Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Verge: Studies in Global Asias
Editor: Tina Chen, Editor
A multidisciplinary journal publishing scholarship from Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies

Winner: 2020 prose award for best new journal in humanities; 2016 Best New Journal from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals



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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. 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.

One of our main goals at Verge is to provide a critical space to think through the productive relations and generative discontinuities between Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies. While, in many ways, these Area Studies and Ethnic Studies have traditionally defined themselves in opposition to one another, with the former focused on a nationally and politically oriented approach, and the latter emphasizing epistemological categories, including ethnicity and citizenship, that drew mainly on the history of the United States, the past decade has seen a series of rapprochements in which, for instance, categories “belonging” to Asian American Studies (ethnicity, race, diaspora) have been applied with increasing success to studies of Asia. For example Asian Studies has responded to the postnational turn in the humanities and social sciences by becoming more open to rethinking its national and regional insularities, and to work that pushes, often literally, on the boundaries of Asia as both a place and a concept. At the same time, Asian American Studies has become increasingly aware of the ongoing importance of Asia to the Asian American experience, and thus more open to work that is transnational or multi-lingual, as well as to forms of scholarship that challenge the US-centrism of concepts governing the Asian diaspora.

Verge publishes work from historians, literary and cultural scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, art historians, political scientists, and others that engages with the ways in which “globalization” requires us to understand the past, present, and futures of Asia.  In doing so, the journal emphasizes multidisciplinary engagement—a crossing and engagement of the disciplines that does not erase disciplinary differences but uses them to make possible new conversations and new models of critical engagement.


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  • Volume 7 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 7 - Issue 2

    Editors’ Introduction
    Unfolding Digital Asias by Jonathan E. Abel and Joseph Jonghyun Jeon
    Sari-Sari Style: Tropical Excess and an Asian Sense of Brown in Wawi Navarozza’s Photographs by Emmanuel David
    Field Trip
    Asian/American Gaming by Tara Fickle, Chris Patterson, Melos Han-Tani, Se Young Kim, Marina Kittaka, and Emperatriz Ung
    Malaysia Design Archive: A Digital Undercommons by Fiona Lee
    Sinofuturism(s) by Virginia L. Conn, Gabriele de Seta, Asa Roast, Gary Zhexi Zhang, and Ge Zhang
    Circuits of Care: Filipino Content Moderation and American Infostructures of Feeling by Alden Sajor Marte-Wood and Stephanie Dimatulac Santos
    Surviving Digital Asia: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and the Affective Economy of the Battle Royale by Se Young Kim
    Ang Lee’s Tears: Digital Global Melodrama in The Wedding Banquet, Hulk, and Gemini Man by Jane Hu
    Ocean Media: Digital South China Sea and Gilles Deleuze’s Desert Islands by Erin Y. Huang
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    Editor’s Intro
    On Cataclysms and Connectedness by Tina Chen
    Field Trip
    New World Orders and the Geopolitics of the Transpacific by Yuan Shu
    Circulatory Histories of the Nation-State by Prasenjit Duara
    Imagining the Post-American World War: Geopolitics, Technology, and the Representation of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Singer and Cole’s Ghost Fleet by Yuan Shu
    Silent Springs and Biological Annihilations: Re-seeing America’s Pacific Century through Environmental Catastrophe by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
    On the Borderwaters and Watery Borders of a New World Order by Brian Russell Roberts
    The Imaginable Ageography of Global Asias by Tina Chen
    Art of the Global Asias: From Identity to Intervention Curated by Chang Tan
    We Have Never Been Premodern by Charlotte Eubanks
    The Matter of Time by Ling Zhang
    The Politics of Premodernity by Tamara Sears
    Unruly Subjects by Travis Zadeh
    Encountering the Euro-American Hegemonic Past by Erica F. Brindley
    Militarized Sustainability: Feminist Refugee Memory and Hydropower in the Mekong Delta by Heidi Amin-Hong
    The Work of Sporting Bodies: Football and Masculinity in North Kerala by Veena Mani and Mathangi Krishnamurthy
    Empire of Artifacts: U.S. Epistemological Colonialism in 1920s China by Constance Chen
    Ephemeral Nations: Between History and Diaspora in Kim Young-ha’s Black Flower by Rachel Haejin Lim
    Sand, Silica, Silicon: Singapore’s Triple Territories by Luke Munn
    The Rāmāyana and the Rhizome: Textual Networks in the Work of Minakata Kumagusu by Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger
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    Editor’s Intro
    Dreams of Infrastructure in Global Asias by Jessamyn R. Abel and Leo Coleman
    The Efficient Ruin of Infrastructure Curated by Carrie Cushman and Nicholas Risteen
    Field Trip
    “Violence and Hope: The Aesthetic Force of Infrastructure” by Corey Byrnes, Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, and Mubbashir Rizvi
    Infrastructures of Inter-Asian Connection: Scripts, Media, Movement by Xiao Liu, Shuang Shen, Raja Adal, Ram Bhat, and Elmo Gonzaga
    Sociality, Circulation, Transaction: WeChat’s Infrastructural Affordances by Gabriele de Seta
    Building Highland Asia in the Twenty-First Century by Alessandro Rippa, Galen Murton, and Matthäus Rest
    Redundancy, Resilience, Repair: Infrastructural Effects in Borderland Spaces by Edward Boyle and Sara Shneiderman
    Digital Futures: Aesthetic Stability and the Fictional Infrastructure of Hyderabad’s Special Economic Zones by Phillippe Messier
    “this land was the sea”: The Intimacies and Ruins of Transnational Sand in Singapore by Joanne Leow
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    Editor’s Intro
    On the Subject(s) of Displacement by Tina Chen and Cathy J. Schuland-Vials
    Expressing EJKs and the State—A Collaborative Review of Dark Lens/Lente ng Karimlan: The Filipino Camera in Duterte’s Republic by Nerissa S. Balce, Sarita Echavez See, John Labella, Ethel Tungohan, Caroline Baicy, and Gary Devilles
    Field Trip
    Art, Archives, and Human Rights by Crystal Parikh, Sheela Jane Menon, Christopher Lee, Joanne Leow, Crystal Mun-hye Baik, and Alexander Laban Hinton
    The Refuge’s Now: The Art and Advocacy of Matt Huynh curated by Mai-Linh K. Hong
    On the Center for Refugee Poetics by Lawrence-Minh B.i Davis, Cathy J. Schuland-Vials, Ocean Vuong, Lan Duong, Monica Sok, and Catzie Vilayphonh
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    Editor’s Intro
    Forgetting Remembering ‖ Remembering Forgetting by Tina Chen, Josephine Nock-Hee Park, and We Jung Yi
    Operations of Forgetting by Sunny Xiang, Jessica Nakamura, Xiaojue Wang, We Jung Yi, and Victor Bascara
    A Collaborative Review of Trinh Minh-ha’s Forgetting Vietnam by Trung Phan Quoc Nguyen, Anita Wen-Shin Chang, Việt Lê, and Lan Duong
    Resisting the Spell of Oblivion: A Conversation with Taeho Yoon by We Jung Yi
    Field Trip
    Against Witness: Anti-Commemorative Asian/American Poetics by Timothy Yu, Jane Wong, Michael Leong, Michelle N. Huang, and Steven Yao
    Cold War Erasures and the Asian American Immigrant Family in Ha Jin’s War Trash by A.J. Yumi Lee
    Unremembering and Re-membering the Philippine-American War Through the Composite Bodies of Reenactment by Rowena Santos Aquino
    Try to Remember: The Kim Sisters and Other Traces of a Forgotten War on Early U.S. Television by Danielle Seid
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    We Are (Are We?) All Indigenous Here, and Other Claims about Space, Place, and Belonging in Asia by Charlotte Eubanks and Pasang Yangjee Sherpa
    Field Trip
    Thinking with Indigeneity: Imperatives and Provocations by Lindsay Skog
    Indigeneity at Sea by RDK Herman, Yu-Ting Huang, Dean Itsuji Saranillo, and Erin Suzuki
    Continuing Community Collaborations and the Transient Digital by Pasang Yangjee Sherpa
    What Next for Digital Himalaya? Reflections on Community, Continuity, and Collaboration by Mark Turin
    Orality and Mobility: Documenting Himalayan Voices in New York City by Nawang Gurung, Ross Perlin, Daniel Kaufman, Mark Turin, and Sienna R. Craig
    A Collaborative Review of Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies by Chadwick Allen by Hsinya Huang, Rob Wilson, and Alice Te Punga Somerville
    Alternative Indigeneity in China? The Paradox of the Buyi in the Age of Ethnic Branding by Yu Luo
    An Artful Way of Making Indigenous Space by Megumi Chibana
    Getting Connected: Indigeneity, Information, and Communications Technology Use and Emerging Media Practices in Sarawak by Christine Horn, Patricia Philip, and Clement Langet Sabang
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Can the Frontier Write Back? by Nathan Hopson and Ran Zwigenberg
    Premodern History and the Frontiers of the South China Sea by Megan Bryson, Andrew Chittick, James Anderson, Catherine Churchman, and Erica Fox Brindley
    Field Trip
    Decolonizing Science in Asia by Prakash Kumar, Projit Bihari Mukharji, and Amit Prasad
    Representation, Adaptation, and Preservation at the Frontiers in East Asian Art curated by Erin Schoneveld and Sarah Laursen
    Takahashi Tomio’s Henkyō, the Universal Japanese Frontier (an Interpretation) translated by Nathan Hopson
    A Landscape over There: Rethinking Translocality in Zhang Lu’s Border-Crossing Films by Ran Ma
    Not at All Costs: Frontier Modernization Schemes and Ethnic Minority Livelihood Debates in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands by Jean-François Rousseau and Sarah Turner
    “Wings of the New Japan”: Kamikaze, Kimonos, and Airline Branding in Postwar Japan by Yoshiko Nakano
    Everest from on High: British Imperial Aerial Expedition to the Himalayan Frontiers, 1932–1934 by Joppan George
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Remapping the Transpacific: Critical Approaches between Asia and Latin America by Andrea Bachner and Pedro Erber
    Why Asia and Latin America? by Jeffrey Lesser, Evelyn Hu-Dehart, and Ignácio Lopez-Calvo
    Violent Media, Chinese Fantasies: Salvador Elizondo’s “Execution by Shooting in China” by Andrea Bachner
    The Emergence of the Contemporary: Japanese Postwar Art in Twenty-First-Century Brazil by Pedro Erber
    Field Trip
    Approaches Between Asia and Latin America: A Critical Renga by Andrea Bachner, Christopher Bush, Christopher L. Hill, Ana Carolina Hosne, Rosario Hubert, Seth Jacobowitz, André Keiji Kunigami, Andrew Leong, and Zelideth María Rivas
    Asia-Latin America as Method: The Global South Project and the Dis-location of the West by Junyoung Verónica Kim
    Non-encounter as Relation: Cannibals and Poison Women in the Consumption of Difference by Andrea Mendoza
    Mexico City’s “Chinos” and “Barrio Chino”: Strangerness and Community in Cristina Rivera Garza’s Verde Shanghai (2011) by Maria Montt Strabucchi
    Inherited Destinies: Discourses of Territorial Loss in Postcolonial States Across the Pacific (Peru and the Philippines, 1903–1927) by Jorge Bayona
    “Training Guatemalan Campesinos to Work Like Korean Peasants”: Taxonomies and Temporalities of East Asian Labor Management in Latin America by Joo Ok Kim
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    Editor’s Introduction
    Context, Coordinate, Circulation: The Postrepresentational Cartographies of Global Asias by Tina Chen
    Political Science and the Study of Global Asias by Fred Lee, Erin Aeran Chung, Janelle S. Wong, Erik Martinez Kuhonta, and Leela Fernandes
    Sea, Land, Air and the Center for Art and Thought by Jan Christian Bernabe, Clare Counihan, and Sarita Echavez See
    Field Trip
    Book Histories, Material Culture, and East Asian Studies by Ann Sherif
    Art, Activism, and Agitation: Anida Yoeu Ali curated by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
    Oceanic Etymologies: Shanghai and the Transpacific Routes of Global Modernity by Steven Yao
    Semioscapes, Unbanality, and the Reinvention of Nationness: Global Korea as Nation-Space by Jerry Won Lee
    Perfect Covers: Filipino Musical Mimicry and Transmedia Performance by Abigail De Kosnik
    The Biopolitics of Gratitude and Equivalence: Debt, Exchange, and Disaster Politics at the Shanghai World’s Fair by Jennifer Hubbert
    Temporality and Shenzhen Urbanism in the Era of “China Dreams” by Fan Yang
    “A Strange Form of Love”: The Global Asian American Subject in Richard E. Kim’s The Martyred by Josephine Nock-Hee Park
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Asian Empires Revisited: Decentering Imperialism by Erica Brindley and On-cho Ng
    MAGO and Communal Ritual as Decolonial Praxis: An Exchange with Dohee Lee by Crystal Mun-hye Baik
    A Collaborative Review of Grassroots Fascism: The War Experience of the Japanese People by Yoshimi Yoshiaki by Ethan Mark, Aaron William Moore, Sheldon Garon, and Reto Hofmann
    Playing at Empire: The Ludic Fantasy of Sugoroku in Early-Twentieth-Century Japan, curated by Charlotte Eubanks
    Chinese Empires in Comparative Perspective: A Digital Approach by Hilde De Weerdt, Chu Ming-kin, and Ho Hou-Ieong
    Mapping China’s History by Peter K. Bol
    The Imaginal Bond of “Empire” and “Civilization” in Eurasian History by Pamela Kyle Crossley
    “Uncle Sam Said Very Clearly You Are Not a Country”: Independence Activists and the Mapping of Imperial Cosmologies in Taiwan by Derek Sheridan
    Cripping the Philippine Enlightenment: Ilustrado Travel Literature, Postcolonial Disability, and the “Normate Imperial Eye/I” by Sony Coráñez Bolton
    Kaneshiro Kazuki’s GO and the American Racializing of Zainichi Koreans by David S. Roh
    Laboring between Empires: Coolie Solidarity and the Limits of the Chinese Civic Association in Havana, 1872 by Margaret Mih Tillman
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    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
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    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
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    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