Asia in Focus is a peer-reviwed journal published online twice a year by NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. NIAS is a Nordic research and service institute focusing on Asia’s modern transformations. Asia in Focus was initiated by NIAS to provide Master students and Ph.D. students affiliated to a Nordic institution a widely accessible and transnational forum to publish their findings. The journal is now open to students from all European institutions of higher education. The focal point of the journal is the modern Asian societies viewed from the standpoints of social science and humanities. The geographical focus is the Asian countries from Central Asia to Oceania excluding Australia and New Zealand. 

We aim at a high academic level in a concise, focused and readable form, and publish both academic essays and academic articles. Asia in Focus currently ranks Level 1 in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.

NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Øster Farimagsgade 5
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

ISSN: 2446-0001


Inga-Lill Blomkvist 
NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Editorial Committee

Nicol Foulkes Savinetti (Managing Editor)

NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

André Asplund
Stockholm University

Nis Grünberg
Copenhagen Business School and Sino-Danish Center

Arun Kumar
Linnaeus University

Bonn Juego
University of Jyväskylä

Kenneth Bo Nielsen
University of Bergen