Rising Asia Journal
ISSN 2583-1038
Rising Asia Foundation

Latest Issue

VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 (WINTER/SPRING)
JANUARY TO APRIL 2023

Issue Information
Commentaries
  • Chinese and British Imperial Past
    THE DUALITY OF THE PSYCHE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG
    TOH HAN SHIH, Independent Scholar
    Abstract

    Chinese and British Imperial Past
    THE DUALITY OF THE PSYCHE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG


    The author visits the Hong Kong Palace Museum and the British Consulate General in Hong Kong to discover the ways in which the people of Hong Kong remember their imperial past. He finds that the reactions of Hong Kongers to a museum exhibit of the Chinese Emperor Qianlong, and the bouquets for Queen Elizabeth II, demonstrate the duality of their psyche. The duality is seen in the pride of many Hong Kongers in being Chinese yet abiding by the laws and practices which are a holdover from Hong Kong’s days as a British colony. Some Hong Kong people told the author in interviews that they believe the British administered Hong Kong efficiently in the latter phase of their colonial rule, and that is how they remember the British monarch.

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  • Tribute: Zulfikar Ghose (1935-2022)
    THE LAST ARTICLE OF ZULFIKAR GHOSE
    HARISH C. MEHTA and JULIE BANERJEE MEHTA
    Abstract

    Tribute: Zulfikar Ghose (1935-2022)
    THE LAST ARTICLE OF ZULFIKAR GHOSE


    The celebrated novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright passed away on June 30, 2022 in Austin, Texas, leaving behind his wife, the Brazilian artist Helena de la Fontaine, a vast trove of his writings, and several unpublished novels, essays, poems, and a play. We remember him fondly.

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  • Cricket in Social History
    PLAYING OUT THE OLD ENGLISH OBSESSION WITH CLASS
    ZULFIKAR GHOSE
    Abstract

    Cricket in Social History
    PLAYING OUT THE OLD ENGLISH OBSESSION WITH CLASS


    On the cricket field, English discrimination was not a case of racist bigotry as much as the old English obsession with class. But finding employment in England in the mid-twentieth century was fraught with racial prejudice.

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Research Articles
  • Trans-Himalayan Commerce
    INDIA-CHINA CROSS-BORDER TRADE OPTIONS: VIA NATHU-LA AND POSSIBLE RESUMPTION OF HISTORIC JELEP-LA ROUTE
    KABINDRA SHARMA, RAJIV GURUNG and VIMAL KHAWAS, Sikkim University
    Abstract

    Trans-Himalayan Commerce
    INDIA-CHINA CROSS-BORDER TRADE OPTIONS: VIA NATHU-LA AND POSSIBLE RESUMPTION OF HISTORIC JELEP-LA ROUTE


    This article argues for an urgent need for greater India-China cooperation through increased connectivity to tap the trade potential of the strategic location of Nathu-La at the Indo-China border. It also advocates the resumption of border trade through the Jelep-La route, located sixty-five miles from Kalimpong in West Bengal. Border trade can act as a confidence-building measure, paving the way for conflict management through economic integration. Despite the low trade volume, border trade can bridge the differences between the two hostile neighbors, and improve their bilateral ties. The study describes the patterns of trade between India and China during the last two decades, with a focus on border trade through Nathu-La in Sikkim. It argues that such trade is essential for India and China, the fastest-growing economies with a combined 38 percent of global population, and home to the largest number of young people for whose future security and prosperity the two countries cannot afford to have border disputes.

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  • Southeast Asian Alliances
    ASEAN AND THE UNITED STATES IN THE INDO-PACIFIC:
    CONVERGENCE OR DIVERGENCE?
    JOANNE LIN, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
    Abstract

    Southeast Asian Alliances
    ASEAN AND THE UNITED STATES IN THE INDO-PACIFIC:
    CONVERGENCE OR DIVERGENCE?


    The Indo-Pacific region is becoming more important to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States as highlighted in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) adopted in 2019 and in the Biden Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy released in February 2022. As such, cooperation between ASEAN and the United States is increasingly framed in the context of the complementary objectives of the two guiding documents. This article examines the premises and objectives of ASEAN and U.S. approaches to the Indo-Pacific and seeks to understand the similarity and differences including the competition vis-à-vis China, and the U.S. preference to work with its allies and regional partners. While ASEAN is working towards mainstreaming the AOIP in further substantiating its outlook, there are a number of convergences in which ASEAN may align its interests with the United States, especially in the promotion of a rules-based order as well as tangible and cutting-edge cooperation such as technology, digital economy, initiatives for sustainable development, and in the maritime domain. However, apart from positive-sum cooperation, ASEAN’s preference for neutrality and the need for consensus-building will make it difficult for ASEAN to take sides in the U.S.-China rivalry or to take substantive positions on key security issues. As such, the establishment of U.S.-led minilateral groupings such as the QUAD and AUKUS may be detrimental to the interest of ASEAN and might further exacerbate divisions within ASEAN and challenge its unity.

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  • Global Diasporas
    REFUGEE FOODWAYS: HOW ETHNIC CUISINES CAN HELP NEWCOMERS TO INTEGRATE IN CANADA
    NICOLE SMITH, Bielefeld University
    Abstract

    Global Diasporas
    REFUGEE FOODWAYS: HOW ETHNIC CUISINES CAN HELP NEWCOMERS TO INTEGRATE IN CANADA


    This study examines the integration of refugees in Toronto, many of whom have become entrepreneurs in the food industry in the safe haven of Canada, often fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. The author examines the “ethnic enclaves” such as Chinatown and Koreatown, and other emerging sites of ethnicity. Using a sociological case study of a Syrian restaurant, she explores government initiatives to help refugees establish their businesses. In her investigation, the author studies the media portrayal of their businesses in local newspapers, variously, as successful or as victims of hate crime, pointing out shortfalls in the coverage and the need for greater government support. She finds that many refugees not only want to succeed in their new lives, but to also give back to the new community they belong to. She concludes that simply consuming ethnic food does not guarantee one will not express racism or hatred toward another ethnic group, and voicing support for ethnic businesses is also not sufficient to claim to be “not racist.”

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Books
  • TANGO OF NEIGHBORS
    GURJIT SINGH, former Indian Ambassador
    Abstract

    TANGO OF NEIGHBORS


    ASEAN and India: The Way Forward, edited by Tommy Koh, Hernaikh Singh, and Moe Thuzar (Singapore: World Scientific, 2022), 344 pages, US$ 88.

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  • SEEING SOUTHEAST ASIA BELOW THE SURFACE
    VINOD KUMAR PILLAI, Independent Scholar
    Abstract

    SEEING SOUTHEAST ASIA BELOW THE SURFACE


    Michael Vatikiotis, Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018), 319 pages, INR 699.

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  • Literary Essay
    FROM WITCH-HUNTING IN BODO SOCIETY TO LAPSES IN BODO NOVEL WRITING
    MILAN NARZARY, University of Hyderabad
    Abstract

    Literary Essay
    FROM WITCH-HUNTING IN BODO SOCIETY TO LAPSES IN BODO NOVEL WRITING


    Bodo literature emerged with a need felt within the Bodo community to establish their history and culture. It soon became a force that created space for intellectual debate within the community. This article discusses a novel, Daini? by Manoranjan Lahary, and how his work reflects the desire of the early Bodo writers to dwell on their rich past. At the same time the article traces the development of Bodo novel writing as an art, highlighting Lahary’s skill in depicting nature and identifying what needs correction in society. It also discusses the lapses in writing style that plagued the early writers, and the discontinuities in the “realism” that was being promoted by them.

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About the Journal

Rising Asia is a scholarly publication and journal of record with a multidisciplinary orientation. It serves as a resource for the study, investigation, and teaching of Asian societies. Each volume of the journal contains interpretive essays on all aspects of Asian history, economy, diplomacy, literature, health, science, military affairs (war, peace and society or WPS) and culture.

Its coverage spans the humanities and social sciences, incorporating various thematic approaches—historical, economic, foreign policy, military, literary and theoretical that explore issues of grand strategy, ideology, ethnicity, race and gender, diasporic and indigenous communities, and colonialism and postcolonialism. The journal also publishes research articles in the field of Film Studies, as well as commentaries on museum exhibits and resource guides, provided all of them are scholarly in nature.

Journal Information

Title: Rising Asia Journal
Frequency: Three times a year
ISSN: ISSN 2583-1038
Publisher: Rising Asia Foundation
Chief Editor: Harish C. Mehta
Copyright: Rising Asia Foundation
Starting year: January 2021
Subject: Multidisciplinary subjects
Language: English
Publication Format: Online
Phone No: 91-9830721954
Email id: harishcmehta1968@gmail.com
Website: www.rajraf.org
Address: 32 T, New Road, Alipore, Kolkata 700 027, West Bengal, India

Editorial Board

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

HARISH C. MEHTA
PhD, McMaster University, Canada;
former Lecturer at University of Toronto, McMaster,
and Trent University;
and former Senior Indochina Correspondent,
The Business Times of Singapore.
harishcmehta1968@gmail.com
harish.mehta@utoronto.ca
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CONSULTING EDITOR

GURJIT SINGH
Former Ambassador of India to Germany, Indonesia, ASEAN, Ethiopia and the African Union;
currently honorary Professor of Humanities, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (Japan, Indonesia, ASEAN, Africa and Europe),
ambassadorgurjitsingh@gmail.com
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ASSOCIATE EDITORS

ANG CHENG GUAN
Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. (International History and Politics of Southeast Asia),
iscgang@ntu.edu.sg
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JANGKHONGAM DOUNGEL
Professor, Department of Political Science, Mizoram University, Aizawl (Local/Regional Politics & Socio-Economic Development of Mizoram, and Autonomy Movements in the North East),
jdoungel@gmail.com
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BOARD OF EDITORS

Julie Banerjee Mehta
Former Lecturer, University of Toronto and York University, currently Guest Faculty Professor, Loreto College, Calcutta (Postcolonial and Gender Theory, World Literatures, Diaspora Studies and Southeast Asian Culture),
juliemehta57@gmail.com
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Suchorita Chattopadhyay
Professor, Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University (Comparative Literature, Japan, and Asian Diasporas),
suchoritachattopadhyay@yahoo.com
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Ajay Dandekar
Professor, Shiv Nadar University (International Relations, China, Geostrategy),
ajay.dandekar@snu.edu.in
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Craig Etcheson
PhD (International Relations), University of Southern California; former Visiting Scientist at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health from 2017 through June 2022 (Transitional Justice, Genocide Studies, and Cambodia),
etcheson@ix.netcom.com
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Lalnundika Hnamte
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Pachhunga University College, A Constituent College of Mizoram University (Peace and Conflict Resolution; Northeast Indian politics; Sixth Schedule and Tribal Autonomy; Migration and Citizenship;
Look East/Act East Policy),
lalnundika@jbc.edu.in
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Tuan Hoang
Associate Professor of Great Books, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (Modern Vietnamese Intellectual and Religious History, Vietnamese American History,
and Vietnamese Catholicism),
tuan.hoang@pepperdine.edu
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Sanjay Kathuria
PhD (Economics), University of Oxford; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and Ashoka University, Sonipat, India; Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and former Lead Economist, World Bank (South Asian Trade and Investment, India's North East, Global Economy, Economic Growth, and Competitiveness),
sanjay@cprindia.org
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Veronica Khangchian
Assistant Professor, Gandhian School of Democracy and Socialism, ITM Unversity, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh; and former faculty in the Department of Sociology at Delhi School of Economics and Maitreyi College, University of Delhi (Ethnicity & Conflict, Migration, and Peace Processes in Northeast India),
verokarujiliu@gmail.com
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Vimal Khawas
Associate Professor & Head of Department of Peace & Conflict Studies and Management, Sikkim University, Gangtok (the Himalayan region, Sikkim, Nepal, Environmental Studies/Security, Development Studies, Urban and Regional Planning),
vkhawas@cus.ac.in
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Siddharth Mallavarapu
Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University (Disciplinary histories of International Relations, Theories of IR in the Global South, Asia in World Affairs, Comparative Political Thought, and Critical Security Studies),
siddharth.m@snu.edu.in
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Medha
Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University (South Asian Historical International Relations, Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches, Identities, Ideologies and Religion, and Discourse Theory),
medha@snu.edu.in
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Biswajit Mohapatra
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (Politics, International Relations and Foreign Policy; and India's North East),
biswajitm1@gmail.com
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Por Heong Hong
Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (Malaysia's healthcare policy, biopolitics, politics of memory, politics of heritage),
porheonghong@usm.my
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Vu Duong Luan
Senior Lecturer, Department of Heritage Studies, and Head of Office of Research Affairs and International Cooperation, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Transnational History of Sino-Vietnamese Early Modern Borderlands, Comparative Studies of Social and Economic Institutions of Imperial China and Vietnam, and the Politics of Heritage in Chinese and Vietnamese societies).
luanvuduong@gmail.com
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ASSISTANT EDITORS

BOOKS
Mohini Maureen Pradhan
mohinipcal53@gmail.com

FILM STUDIES
Raka Mukherjee
rakamukherjeeofficial@gmail.com.

RESEARCH
Hemalatha Sridhar
tatsugarde@gmail.com

Hussena Calcuttawala
hussenacal@gmail.com

COLUMNS
Valentina Notts
valentinanotts@gmail.com

PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE
Roshni Subramani
sales.risingasia@gmail.com

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