Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Studies on Asia is an interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA). Begun in 1960 as a print title by the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, the journal is now published by the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. Appearing online twice a year (in March and October), the entire archive is available electronically at the journal site.
The editors seek contributions on all aspects of Asia, past and present, including translations, poetry, prose, and pedagogy. The most recent issue available (October 2014) contains a special section of articles on "Asian (American) Model Minorities," which includes the articles, “Asian Model Minorities Outside of the United States: New Perspectives and New Frontiers,” “The Transpacific Origins of the "Model Minority" Myth of Japanese Americans,” “Japanese Brazilians: A Positive Ethnic Minority in a Racial Democracy,” and “Do All Asians Look Alike?: Asian Canadians as Model Minorities.” There is also the article, “Modernity, Sexuality, and Colonial Fantasy in Ding Ling’s “Miss Sophia Diary” (1928),” outside the Special Section, as well as scholarly book reviews of Nicholas D. Hartlep’s The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success and Anne Allison’s Precarious Japan. A third book review is listed on the Table of Contents for the issue, supposedly of Aaron S. Moore’s Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan’s Wartime Era, 1931-1945, but upon pulling it up from the link provided one finds instead a review of Yuan Xingpei’s and Ding Fang’s Shengtang shitan yanjiu [Studies on the High Tang Poetry Circles], a review that appeared in the March 2014 issue of Studies on Asia. As a cross check I went back to the March 2014 issue, and found among the 5 book reviews there the same review of the book by Yuan Xingpei and Ding Fang. It would be good for this link to be fixed.
The online system here opens every new link in the same window, necessitating the frequent use of the “back” key to navigate the journal; this made for some awkward movements through each issue. Further examination of the March 2014 issue found another Special Section on "Asian (American) Model Minorities," with an introductory essay by Nicholas D. Hartlep and the articles, “Model Minority” or Potential Terrorist? Affective Economies, Rhetorics of Silence & the Murder of Sunando Sen,” “Korean Newcomer Youth’s Experiences of Racial Marginalization and Internalization of the Model Minority Myth,” “Young Elite Asian Americans and the Model Minority Stereotype: The Nativity Effect,” and “Modern Em(body)ments of the Model Minority in South Korea.”
While not a core journal, Studies on Asia does offer interesting content concentrating on contemporary themes in Asian Studies, and is worth a look by librarians serving scholars in the field.