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Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Verge: Studies in Global Asias
Editor: Tina Chen
A new journal that includes scholarship from scholars in both Asian and Asian American Studies


Forthcoming issues


Verge: Studies in Global Asias showcases scholarship on “Asian” topics from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences, while recognizing that the changing scope of “Asia” as a concept and method is today an object of vital critical concern. Deeply transnational and transhistorical in scope, Verge emphasizes thematic and conceptual links among the disciplines and regional/area studies formations that address Asia in a variety of particularist (national, subnational, individual) and generalist (national, regional, global) modes. Responding to the ways in which large-scale social, cultural, and economic concepts like the world, the globe, or the universal (not to mention East Asian cousins like tianxia or datong) are reshaping the ways we think about the present, the past and the future, the journal publishes scholarship that occupies and enlarges the proximities among disciplinary and historical fields, from the ancient to the modern periods. The journal emphasizes multidisciplinary engagement—a crossing and dialogue of the disciplines that does not erase disciplinary differences, but uses them to make possible new conversations and new models of critical thought.

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Call for Papers: Forthcoming issues


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  • Volume 2 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 2 - Issue 1

    Editors’ Introduction
    On the Space and Time of Urban Asia by Shuang Shen, Madhuri Desai, and Tina Chen
    The Poetics and Politics of Space: Art, Memory, and Change in the Indian City. Curated by Preeti Chopra
    An Interdisciplinary Review of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces by SanSan Kwan. Curated and with an Introduction by Dan Bacalzo
    Field Trip
    Introduction: Mapping Urban Imaginaries by Shuang Shen and Madhuri Desai
    Bodies That Map: Overseas Singaporeans and the Urban Imagination by Cheryl Narumi Naruse
    Return Economies: Speculation and Manila’s Investment in Durable Futures by Eric J. Pido
    Finding Happiness in the Chinese Suburban Technopolis: White Supremacy in Silicon Valley, California by Brian Su-Jen Chung
    The Immigrant Enclave and The Satanic Verses: Race and Religion in Purgatory by Nasia Anam
    Decaffeinated England: Thames Town and Its Discontents by Calvin Hui
    Selected Poems of Zheng Xiaoqiong
    The Global War City: Traces of the Militarized Past in Saigon’s Urbanized Future by Long T. Bui
    Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement by Laikwan Pang
    Clear Weather in Boston’s Chinatown: Chinese Landscapes in the Anthropocene by De-nin Lee
    Asian City as Affective Space: Commercial Signs and Mood in the Paintings of Manoël Pillard by Seunghan Paek
    Zheng Xiaoqiong’s Poems on the Global Connection to Urbanization and the Plight of Migrant Workers in China by Zhou Xiaojing
    Theses on the Translation of (Chinese) Architecture by Andrea Bachner
  • Volume 1 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 - Issue 2

    Special Issue: Collecting Asias
    Digitizing Chinese Englishmen: Creating a Nineteenth-Century “Postcolonial Archive.” Adeline Koh
    The Re/Collecting Project and Rethinking Archives and Archival Practice. Grace I. Yeh
    Collecting, Curating, and Presenting “3-11” with Harvard’s Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters. Eric G. Dinmore
    The Liminal Collection: Vietnamese Handicraft at the Smithsonian. Jennifer Way
    Collecting for Peace: Memories and Objects of the Asia-Pacific War. Akiko Takenaka
    The Smithsonian Beside Itself: Exhibiting Indian Americans in the Era of New India. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan
    Orientalia, Bibliophilia, Fetish: A Play in Three Acts. John Whittier Treat
    Editors’ Introduction
    Of Asian Boxes .... Charlotte Eubanks and Jonathan E. Abel
    Avant-Garde in the South Seas: Akamatsu Toshiko’s Micronesia Sketches. Curated by Charlotte Eubanks
    Introduction: Re/Collecting. Adeline Koh
    Field Trip
    The Utility of Aesthetics: Exhibition, Pedagogy, and Critical Questions for Postcolonialism. Jonathan E. Abel and Christopher Reed
    A & Q
    From the Imperial Atelier to the Global Display: The Past, Present, and Futures of Mughal Collections. Madhuri Desai
    The Pocket and the Watch: A Collective Individualist Reading of Japanese American Literature. Andrew Leong
  • Volume 1 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 - Issue 1

    Editors’ Introduction
    Portfolio: Visualizing Global Asias. Curated by Alexandra Chang
    What Race Does Online: “Gangnam Style” and Asian/American Identity in the Digital Age. Konrad Ng
    Asian/American and the Digital|Technological Thus Far. Anne Cong-Huyen
    Terracotta Conquest: The First Emperor’s Clay Army’s Blockbuster Tour of the World. Magnus Fiskesjö
    Landscaping Otherness: The Charm of Inequity in Nepali Tourism. Barbara Grossman-Thompson and Benjamin Linder
    A Different Mirror: Philippine International Adoption Through the Lens of Brillante Mendoza’s Foster Child. Catherine Ceniza Choy
    Unmarked Character and the “Rise of Asia”: Ed Park’s Personal Days. Colleen Lye
    A&Q: Multidisciplinarity and the Study of Global Asias
    Introduction to Interface 1:1. Adeline Koh
    Imagination After the Earthquake: Japan’s Otaku Culture in the 2010s. Uno Tsunehiro
    Mobility and Metaphor: Theorizing the (In)human in Asian/Diaspora. Christopher Lee