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IJAPS China Series | China Rising: Issues and Challenges for the Asia Pacific Realm


The Phenomenon

The People’s Republic of China (PRC), once referred as Red China and commonly regarded as a threat to both its immediate neighbours and to the Western world consequent of the Cold War scenario, has long shed such negativity since the last quarter of the twentieth century. In the contemporary context China appears to be the place to be whether for a visitor or a tourist, a culture traveller, or for an entrepreneur, a manufacturer, a corporate executive, a banker, policy-makers of multinationals are all seriously looking towards the mainland of “a quarter of mankind” for profitable enterprises, business opportunities and/or expansive markets. An exodus of manufacturers from electronics to toys, fashion houses to sporting goods, and a host of other consumer items of present-day luxuries and consumables are moving house to tap the affordable Chinese labour pool.

China, an economic powerhouse that since the last decade had surpassed the recession stagnated Japanese economy, is currently in the second decade of the twenty-first century, only economy next in size and generating capacity than that of the United States. On the political arena, Beijing is fast assuming an active and increasingly pivotal role, wielding its presence at strategic intervals to maximise its colossal effect on world affairs. The current Chinese leaders of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang are both popular from within and from without. Chinese diplomacy on the world stage in the last decade has been carefully nurtured and the present leadership with their own expertise in negotiations and cultivating relations with foreign counterparts is gaining support and friends for Beijing. Moreover China’s adoption of a non-quid pro quo principle in extending development aid and exporting expertise are favourable to most Asian and African nations hitherto not entirely tolerant of the paternalistic stance adopted by Western democracies when dispensing funds and technical assistance. The Confucian Institute, China’s equivalent to the British Council, is promoting, cultivating and spreading Chinese goodwill and cultural influences throughout the world consistent with Beijing’s stance in reaching out to friends across continents. The nouveau rich amongst the mainland Chinese and the liberal access to travel abroad witnessed hordes of them in Europe and North America, Southeast Asia, Australasia, and in neighbouring South Korea and Japan.

What then are the implications and the effects on the Asia Pacific region as a whole, and/or the impact of individual nation-states consequent of recent developments on the Chinese mainland? In exploring this phenomenon of China’s ascendancy it is prudent to examine and evaluate through a multidisciplinary prism, viz. adopting the approaches and perspectives of a host of academic disciplines: sociology, anthropology, history, political science, economics, the arts, media, conflict resolution, literature and language, education, tourism, international relations, and comparative religions. Tapping from the various disciplines would enable us to further understand issues and ascertain the challenges for the Asia Pacific realm with the rise of China. The ways to address the issues and overcome the challenges should be the crux of any scholarly paper.


In this connection the International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) would like to extend an invitation to scholars from diverse disciplines to contribute a paper in their area of specialisation to this Series.


Individual Manuscript

Contributed manuscript should keep within the word count of between 8,000 and 10,000, inclusive of notes, references, appendices, illustrations, etc. Submitted manuscript should comprise an Abstract (max. 200 words) and Keywords (max. 5 words), and Text that has been prepared according to the prescribed journal house-style.

Aforesaid Invitation notwithstanding all submitted manuscripts will undergo the normal double-blind peer review process.

Guest Editor

In a themed issue (consisting a set of between 5 and 7 thematic papers), a Guest Editor (GE) will be identified and appointed by IJAPS. Potential GEs are to provide his/her curriculum vitae for perusal and approval by IJAPS Editor-in-Chief, together with biodata of identified contributors indicating ability/authority as author for their respective papers.

IJAPS Editorial Board represented by the Editor-in-Chief or an appointed representative (a member of the IJAPS Editorial Board) will work closely with the GE in the matter of the selection of reviewers, attending to the reviewers’ report (comments, recommendations, etc.), and take the decision for final approval. Once approved, GE will attend to the details of proofreading (1st reading) and to ensure the papers are formatted to IJAPS house-style. Two GEs are also possible. (Note: The candidate for GE needs to be a scholar of international standing in his/her field for it will lend immense credibility to the published papers and for IJAPS.)

All articles to be submitted by the GE for publication must have gone through peer review process which is coordinated by the GE. The GE is to keep record of the review report and submit them to the journal for record purpose.

The GE is to ensure that the selected contributors or a majority of contributors do not come from one single institution. Preferably, and if possible, contributors to come from various disciplines, a gender balance, institutions/universities, and countries/continents are much appreciated to reflect the diversity of scholarship.


Interested Authors need to submit a draft Abstract (max. 200 words) and Keywords (max. 5 words). Only Authors of approved Abstracts should proceed with the manuscript.

Submitted manuscript should be forwarded in electronic format (Microsoft Word) within a window of 6 and 8 months following approval of Abstract. All submitted manuscripts shall go through a double blind peer review that might involve 2 or 3 reviewers, revisions, re-evaluation, etc., a lengthy process.

Currently, we are accepting abstracts.


For queries, please refer to:

Professor Ann Heylen (aheylen2[at]gmail.com)
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan



Call for Abstracts: Aspirations of Young Adults in Urban Asia

Call for Abstracts: Aspirations of Young Adults in Urban Asia.

Eds. Kenneth Finis (Macquarie University Sydney), Désirée Remmert European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan), and Mariske Westendorp (Radboud University Nijmegen).

This is a Call for Abstracts to contribute to an ethnographically-informed edited volume on the aspirations of youth and young adults in urban Asia (target publication: 2019). We are particularly interested in contributions from early career scholars. As our aim is to make this edited volume to go beyond Western-centric appraisals and present a truly global portrait, we particularly encourage local scholars from Asian communities to contribute.

Download the full brochure here.

Note: IJAPS provides the news platform for this Call for Abstracts but does not organise the event/publication. Any inquiries pertaining this Call for Abstracts should be directed to the the contact as provided in the brochure.


Happy New Year. Some Interesting Recaps

The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) would like to wish our readers many happy new year. May 2017 bring more prosperity to everyone.

Here are some interesting recaps throughout the year 2016 for IJAPS:


We have published three timely publications: two regular issues (15 January and 15 July) and a special issue on Bugis Orality and Writing (15 September) guest-edited by Stephen C. Druce of Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Altogether, 20 articles were published in 2016.

Most Downloaded Articles 

We closely and consistently track our web statistics: web visits, downloads and so on. We are happy to announce that the top three most downloaded articles for the year 2016 are as following:

  1. Politically Equal, but Still Underrepresented: Women and Local Democratic Politics in Indonesia, by Wawan Sobari (Brawijaya University, Indonesia). 235 downloads. Click for article.
  2. Bureaucratisation and the State Revisited: Critical Reflections on Administrative Reforms in Post-Renovation Vietnam, by Simon Benedikter (independent scholar, Vietnam). 216 downloads. Click for article.
  3. Boni in Chinese Sources from the Tenth to the Eighteen Century, by Johannes L. Kurz (Universiti Brunei Darussalam). 168 downloads. Click for article.

CREAM Awards

In 2016, IJAPS was once again announced as the recipient of the Ministry of Higher Education’s Current Research in Malaysia (CREAM) Awards, which are given to identified scholarly journals published in the country showcasing promising growth.

Record Submissions

2016 saw record submissions by authors, where the year’s number shows a massive increase of over 160% compared to the average of 2010-2015 submissions.

We thank our readers and reviewers for the continued support to the journal. Our hope is that 2017 will be the year IJAPS continues to flourish and achieve more big things, and our readers remain actively engaged with us.


IJAPS Again Recipient of Ministry of Higher Education’s CREAM Awards

jata-negara-200x200We are pleased to announce that the International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) has been selected as recipient for Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)’s Current Research in Malaysia (CREAM) Awards.

CREAM is an incentive by MOHE to encourage continued excellence in research and publications, and maintaining visibility in major databases, given to a selected number of academic journals in the country.

In the inaugural award last year, IJAPS was also one of the recipients.

Again, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM Press) and the editorial team are honoured with this recognition.


Growing an Academic Journal: Sharing with University of Chiang Mai

On 19 January 2016, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM Press) and International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) welcome a visit by Associate Professor Dr. Ploysri Porananond from University of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The purpose of the visit by Assoc. Prof. Porananond was to take a closer look at how journals published by USM Press are managed, particularly IJAPS. The sharing session was held in the Taman Buku (Book Garden), the USM Press’ book showroom.

Professor Ooi Keat Gin, Editor-in-Chief of IJAPS shared his hands-on experience running IJAPS as an e-journal since its inception in 2005. From a modest set up, the journal has undergone a steady phase of growth, and today has become a noticeable presence in the field of scholarly publishing, especially in the humanities field.

Web-IMG_4805Zulkifli Musa, a Publications Officer who runs IJAPS daily show, also disclosed a number of tips in continually growing a journal through prudent management approach, good engagement with stakeholders (editorial board members, authors, etc.) and application of technology to enhance content visibility and discoverability.

A well-run academic journal is driven by, among others, clear vision and mission, chief editor’s stature, content quality, strength of editorial team and international diversity. A journal wishing to go far must also continually embrace the changing dynamic of the scholarly publishing, adapting to changes through innovation and creativity.

USM Press currently publishes fifteen journals, with more coming under its purview. Four journals are now being indexed in the Web of Science (WoS), and ten are in Scopus.

We thank Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ploysri Porananond for her visit to USM Press.


IJAPS Included in Thomson Reuter’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Fresh from receiving the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE)’s Current Research in Malaysia (CREAM) status award, the International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) is now to be included in Thomson Reuter’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

ESCI is an extended platform established by Thomson Reuters, where journals included in this database continue to be considered for inclusion in Web of ScienceTM (WoS) Core Collection products such as Science Citation Index Expanded™ (SCIE), the Social Sciences Citation Index® (SSCI), and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index® (AHCI).

A journal in ESCI is searchable, discoverable, and citable; authors and researchers get real-time insight into a journal’s citation performance while the content is considered for inclusion in other WoS collections. Journals are selected based on a number of criteria, including journal quality, importance to the academic community, and coverage of emerging scientific fields.

IJAPS is among the first batch of 23 Malaysia-based academic journals that gains acceptance to ESCI.

Three other journals published by Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM Press) are also included in the ESCI: Asian Academy of Management Journal, Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance, and Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences.


IJAPS Bags Inaugural Ministry of Higher Education’s CREAM Award

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(IJAPS) has been awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia with the inaugural Publication Encouragement Scheme under the Current Research in Malaysia (CREAM) status recognition.

The award accords recognition to selected Malaysian academic journals to encourage continued excellence in research and publication. IJAPS is one of the three journals indexed in Scopus awarded in the category for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

12 journals from over 130 academic journals published by various publishers across the country are selected as the award recipients.

The award ceremony has been officiated by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh in Aseania Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia, on 3 September 2015, in conjunction with National High Impact Scholarly Publications Workshop.

Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM Press) and the editorial team are honoured with this recognition. This is certainly a new milestone which will further spur the team’s commitment in creating impact in scholarly publications.


10th International Conference on Daoist Studies

Daoism: Self, Science, and Society. 10th International Conference on Daoist Studies

Sanyi Tian-An-Tai-Ho Retreat Center, Miaoli, Taiwan, 26-29 May 2016

For the last twelve years, the series of international conferences on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism through­out the world. The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012), and Boston University (2014). Thanks to the generous hosting of the Tiandi jiao community, the 10th International Conference on Daoist Studies will take place in scenic Sanyi / Tian-An-Tai-Ho Retreat Center in central Taiwan.

This year’s conference theme is “Daoism: Self, Science, and Society”. The focus is on issues of Daoist worldview and practice, both in history and today. Panels will discuss Daoist cosmology, philosophy, arts, and practices, with particular concentration on its understanding of body and self, its relationship to science both ancient and modern, as well as its social relevance in ritual and community.

Honorary Chairs:

Li Zi-Yi Honorary President, The Society for the Study of Religious Philosophy (Taiwan)
Tong Guang-Zhao Master Emissary, The T’ienti Teachings (Taiwan)
Lin Qi-Min President, E-Life Mall Corporation (Taiwan)


Liou Tong-Miin, Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)
Livia Kohn, Boston University (USA)

Steering Committee (alphabetical) (temporarily):

Adeline Herrou, An Lun, Chang Lillian, Chao Shin-yi, Chen Xia, Elisabeth Friedrichs, Eric Nelson, Galia Dor, Georges Favraud, Guo Wu, Hsieh Shu-wei, Hsieh Tsung-hui, Ikeda Tomohisa, James Miller, Jia Jinhua, Jiang Sheng, Lai Chitim, Li Gang, Liou Chien-Hui, Liu Chien-Cheng, Lv Xichen, Michael Winn, Patricia Karetzky, Robin R. Wang, Shiga Ichiko, Steve Jackowicz, Susan Huang, Zhang Guangbao, Zhang Jia-Lin.

Keynote Speakers:

Li Feng-mao (National Chengchi University)

Paul Katz (Academia Sinica)
TOPIC: Daoism and the Revival of Temple Cults in China: Preliminary Observations from Wenzhou

Li Xian-guang (The Society for the Study of Religious Philosophy, Taiwan)
TOPIC: Purposiveness and Non-Purposiveness in Sitting Meditation Practice


The conference begins at 10 am on Thursday, May 26 with an opening plenary session, followed by the three keynote speeches. It ends at noon on Sunday, May 29 after a closing plenary session. There are twelve sessions total (3 on Thursday, 4 on Friday, 4 on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday), each consisting of three break-out panels, including forums and workshops.

There will be an optional excursion to local scenic spots on Sunday afternoon and various activities each night after dinner. Foreign participants should plan to arrive on Wednesday, May 25, and depart on Monday, May 30.

Break-out Panels:

Three 20-minute or four 16-minute individual paper presentations on the panel theme, followed by the discussant’s 10-minute comments, presenters’ respon-ses, and open discussion (1¾ hours).


Emphasis on practice and experience (1¾ hours).


An opportunity to read a particular text with a group of learned scholars. Pre­senters post their text on the web a month ahead of time for participants to prepare.


Conference sessions will be in Chinese and/or English, as specified in the program. All panels will be videotaped and uploaded to the conference website. Presentation abstracts should be submitted in the language of presentation.


If you want to exhibit or sell books, CDs, or other materials at the conference, there is no extra charge, but you have to formally register and pay the conference fee in advance. Space is limited. Register early!


15 March 2016: registration closes, abstracts for papers due
1 May 2016: conference program e-mailed and posted on the website


Some scholarships will be provided, covering the conference fee plus room and board, as well as a share of travel expenses. Applicants should be within three years of completing the Ph.D. (before or after). To apply, please send registration information, plus status of Ph.D. and name of advisor, as well as draft abstract of paper to daoconf@gmail.com. Deadline: 1 January 2016.

Click here to register.


Call for Paper: Powerful and Powerless 13th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), 2016

Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 September 2015.

The 13th EATS Conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, 30 March-1 April 2016. The main theme of the conference is Powerful and Powerless.

Power relationships, broadly understood, pervade society on many levels and in many guises. They may be explicit or implicit, acknowledged or hidden, based on outright coercion or, instead, on more subtle forms of coaxing, manipulation, and indoctrination. They can involve individuals as well as collectives. In different contexts such as faith, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation, they can render people susceptible to the effects of power in different ways.

We invite participants to engage with the phenomenon of power in their respective area of research, be it social sciences or in the humanities, and to focus on the relationship between those who wield power on the one hand and those who are affected by the decisions of the powerful on the other.

By investigating the strategies, conventions, and tensions underlying the interactions between the two sides, we hope the papers of this conference will offer novel insights into such issues as persistence and change in power relationships over time; the shifting positions and multiple roles individuals as well as groups can assume in different contexts and vis-à-vis different counterparts; the significance of symbolic representations of power; historical, moral, religious, and political justifications of inequality; strategies employed in contesting existing power relationships; formal and informal structures established with the purpose to create, enforce or perpetuate hierarchical relationships; the scope of individual and collective agency in the face of the limiting effects of power. In this way, we hope to expand our knowledge of powerful and powerless in Taiwan and to enrich the discipline of Taiwan Studies.

For submission, please send an abstract of 500 words, including 3–5 keywords in MS Word document, to the EATS website and send a copy to info@eats-taiwan.eu.

Submission will be open from 1 August to 15 September 2015. After a double blind review process, we will announce the successful submissions by 31 December 2015.

Postgraduate students who are affiliated with European institutions, as well as Europe-based post-doc researchers who have received their PhD no longer than three years, are strongly encouraged to take part in the contest of Young Scholar Award (YSA). The winners of YSA will receive a modest monetary reward. If interested, please specify your participation in the YSA contest in your submission with a statement of your status (MA, PhD or post-doctoral). Further details of YSA will be announced in due course.

To nurture junior researchers at their formative stage, EATS will organize a MA panel for students to practice their presentation skills and to receive critical feedback. The MA panel is not confined by the theme of the conference, although it should be relevant to the broadly defined field of Taiwan Studies. For the submission to the MA panel, please write an abstract of 300 words on a topic of your choice.

Accepted postgraduate presenters (PhD and MA students) who are affiliated with European institutions will receive a travel grant of €150.


PhD position in Non-European and Global History (4 years, full time, i.e. 30 hours), focus Asian Maritime History

PhD position in Non-European and Global History (4 years, full time, i.e. 30 hours), focus Asian Maritime History.

Start: 01.10.2015
End: 30.09.2019

Duties and functions:

Scientific support in research and teaching in the field of Non-European and Global History; administrative functions, independent research including the writing of a PhD; after the 3rd year of employment 2 hours of teaching are required. Participation in the research project “The East Asian Mediterranean – The Indian Ocean World: The Making of the First Global Economy in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction” is required (visit this web link).

The successful candidate should possess a historical focus in the fields of inter-cultural relations, commercial, science and knowledge transfer, or inter-cultural environmental, technological or economic history of China between c. 500 and 1500.

Applications from candidates with a focus on the maritime history of China, Sino-Islamic relations, aspects of historical interaction between China and the Indian Ocean or Asia-Pacific worlds are especially welcome. The scholarship provides an opportunity to work in international and interdisciplinary network of scholars working on global history.

Required degree and qualification:

Diploma or Master degree in Global History or a comparable degree, best in sinolgy or East Asian Studies,with a focus on Global History. In addition, a very good command of modern and traditional Chinese is required.

The successful candidate should be open for new methodological approaches including the combination of textual and archaeological sources, possesses a strong knowledge of classical Chinese and at least one other language related to the topic of his/her research. Experience in the analysis of historical inscriptions (such as tomb inscriptions) would be helpful. Working language will be English and/or German.

Capacity for teamwork required.

Salary: EUR 1,997,40 gros monthly (14 (!) monthly payments annually; the exact sum may be higher depending on the individual situation of the applicant)

Applications should be addressed to the rector of Salzburg University, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schmidinger, and be sent in written form, indicating the number of vacancy (GZ A 0038/1-2015) with usual documents, cv, photo to the Serviceeinrichtung Personal, Kapitelgasse 4, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, and those in English additionally electronically via e-mail to:

E-mail: Angela.Schottenhammer@sbg.ac.at

Closing date for applications is 6 May 2015.



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