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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (CCEAHCR) is a joint project of the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at the University of California at Berkeley and the Research Institute of Korean Studies (RIKS) at Korea University. It presents research results, trends, and fresh perspectives on East Asian culture and history from scholars in both the Asian- and English-language speaking worlds; thus there are two faculty editors, one from UC Berkeley, and one from Korea University. Subjects covered are in the humanities and social sciences, and periods studied range from the sixteenth century to today.
Each issue contains research articles, sometimes organized around a central theme (themes have included Law, Politics, and Society in Republican China, Transcolonial Film Coproductions in the Japanese Empire: Antinomies in the Colonial Archive, Mediating Chineseness in Cambodia, and Japanese Imperial Maps as Sources for East Asian History: The Past and Future of the Gaihozu); Review Articles, Notes, and Bibliographies; a Photo Essay; and Readings from Asia, a section that “highlights significant recent scholarship published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese, in order to bring it to the attention of a wider, international readership.”
The content is served very well in this digital format, with the usually colorful Photo Essays catching the eye and imagination immediately. One of these Photo Essays, Hiroshima Children's Drawings: Pictures for Our “Honorable American Friends,” is heart-stoppingly affecting, and the text essay that accompanies it, by Samuel Hideo Yamashita of Pomona College, is one that every American should read. It describes “An American minister’s outrage over a celebration of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan [that] led to a generous gift of school supplies for students at a primary school in Hiroshima City. In gratitude, students at this school sent dozens of drawings and paintings to the minister’s church.”
Semi-annual print issues of the journal include articles, reviews, and essays that have been selected from the quarterly online version for their “scholarly excellence and relevance to the journal’s mission.” The editorial board reads like a ‘Who’s Who in East Asian Studies’ from Asia and North America, and the quality of scholarship is outstanding. The journal site also includes the Cross-Currents Forum, consisting of presentations and discussions from biannual academic fora (sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and the Institute of Korean Culture at Korea University) that gather scholars from around the world and across disciplines to explore central themes in studies of East Asian cultures.
It is notable, too, that the online Archives of the journal are now searchable by author, title, category, issue, and region. CCEAHCR is indexed in Ulrich’s, Project Muse, DOAJ, and other online sources.
Highly recommended for academic libraries serving serious East Asian studies scholars.