Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal published since 1963 by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. Promoting original and penetrating research, it offers novel and alternative interpretations of Asian experiences, helps deepen the understanding of the region, and enlivens debates on issues affecting Asian peoples and societies. One of the pioneering journals of its kind in Asia, Asian Studies offers a critical, multidisciplinary platform where scholars, practitioners, and activists can publish research that draws on the theories and perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and/or cultural studies.  Published twice a year, it features research articles, commentaries, reviews, literary works, and travel narratives.

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  • Ma. Cecilia T. Medina (Editor in Chief), Asian Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Ricardo T. Jose, History, Asian Studies and Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Michelle Palumbarit, Asian Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Joefe Santarita, Asian Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Rolando Talampas, Asian and Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Lily Rose Tope, English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman


  • Janus Isaac Nolasco - Managing Editor
  • Jane Dasal - Editorial Associate


  • Patricio N. Abinales, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Andrew Charles Bernard Aeria, University of Malaysia Sarawak
  • Melani Budianta, University of Indonesia
  • Urvashi Butalia, Zubaan Books (An imprint of Kali for Women)
  • Jamie Davidson, National University of Singapore
  • Caroline S. Hau, Kyoto University
  • Vedi Renandi Hadiz, Murdoch University
  • Huang Renwei, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
  • Reynaldo C. Ileto, Australian National University
  • Benedict Tria Kerkvliet, Australian National University & University of Hawaii
  • Lau Kin Chi, Lingnan University
  • Lee Jung Ok, Daegu Catholic University
  • Francis Loh Kok Wah, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Armando S. Malay, Jr., University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Kinhide Mushakoji, Osaka University
  • Somchai Phatharathananunth, Mahasarakham University
  • Raul Pertierra, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Michael Pinches, University of Western Australia
  • Bambang Purwanto, Gadjah Mada Unviersity
  • Vicente Rafael, University of Washington
  • Helen Yu Rivera, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Harsh Sethi, Seminar journal (New Delhi)
  • Wen Tiejun, Renmin University of China
  • Surichai Wun’Gaeo, Chulalongkorn University


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