Rising Asia Journal
ISSN 2583-1038
Rising Asia Foundation

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VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1 (WINTER/SPRING)
JANUARY TO APRIL 2022

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Commentaries
  • THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE PARIS PEACE AGREEMENT
    Settling the Cambodia Conflict: Hindsight Views
    (October 23, 1991 to October 23, 2021)
    Ieng Mouly
    Abstract

    THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE PARIS PEACE AGREEMENT
    Settling the Cambodia Conflict: Hindsight Views
    (October 23, 1991 to October 23, 2021)


    The author, a signatory to the Paris Peace Agreements, reflects on his personal participation in the peace negotiations among the warring factions of Cambodia that eventually ended the fighting and brought peace. In tracing the insurmountable obstacles to peace, he identifies new challenges to political stability, both foreign and domestic, and recommends that all Cambodians should end the politics of divisiveness and work towards national unity.

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  • NORODOM RANARIDDH
    January 1944-November 2021
    The Exilic Life of a Cambodian Warrior Prince
    Harish C. Mehta
    Abstract

    NORODOM RANARIDDH
    January 1944-November 2021
    The Exilic Life of a Cambodian Warrior Prince


    The author of this tribute wrote the only full-length, authorized biography of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, son of Norodom Sihanouk, in 2001. Here, he reflects on the life of a prince who skimmed the heights of political power, went into premature decline, and staged a remarkable resurrection.

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Research Articles
  • DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
    The Unauthorized Diplomat:
    Staughton Lynd, Vietnam War Diplomacy, and a Missed “Missed Opportunity” in the Peace Offensive, December 1965 to January 1966
    Luke Stewart
    Abstract

    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
    The Unauthorized Diplomat:
    Staughton Lynd, Vietnam War Diplomacy, and a Missed “Missed Opportunity” in the Peace Offensive, December 1965 to January 1966


    Most diplomatic historians conclude that the failure of the Johnson administration’s second bombing pause over North Vietnam and first major peace offensive from December 25, 1965 to January 31, 1966 was a fait accompli. Moreover, the resumption of bombing was ordered without major debate within the national security state. “The Unauthorized Diplomat” challenges this interpretation by exploring the aftermath of the American peace activist and scholar Staughton Lynd’s ten-day fact-finding trip to North Vietnam and discussions with representations of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) and the National Liberation Front (NLF) in Prague, Moscow, and Hanoi. Ultimately, Lynd’s experiences throughout 1965 and his conversations with “the other side” during the peace offensive convinced him that alternatives to escalation existed in January 1966 and, unbeknownst to him, were reflected in the high-level deliberations and decision-making in the White House. This was perhaps the last best chance to avoid even greater U.S. escalation of the Vietnam War.

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  • THE NORTHEAST
    The Role of Mizoram as a Significant Actor in India’s Act East Policy
    Jangkhongam Doungel
    Abstract

    THE NORTHEAST
    The Role of Mizoram as a Significant Actor in India’s Act East Policy


    India’s Look East Policy, renamed Act East Policy in 2014, aims at bridging the gap with Southeast Asian countries and improving both diplomatic and commercial ties with them. The targeted goal, however, may not be achieved without the involvement and participation of the Northeastern states on account of their geographical contiguity with Southeast Asian countries. Two Act East policy projects, namely, the Kolodyne Hydro-Electric Project II (HEP II) and the Kolodyne Multi Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) Road, have been undertaken in the state of Mizoram. Besides these, a Land Customs Station has opened at Zokhawthar. This article analyzes the significance of Mizoram in the ongoing Act East Policy and assesses whether, or not, the change of the nomenclature from “look” to “act” really activates the project at the ground level.

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  • FILM STUDIES
    The Ghost of Guimi from Imperial to Millennial China
    Sheng-mei Ma
    Abstract

    FILM STUDIES
    The Ghost of Guimi from Imperial to Millennial China


    Guimi is one of millennial China’s favorite lexicons for boudoir confidantes, a coterie of usually three female friends, a support network in life’s struggle in a Promised Land of mammonism and masculinism. Guimi stands on the shoulders of a long line of female bonding in imperial China. In millennial China, this womance manifests itself in young female protagonists in three popular 2020 TV series. That the series do not mellow into more senior women suggests ageism despite the nominal refutation of sexism. Unbound from men, females remain handmaidens to mammon in corporations headed by male CEOs, sinking under the weight of liquid assets plied by men. Liquid assets conjure up another tradition on whose shoulders guimi also stand: imperial female ghosts with their mountain of jostling, mutely screeching bones where guimi perches. This inter-Asian “base” of bones comprises imperial well-being/s, beings born out of killing wells of suicides and femicides.

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Books
  • DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
    History Lessons from SEATO to the Newer Regional Security Alliances
    Ang Cheng Guan
    Abstract

    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY
    History Lessons from SEATO to the Newer Regional Security Alliances


    There are compellingly valid reasons to revisit the two decades-long history and diplomatic experience of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization from the 1950s to the 1970s. The emergence of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, which some analysts believe may turn into an “Asian NATO” or a “new SEATO” has made it worthwhile to study how previous multilateral alliances in Asia were formed, how they functioned, and subsequently dissolved. The revival of interest in SEATO is seen in new literatures that explore its workings, such as its operational-level contingency plans and counter-insurgency policies. The author reconstructs a lifecycle of SEATO using materials which were unavailable to scholars studying the organization from the 1950s through the 1980s and presents a nuanced assessment of the grouping.

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  • THE LONG REVIEW
    Can “Minilateralism” Deliver Maximum Diplomatic Advantage for the Quad, the Mekong, and Asean?
    Saranya Antony A

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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
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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

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

ASSOCIATE EDITORS

ANG CHENG GUAN
Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. (International History and Politics of Southeast Asia),
iscgang@ntu.edu.sg

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

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

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

Suchorita Chattopadhyay
Professor, Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University (Comparative Literature, Japan, and Asian Diasporas),
suchoritachattopadhyay@yahoo.com

Ajay Dandekar
Professor, Director, Humanities & Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University (International Relations, China, Geostrategy),
ajay.dandekar@snu.edu.in

Craig Etcheson
PhD (International Relations), University of Southern California; currently Visiting Scientist at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Transitional Justice, Genocide Studies, and Cambodia),
etcheson@ix.netcom.com

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

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),
sanjaykathuria@gmail.com

Veronica Khangchian
Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Management & Peace Initiatives, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong; and former Assistant Professor (Sociology), University of Delhi (Ethnicity & Conflict, Migration, and Peace Processes in Northeast India),
verokarujiliu@gmail.com

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

Shubhrajeet Konwer
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University (India's North East, Foreign Policy, Security, and Border Studies),
sk489@gauhati.ac.in

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

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

Md Mizanur Rahman
PhD Fellow, School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Bowling Green State University, Ohio (American Studies, Environmental Humanities, Cultural and Critical Theory),
mohrah@bgsu.edu

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

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

Meenakshi Shedde
South Asia Delegate to the Berlin Film Festival; Independent Film Curator based in Mumbai; Winner of National Award for Best Film Critic; Jury Member of 20 international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice; written for/edited 19 books, mainly on cinema, and media worldwide (Indian/ Asian/ World/ archival cinema),
meenakshishedde@gmail.com

Vu Duong Luan
Research Fellow, Institute of Vietnamese Studies and Development Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (History of Vietnam, Early Modern East Asia, China-Southeast Asia Interactions, and Asian Borderland Studies),
luanvuduong@gmail.com

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