Asian Ethnology

Asian Ethnology is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal registered as an Open Access Journal with all the contents freely downloadable. Click this link for information on our open access and copyright policies.

ISSN 1882–6865

Asian Ethnology is dedicated to the promotion of scholarly research on the peoples and cultures of Asia. It began in China as Folklore Studies in 1942 and later moved to Japan where its name was changed to Asian Folklore Studies. It is edited and published at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, with the cooperation of Boston University.

Asian Ethnology seeks to deepen understanding and further the pursuit of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Asia. We wish to facilitate intellectual exchange between Asia and the rest of the world, and particularly welcome submissions from scholars based in Asia. The journal presents formal essays and analyses, research reports, and critical book reviews relating to a wide range of topical categories, including

  • narratives, performances, and other forms of cultural representation
  • popular religious concepts
  • vernacular approaches to health and healing
  • local ecological/environmental knowledge
  • collective memory and uses of the past
  • cultural transformations in diaspora
  • transnational flows
  • material culture
  • museology
  • visual culture

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Associate Editor

  • David White, Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture

Editorial Assistant

  • Mohammad Adnan H. Rehman, Boston University

Editorial Board

  • Mark Bender, The Ohio State University
  • Clark Chilson, University of Pittsburgh
  • R. Michael Feener, University of Oxford
  • Akira Goto, Nanzan University
  • Clare Harris, University of Oxford
  • Keith Howard, SOAS, University of London
  • Charlene E. Makley, Reed College
  • Anne E. McLaren, University of Melbourne
  • Michael Puett, Harvard University
  • William S. Sax, Heidelberg University
  • Guha Shankar, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • Juliane Schober, Arizona State University
  • Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge
  • Christine Yano, University of Hawai'i at Manoa