The Columbia Journal of Asia (CJA) is an open-access, peer-reviewed platform for undergraduate creative and academic pieces on Asia and the Asian diaspora. Developed at Columbia University in partnership with Columbia Libraries, CJA addresses an urgent need for representation and understanding of Asian narratives—not in isolation, but as an integral part of the study of humanities and social sciences in academic and artistic circles. We are open for submissions to Volume II, Issue 1, until 11:59pm EST on Febraury 7th, 2023. For more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin, and register as a reader on our site.
It is an honor to present our second issue of the Columbia Journal of Asia (CJA). Volume I, Issue 2 features fourteen creative and scholarly pieces by undergraduates and recent graduates from across the United States and Europe, presented in three sections: creative works, which include art, poetry, and prose; notes, which are brief academic essays; and articles, which are long-form research papers. These works, which span history, political science, literature, and the arts, illuminate narratives of revolution and resistance across borders—from student activism in colonial Burma, to the defiance of Chinese settler colonialism in Tibet, to comparative ideas of Socialist revolution across Asia. We believe that this is a crucial academic and artistic intervention, one that allows us to move beyond colonial-era portrayals of Asia that deny Asian subjects political agency, and to envision solidarities between Asian communities (and communities outside of Asia) across language, religion, and national borders.