We are pleased to offer two important and timely volumes in our Asia Shorts book series. For an overview of the series and to view the current Call for Proposals, please read Small Volumes with a Big Message: Strong Scholarship for a Wide Audience.
The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia—a collaborative work between Asia Shorts and the Journal of Asian Studies—provides analyses of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia. It covers the first phase of the pandemic that will help future scholars to contextualize the history of the present. It includes interpretations by leading scholars in anthropology, food studies, history, media studies, political science, and visual studies, who examine the political, social, economic, and cultural impact of COVID-19 in China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and beyond. The timely and provocative essays in the volume will be of interest to scholars, teachers, students, and general readers.
Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic presents many lessons learned by educators during the COVID-19 outbreak. The volume consists of two sections. Section One includes chapters discussing how to teach Asian history, politics, culture, and society using examples and case studies emerging from the pandemic. Section Two focuses on the pedagogical tools and methods that teachers can employ to teach Asian topics beyond the traditional face-to-face classroom. Both sections are designed for undergraduate instructors as well as high school teachers using prose that is easily accessible for non-specialists.
Read an interview with David Kenley, editor of Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic (from Education About Asia 25:3, Winter 2020)