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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

Winner: Best New Journal 2016 from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals



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 4 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 4 - Issue 1

    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
  • Volume 3 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 3 - Issue 2

    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
  • Volume 3 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 3 - Issue 1

    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
  • Volume 2 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 2 - Issue 2

    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
  • 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