Asia Shorts Book Series

Asia Shorts offers concise, engagingly-written titles written by highly-qualified authors on topics of significance in Asian studies. Topics are intended to be substantive, generate discussion and debate within the field, and attract interest beyond it.

For an overview and a Call for Proposals, please read Small Volumes with a Big Message: Strong Scholarship for a Wide Audience by series editor, Bill Tsutsui, and AAS Publications Manager, Jon Wilson.

For a listing of available titles in the Asia Shorts series, please visit:

The two latest books in the Asia Shorts series, both edited volumes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, are available in print, e-book, and as open access:

Call for Proposals

The AAS is exploring new ways of making rigorous, timely, and accessible work by scholars, journalists, and policymakers in the field available to a wide audience of informed readers.

  • Is there a burning academic debate you would like to explore or explain, extinguish or stoke?
  • Do you know of a pressing issue where scholarly perspectives could enrich public discussions and enhance public understanding?
  • What do you care a lot about and know a lot about and yearn to bring to a broad audience in 35,000-75,000 accessible, jargon-free words?

The Asia Shorts series complements and leverages the success of the AAS survey series, Key Issues in Asian Studies, and is designed to engage broad audiences with up-to-date scholarship on important topics in Asian studies.​

Asia Shorts books:

  • Have a target word count between 35,000 and 75,000 words.
  • Have a clear point of view, a well-defined, and even provocative argument rooted in a strong base of evidence and current scholarship.
  • Are written in an accessible, jargon-free style suitable for non-specialist audiences.
  • Are written by a single author or a small group of authors (scholars, journalists, policymakers, e.g.).
  • Will be rigorously peer reviewed.
  • Can be pedagogically focused but not specifically survey-level, which is the mission of the Key Issues in Asian Studies (KIAS) series.
  • Have a relatively quick turnaround time to ensure timeliness of content in the series. The target timeline from acceptance of a manuscript (after initial evaluation and peer review) to publication will be 6–9 months.

For further information, please consult the author guidelines and author questionnaire.

To discuss a proposal, contact the series editor, Bill Tsutsui, at