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Journal of Asian American Studies

Editors :

Diane C. Fujino and Lisa Sun-Hee Park, University of California, Santa Barbara

26 (2023)
3 issues
Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) explores all aspects of Asian American experiences through original articles detailing new theoretical developments, research results, methodological innovations, public policy concerns, and pedagogical issues. The Journal also publishes book, media, and exhibition reviews. As a much-needed outlet for the increasing volume of scholarship in the field, JAAS provides an avenue for a quick and lively exchange of ideas. Journal of Asian American Studies is the official publication of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS).
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JAAS solicits manuscripts that advance the journal's mission to showcase critical work furthering knowledge of Asian/Pacific America in its diversity. The journal welcomes submissions from all fields, including cultural studies, history, literary criticism, social science, and, of course, interdisciplinary studies of social policy, pedagogical/praxis and comparative race issues. JAAS also publishes book, media, and exhibition reviews.

Manuscripts should follow the documentary-note style, as specified in the latest edition of the CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE. All text must be double-spaced and with Times New Roman font size 12 on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. Text should be left justified with all margins at least 1 inch, and endnotes entered with the word-processing programs. You may cite your work, but do not use wording that identifies you as the manuscript's author. You do not need to include a title page. You should include a 100-word abstract to help the journal locate external reviewers. Articles should not exceed thirty (30) word-processed, double-spaced pages, or 8,000 words, excluding endnotes and other printed matter. JAAS will acknowledge the receipt of your manuscript.

Submit articles online at
Queries can be directed to Dr. Diane C. Fujino and Dr. Lisa Sun-Hee Park at

The journal does not allow multiple submissions. Decisions are generally made in fifteen (15) weeks of receipt. Manuscripts are subjected to blind reviews. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will be asked to submit one (1) electronic copy, in Microsoft Word (.doc) format. You also will be expected to obtain permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials (e.g., photographs) used in your article.

Correspondence regarding book and media reviews should be sent to

Christopher B. Patterson's
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
1097-1873 East Mall
Buchanan Tower, 10th Floor
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA

Special Issue Call for Papers

Environmental Entanglements in Asian America

Guest Editors: Simi Kang (University of Victoria, BC) and Lisa Sun-Hee Park (UC Santa Barbara)

In the face of unprecedented heat waves, annual 500-year storms, grossly accelerated species extinction, and the capital extraction that produces the same, what can Asian American Studies offer?  This special issue is an opportunity to grapple with the environmental entanglements—past and present—of diasporic Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous communities.  Within Asian American Studies, we are seeing burgeoning scholarship that is pushing our understanding of the environment and the possibilities of a just future. Key terms such as environmental racism, restorative environmental justice, climate migration, racial ecologies, and environmental privilege are increasingly present in the lexicon of Asian American Studies. In this special issue, we are interested in how such areas of engagement (and the multi-species communities and ecologies they are in relationship with) can be articulated alongside and through Asian American Studies. We ask what Asian American Studies has done and can do to expand, deepen, collaborate with, and critique ongoing theoretical and engaged environmental in/justice work, and, further, what the humanities and social sciences can accomplish in conversation with Asian American Studies. 

For this special issue, we approach environmental justice as also an engagement with racial justice and decolonial struggle, and encourage research-based scholarship and creative work that explore the various, multiple and intertwined problems of environmental harm and/or the possibilities of its restoration. Environmental and climate justice is more critical than ever and yet the efforts of Asian American and Pacific Islanders remain largely unrecognized. How do we contend with these erasures, and who is our audience in this pursuit? What traditional, ancestral, and collaborative knowledges can we bring to bear on our present concerns? How can we mobilize our communities and fields of study to give name and shape to environmental injustices that are historically overlooked, silenced, and/or misrepresented?

This issue encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners who think from within or alongside human and multispecies communities and ecosystems that are made expendable to environmental injustices. In addition to empirically-based research studies, we welcome artistic work, including poetry and prose, visual art, performance, music, and multi-media work that can easily be rendered in the 2-dimensional format of the journal. We are open to Asian Americanist engagements with environmental and/or ecological studies that emerge from multiple perspectives, including:

  • Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Central Asian, and West Asian knowledges
  • Queer and/or trans ecologies
  • Disability justice and crip of color critique
  • Critical feminist praxis
  • Abolitionist, anti-carceral, and anti-capitalist response and repair work
  • Multispecies, cross-species, and more-than-human scholarship and practice
  • Environmental racism, restorative environmental justice, racial ecologies, climate migration, environmental health, and/or environmental privilege
  • Community- and ecosystem-engaged interventions 


Submission Details:

  • Submit articles online at
  • Original and unpublished manuscripts of 5,000 to 8,000 words (including references)
  • Original and unpublished manuscripts of 5,000 to 7,500 words (including references)
  • Personal narrative, fiction, poetry or other creative format (500 to 2,000 words)
  • Optional – a one-page, double-spaced abstract prior to the full submission deadline is welcome but not required.  The abstract should include the central argument and methods of the research paper; or brief description of a creative work.  Email to special issue editors.
  • Email to:

Anticipated Deadlines & Publication Date:

  • Full submissions due: January 27, 2023
  • Internal review by guest editors: February 2023
  • External review reports: April - May 2023
  • Revision due: June 2023
  • Publication in October 2023

For questions and inquiries, please email special issue editors:

Critical Pedagogy and Activist Scholarship

JAAS is pleased to announce a new section devoted to two pressing areas within Asian American Studies: 1) critical pedagogy and 2) activist-scholarship. In creating a special category in each issue dedicated to these issues, we hope to highlight and share the important work of scholars/teachers/activists that remains a core part of our discipline. We welcome unique essays from those engaged in Asian American Studies and/or Asian American communities – as scholars, teachers, and/or activists – to share their innovative approaches, raise tough questions, and push the field to think in ever more critical and creative ways.

These papers should clearly articulate a central argument or address a specific question central to the field of Asian American Studies.

    Critical Pedagogy

    We are seeking original essays that critically engage pedagogical concerns and/or provide innovative solutions relevant to the field of Asian American Studies. More than a compilation of teaching strategies, critical pedagogy is an active tool of knowledge production that unsettles commonsense assumptions through its attentiveness to practices and experiences that have historically been denied. We encourage original analytical essays that incorporate and/or extend Asian American critique in the classroom and beyond.

    Activist Scholarship

    We welcome new analytical interventions on the political, ethical, and/or practical issues in producing scholarship for social justice in Asian American Studies. Just as there are myriad modes of forming activist scholarship, there are just as many dilemmas and challenges in engaging the seemingly impossible divide between theory and practice and researcher and the researched. Rather than a description of a particular organization or project, we seek analytical considerations that incorporate critical self-reflection that delve into complex questions of praxis, engage fundamental contradictions endemic to these efforts, and/or promote new innovations in activist scholarship within Asian American Studies.

    Given the unique nature of these papers, they will undergo review distinct from other submissions. Each paper will be reviewed by the Journal Editor and one external reader; and will not be anonymous. Expected length is 3,000 words (excluding endnotes or other printed matter) and no abstract is required. Submissions cannot be previously published in print or online.

    Submit articles online at Please identify “critical pedagogy” or “activist scholarship” in the title of your submission (e.g. Critical pedagogy: SUBMISSION TITLE). Submissions are accepted on a rolling-basis. Queries can be directed to Dr. Diane C. Fujino ( and Dr. Lisa Sun-Hee Park (


    The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

    Peer Review Policy

    The Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) publishes original works to showcase critical scholarship that furthers knowledge regarding Asian/Pacific/America in all of its diversity.  All manuscripts are required to be non-simultaneous submissions and to not exceed 30 (thirty) word-processed, double-spaced pages, or 8,000 words, excluding endnotes and other printed matter.  Submissions undergo a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief, the Assistant Editor, and, occasionally, one or several members of the Editorial Board.  Such submissions should demonstrate engagement with the field of Asian American studies, express an appropriate and thorough methodology, and provide new or original argumentation.  Submissions that pass the preliminary review undergo a double-blind peer review process with two or more reviewers.  Overall, the manuscripts are evaluated by interest, quality, and originality.  More specific criteria include whether or not the submission provides new or significant information, a clear abstract, a comprehensive description of methodology, sound interpretations and conclusions, and adequate references to related work in the field.  Reviewers evaluate the submissions according to these criteria and choose one decision among the following: accept, minor revision, major revision, or reject.  Authors are generally notified of reviewers’ decisions within 15 weeks.  Most of the journal’s accepted publications were initially advised to revise and resubmit; the second or revised submission is often re-reviewed by its original reviewers.  The Editor-in-Chief evaluates the final revised submission and makes the ultimate decision on whether or not to accept the manuscript for publication, including the manuscript’s date of publication.  The average time of the review process for successful manuscripts, from submission to publication, is 13 months.


    Diane C. Fujino, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Lisa Sun-Hee Park, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Reviews Editor

    Christopher B. Patterson, University of British Columbia

    Assistant Editor

    Donna Doan Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Editorial Board

    Wendy Cheng, Scripps College
    Tamara Bhalla, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Candace Fujikane, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    Grace S. Kim, Boston University
    Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis
    Kent Ono, University of Utah
    Mark Padoongpatt, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Chia Youyee Vang, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    The EDITORS AND PUBLISHER wish to acknowledge with gratitude the University of California, Santa Barbara in providing support for Journal of Asian American Studies.

    Send books for review to:

    Christopher B. Patterson
    Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
    1097-1873 East Mall
    Buchanan Tower, 10th Floor
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA

    Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

    Abstracting & Indexing Databases

    • Association for Asian Studies
      • Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online), 1998-1999
    • De Gruyter Saur
      • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
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      • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
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      • America: History and Life, 2/1/1998-
      • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2007-
      • Historical Abstracts (Online), 10/1/1998-
      • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
      • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
      • SocINDEX, 6/1/2002-
      • SocINDEX with Full Text, 6/1/2002-
      • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/2007-
    • Gale
      • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • OCLC
      • ArticleFirst, vol.1, no.1, 1998-vol.14, no.2, 2011
      • Electronic Collections Online, vol.1, no.1, 1998-vol.14, no.2, 2011
      • Periodical Abstracts, v.6, n.1, 2003-v.10, n.2, 2007
      • Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective
    • ProQuest
      • Ethnic NewsWatch, 06/01/2002-
      • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
      • Professional ProQuest Central, 06/01/2002-
      • ProQuest 5000, 06/01/2002-
      • ProQuest 5000 International, 06/01/2002-
      • ProQuest Central, 06/01/2002-
      • Research Library, 06/01/2002-
      • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
      • Social Science Database, 6/1/2002-
      • Social Science Premium Collection, 06/01/2002-
      • Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective
      • Sociology Collection, 6/1/2002-
      • Sociology Database, 06/01/2002-

    Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

    Published three times a year

    Readers include: Members of the Association for Asian American Studies; teachers and students of Asian American studies; academics in Ethnic studies, American studies, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, education, gender studies, queer studies, and criticial theory. Students in higher education; concerned professionals (including public policy and community service groups); and the interested public

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    "JAAS is a testament to the maturity and dynamism of Asian American Studies. It behooves all serious students and scholars of the field to read and monitor what is published in this new journal, in order to better inform ourselves as well as influence its course."

    -Evelyn Hu-DeHart
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

    "The field has grown tremendously both in terms of the quantity of scholarly works and in terms of breadth. I recommend this journal in the strongest voice possible."

    -Lucie Cheng
    University of California, Los Angeles

    "JAAS provides a rare perspective on issues from Asian American Scholars. Libraries need the Journal of Asian American Studies."

    -Linna Yu
    President, Chinese American Librarians Association

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