbashir RizviSouth Asian History and Culture2019

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"Masked demonstrations: Deploying creative tactics to protest air pollution" in China’s Youth Cultures and Collective Spaces: Creativity, Sociality, Identity and Resistance, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Elizabeth Brunner.

"Transnational locality: theories of diasporas and social movements in relation to indentured Indians" in Social Movements and the Indian Diaspora, 1st Edition (2015). By Movindri Reddy.

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Conflict and Peace

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleOnline Publication Year
Living without closure: memories of counter-insurgency and secret killings in AssamDixita DekaAsian Ethnicity2019
A cautious balance – explaining India’s approach toward Afghanistan’s peace processAvinash PaliwalAsian Security2019
Constructing dynamic security governance: institutional peace through multilateralism in the Asia PacificKai HeJournal of Contemporary East Asia Studies2019
Korean peace building and Sino–US relations: an “Ad-hoc” concert of interests?Hideya KurataJournal of Contemporary East Asia Studies2019
New histories of political violence and revolutionary terrorism in modern South Asia*Andrew Amstutz, Daniel Elam, Rishad Choudhury, Mou Banerjee, Rohit De, Michael Silvestri, Kama Maclean & Durba GhoshSouth Asian History and Culture2019
*Book roundtable.

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"Perspectives on Chinese sovereignty" in Chinese Constructions of Sovereignty and the East China Sea Conflict, 1st Edition (2019). By Czeslaw Tubilewicz.

"The conflict in the Indian northeast" in Conflict in India and China's Contested Borderlands: A Comparative Study, 1st Edition (2019). By Kunal Mukherjee.

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"Does third-party monitoring improve labor rights? The case of Cambodia" in Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Kristy Ward.

"Forced labour and arrest in Edo and Ezo" in Prisons and Forced Labour in Japan: The Colonization of Hokkaido, 1881-1894, 1st Edition (2018). By Pia Maria Jolliffe.

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