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.

Titles published in 2021 include Japan on American TV: Screaming Samurai Join Anime Clubs in the Land of the Lost by Alisa Freedman, Tribe and State in Asia through Twenty-Five Centuries by Sumit Guha, and Found in Translation: “New People” in Twentieth-Century Chinese Science Fiction by Jing Jiang. Forthcoming titles include Who Is the Asianist? The Politics of Representation in Asian Studies; New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia; Burmese Haze: US Policy and Myanmar’s Opening—and Closing; and Animal Care in Japanese Tradition: A Short History.

For a listing of all available titles in the series, please visit our online catalog.

Are you interested in writing for ASIA SHORTS? Please click on the Call for Proposals box below.

Call for Proposals

Open access, pay to publish, the explosion of social media, and the blurring of the boundary between trade texts and scholarly monographs—these are only some of the forces impacting the publishing world of today.  ASIA SHORTS is a nimble, forward-thinking series that is well positioned to capitalize on these and other changes in publishing.  ASIA SHORTS provides a platform for serious scholars wanting to make an impact within and beyond Asian Studies. 

Do you have an idea for a volume that is longer than a traditional journal article but shorter than a typical monograph? We invite you to submit proposals that meet the following criteria:

  • Provides cutting-edge scholarship and provocative analyses.
  • Speaks to contemporary issues and/or the “bigger picture.”
  • Is jargon-free and accessible to the general public.
  • Makes an impact on students, fellow scholars, and informed readers beyond academia.
  • Is between 35,000 and 75,000 words.

A joint venture between the Association for Asian Studies and Columbia University Press, the ASIA SHORTS series includes notable works by leading scholars in a variety of fields (see list of published titles here). We are able to bring your work to print more quickly than most presses, while adhering to the high expectations inherent in the double-blind review process. All volumes in the series are available in print and as e-books.

If you have an idea for a volume you would like to discuss, please contact the series editor, Dr. David Kenley at In addition, please see the author guidelines and author questionnaire.

Two recent 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:

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