Economically speaking, Japan and China rank in the top three biggest economies by nominal GDP according to the United Nations, International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Political dynamics in the East Asian region range from multi-party democracies to some of the world’s most repressive regimes. Historical disputes between East Asian nations reverberate in our current society, like the controversies surrounding the Yasukuni Shrine, a monument to the war dead who served the Japanese Emperor, or the usage of Korean ‘comfort women’ in Japanese camps during World War II, or the ongoing territorial dispute over the Diaoyu & Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Culturally, East Asia offers a world historically developed with little outside influence that is full of fascinating academic promise.
In this inaugural issue of the Dartmouth Quarterly of East Asian Studies, we aim to publish research reflective of the current state of East Asian academia, as well as a broad overview of news and trends in the region today. The founding premise of the Quarterly is that publishing current student-produced research is the best way of spreading knowledge about East Asia, an ever-important component of the global sphere. This inaugural issue will present student-produced research on China, Japan and Korea. In future issues, we aim to expand our definition of East Asia beyond these three countries.
With the release of this issue, we ask you to become a part of the conversations occurring inside and beyond this journal. We look forward to making this the first of many issues to come.
Kartikeya Menon & Thomas Rover
President & Editor-In-Chief
Dartmouth Quarterly of East Asian Studies