- ISSN: 0021-9118 (Print), 1752-0401 (Online)
- Editor: Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom University of California, Irvine, USA
- Editorial board
The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) has played a defining role in the field of Asian studies for nearly 70 years. JAS publishes the very best empirical and multidisciplinary work on Asia, spanning the arts, history, literature, the social sciences, and cultural studies. Experts around the world turn to this quarterly journal for the latest in-depth scholarship on Asia's past and present, for its extensive book reviews, and for its state-of-the-field essays on established and emerging topics. With coverage reaching from South and Southeast Asia to China, Inner Asia, and Northeast Asia, JAS welcomes broad comparative and transnational studies as well as essays emanating from fine-grained historical, cultural, political, and literary research. The journal also publishes clusters of papers that present new and vibrant discussions on specific themes and issues.
Two years ago, Hong Kong political struggles made headlines around the world as students and other activists put up encampments on local streets during a struggle that became known as the Umbrella Movement. In 2016, some of the figures involved in that protest are back in the news, as one student leader, Nathan Law, has been elected to a local legislative body, while another, Joshua Wong, was recently blocked from entering Thailand to speak and put on a plane back to Hong Kong. Early in 2015, the Journal of Asian Studies ran an "Asia Beyond the Headlines" essay on related protests that took place in Taiwan early in 2014 (Ian Rowen's "Inside Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: Twenty-Four Days in a Student-Occupied Parliment and the Future of the Region"), which included some passing comments on the Umbrella protests. The latest issue of the JAS has both a cover photo and an essay linked to the 2014 Hong Kong struggle. The essay, by French Sinologist Sebastian Veg, is titled "Creating a Textual Space: Slogans and Texts from Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement," and is available free, for a limited time.