Journal of Contemporary Asia celebrates 50 years - Virtual Special Issue

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50 Years of the Journal of Contemporary Asia

Articles from Current and Former Editors

Founded in 1970, the Journal of Contemporary Asia will celebrate a half-century of critical scholarship in 2020.

Journey through the history of the journal in a collection of articles published by the editors over this 50 years. From co-founding editor Malcolm Caldwell's "The role of the peasantry in the revolution" in Volume 1, Issue 1, to current editor-in-chief Kevin Hewison's recent studies on Thailand, the depth and breadth of JCA's editorial contributions offer unique insight into Asia's economic, political and social development.

The below articles are free-access via this page until the end of 2020.

Malcolm Caldwell (Co-Founding Editor, 1970-1978)

Article TitleAuthor(s)VolumeIssueYear
The role of the peasantry in the revolutionMalcolm Caldwell111970
Oil and imperialism in East AsiaMalcolm Caldwell131971
ASEANisationMalcolm Caldwell411974
Indonesian “Sub-imperialism” and the Kra IsthmusMalcolm Caldwell631976
Thailand and imperialist strategy in the 1980'sMalcolm Caldwell811978
Southeast Asia from Depression to Re-occupation, 1925–45*Malcolm Caldwell3932009
*Originally published in the Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities, 2, 2, 1976, pp. 153‐69. Reproduced in the Journal of Contemporary Asia with permission.
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Jonathan Fast (Editor, 1975-1981)

Article TitleAuthor(s)VolumeIssueYear
Philippine historiography and the de-mystification of imperialism: A review essayJonathan Fast & Luzviminda Francisco431974

Peter Limqueco (Co-Founding Editor, 1970-2015; Editor Emeritus, 2015- )

Article TitleAuthor(s)VolumeIssueYear
Interview with Prince Souphanouvong, President of the Central Committee of the Lao Patriotic FrontPeter Limqueco111970
Notes on a visit to VietnamPeter Limqueco641976
Interview with Nguyen Khac VienPeter Limqueco721977
Interview with Pridi BanomyongPeter Limqueco731977
Problems of economic planning for underdeveloped socialist countries†Peter Limqueco & Bruce McFarlane911979
UNITAR conference 1980: Step towards collective self-reliance in Asia†Peter Limqueco & Bruce McFarlane1041980
Contradictions of development in ASEANPeter Limqueco1331983
The Partisan ScholarPeter Limqueco3032000
†Also appears in Bruce McFarlane's list.

Bruce McFarlane (Co-Editor, 1981-2005)

Article TitleAuthor(s)VolumeIssueYear
Economic policy and economic growth in ChinaBruce McFarlane141972
Prospects for revolution in South-East Asia in the next decade: the role of AustraliaBob Catley & Bruce McFarlane431974
Imperialism in the 1980'sBruce McFarlane741977
Problems of economic planning for underdeveloped socialist countries†Peter Limqueco & Bruce McFarlane911979
An Australian perspective on the “New international economic order”Bob Catley & Bruce McFarlane101-21980
UNITAR conference 1980: Step towards collective self-reliance in Asia†Peter Limqueco & Bruce McFarlane1041980
A note on Mahalanobis' neo-marxian development modelBruce McFarlane1231982
Growth and cycles in Southeast Asian developmentBruce McFarlane1821988
Regional inequality and regionalism in Vietnam and ChinaMelanie Beresford & Bruce McFarlane2511995
The unfolding of the Asean Economic CrisisBruce McFarlane2911999
Politics of the World Bank-International monetary fund nexus in AsiaBruce McFarlane3122001
The Asiatic Mode of Production: A new phoenix? (Part 1)Bruce McFarlane, Steve Cooper & Miomir Jaksic3532005
The Asiatic Mode of Production - a new phoenix (Part 2)Bruce McFarlane, Steve Cooper & Miomir Jaksic3542005
†Also appears in Peter Limqueco's list.

Kevin Hewison (Current Editor, 2005- )

Article TitleAuthor(s)VolumeIssueYear
The political economy of Siam, 1851–1932Kevin J. Hewison1031980
The financial bourgeoisie in ThailandKevin J. Hewison1141981
Capital in the Thai countryside: The sugar industryKevin Hewison1611986
Industry prior to industrialisation: ThailandKevin Hewison1841988
Labour and unions in an industrialising ThailandKevin Hewison & Andrew Brown2441994
Thai migrant workers in Hong KongKevin Hewison3432004
Exploitation in global supply chains: Burmese workers in Mae SotDennis Arnold & Kevin Hewison3532005
Noam Chomsky on Indochina and Iraq: An interviewKevin Hewison3742007
A book, the king and the 2006 coupKevin Hewison3812008
Introduction: Thailand and the “good coup”Michael K. Connors & Kevin Hewison3812008
Hong Kong-Invested Companies in Thailand: Labour Relations and PracticesKevin Hewison & Catherine C. H. Chiu 3912009
Introduction: South Korea and the Antinomies of Neo-Liberal GlobalisationSook Jong Lee & Kevin Hewison 4022010
Introduction: Understanding Thailand’s PoliticsVeerayooth Kanchoochat & Kevin Hewison4632016
Crazy Rich Thais: Thailand’s Capitalist Class, 1980–2019Kevin Hewison2019

Journal of Contemporary Asia

An established refereed publication, Journal of Contemporary Asia has appeared quarterly since 1970. When the journal was established, it was conceived as providing an alternative to mainstream perspectives on contemporary Asian issues. The journal maintains this tradition and seeks to publish articles that deal with the broad problems of economic, political and social development of Asia. Articles on economic development issues, political economy, agriculture, planning, the working class, people’s movements, politics and power, imperialism and empire, international financial institutions, the environment, and economic history are especially welcomed. The journal also has a strong interest in the scientific development of theory that is of global significance, especially on the role of the state, class analysis, power and globalisation. An important aim of the journal has been to publish the work of Asia-based researchers, those working in best traditions of critical political economy, and young researchers.

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