October 27, 2021
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Happy Anniversary

East Asian Studies Journal celebrates 44 years of publication

Celebrating its 44th year, the latest volume of Wittenberg’s East Asian Studies Journal is now online. 

Featuring 92 pages, the Spring 2021 Volume XLIV, contains articles on Chinese World Heritage sites; an investigation of how the U.S. flag has been used in South Korean citizen demonstrations; overwork and death in Japan; tattoos in East Asia, and artwork by Wittenberg art and Japanese major Deanna Volz, class of 2018. The beautiful cover was created by another Wittenberg graduate, Kimmey Mugford, class of 2020, who earned her degree in art and art history with minors in business and Chinese. Holly Hilty served as the editor-in-chief, and this volume’s contributors hail from Syracuse University, the National University of Singapore, Florida State University, University of Colorado Denver, the University of Puget Sound, and Wittenberg. 

A group of students created the journal in 1975 with the purpose of encouraging undergraduates from both Wittenberg as well as other universities to pursue scholarly inquiry into East Asia. Submissions range from political analyses to calligraphy samples. The journal is somewhat unique in that it is an undergraduate-only publication, which accepts submissions from all over the United States and abroad. Seeking to recognize works of high-academic quality, which are read by the local and international community alike, the journal looks not only to draw attention to the Wittenberg University East Asian Studies program, but also to maintain its integral role in the program itself, and to broaden scholarly and popular perspectives on East Asia. 

“From the beginning, students have directed all creative and managerial processes related to the publication,” said Nona Moskowitz, faculty advisor to the journal staff, professor and chair of the sociology department, and director of the East Asian Studies Program. “Funded by Wittenberg University Student Senate, the journal is an entirely student-initiated and student-directed endeavor. The journal affords student editors the opportunity to participate in the rich scholarly dialogue of those interested in East Asia and to engage in a professionalizing club activity. Students take initiative for all decisions relating to the journal, from accepting submissions and selecting cover artwork, to corresponding and working with authors regarding their submissions. Each year they create something to be proud of."

The East Asian Studies Journal is open to all Wittenberg students with the call for papers sent near the end of the fall term. Submissions from undergraduate students at any university are accepted. The student editorial staff will consider works on China, Japan, Korea, or East Asia as an entity. Works may be from any academic discipline and may be up to 25 pages long; however, shorter pieces are regularly accepted. Both academic and creative works, such as calligraphy, poetry, and photography, are published. The journal also seeks creative artwork for the cover.

For more details on the 45th edition, contact Jake Moore current editor-in-chief at moorew21@wittenberg.edu or Moskowitz at nmoskowitz@wittenberg.edu.

To view the current 44th edition, click here.

Cindy Holbrook
Cindy Holbrook
Senior Communications Assistant

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