Focus and Scope

The ASIANetwork Exchange is a peer-reviewed publication, catering primarily to faculty appointed in liberal arts institutions with programs in Asian Studies. The ASIANetwork Exchange seeks to publish current research, as well as high-quality pedagogical essays written by specialists and non-specialists alike. We are particularly interested in publishing articles, book and media reviews that address the needs of the undergraduate classroom.

Publication Frequency

The ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts is published twice annually - once in the fall/winter and once in the spring/summer.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement. 

One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we use the CC BY 4.0 license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.  

If a more restrictive licence is required (for example, if you are reproducing third party material that cannot be reproduced under more open licences)please make this request upon submission in the ‘Comment to the Editor’ field or email your editor directly, stating the reasons why.  

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Open Library of Humanities journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing support@janeway.freshdesk.com or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Guidelines for Submissions

In addition to attention to the mission and vision statements of the Exchange, the Editors offer the following as guidelines for submissions of book and media reviews as well as pedagogical articles.

Book and Media Reviews

Book reviews should be between 800-1000 words, and should contain a clear and precise explication of the text’s central arguments and goals. Reviews for the Exchange should reflect the journal’s mission and vision, thus focusing on books, films, websites or even blogs that present materials in a context ready to be implemented by area and non-area specialists alike in the undergraduate classroom.

In your review, we ask you, in addition to the explication of the text’s arguments and goals, to make clear the various contexts in which a book or media source can be framed for undergraduates or for faculty.

Please format the book citation at the beginning of your review as follows:

Author last name, first name, Book Title, Publisher, date of publication, number of pages (# pp), price, (hardback or soft cover), ISBN number.

For example:

Haraway, Donna, When Species Meet, University of Minnesota Press, 2008, 423 pp, $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 978-0-8166-5046-0.

Please format the film citation at the beginning of your review using the following example:

Shugendō Now. Directed by Jean-Marc Abela. Produced by Mark P. McGuire. Montréal: Empower Productions, 2009, 88 minutes. Japanese with narration. English, French, and Spanish subtitles and narration. Individual use C$20; Public/
Educational use C$150. Free copies for review, upon request.

Pedagogical Articles

As indicated in our mission statement below, the journal subscribes to the thinking exemplified in Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990):

As a scholarly journal dedicated to peer review, the Exchange provides a format and forum for the publication of current research that interrogates Ernest Boyer’s four
categories of professorial scholarship: discovery (disciplinary research), application (applying scholarship to address societal issues of concern), integration (interdisciplinary
collaboration), and teaching (pedagogical innovation).

Scholarly work that is expressly about teaching has come to be known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  SoTL submissions to the journal should have:

1. Clear goals
2. Adequate preparation
3. Appropriate methods
4. Significant results
5. Effective presentation
6. Reflective critique

These goals were chosen to be familiar to faculty members in the context of evaluating the scholarship of discovery (what is traditionally called “research”) yet  applicable to evaluating the other three types of  scholarly work [expressed in Boyer’s definition above]. Thus, by one definition, the scholarship of teaching is teaching that is done in ways that meet these six goals. (http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teachingguides/reflecting/sotl/#what )

Authors may also wish to consult the following websites for more information about

Books for Review

If you wish to review a book, please write to the editors (aneeditors@asianetwork.org) indicating which book you wish to review accompanied by a two-page CV. Books are added in the order in which they are received (most recent arrivals appear at the top)

Divided We Govern: Coalition Politics in Modern India, Sanjay Ruparelia

Li Ang's Visionary Challenges to Gender, Sex, and Politics, Yenna Wu, editor

Ethnicity in China, Xiaowei Zang

Sex in China, Elaine Jeffreys with Haiqing Yu

Community Capitalism in China: The State, the Market, and Collectivism, Xiaoshuo Hou

Whose Tradition? Which Dao? Confucius and Wittgenstein on Moral Learning and Reflection, James F. Peterman

Buddhist Responses to Globalization, Leah Kalmanson and James Mark Shields, Eds.

Class in Contemporary China, David S. G. Goodman

Cyber Policy in China, Greg Austin

Buddhism Goes to the Movies: An Introduction fo Buddhist Thought and Practice, Ronald S. Green

Consumption in China, Lianne Yu

China's Foreign Policy, Stuart Harris

Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Pawan Dhingra & Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Will China Dominate the 21st Century?, Jonathan Fenby

Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination, 1897-1947, Nalini Ghuman

Indian Foreign Policy, Chris Ogden

Buddhism: a philosophical approach, Cyrus Panjvani

Power, Change and Gender Relations in Rural Java: A Tale of Two Villages, Ann R. Tickamayer & Siti Kusujiarti

India Today, Stuart Corbridge, John Harriss & Craig Jeffrey

China's Environmental Challenges, Judith Shapiro

Intelligent Governance For The 21st Century A Middle Way Between East and West, Nicolas Berggruen & Nathan Gardels

Is China Buying The World?, Peter Nolan

Creative Industries in China, Michael Keane

China's Legal System, Pitman B. Potter 


We are grateful to ASIANetwork for their support of the journal.



The first issue of ASIANetwork Exchange was published in December 1992 and edited by Marianna McJimsey, The Colorado College. The first two issues were published as The Asian Exchange. With the third issue (September 1993), the publication assumed the title The ASIANetwork Exchange, A Newsletter for Teaching About Asia. Marianna McJimsey continued in her post as editor through the August 1999 issue, while also serving as executive director of ASIANetwork.

Anne Prescott and Ben Nefzger of Augustana College assumed editorial responsibilities with the Fall 1999 issue, which was a special retrospective edition on the first seven years of ASIANetwork. Marsha Smith of Augustana College became the third editor with the Fall 2000 issue. With the retirement of Ben Nefzger and the relocation of Anne Prescott, Marsha Smith became chief editor with the fall 2002 issue, a post she held through the special Spring 2005 retrospective edition on ASIANetwork from 1999 to 2005. Thomas Lutze and Irving Epstein of Illinois Wesleyan University became co-editors beginning with the Fall 2005 issue.

On the recommendations of Thomas Lutze and Irving Epstein and further conversations among the editors and the ASIANetwork board members, the Board approved at the 2008 conference the moving of ASIANetwork Exchange to a journal form, with focus on the publication of thoughtful, original, and useful articles on teaching and scholarly activity surrounding the study of Asia in the liberal arts.

Erin McCarthy of St. Lawrence University and Lisa Trivedi of Hamilton College were the editors from 2011 to 2017.

Marsha Smith of Augustana College and Hong Zhang of Colby College are the current editors for the term  2017 to 2020