Critical Asian Studies (launched in 1968 as the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and other materials that challenge the accepted formulas for understanding the Asia and Pacific regions, the world, and ourselves.

Current Issue: Vol. 48, No. 2 (June 2016)

From the Directors

Farewell and Tribute to Tom Fenton, Friend and Comrade


Letter Writing and Transnational Activism
for Indonesia's Political Prisoners

– Vannessa Hearman

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of Transition for Non-State Armed Groups in Mindanao and Myanmarm
– Ashley South and Christopher M. Joll

Aspects of Socioeconomic Exclusion in Kerala, India:
Reflections from an Urban Slum

– J. Devika


Willing Daughters: The Moral Rhetoric of Filial Sacrifice and Financial Autonomy in Tokyo's Sex Industry
– Gabrielle Koch

Urbanization, Rural Mobility, and New Class Relations
in Darjeeling, India

– Tim Scrase, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase, and Trent Brown

Non-government Organizations, Villagers, Political Culture
and the Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Northeastern Cambodia

– Ian Baird

Ecosystem Restoration Concessions in Indonesia:
Conflicts and Discourses

– Reiner Buergin


Politics Through the Lens of Language, Literature, Films, and Wayang: Remembering Ben Anderson
– Apichai Shipper

Book Review

Violent Conjunctures in Democratic India; Elite Parties, Poor Voters:
How Social Services Win Votes in India

– Leela Fernandes

Forthcoming Articles

Negative Classifications and the Symbolic Order of Social Inequality: Evidence from East Asia
– Sighard Neckel and Heike Holbig

Changing Attitudes: Social and Legal Conditions for Animal Protection in China
– Song Wei and Alisha Carpenter

The Changing Character of Disaster Victimhood: Evidence from Japan's Great Earthquakes
– Gregory Clancey

Social Darwinism as History and Reality: The Story of "Competition" and "The Weak" in the First Half of Twentieth-Century Korea
– Vladimir Tikhonov

Establishing a Social-Darwinist Mentality in the Paternalist Japanese State: The Potential for Resistance by a Counter-Public
– Kenichi Mishima

The "Rights Awakening" of Chinese Migrant Workers: Beyond the Generational Perspective
– Ivan Franceschini, Kaxton Siu, and Anita Chan

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