December 2011

Inaugural issue of "Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review" now online

The first issue of IEAS's new, interactive e-journal "Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review" is now online. The theme of the inaugural issue is "Territoriality and Space Production in China" (guest edited by You-tien Hsing, professor of Geography at UC Berkeley). Visit and click on the e-journal link to read the articles, book review essays by Robert Weller (Boston University) and Helen Siu (Yale), and abstracts of readings from Asia. The e-journal also features a photo essay by Wang Liuliang documenting the garbage crisis in Beijing.

A joint enterprise of the Research Institute of Korean Studies at Korea University (RIKS) and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley (IEAS), "Cross-Currents" offers its readers up-to-date research findings, emerging trends, and cutting-edge perspectives concerning East Asian history and culture from scholars in both English-speaking and Asian language-speaking academic communities. This English-language journal includes scholarship on material from the 16th century to the present day that has significant implications for current models of understanding East Asian history and culture.

Embedded in a web-based platform with functions for collaboration, discussion, and an innovative editing and publishing process, the journal uses new technologies to facilitate a dialogue among East Asia scholars around the world that is enhanced by audio-visual and multilingual capabilities. The semiannual print issues of "Cross-Currents" (University of Hawaii Press) will feature content selected from its peer-reviewed, quarterly online counterpart for it scholarly excellence and relevance to the journal's mission. An editorial board consisting of established scholars in Asia and North America provides oversight of the journal.