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Journal of Asian American Studies

Editors :

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

25 (2022)
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 Forum on Activist Scholarship:

Thinking SWANA in Asian American Studies

Guest editors: Sunaina Maira (UC Davis) and Roozbeh Shirazi (U of Minnesota)
For publication in the June 2023 issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies
Abstracts Due June 1, 2022 to

Historically, the region known as the Middle East (MENA)—one that spans North Africa, Europe, and Asia—has been imagined as a distinct political and cultural entity, one that exists apart from the actual geographies upon which it lies and that homogenizes the incredibly diversity of its peoples as well as diasporas. This formation has come under activist and intellectual scrutiny by critics of the imperial cartographies that have shaped area studies and also infused ethnic studies frameworks. The post-9/11 moment saw new infrastructures of knowledge production in Arab and Muslim American studies and new rubrics of identification and solidarity that have been evolving since then, as explored in the special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) in 2006 that addressed the potential of West Asian American studies to offer a radical political (re)imaginary.

Recently, there has been greater grassroots organizing around the category “SWANA,” or South-West Asian and North Africa, that has transformed activism, teaching, and scholarship. SWANA has emerged in earlier moments as an alternative to MENA, and in the current moment, this renewed interest has been driven by student and community mobilization that is in many ways ahead of academic research. The move away from the nomenclature of the Middle East and North Africa, or even identity-based categories such as Arab, towards Southwest Asia and North Africa is significant for Asian American studies and presents important questions. Notably, what is the “Asia” in SWANA? What are the spatial but especially political contours of Asia in SWANA? What are the stakes of thinking about SWANA diaspora studies?  

This special forum on Activist Scholarship aims to generate conversations about these topics and explore questions such as: how has the field of Asian American studies engaged with Southwest and West Asian America and its diasporas? Is Asian American studies capacious enough to engage with SWANA diaspora studies? Why are we seeing the (re)emergence of SWANA as a rubric in this particular historical moment, in the academy and in social movements?

These questions themselves open up the conjuncture that the field finds itself within at present. This moment is characterized by an encroaching institutionalization of Asian American studies that entails the containment of radical critiques and of the internationalist histories of the ethnic studies movement and Third Worldism.  We argue that the intervention offered by the SWANA framework is not about expanding the breadth of Asian American studies through additive models of inclusion—adding more countries, more labels, and different acronyms.  Rather, there is a need for posing an epistemic challenge and the possibility of rethinking anti-imperialism and the transnational political commitments of the field. Arguably, the stakes of SWANA studies are about articulating epistemic sovereignty through engagement with new questions and new solidarities.

Asian American Studies has made important contributions to understandings of the historical legacies and contemporary formations of Western colonialism, racial formations, and social movements countering the projection of imperial power in Asia and elsewhere.  Given this political legacy, it is important to acknowledge that for decades, the “Middle East” has been a significant laboratory par excellence for exercise of imperial power: sanctions, proxy wars, regime change, drone warfare, carceral practices, and support for settler colonial violence against indigenous people. Therefore, enjoining SWANA with Asian American Studies potentially deepens some of the foundational political commitments of the field and expands it in new and necessary directions.

For this special forum, we invite original and unpublished essays of 2000-4000 words (including references) from interdisciplinary and community-engaged perspectives that will bring new scholarship on this topic to Asian American Studies.

Procedure for submissions:

  • By June 1, 2022, please submit a one-page (maximum) double-spaced abstract summarizing your proposed essay to
  • By July 1, potential authors will be notified if they should submit a full-length essay for the forum.
  • By September 1, the essays will be due to the editors.
  • By end December, the essays will be sent out for peer review, including by external reviewers.

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 (


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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
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost
    • 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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