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Recent Book Publications

Zen Buddhist Nun

Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun: Essays by Zen Master Kim Iryop
Author: Kim Iryop; Translator: Park, Jin Y.
University of Hawai'i Press, March 2014

The life and work of Kim Iryŏp (1896–1971) bear witness to Korea's encounter with modernity. A prolific writer, Iryŏp reflected on identity and existential loneliness in her poems, short stories, and autobiographical essays. As a pioneering feminist intellectual, she dedicated herself to gender issues and understanding the changing role of women in Korean society. As an influential Buddhist nun, she examined religious teachings and strove to interpret modern human existence through a religious world view. Originally published in Korea when Iryŏp was in her sixties, Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (Ŏnŭ sudoin ŭi hoesang) makes available for the first time in English a rich, intimate, and unfailingly candid source of material with which to understand modern Korea, Korean women, and Korean Buddhism.

Divine Yet Human Epics: Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Ancient Greece and India
Pathak, Shubha
Washington: Harvard University CHS, 2014.

The central character of Divine Yet Human Epics is the developing conception of epic itself. Its story unfolds as the ancient Greek idea of epic originates with Pindar and Herodotus on the basis of the Iliad and Odyssey. While this notion eventually leads their Sanskrit counterparts, the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, to be understood selectively in modern times, medieval readers Ānandavardhana and Rājaśekhara reveal distinctive features of these ancient Indian poems earlier in this exegetical tale.

Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics.
Archaya, Amitav. Routledge 2013.

The study of international relations, has traditionally been dominated by Western ideas and practices, and marginalized the voice and experiences of the non-Western states and societies. As the world moves to a "post-Western" era, it is imperative that the field of IR acquires a more global meaning and relevance. Drawing together the work of renowned scholar Amitav Acharya and framed by a new introduction and conclusion written for the volume, this book exposes the narrow meaning currently attached to some of the key concepts and ideas in IR, and calls for alternative and broader understandings of them.

Recent Journal Publications by Asian Studies Faculty Members

Justin M. Jacobs Recent Article


Jacobs, Justin. "Nationalist China's 'Great Game': Leveraging Foreign Explorers in Xinjiang, 1927-1935", in: Journal of Asian Studies 73, no. 1 (February 2014): 43-64.


Jacobs, Justin. "Langdon Warner at Dunhuang: What Really Happened? The Silk Road", in: The Silkroad Foundation 11, 2013, pp. 1-11.

Lee, Ji-Young. "Diplomatic Ritual as a Power Resource: the Politics of Asymmetry in Early Modern Chinese-Korean Relations", in: Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13, no. 2 (May-Aug. 2013), pp. 309-36.

Lee, Ji-Young. "Politics of South Korea", in: Richard Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013); with Victor Cha.

Lee, Ji-Young. "Politics of North Korea", in: Richard Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013); with Victor Cha.

Xiao, Chenyang, Riley E. Dunlap, and Dayong Hong. "Nature and Sources of Environmental Concern in China", in: Social Science Quarterly 94(3): 672-690. 2013.

Asia Related Journals

East Asian Economic Integration

Contemporary Southeast Asia (CSEA):
A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs
The CSEA is published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) three times a year. The journal comprises up-to-date analyses of important trends and events as well as authoritative and original contributions from leading scholars and observers on matters of interest in both Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Journal of East Asian Studies (JEAS)
JEAS is devoted to publishing cutting edge social science on East and Southeast Asia. JEAS publishes primarily in the fields of international relations, including both international political economy and security studies, and comparative politics.

Journal of East Asian Economic Integration (JEAI)
is a quarterly published economic journal, for the promotion of interdisciplinary research on international economics. 

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JSAS)
The JSAS is published by Cambridge University Press and is one of the principal outlets for scholarly articles on Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Embracing a wide range of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, the journal publishes manuscripts oriented toward a scholarly readership but written to be accessible to non-specialists. The extensive book review section includes works in Southeast Asian languages.

Clocks and Clouds Undergraduate Research Journal

Undergrad Research Journal

Clocks and Clouds is an American University undergraduate research journal that publishes articles on the cutting edge of political science, international relations, and public policy. The journal is meant to add a voice to the intellectual dialogue both within the American University community and in broader academia. Popper's metaphor of clocks and clouds describes the two ends of the spectrum of predictability in social science: clouds represent the disorderly and irregular, and clocks represent the predictable and rational. By providing a venue for top undergraduate research, Clocks and Clouds aims to find the clocks amidst all the clouds.

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