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A Summary Explanation of the Journal of Asian Studies Articles That Were Not Censored

Earlier this week, the Association for Asian Studies announced that the Chinese government had relayed a list of 100 Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) articles to Cambridge University Press (CUP) and asked that CUP block those articles from its Chinese website. Since then, numerous journalists and scholars have contacted the AAS requesting access to the list. At the present time, the AAS board of directors has decided not to publicly release it. JAS is currently making every effort to notify the authors of the JAS articles and book reviews in question. However, the AAS also recognizes that there is great interest among scholars in the topics of articles and book reviews that the Chinese government has asked CUP to block. (To be clear: NONE of these articles/book reviews have been removed from the JAS website in China, and the AAS remains committed to ensuring that such censorship does not take place.) In order to provide information to those who are conducting research into censorship mechanisms in China, we ha ...

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Statement in Support of Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and Colleagues

AAS President Katherine Bowie, with the approval of the AAS executive board, has co-signed a statement with a number of academic bodies (including the International Institute for Asian Studies, European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, and others) in support of Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti of Chiang Mai University. Dr. Chayan and four of his colleagues have been summoned to appear before the Royal Thai Police and respond to questions about statements made during the recent 13th International Thai Studies Conference (ICTS) in Chiang Mai. All five face potential charges of illegal political assembly. Dr. Chayan has a long history of academic citizenship in hosting a wide range of workshops and international conferences, and has played a longstanding role in sponsoring students to conduct their fieldwork in Thailand. In addition to organizing ICTS, he also facilitated the recent meeting of the International Convention of Asia Scholars in Chiang Mai; each conference was attended by well over 1,000 participa ...

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Journal of Asian Studies and Censorship in China

In a statement released at #AsiaNow on Monday, August 21, the officers of the Association for Asian Studies wrote that Cambridge University Press (CUP) had received a request from the Chinese government that CUP censor approximately 100 Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) articles from the Chinese version of its website. As the statement has circulated, the AAS has received inquiries from both the media and association members asking for additional details about the situation. A few of the most frequently asked questions and responses from the AAS officers appear below. When did AAS receive the censorship request via CUP? Friday, August 18. Do you have any details about what consequences would ensue if CUP doesn’t comply? We are pleased that CUP reversed its decision and are continuing to monitor the situation. How is AAS following up with CUP? We are in contact with the individual in charge of the publication of journals at CUP. She has informed us of CUP’s reversal. She has also promised ...

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The Cold War Never Ended: Historical Roots of the Current North Korea Crisis

By Suzy Kim With tensions at an all-time high between the United States and North Korea, the New York Times headlined its recent digital newsletter with Lies Your High School History Teacher Told You About Nukes. The basic point was to debunk the theory of “mutually assured destruction” that is often used to explain why the Cold War remained cold and did not result in a nuclear holocaust. The article argues that despite possessing a nuclear arsenal that guaranteed “mutually assured destruction,” both the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a costly arms race that attempted to outmaneuver the other with more numerous and powerful warheads, delivered with more precise and faster missiles. This happened not because they wanted to engage in actual nuclear warfare, but because of the threat that the other could “escape” mutually assured destruction, fight back, and win. This justified pursuing weaponry that could, in theory, take out the other side before it could ...

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AAS Statement on Cambridge University Press Censorship in China

On Friday, August 18, Quartz, the New York Times, and other media outlets reported that Cambridge University Press (CUP) had complied with a demand from the Chinese government that approximately 300 China Quarterly articles concerning sensitive topics (Tibet, Taiwan, Tiananmen Square, and others) be omitted from search results on CUP’s website when accessed in China. CUP also blocked more than 1,000 e-books on similar topics from the Chinese version of its website. Scholars from around the world protested this action, and earlier today the editor of China Quarterly announced that CUP would restore its full archive to users in China, a decision we fully support. The Association for Asian Studies has received notice from CUP that a similar request has been made by China’s General Administration of Press and Publications concerning approximately 100 articles from the Journal of Asian Studies, an AAS publication. The officers of the association are extremely concerned about this violation of academi ...

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