Critical Asian Studies (launched in 1968 as the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and other materials that challenge the accepted formulas for understanding the Asia and Pacific regions, the world, and ourselves.

Current Issue: Vol. 49, No. 3 (September 2017)


Sites of Repression and Resistance:
Political Space in Refugee Camps in Thailand

– Elisabeth Olivius

State-Backed Discrimination against Shia Muslims in Malaysia
– Mohd Faizal Musa and Beng Hui Tan

New Frontiers: Indonesia's Resource Extraction Areas
– Edwin B.P. de Jong, Luuk Knippenberg, and Laurens Bakker

Praxis: Research in Action

Putting Violent Armed Conflict in the Center
of the Salween Hydropower Debates

– Diana Suhardiman, Jeff Rutherford and Saw John Bright

CAS Roundtable: The Center Cannot Hold?
Trends in Southeast Asian Politics

Thailand's Urbanized Villagers and Political Polarization
– Duncan McCargo

Signs of Life in Myanmar's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)?
Finding a Way Forward

– Ardeth Thawnghmung

Coming of Age in Peace, Prosperity, and Connectivity:
Cambodia's Young Electorate and Its Impact
on the Ruling Party's Political Strategies

– Netra Eng and Caroline Hughes

Freedom to Hate: Social Media, Algorithmic Enclaves,
and the Rise of Tribal Nationalism in Indonesia

– Merlyna Lim

AAS Workshop:
Research at the Interface of Activism and Academia in Southeast Asia

Expertise, Embodiment, and the Dilemmas of Activist Research
in Southeast Asia

– Philip F. Kelly, Elisabeth Kramer, Chaya Go, Ethel Tungohan, Jason Morris-Jung, and Dominique Caouette

What is Academic Research on the Cambodian Frontier?
– Jason Morris-Jung

Reflections on Governable Spaces of Activism and Expertise in Vietnam
– Netra Eng and Caroline Hughes

Reflecting on the Role of Academics/Activists
in Shifting Hydropower Narratives in Vietnam

– Nga Dao

I Go Home to Work: A Filipina's Practice of Activist Scholarship
in the Wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda

– Chaya Ocampo Go

Reflections on Academic Activism against the Death Penalty
for Drug Traffickers in Indonesia

– Elisabeth Kramer

Engaged Scholars in Socio-Political Reform: The Case of Aliran
– Johan Saravanamuttu

Reflections on Activists and Scholars in Indonesia
– Arianto Sangadji

Modern Day Slavery in Thai Fisheries: Academic Critique, Practical Action
– Peter Vandergeest, Olivia Tran, and Melissa Marschke

Review Essays

Geopolitics and Inter-Actor Relations: Reflections on China's Rise in Asia
– Henryk Alff

America: Neither Exceptional nor Indispensable
– Moss Roberts

Forthcoming Articles

From Benevolent Maternalism to Market Logic:
Exploring Shifting Boundary Making in Domestic Work Relations in India
– Padmaja Barua

Discipline and Power: The Subject of China in Political Science
– Lin Chun

Beyond the Spectacle of Mega-Disasters:
The Philippines Five Years after Haiyan (Special Issue, December 2017)
– Coordinating Editor: Nicole Curato