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ISSN: 2158-9666
E-ISSN: 2158-9674
Frequency: Semiannual

Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review offers its readers up-to-date research findings, emerging trends, and cutting-edge perspectives on material from the sixteenth century to the present day that have significant implications for current models of understanding East Asian history and culture. Its semiannual print issues feature peer-reviewed content from the online version of the journal.

Sponsors: Research Institute of Korean Studies (RIKS), Korea University; Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), University of California, Berkeley

  • Recent Articles
  • Introduction
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    The Forgotten Childhoods of Korea: Ounie Lecomte's A Brand New Life (2009) and So Yong Kim's Treeless Mountain (2009)
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    Performing in the "Cultural Borderlands": Gender, Trauma, and Performance Practices of a North Korean Women's Musical Troupe in South Korea
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    The Diasporic Intimacy and Transindividuality of Artists Himan Sŏk (1914–2003) and Jun Ch'ae (1926–)
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    Cholera and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Japan
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    Danger in the Air: Tuberculosis Control and BCG Vaccination in the Republic of China, 1930–1949
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    Air/Qi Connections and China's Smog Crisis: Notes from the History of Science
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    "Swimming in Poison": Reimagining Endocrine Disruption through China's Environmental Hormones
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

    Sacred Trash and Personhood: Living in Daily Waste-Management Infrastructures in the Eastern Himalayas
    Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019

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  • 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 seeks 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 includes scholarship on material from the sixteenth century to the present day that has 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 uses new technologies to facilitate a dialogue among East Asia scholars around the world that is enhanced by audio-visual and multilingual capabilities. The semi-annual print issues of Cross-Currents (University of Hawai’i Press) feature research articles from the online journal (the journal of record for indexing and citation purposes).

    Find submission guidelines for Cross-Currents here.

  • Editorial Board
  • Editors

    Sungtaek Cho, Korea University

    Wen-hsin Yeh, University of California, Berkeley

    Managing Editor

    Keila Diehl, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

    Editorial Board

    Stanley Abe, Duke University

    Kyeong-Hee Choi, University of Chicago

    Penny Edwards, UC Berkeley

    Mark Elliott, Harvard University

    Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto

    Karl Gerth, UC San Diego

    Kyung-Koo Han, Seoul National University

    You-tien Hsing, UC Berkeley

    Nam-lin Hur, U British Columbia

    Byungwook Jung, Korea University

    Kyu Hyun Kim, UC Davis

    John Lie, UC Berkeley

    William Marotti, UC Los Angeles

    Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

    Kevin O’Brien, UC Berkeley

    Lorraine M. Paterson, University of Oxford

    Kenneth Pomeranz, University of Chicago

    Ruth Rogaski, Vanderbilt University

    Shu-mei Shih, UC Los Angeles and 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, UC Berkeley

  • Indexes
  • Articles appearing in Cross-Currents are indexed in the

    Bibliography of Asian Studies


    Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

    Emerging Sources Citation Index” (ESCI)

    (IBZ) International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences

    (IBR) International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences

    Project MUSE


    Web of Science

    World History Collection (Gale)