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Initially published as Asian and African Studies by the Department of Asian and African Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Asian Studies (Azijske Študije) began in 2013. This is an open access interdisciplinary academic journal. Articles include “contributions containing analyses and interpretations of the essential conditions of contemporary social realities in Asian societies (especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian), and focus on their specific political, economic, historical and cultural contexts.” Thematic issues are published twice a year with titles such as Korean Tradition in Modern Eastern Asia: Ideas, Myths and Realities, or The Indian Subcontinent: Between Tradition and Modernity, and China and Japan: Past Experiences, Present Issues. Some of the journal issues also examine traditions and theories within a pan-Asian or a global perspective-- Religious and Spiritual Practices in Asia: Continuity and Change as well as From Ancient Asia to Contemporary Globalized World: The Buddhist Concept of Mindfulness and Its Applications in Western Societies. The issue titles are broad descriptors of the articles, which range over “the fields of Asian literature, art, philosophy, political science, history and sociology.”
Asian Studies describes their scholarly mission as pushing the boundaries of “the bureaucratization of intercultural research in the humanities and social studies” with in-depth discussions on new research areas. Articles are peer-reviewed and in English with abstracts in English and in Slovenian. The latest issue, Thinking Across Borders: Philosophy and China contains selected contributions from the first conference of the European Association of Chinese Philosophy (EACP) in 2016 with articles collected under disciplinary areas such as Classical Pre-Qin Philosophy: Comparative and Analytical Perspectives or Confucian Ethics, Politics and Modern Law. The arts are represented in the section titled Unity of Skill and Art through the Lens of Zhuangzi’s Philosophy. There is a regular section that appears in every journal issue, Asian Studies in Slovenia, with articles and book reviews. Truth in advertising, the titles and abstracts are in English, but the PDFs are in Slovenian; this section is truly about the Asian studies in Slovenia. Two articles in the section on Confucian Ethics, Politics and Modern Law cover the concepts of uprightness and filial piety related to hiding wrongdoing by a family member with the question--how does this non-disclosure apply to modern society and law? Discussions include the meaning given to the concept of zhi (直l) variously defined as wisdom, or discretion, in “Why an Upright Son Does Not Disclose His Father Stealing a Sheep: A Neglected Aspect of the Confucian Conception of Filial Piety” and the related article “Struggle for the Right to Cover Up for Family Members: The Significance and Value of the Confucian Thought ‘Cover Up for Family Members’ in Modern Society.”
The journal uses the Open Journal System from the PKP Public Knowledge Project and is easy to navigate. Authors register for the journal and may submit manuscripts for peer review. Content is searchable by author(s), title, abstract, index terms and full text, with an added filter by language: English or Slovenian. The journal is accessible through Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and other major indexing sources: Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science (WoS). Libraries should add this title to their discovery systems for the interdisciplinary topics and to meet the growing interest in Asia.