asian studies

The Journal of Asian Studies Moves to Duke University Press

The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS), the flagship journal of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), will join the Duke University Press journals program in 2023.

Journal of Asian Studies issue cover

“There are many reasons we have decided to partner with Duke, but one of the most important is Duke’s prioritizing of the academic contributions of its journals. Duke’s academic credentials are stellar, with a global reputation for publishing top scholarly work in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Duke’s prioritizing of the academic market and readership melds with the association’s and journal’s mission of service to the field,” said Hilary Finchum-Sung, Executive Director of the AAS.

Since its founding in 1941, the Journal of Asian Studies has been recognized as the most authoritative and prestigious publication in the field of Asian studies. The journal 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 the 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, the Journal of Asian Studies welcomes broad comparative and transnational studies as well as essays emanating from fine-grained historical, cultural, political, or literary research and interpretation.

The journal is edited by Joseph Alter (University of Pittsburgh, USA), who said, “Asia’s ever increasing economic and political significance in the twenty-first century highlights the growing importance of Asian studies as a field of critical research. Globalization and rapid change, involving new cultural formations and the creative interconnectedness of people, places, and things, continues to stimulate incredibly innovative scholarship. I look forward to building on a legacy of excellence combined with Duke’s outstanding reputation to position the Journal of Asian Studies on the cutting edge of research that will redefine how we understand Asia’s past, present and future.”

“The Journal of Asian Studies has long been a critically important resource for those working in the field of Asian studies and is an exciting addition to our journals program. We are pleased to partner with the AAS to advance the journal’s mission and bring its scholarship to readers around the globe,” said Dean Smith, Director of Duke University Press.

The Journal of Asian Studies joins Duke University Press’s list of Asian studies journals, which includes Archives of Asian Art; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture; the Journal of Korean Studies; positions: asia critique; Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature; Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies; and Trans Asia Photography. The journal will be included in the e-Duke Journals Expanded Collection and will also be available as a single-title subscription.


Logo for the Association for Asian Studies

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, nonpolitical, nonprofit professional association open to anyone interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 5,500 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind.

Duke University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher with a focus on the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. The Press publishes approximately 140 books annually and around 60 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections and open-access publishing initiatives.

New Titles in Asian Studies

We are excited to join you for the Association for Asian Studies conference in person for the first time in two years! You can find us at booth 404 in the exhibit hall. Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker will also be on site in Honolulu. If you are looking to connect with Ken or any of our other editors about your book project, see our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines and submission portal here.

Book cover, "A Decolonial Guide to Hawai'i," edited by Hokulani K. Aikau and Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez.

Until May 10, save 40% on books and journal issues with coupon code AAS22 when you order on our website. Customers in the UK and Europe can order books with this code from our UK partner, Combined Academic Publishers. Our conference landing page has all our newest titles in Asian studies, or you can browse our complete list of books and journals in the field here.

Whether you’re joining us in person or attending virtually, don’t miss out on “The Detours Guide Series: Decolonization in Asia and Beyond” virtual panel, with Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez and Hokulani Aikau, Friday, March 25, 1:30PM-3:00PM HST/7:30PM-9:00PM EST. You can find more details on the conference program.

Duke University Press is pleased to welcome Trans Asia Photography to our journals publishing program beginning this spring. Trans Asia Photography, edited by Deepali Dewan, Yi Gu, and Thy Phu, is the first and only open-access international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of historic and contemporary photography from Asia and across the Asian diaspora. Learn more about the journal here.

New Titles in Asian Studies

We wish we could be meeting authors and readers in-person at the AAS Annual Conference. We know that many of you look forward to stocking up on new titles at special discounts at our conferences, so we are pleased to offer a 40% discount on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code AAS21 until April 30, 2021. You can also find us in the official AAS Exhibit Hall.

Check out the latest Asian studies titles in our virtual catalog, below. And explore all of our books and journals in Asian studies at We’re also pleased to welcome the open-access Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies to our publishing program later this spring.

Registered AAS attendees can join DUP authors for these panels:

If you were hoping to connect with one of our editors about your book project at AAS, please reach out to them by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines here.

Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting

BoothWe had a great time this past weekend exhibiting at the 2015 annual meeting for the Association for Asian Studies, held in Chicago on March 26th to the 29th. We had a lot of interesting new titles on display at our booth!

Of course, we’re always happy when our authors are able to stop by the booth! Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello.


Here is Wendy Matsumura, showing off her brand new book The Limits of Okinawa.

Mark Driscoll stopped by to say hello, here he is with his book, Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque

Mark Driscoll stopped by to say hello, here he is with his book, Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque


We also snapped a photo of William Marotti with his book, Money, Trains, and Guillotines.


We celebrated the launch of the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture on Friday night with a reception. Two editors-in-chief of the journal, Zong-qi Cai and Liu Yucai, were able to attend the event. The reception included speeches from our Editorial and Administrative Manager Rob Dilworth, Zong-qi Cai, and Liu Yucai.

The Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture publishes research articles and essays on premodern Chinese literature and all aspects of the broader literary culture. It also publishes work that explores the influence of traditional literature and culture in modern and contemporary China. For some periods of the twentieth century, the study of premodern Chinese literature was considered by some an impediment to the rise of science and democracy, but it is now recognized in China as a valuable heritage that can enrich Chinese culture for the twenty-first century. Jointly sponsored by Peking University and the University of Illinois, the journal is committed to an international editorial vision and to in-depth exchange and collaboration among scholars in China, the United States, and other parts of the world.
For more information about the journal, visit


L to R: Academic editor Zong-qi Cai, Editorial and Administrative Manager Rob Dilworth, and Associate Editor in Chief Liu Yucai at the Duke University Press booth.


Reception attendees enjoy drinks and cake while perusing the journal.


Congratulations to the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture!

If couldn’t make it to our booth at AAS, you can still save 30% on our Asian studies books. Check out our program ad and then call 888-651-0122 to order using the coupon code AAS15.