Published: Aug. 31, 2023

Welcome to the latest installment of the Colorado Journal of Asian Studies (CJAS), proudly brought to you by the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. After a brief hiatus in 2022, we are thrilled to announce the release of our 10th issue in Spring 2023, with an issue featuring both research and creative pieces that span Iran to Japan. Our contributors, hailing from various universities and regions, have produced insightful works that explore a wide range of topics, including protest and political repression, history, literature, and gender.

Highlights from the 10th Issue

Ai Weiwei: Resistance and Authoritarianism by Nathan Boesen

Boesen discusses how art becomes a vessel for political dissent, inspired by the thought-provoking works of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Protest Across the Asian Continent by L Barr

Through a series of drawings, Barr delves into the history of protest movements across Asia, providing a visual narrative of resilience and resistance.

The Iranian Monolith: The Power of Imperial Imagination by Rumi Natanzi

Natanzi discusses the interplay of Western tropes and perceptions that continue to shape and impact Iran's image and identity abroad.

Sun Wukong’s Transformation: From Trickster to Hero by Bruno Unger

Unger sheds light on the evolution of Sun Wukong's character in Journey to the West, emphasizing its significance within Chinese literature and culture.

Atomic Bomb Nationalism: The Construction of the Japanese Postwar Pacifist Identity Through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum by Yuka Vogenthaler

Vogenthaler's shows unveils how the Japanese government redefined its global image in the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, focusing on the pursuit of peace.

What Happened in Xinjiang to the Uyghurs? An Overview of the Chinese Government’s Role in the Uyghur Genocide by Anonymous

An anonymous author investigates the complex policies and practices that underpin the Uyghur crisis in Xinjiang, offering a comprehensive overview.

Migration and its Impact on Left Behind Women: Examining Kerala’s Low Female Labor Force Participation Rates by Meenakshi Manoj

Manoj employs rigorous statistical analysis to shed light on how labor migration affects the female workforce in the Kerala region.

Unsustainable Practices: How China and America Caused the Scrap Trade Panic by Julia Harvey

Harvey's case study explores the implications of international regulations on the U.S.-China scrap industry, exposing the strain on environmentally friendly practices.

Japanese Peace and Soft Power: Osaka Expo ‘70 in the Cold War’s Space Race by Reese Hollister

Hollister's examination of the Osaka Expo '70 underscores Japan's diplomatic utilization of science and technology during the Cold War era.

We are grateful to the contributing undergraduate scholars for their invaluable insights and dedication to advancing our understanding of Asia. We invite you to explore the 10th edition of CJAS through the virtual edition. Find the complete range of articles and essays here.

We are now accepting submissions for the 11th edition. They can be submitted here:


The Editorial Team

Colorado Journal of Asian Studies

Center for Asian Studies