Academic journal article Southeast Review of Asian Studies

Welcome from the SEC/AAS President

Academic journal article Southeast Review of Asian Studies

Welcome from the SEC/AAS President

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It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the thirty-first volume of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies. As a former editor (2004-6) and frequent contributor since joining the SEC/AAS in 1983, I have witnessed the steady progress of this publication from an in-house work featuring a few papers and abstracts from the previous meeting to a full-scale, noteworthy scholarly journal with high-quality articles by both seasoned veterans and younger scholars. We are proud of the fact that the SEC/AAS is the only regional chapter of the Association for Asian Studies to produce such a professional journal that rivals any other Asian studies publication in terms of quality.

My three-year term as SERAS editor was notable for several changes: an on-line version, book reviews, scholarly notes, and acceptance of articles not necessarily resulting from papers presented at the previous conference. In other words, we were moving the SERAS away from its "in-house" status to that of a professional publication with national aspirations; but there was plenty of room for improvement. What we really needed was a highly talented editor to transform this aspiring journal into a highly professional scholarly work. Luckily I befriended Steven Gump when he submitted a classy article for publication. …

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