Welcome to H-Asia, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online. 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. H-Asia is especially committed to discussing region wide, comparative and professional issues important to scholars of Asia.


Recent Posts

CFP: Towards a Diasporic Imagination of the Present

Towards a Diasporic Imagination of the Present: an eternal sense of Homelessness.

This is a call for papers for a collection of essays that examines and theorizes the notion of diaspora, imagined communities and cultures, and trans-national/ ethnic identities. The collection will be published by Lies and Big Feet, an independent publishing house in India.

For more information, please write to:

Tapati Bharadwaj: tbharadwaj@yahoo.com.

Anthropology and Sociology Positions at NUS

The Department of Sociology at NUS will be seeking to fill several positions in the coming year. The job announcement is posted at H-Jobs:


Note that while we are seeking one position in Family and Demography at the senior (Assoc or Full Prof) level, as highlighted in the ad, we also hope to hire two or more at the Assistant Professor level, and will broadly consider both Sociologists and Anthropologists with specializations in Asia.

Course Titles: "South Asia" vs. "India"

Dear colleagues,

A friend mentioned in passing this evening that changing his course title from "Early South Asia" to "Ancient India" had resulted in a 50% increase in enrollment.  I'm curious as to your experiences or thoughts on this.

When I was in a job trying to pioneer such classes it seemed to me that while "South Asia" was an important signifier in our field, it meant nothing to students and indeed to some of my own colleagues, who routinely referred to my field as "Southeast Asia".

Wishing you robust enrollments and a happy semester,


IJTS & JSAWS in print and Kindle

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am glad do inform you that the International Journal of Tantric Studies (IJTS - est. 1995) and the Journal of South Asia Women Studies (JSAWS - est- 1995) are now available in print and in Kindle.

Issues will be published later than the online format published in our site Asiatica Association http://asiatica.org


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Recent Reviews

Madeline Y. Hsu
Karen Leonard

Leonard on Hsu, 'The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority'

Madeline Y. Hsu. The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority. Politics and Society in Modern America Series. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. 352 pp. $37.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-691-16402-1.

Reviewed by Karen Leonard (University of California-Irvine)
Published on H-Asia (January, 2018)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

Audrey Truschke
Supriya Gandhi

Gandhi on Truschke, 'Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court'

Audrey Truschke. Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. 384 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-17362-9.

Reviewed by Supriya Gandhi (Yale University)
Published on H-Asia (December, 2017)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

L. H. M. Ling, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Payal Banerjee, Nimmi Kurian, Mahendra P. Lama, Li Bo
Anirudh Deshpande

Deshpande on Ling and Abdenur and Banerjee and Kurian and Lama and Bo, 'India China: Rethinking Borders and Security'

L. H. M. Ling, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Payal Banerjee, Nimmi Kurian, Mahendra P. Lama, Li Bo. India China: Rethinking Borders and Security. Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics Series. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. 192 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-472-13006-1.

Recent Threads

Scholarships at Shanghai University

Shanghai University is accepting applications for scholarships at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, for programs in Chinese and in English.

Various deadlines: 1 April to 15 May, 2018.

 For information regarding scholarships: http://www.apply.shu.edu.cn/upload/j/e/2.pdf


The following programs may be of particular interest to foreign students:

1. Study Program in International Relations and Diplomacy

CFP: The Oxford International History of East Asia Research Seminar

Trinity (Summer) Term 2018  – University of Oxford China Centre

The convenors, Frances O’Morchoe, Pete Millwood, Helena F.S. Lopes, Nelson So, and Sheng Peng invite proposals for the summer (Trinity Term) 2018 session of the Oxford International History of East Asia Research Seminar.

Royal Asiatic Society Call for Book Proposals

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland invites the submission of book proposals on subjects related to the cultures, history, languages and religions of Asia. The Society supports the publication of 4 to 5 books a year in collaboration with a variety of publishers which include Routledge, University of Edinburgh Press, National University of Singapore Press, University of Hong Kong Press, Cambridge University Press, India and the Gingko Library.