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Asia in Focus Issue 5 is out now!

Now the 5th issue of Asia in Focus – a Nordic journal on Asia by  early career researchers is available online.

In the first paper Therese Boje Mortensen necessarily puts international human rights conventions into a local context, and questions the normative acceptance of ‘institutions as a last resort’ when it comes to children in rural India. Staying in India, Patrick Wennström then reminds us, importantly, of the value of combining qualitative and quantitative methods in the field of land cover change studies. Birgitte Egeskov Jensen then takes us to China for a crucial discussion of social citizenship and how it continues to be strongly determined by the hukou system which, she argues, further consolidates rural people’s self-image as ‘undeserving’. In the final article, we turn to literature – Jona Barabas uses concepts from queer theory and Confucian philosophy to succinctly examine the main character’s approach to the relationships in his life.


Asia in Focus is one of the few journals worldwide that educates and publishes Masters students and PhD candidates. Our focus is on modern Asia in the social sciences and the humanities.

Hosted and funded by NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, we are currently open to submissions from early career researchers of all nationalities who are based at a European institute of higher education. We would very much like to change this geographic limitation but it is challenging to do so with the limited funding we have.