Reading the articles in this issue of The Journal of Asian Studies, I am reminded of how analytical perspectives within traditional academic disciplines are focused and sharpened by scholarship anchored in area studies. Grounded in fine-grained interdisciplinary research, Asian studies is a domain of scholarship that contributes new theoretical approaches to the study of anthropology, language and literature, political science, and history, as these and other disciplines extend beyond the boundaries of regional specialization. Covering a range of topics, the articles collected here highlight important ways in which Asian studies brings interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on fundamental questions of broad, general significance.

The articles in this issue of the JAS are not linked together thematically. Nevertheless, interesting points of connection can be emphasized—in particular, the dynamics of translation across boundaries of knowledge and experience, and the tensions among governance, revolution, and ideology.

In the lead article, Kenneth M. George...

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