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About Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review

Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (December 2011-May 2020) was a peer-reviewed, quarterly online journal that offered its readers up-to-date research findings, emerging trends, and cutting-edge perspectives concerning East Asian history and culture from scholars in both English-speaking and Asian language-speaking academic communities. The journal was indexed on the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, the Bibliography of Asian Studies, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Project MUSE.

A joint enterprise of the Research Institute of Korean Studies (RIKS) at Korea University and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at the University of California, Berkeley, Cross-Currents sought to balance issues traditionally addressed by Western humanities and social science journals with issues of immediate concern to scholars in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. This English-language journal included scholarship on material from the sixteenth century to the present day that had significant implications for current models of understanding East Asian history and culture. Embedded in a web-based platform with functions for collaboration, discussion, and an innovative editing and publishing process, the open-access e-journal used new technologies to facilitate a dialogue among East Asia scholars around the world that was enhanced by audio-visual and multilingual capabilities. The semi-annual print issues of Cross-Currents (published by University of Hawai'i Press) featured research articles from the online journal (the journal of record for indexing and citation purposes).

An editorial board consisting of established scholars in Asia and North America provided oversight of the journal in collaboration with a co-editors from each of the sponsoring institutions:


Wen-hsin Yeh (University of California, Berkeley)
Hyongchan Kim (Korea University)

Editorial Board

Stanley Abe (Duke University)
Kyeong-Hee Choi (University of Chicago)
Penny Edwards (University of California, Berkeley)
Mark Elliott (Harvard University)
Takashi Fujitani (University of Toronto)
Karl Gerth (University of California, San Diego)
Kyung-Koo Han (Seoul National University)
You-tien Hsing (University of California, Berkeley)
Nam-lin Hur (University of British Columbia)
Byungwook Jung (Korea University)
Kyu Hyun Kim (University of California, Davis)
John Lie (University of California, Berkeley)
William Marotti (University of California, Los Angeles)
Laura Nelson (University of California, Berkeley)
Kevin O'Brien (University of California, Berkeley)
Lorraine M. Paterson (University of Oxford)
Kenneth Pomeranz (University of Chicago)
Ruth Rogaski (Vanderbilt University)
Shu-mei Shih (University of Hong Kong)
Matthew Sommer (Stanford University)
Hue-Tam Ho Tai (Harvard University)
Robert Weller (Boston University)
Kären Wigen (Stanford University)
Peter B. Zinoman (University of California, Berkeley)

Managing Editor

Keila Diehl, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)