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"asia shorts" is a new book series—intermediate in length between a journal article and a scholarly monograph—published by the association for asian studies (aas).

read "small volumes with a big message”: introducing asia shorts" by series editor, bill tsutsui.

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call for proposals

"asia shorts" offers concise, engagingly-written titles written by highly-qualified authors on topics of significance in asian studies. topics are intended to be substantive, generate discussion and debate within the field, and attract interest beyond it.

the aas is exploring new ways of making rigorous, timely, and accessible work by aas-member scholars in the field available to a wide audience of informed readers.

  • do you have an exciting project that is more than an article but not quite a monograph?
  • is there a burning academic debate you would like to explore or explain, extinguish or stoke?
  • do you know of a pressing issue where scholarly perspectives could enrich public discussions and enhance public understanding?
  • what do you care a lot about and know a lot about and yearn to bring to a broad audience in 30,000-75,000 accessible, jargon-free words?

this new series complements and leverages the success of the pedagogically-oriented aas series, "key issues in asian studies" and is designed to engage broad audiences with up-to-date scholarship on important topics in asian studies.

"asia shorts" books:

  • have a target word count between 35,000 and 75,000 words.
  • have a clear point of view, a well-defined, and even provocative argument rooted in a strong base of evidence and current scholarship.
  • are written in an accessible, jargon-free style suitable for non-specialist audiences.
  • are written by a single author or a small group of authors (scholars, journalists, policymakers, e.g.).
  • will be rigorously peer reviewed.
  • will be clearly differentiated from the aas "key issues in asian studies" series in that "asia shorts" titles will: (1) not be specifically targeted for classroom use; (2) not be general introductions aimed at providing objective survey coverage like a typical textbook; and (3) not be pedagogical in focus.

to ensure timeliness of content in the series, the target timeline from acceptance of a manuscript (after initial evalsuation and peer review) to publication will be 6–9 months.

authors will receive an honorarium of $2,000 upon acceptance of a complete manuscript (in lieu of royalties).

for further information, please consult the author guidelines and author questionnaire.

to discuss a proposal, contact the series editor, bill tsutsui, at [email protected].

available now

a friend in deed: lu xun, uchiyama kanzo, and the intellectual world of shanghai on the eve of war
by joshua a. fogel


the dream of east asia: the rise of china, nationalism, popular memory, and regional dynamics in northeast asia
by john lie

drinking bomb & shooting meth: alcohol and drug use in japan
by jeffery w. alexander


“a masterful analysis of modern japanese
alcohol and drug culture . . . with details
alternately humorous and horrific.”

— norman smith, author,
intoxicating manchuria