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Routledge Studies on Asia in the World

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World will be an authoritative source of knowledge on Asia studying a variety of cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political, religious, security and social questions, addressed from an Asian perspective. We aim to foster a deeper understanding of the domestic and regional complexities which accompany the dynamic shifts in the global economic, political and security landscape towards Asia and their repercussions for the world at large. We’re looking for scholars and practitioners – Asian and Western alike – from various social science disciplines and fields to engage in testing existing models which explain such dramatic transformation and to formulate new theories that can accommodate the specific political, cultural and developmental context of Asia’s diverse societies. We welcome both monographs and collective volumes which explore the new roles, rights and responsibilities of Asian nations in shaping today’s interconnected and globalized world in their own right.

We are particularly interested in books that demonstrate interdisciplinary and holistic thinking; rigorous and creative research; cross-fertilization of Western and Asian thought; and/or a grass-roots approach.

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which address the following areas:

    • Global Governance in Asia
    • Dispute Resolution in Asia
    • Asia and International Peacekeeping
    • Human Rights in Asia
    • SustainableDevelopment Goals in Asia
    • Religion in Asia

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Studies on Asia in the World, please send a written proposal to the Editor in Chief:

Matthias Vanhullebusch [email protected]

Series Editors:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Vanhullebusch – Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Prof. Dr. Ji Weidong– Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Editorial Board:
Prof. Dr. Danny Quah - National University of Singapore
Prof. Dr. Gurharpal Singh – School of Oriental and African Studies
Prof. Dr. Javaid Rehman – Brunel University
Prof. Dr. Jing Men – College of Europe
Prof. Dr. Lanxin Xiang – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Prof. Dr. Nira Wickramasinghe – Leiden University
Prof. Dr. R. Sudarshan – Jindal Global University
Prof. Dr. Vinod K. Aggarwal – University of California, Berkeley

20 Series Titles

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Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’ China’s Renewed Foreign and Security Policy

Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’: China’s Renewed Foreign and Security Policy

1st Edition


By Prashant Kumar Singh
August 26, 2024

Singh analyses the influence of Xi’s 'Chinese Dream' on China’s foreign relations and security postures. Xi Jinping’s rise has led to a paradigm shift in many aspects of China’s domestic and international politics. A key element of this has been the ideological vision shorthanded as the 'Chinese ...

City, Environment, and Transnationalism in the Philippines Reconceptualizing “the Social” from the Global South

City, Environment, and Transnationalism in the Philippines: Reconceptualizing “the Social” from the Global South

1st Edition

By Koki Seki
January 29, 2024

Seki presents an ethnography of uncertainty and precarity experienced by people in urban, rural, and transnational, communities in the Philippines as a case study of social protection without the possibility of a robust welfare state. He deals with topics including urban poverty, environmental ...

Eldercare Issues in China and India

Eldercare Issues in China and India

1st Edition

Edited By Longtao He, Jagriti Gangopadhyay
January 29, 2024

The contributors to this book present case studies of elder care in China and India, and draw comparisons between the two – illuminating some of the key issues facing the two largest Asian countries as they develop rapidly. Caring for the elderly is a major challenge for all countries, and one ...

Humour in Asian Cultures Tradition and Context

Humour in Asian Cultures: Tradition and Context

1st Edition

Edited By Jessica Milner Davis
January 29, 2024

This innovative book traces the impact of tradition on modern humour across several Asian countries and their cultures. Using examples from Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Chinese cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the contributors explore the different cultural rules for creating and ...

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Exploring New Horizons

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Exploring New Horizons

1st Edition

Edited By Sergey Marochkin, Yury Bezborodov
January 29, 2024

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is one of the most rapidly developing centres of the multipolar world, covering an enormous landmass including China, India, Russia and its southern Eurasian neighbours. With both its eight member states and a growing group of observer states, the SCO’s ...

China’s Western Frontier and Eurasia The Politics of State and Region-Building

China’s Western Frontier and Eurasia: The Politics of State and Region-Building

1st Edition

By Zenel Garcia
May 31, 2023

China has emerged as a dominant power in Eurasian affairs that not only exercises significant political and economic power, but increasingly, ideational power too. Since the founding of the People’s Republic, Chinese Communist Party leaders have sought to increase state capacity and exercise more ...

Green Finance, Sustainable Development and the Belt and Road Initiative

Green Finance, Sustainable Development and the Belt and Road Initiative

1st Edition

Edited By Fanny M. Cheung, Ying-yi Hong
May 31, 2023

Can China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promote sustainable development, alongside its primary aims of increasing commercial connectivity with China’s partners? In discussions of the BRI the focus has tended to be on the implications for infrastructure construction, connectivity, and economic ...

Indian Migrants in Tokyo A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious, and Working Worlds

Indian Migrants in Tokyo: A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious, and Working Worlds

1st Edition

By Megha Wadhwa
April 29, 2022

How does an extended stay in Japan influence Indian migrants’ sense of their identity as they adapt to a country very different from their own? The number of Indians in Japan is increasing. The links between Japan and India go back a long way in history, and the intricacy of their cultures is one ...

Asia and Europe in the 21st Century New Anxieties, New Opportunities

Asia and Europe in the 21st Century: New Anxieties, New Opportunities

1st Edition

Edited By Rahul Mishra, Azirah Hashim, Anthony Milner
May 26, 2021

How are the rising mutual concerns of Asian and European countries shaping their approaches to the international order? Contributors to this volume discuss emerging critical issues in International relations, including the Indo-Pacific constructs, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and the ...

The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics A New Interpretation

The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics: A New Interpretation

1st Edition

By Lanxin Xiang
September 11, 2019

Xiang explains the nature and depth of the legitimacy crisis facing the government of China, and why it is so frequently misunderstood in the West. Arguing that it is more helpful to understand the quest for legitimacy in China as an eternally dynamic process, rather than to seek resolutions in ...

Chinese Peace in Africa From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker

Chinese Peace in Africa: From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker

1st Edition

By Steven C.Y. Kuo
August 06, 2019

China’s emergence in Africa is the most significant development for the continent since at least the end of the Cold War. Of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is also the largest contributor in terms of troop numbers to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO). While ...

Interpreting the Chinese Diaspora Identity, Socialisation, and Resilience According to Pierre Bourdieu

Interpreting the Chinese Diaspora: Identity, Socialisation, and Resilience According to Pierre Bourdieu

1st Edition

By Guanglun Michael Mu, Bonnie Pang
March 18, 2019

Globalisation and migration have created a vibrant yet dysphoric world fraught with different, and sometimes competing, practices and discourses. The emergent properties of the modern world inevitably complicate the being, doing, and thinking of Chinese diasporic populations living in predominantly...

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