H-ASIA Mission Statement (2008)


H-Asia is H-Net's network on Asian History and Culture.

I. The H-Asia Network: Scope, Content, Purpose

H-Asia is an international network established in l994 by Steven A. Leibo of the Sage Colleges & Suny-Albany and Frank F. Conlon of the University of Washington. Professors Conlon and Leibo co-founded H-Asia as part of the H-NET family of lists. During the summer of 1996 Marilyn A. Levine started serving as a third editor. Our ability to offer our subscribers a steady flow of sophisticated book reviews advanced as well when in the fall of 1997 Robert Entenmann (East Asia) joined us to serve as book review editors. That same fall Ming-te Pan joined us as a subscription editor and to prepare our monthly list of new works in the field. Professors Leibo, Entenmann and Levine have since retired from their H-Asia roles (in 2004, 2003 and 2006 respectively), and other editors have come and gone: Christiane Reinhold (1997-2001), Richard A. White (1997-2000) T. Matthew Ciolek (2001-2003) as list editors, and Patrick Peebles as South Asia Review editor (1997-2000).

The current editorial team (as of early 2008) consists of: Frank F. Conlon, University of Washington; Linda Dwyer, Independent scholar, Washington, D.C.; Kate Brittlebank, University of Tasmania; Ryan Dunch, University of Alberta; and Andrew Field, University of New South Wales. The book review editors are Sumit Guha, Rutgers University (South Asia), and William Cummings, University of South Florida (Southeast Asia). Ming-te Pan continues his valuable work behind the scenes as subscription editor.

H-Asia is governed by an editorial board and its editors serve a broad intellectual community. While H-Asia's network is a twenty-four hour academic seminar open only to graduate students and professors interested in the subject of Asian Studies and specifically Asian history, the ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK and its archived logs are open resources available to everyone. Freely available for viewing and downloading are H-Asia discussions, announcements about subjects ranging from conferences and seminars to academic jobs. Moreover, this archive also serves as a central repository for sample syllabi, bibliographies, book and product reviews, and other materials of interest to the college level Asian studies community, and is linked to other important Asian Studies sites.

The principal regional emphasis of the network is South Asia, South-east Asia, East and Northeast Asia and Central Asia. We also run discussions and announcements of a more general professional nature. H-Asia is a particularly appropriate vehicle for the discussion of comparative and pedagogical issues associated with the academic study of Asia.

The primary purpose of H-Asia is to enable historians and other Asia scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching. Relevant extracts from the H-Net Job Guide are posted, as are fellowship announcements. Organizers of conferences and symposia in Asian Studies are encouraged to post calls for papers and program contents. H-Asia will attempt to stimulate dialogues between disciplines among Asia specialists through publication of course syllabi and reading lists, course handouts, bibliographies or guides to term papers etc. Many of the latter are now permanently archived on the ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK. We encourage graduate students to post abstracts of their doctoral dissertations. Reports on new archival or bibliographic sources, new software, datasets or CD-ROMS are also welcome.

H-Asia’s new network format also offers opportunities for of digital collaboration utilizing built in platforms and multiple forms of media.

H-Asia is one of the many H-NET networks supported by Michigan State University, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Japan Foundation. H-Net, Humanities Online is a broad initiative designed to facilitate digital communication and collaboration among historians and other social scientists.


In addition to the short subscriber information form, we encourage all members of H-Asia to post to the network a self-introduction in which you inform your new H-Asia colleagues of your particular interests and activities. On H-Asia there are no strangers--only friends who have not yet met. Introductions are not merely good form or a matter of being polite but have been found to be very valuable to other H-Asia members looking for collaborators for panels and other scholarly activities.

The editors of H-Asia are always seeking volunteers to assist in various H-Asia activities, including book reviews. If you are interested in playing a role in H-Asia, please contact one of the current editors listed above.

II. Editors.

H-Asia is edited by field experts approved by the network board and certified by H-Net’s Executive Council.  The editors serve two-year renewable terms and rotate their duties. Editors are listed in the Network Staff List linked from the network’s front page. The editors will solicit postings through the Commons, will approve new subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and manage submissions. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Asia can and might do is invited to send in ideas by writing to the editorial address. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net networks, H-Asia is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the network mission, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:


For a list of current editors, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/22055/staffpage

III. Communicating Through the Network.

A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its forums to be a form of publication. Unless otherwise arranged with H-Net, all contributions to H-Asia are subject to H-Net’s Terms of Use and its policies concerning copyright and intellectual property, Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of H-Net's terms of use. Users of the site verify that they are authorized by copyright holders to submit content to H-Net for publication according to those terms of use, including the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License linked here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/. Unless otherwise indicated, reviews commissioned by H-Net and published under its imprint are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

A full copy of the H-Net Council Policies and Bylaws and other important information may be found at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.

B. Contributions: The tone and content of H-Asia depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.

-- ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.

-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the network's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed as subscribers to the network.  H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons.  Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.

-- STYLE: the default editorial style for discussion postings is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.

-- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.

IV. Technical Information.

When you subscribe to the Commons, H-Net will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. For online help with your subscription see http://networks.h-net.org/help-desk, especially the “Getting Started” section. These guides will help you modify your notifications, unsubscribe from the network, change the e-mail address associated with your profile, and use your “My H-Net” page effectively. If you still have questions after reading the guides please email help@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

V. The H-Asia Network Site

The H-Asia network site contains the following required information and services:

- The archives of the H-Asia network discussions and other uploaded content

- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.

- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other networks.

VI. Advisory Board.

H-Asia's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the network and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-Asia.

For a list of the current advisory board, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/22055/staffpage

VII. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, egalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

H-Net's Council Policies and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at: http://www.h-net.org/about/

Among H-Net's many services are:

- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at http://www.h-net.org/reviews.

- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php

- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce



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