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ISSN: 0742-5457
E-ISSN: 1527-2109
Frequency: Semiannual

Asian Theatre Journal is dedicated to the performing arts of Asia, focusing upon both traditional and modern theatrical forms. It aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge throughout the international theatrical community for the mutual benefit of all interested scholars and artists. This engaging, intercultural journal offers descriptive and analytical articles, original plays and play translations, book and audiovisual reviews, and reports of current theatrical activities in Asia. Full-color plates and black-and-white photographs illustrate each issue.

Sponsor: Association for Asian Performance (AAP) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
AAP Secretary-Treasurer: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.LMU

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  • Editorial Board
  • Editor

    Siyuan Liu, University of British Columbia

    Associate Editors

    Claudia Orenstein, Hunter College, CUNY

    Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, University of California, Los Angeles

    Book Review Editor

    David Jortner, Baylor University

    Editorial Assistant

    Yuning Liu

    Area Editors


    Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, University of Hawai‘i

    Xing Fan, University of Toronto

    Josh Stenberg, University of Sydney


    Kevin J. Wetmore Jr., Loyola Marymount University

    M.W. Shores, University of Sydney


    Jan Creutzenberg, Ewha Womans University (Seoul)

    Kee-Yoon Nahm, Illinois State University

    South Asia

    David Mason, Rhode College

    Radhica Ganapathy, West Virginia University

    Southeast Asia

    Matthew Isaac Cohen, University of Connecticut

    Kathy Foley, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Recent Articles
  • From The Editor
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    How Culture Was Planned: Shanghai’s Troupe-Relocation Project in the 1950s
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    From Temple to Theatre: The Making of Commercial Grassroots Performance Spaces in Republican China
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Theatre as Memory Site: Cultural Activities, Imaginaries, and Theatrical Things of a Regional Xiqu Theatre in Contemporary China
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    ‘‘Made in Korea’’: Tradition and Transculturality in Changgeuk Lear
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Ran’s Diary: Sexually Suggestive Protest and Counterpublic Discourse Staged by Asian Others in South Korea
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    changeABLE cohesion: Dance and Disability in Post-war Sri Lanka
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Ugly Past/Insensitive Present: Blackface in Persian Popular Entertainment
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    “This Is a Political Play”: Making Coriolanus Relevant in Contemporary Iran
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Ideological Crisis, Compliance, and Self-Censorship: Identifying the Symptoms of Sinhala-Speaking Theatre Through Its Responses to the Civil War
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Imigure Kaidan (Immigrant Ghost Stories) (review)
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    The Challenge of World Theatre History by Steve Tillis (review)
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    How to Read Chinese Drama: A Guided Anthology ed. by Patricia Sieber and Regina Llamas, and: How to Read Chinese Drama In Chinese: A Language Companion ed. by Guo Yingde et al. (review)
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Dancing the Dharma: Religious and Political Allegory In Japanese Noh Theater by Susan Blakeley Klein (review)
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Performing the Ramayana Tradition: Enactments, Interpretations, and Arguments ed. by Paula Richman and Rustom Bharucha (review)
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka by Ahalya Satkunaratnam (review)
    Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2024

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  • Author Guidelines
  • Asian Theatre Journal welcomes articles on Asian theatre and on the relations and mutual influences between Asian and Western theatre. All articles are printed in English. If the contribution is in another language, the original and an English translation are requested. The recommended length for manuscripts is 6,000-8,000 words for articles (including endnotes), 4,000-5,000 words for reports, 800-1,500 for reviews.

    Authors are requested to submit a digital copy via e-mail to Siyuan Liu. Manuscript should be typed and double-spaced throughout, including notes and references cited, and in conformance with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Manuscripts should be prepared with endnotes typed in to the text file and follow the author-date (or parenthetical reference) system of documentation. Theatrical forms (noh, wayang wong, xiqu) should be printed in lowercase letters and italicized. Foreign titles (of plays as well as reference works) should be italicized and, wherever possible, provided with an English translation following the original.

    As ATJ is a refereed journal, authors are advised to supply their names only on the cover page and not in the text proper. Authors should submit photos and illustrations only after the text has been accepted and not as part of the original file. When they are eventually submitted images are clearly identified and provided with helpful captions as well as photo credits. Please examine a recent issue for examples of ATJ style and format.

    All manuscripts and inquiries should be sent to Editor Siyuan Liu. Persons wishing to review books should send their requests to the Book Editor David Jortner.

    Download Submission and Style Guidelines from Asian Theatre Journal here.

  • Indexes
  • Articles appearing in Asian Theatre Journal are indexed and/or abstracted in:

    Association for Asian Studies–
    Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online), 1984-

    Book Review Index

    Canada in Context, 03/2000-

    Clarivate Analytics–
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    Current Contents
    Web of Science

    De Gruyter Saur–
    Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus
    IBZ – Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur

    Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Complete, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Elite, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Premier, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Ultimate, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search: Main Edition, 1/1/2001-
    Advanced Placement Source, 1/1/2001-
    Current Abstracts, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities International Complete, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities International Index, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities Source, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities Source Ultimate, 1/1/2001-
    Index Islamicus Online
    International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 1/1/1984-
    MainFile, 1/1/2001-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 1/1/2001-
    Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/2001-

    Elsevier BV–
    Scopus, 2002-

    Academic OneFile, 03/2000-
    Advanced Placement Fine Arts and Music, 03/2000-
    Book Review Index Plus
    Expanded Academic ASAP, 03/2000-
    Fine Arts and Music Collection, 03/2000-
    General OneFile, 03/2000-
    InfoTrac Custom, 3/2000-
    InfoTrac Student Edition, 03/2000-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Shakespeare Collection, 3/2000-
    Student Resources in Context, 03/2000-

    ArticleFirst, vol.17, no.1, 2000-vol.28, no.2, 2011
    Electronic Collections Online, vol.17, no.1, 2000-vol.28, no.2, 2011

    Arts Premium Collection, 4/1/1998-
    Index Islamicus Online
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Music & Performing Arts Collection, 4/1/1998-
    Performing Arts Periodicals Database, 4/1/1998-
    Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1998-
    ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1998-
    ProQuest Central, 4/1/1998-
    Research Library, 04/01/1998-