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Urbanisation in East Asia

Economically and politically, Asia’s increasing importance has led some to see the 21st century as the Asian century. One of the major factors fuelling Asia’s remarkable growth is urbanisation. Gregory Bracken is the guest editor of The Focus, which zeroes in on Urbanisation in East Asia.

Religion and Global Empire

Guest Editor Kiri Paramore brings together ideas of religion, power and identity in Asia in his theme Religion and Global Empire.

‘Indigenous’ India

Markus Schleiter and Erik de Maaker present ‘Indigenous’ India – six essays focussing on a deeper understanding of the processes by which ‘tribes’ and ‘tribal identities’ are being sustained, redefined, created and denied.

Genomics in Asia

Guest Editor Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner’s theme on Genomics in Asia reveals the promise of revolutionary technologies and biomedical knowledge but also the bioethical concerns their application brings.

Energy Security: Asia/EU

Cooperation or competition? Guest Editor Mehdi Amineh’s theme on energy security addresses the challenges to EU-China relations.

CyberAsia

Guest Editor Chris Goto-Jones guides us through CyberAsia, a brave new world offering new technologies, new knowledge and new ways of thinking about Asia.

Pakistan

Pakistan is currently faced with an intense combination of tensions, which in certain spheres is breaking into outright conflict, threatening both the viability of the Pakistani state and the economic sustainability of its people. Imran Ali examines this rapidly evolving situation and analyses the underlying factors and issues that have created and subsequently aggravated these problems.

Women Warriors

In the 1940s and 1950s, women from Central Luzon in the Philippines and in North Vietnam responded overwhelmingly to the call of revolution by leaders of the Huk movement and the Viet Minh.1 Many abandoned traditional roles in Philippine and Vietnamese society to participate in their armed revolutionary struggle. The presence and participation of these women overturned many of the usual conventions in running a political and revolutionary organisation.

New Religious Movements

The Indian-based BKWSU arose from a Hindu cultural base, but distinct from Hinduism. It began in the 1930s as a small spiritual community called Om Mandli (Sacred Circle), consisting primarily of young women from the Bhai Bund community of Hyderabad Sindh, now part of Pakistan. Since the 1960s the community has been known as the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU), translated from the Hindi, ‘Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya’. It is significant that the movement included a ‘world’ focus in its name, even though active overseas expansion did not begin until 1971.

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