Critical Asian Studies (CAS)

The Bulletin was born out of the crisis of the Indochina Wars as an attempt to analyze U.S. policy in cold war Asia. Our initial focus was on the impact of U.S. power on the peoples of Southeast and East Asia – and the efforts of Asian people to define their own past, present, and future along different lines, including anti-imperialist and revolutionary ones. We later expanded our geographic focus to include South Asia, Inner Asia, and nations in the Pacific, as well as the experience of Asians in America. Our goals explicitly included examining the intellectual approaches by which Asia was understood in the West and the ways in which reigning theoretical frameworks in universities and professional institutions excluded Asian aspirations and experiences. Those goals, spelled out in our original statement of purpose, remain central to our scholarship.

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