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Food Security and Land Grabbing

Local crop or foreign commodity? Guest editor Annelies Zoomers considers the food security debate in Asia, in the context of domestic and international land acquisitions intended to meet increasing demands for both food and (bio)energy. Various strategies, such as offshore farming, the creation of agro-hubs, and foreign investors, aim to increase food security, yet often have an adverse impact on local communities and their ecosystems.

Cultural Heritage

“Cultural heritage projects mediate what we behold, and what we are told, of the past,” states guest editor Imran bin Tajudeen. “They involve representations and narrations of, and interventions on, aspects of the histories of specifically-defined communities within contemporary frames of reference and signification.”

Supplementary education in Asia

Guest editors Mark Bray and Julian Dierkes introduce the theme of supplementary education by showing how it has become a huge enterprise, occupying significant proportions of the time of students and the budgets of their families.

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.


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.


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