October 2012

September 2012 Issue of "Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review" now online

The fourth issue of IEAS's new, interactive e-journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now online at The guest editors for this issue — Penny Edwards (UC Berkeley) and Lorraine Paterson (Cornell) — have pulled together a diverse set of articles and reflection pieces addressing the theme of "Mediating Chineseness in Cambodia." The volume is dedicated to anthropologist William E. Willmott for his pioneering work with Chinese communities in Cambodia in the early 1960s. Also featured: a review essay by Tobie Meyer-Fong (John Hopkins) on Joseph Esherick's Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History and Gail Hershatter's The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past; a colorful photo essay and article about Korean mask dance dramas by CedarBough Saeji (UCLA); and reviews of two Chinese-language publications on Chinese literature.

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 sixteenth 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) feature content selected from the peer-reviewed, quarterly online journal for its 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.