Editorial Information

Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Editorial Collective and Advisory Board




Tina Chen


Associate Editor

Charlotte Eubanks


Managing Editor

Su Young Lee


Editorial Assistant

Choa Choi



PSU Editorial Collective

Jessamyn Abel, Asian Studies

Jonathan E. Abel, Comparative Literature and Asian Studies

Kathlene Baldanza, History and Asian Studies

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, Asian Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Erica F. Brindley, Asian Studies

Jooyeon Rhee, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature

Chang Tan, Art History and Asian Studies

Nicolai Volland, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature

Ran Zwigenberg, Asian Studies, History, and Jewish Studies


Advisory Board

Cemil Aydin (2021), History, University of North Carolina

Ian Baird (2021), Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brian Bernards (2022), East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, USC

Nicole Boivin (2023)—Archeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Lan Duong (2023), Cinema & Media Studies, USC

Patrick Eisenlohr (2023), Anthropology, University of Göttingen

Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (2024), English, University of California-Irvine

Paize Keulemans (2022), East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Laura Kina (2024), Art, Media & Design, DePaul University

Namiko Kunimoto (2023), History of Art, Ohio State University

Jerry Won Lee (2023), English, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies, University of California-Irvine

Lori Meeks (2021), Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC

Brinda Mehta (2024), French & Francophone Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Mills College

Josephine Nock-Hee Park (2021), English and Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Michael J. Pettid (2022), Premodern Korean Studies, Binghamton University

Krishnendu Ray (2024), Nutrition and Food Studies, NYU Steinhardt

Zelideth Maria Rivas (2023), Japanese, Marshall University

Cathy Schlund-Vials (2021), English and Asian/Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Sarita Echavez See (2023), Media and Cultural Studies, University of California-Riverside

We Jung Yi (2021), Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University




Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) should be prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. See section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide or chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style Online for additional formatting information.

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name and address and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.

Submissions should include anonymized essay, abstract (125 words), and a separate document containing author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (both email and mailing address).


Queries and submissions should be sent to: verge@psu.edu



Issue 9.2



Edited by Krishnendu Ray (NYU Steinhardt), Jooyeon Rhee (Penn State), and Tina Chen (Penn State)


Boundaries and borders are neither static nor innately cartographic: they are in constant flux and always in process of being reconfigured. This special issue highlights how studies of place and movement can help us remap culinary cultures and become more aware of the spatial dimensions of gastronomic practice. How does bodily movement and its constraints direct us to new points of view about culinary cultures in Global Asias? What are the forces behind the formation of culinary nationalism, nativism, and ethnocentrism in Asian and diasporic communities—and how have they affected the ways people practice and contest foodways? How do material contexts—from squatting to standing, from wells to sinks, from floor level cutting utensils to cutting boards, from cowdung cakes to natural gas— shape techniques, taste, and culinary habits? How do infrastructural investments and aesthetic imaginaries of food expand our understanding of the relationship between self and other?


We invite papers on transnational flows (both imaginary and real), border making and breaking, culinary heritages and innovations, techniques and technologies, and the relationships between the production, distribution and consumption of food in Asia and its multiple diasporas. We welcome projects that approach the study of food contextually and that highlight the intersectional and cross-disciplinary implications of spaces and movements of bodies, dead or alive, as produce, product or terminus. Theoretical explorations on the shifting grounds of the intersection of disciplines are also welcome.


Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022