Asian Studies

Our Routledge Asian Studies Handbooks present the best in cutting edge research across the entire subject area from established sub-disciplines to emerging areas. Our titles have excellent coverage of the history, economics and political science of all Asian regions. Topics such as gender and sexuality, media, the environment, public health, religion and diaspora studies are featured, and there is a series of contemporary country studies. This subject’s full title listing can be downloaded here. As long as there are a minimum of titles available within a subject area then these titles can be purchased within a Subject Collection. New Subject Collections are created annually as new titles are added to the platform.



Global public health is of growing concern to most governments and populations, nowhere more so than in Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent.
Providing a comprehensive overview of the study of gender in South Asia, this Handbook covers the central contributions that have defined this area and captures innovative and emerging paradigms that ...
With around 40 million people worldwide, the ethnic Chinese and the Chinese in diaspora form the largest diaspora in the world.
India is the largest film producing country in the world and its output has a global reach.
The study of the history of Southeast Asia is still growing, evolving, deepening and changing as an academic field.
The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary resource that focuses on contemporary Japan and the social and cultural trends that are important at the beginn...
The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics addresses the recent economic transformation in South Asia.
The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics is an advanced level reference guide which surveys the current state of Japanese politics, featuring both traditional topics and cutting edge research.
The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics examines key issues in politics of the five independent states of the South Asian region: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
The Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism is a definitive introduction to, and analysis of, the development of regionalism in Asia, including coverage of East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of the major themes that have defined the politics of Southeast Asia.
This Handbook is the first major volume to examine the conservation of Asia’s culture and nature in relation to the wider social, political and economic forces shaping the region today.
India’s growing economic and socio-political importance on the global stage has triggered an increased interest in the country.
South Asia’s diaspora is among the world’s largest and most widespread, and it is growing exponentially.
Nowhere is the connection between society and the environment more evident and potentially more harmful for the future of the world than in Asia.
Problems of climate change, biodiversity and air pollution are clearly growing globally, but more particularly in Asia because of its economic importance and richness in nature.
Research on the family has expanded considerably across Asia but studies tend to be fragmented, focusing on narrow issues within limited areas (cities, towns, small communities) and may not be accessi...
Located in the center of Asia with one of the largest land frontiers in the world and 14 neighbors whose dispositions could not easily be predicted, China has long been obsessed with security.
The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia offers a broad, analytical survey of Malaysia.
The Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia provides a contemporary and comprehensive overview of religion in contemporary Asia.
The study of Chinese media is a field that is growing and evolving at an exponential rate.
Decades after the end of the World War II East Asia continues to struggle with lingering animosities and unresolved historical grievances in domestic, bilateral and regional memory landscapes.
India is the second largest country in the world with regard to population, the world’s largest democracy and by far the largest country in South Asia, and one of the most diverse and pluralistic nati...
India has the world’s fourth largest military and one of the biggest defence budgets.
While a decade ago much of the discussion of new media in Asia was couched in Occidental notions of Asia as a "default setting" for technology in the future, today we are seeing a much more complex pi...
This collection brings together cutting-edge work by established and emerging scholars focusing on key societies in the East Asian region: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, North and South Korea, Mongo...
Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when Korea became entangled in the world of modern imperialism and the old social, economic and political order began to change; this handbook brings together c...
The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management provides a comprehensive overview of management and business processes and practices in Japanese companies.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy draws out the full range of topics and issues that characterise China's external affairs.
The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan offers a comprehensive overview of both contemporary Taiwan and the Taiwan studies field.
The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature provides a comprehensive overview of how we study Japanese literature today.
The environment is one of the defining issues of our times, and it is closely linked to questions and dilemmas surrounding economic development.
Offering a comprehensive overview of the current situation in the country, The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia provides a broad coverage of social, cultural, political and economic development withi...
Asia is regarded as the fastest growing area for international and domestic tourism in the world today and over the next 20 years.
The Routledge Handbook of Asian Law is a cutting-edge and comprehensive resource which surveys the interdisciplinary field of Asian Law.
Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre is an advanced level reference guide which surveys the rich and diverse traditions of classical and contemporary performing arts in Asia, showcasing significant sch...
Corruption in Asia ranges from the venal rent-seeking of local officials to the million-dollar bribes received by corrupt politicians; from excessive position-related consumption to future job offers ...
Since the 1990s there has been a dramatic increase in cultural flows and connections between the countries in the East Asian region.
Southeast Asia, an economically dynamic and strategically vital region, seemed until recently to be transiting to more democratic politics.
The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies brings together leading scholars and scholarship to capture the state of the field of Asian American Studies, as a generation of researchers have expan...
In the past decade, Bangladesh has achieved significant social and economic progress.
The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media offers readers a comprehensive examination of the way that Asian Americans have engaged with media, from the long history of Asian American actors and ...
During the last few decades, China has accomplished unprecedented economic growth and has emerged as the second largest economy in the world.
Scholarship on premodern Japan has grown spectacularly over the past four decades, in terms of both sophistication and volume.
As the centre of world economic development has shifted towards Asia over the last two decades, many Asian countries have witnessed rapid growth in economic and business operations.
With a population of 190 million, Pakistan is strategically located at the crossroads of the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and has the second largest Muslim population in the world.
Whilst the Chinese Communist Party is one of the most powerful political institutions in the world, it is also one of the least understood, due to the party?s secrecy and tight control over the archiv...
The Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia is an interdisciplinary resource, covering one of the most dynamically expanding sectors in contemporary Asia.
Human Resource Management (HRM) is fundamentally shaped by institutional and cultural factors, such as the different political environments and social philosophies of particular countries and regions.
This handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics and prospects of democratization in East Asia.
The geographical diversity of the Indian diaspora has been shaped against the backdrop of the historical forces of colonialism, nationalism and neoliberal globalization.
The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History is a concise overview of modern Japanese history from the middle of the nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century.
Asia is a complex and diverse continent, which has seen the scope and pace of transformation increase rapidly over the past 30 years.
The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Translation presents expert and new research in analysing and solving translation problems centred on the Chinese language in translation.
This comprehensive handbook introduces the reader to the education system in India in terms of its structural features, its relations with society and culture, and the debates that have shaped present...
The Routledge Handbook of Africa?Asia Relations is the first handbook aimed at studying the interactions between countries across Africa and Asia in a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive way.
The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies provides a detailed exploration of security dynamics in the three distinct subregions that comprise Asia, and also bridges the study of these regions b...
The Routledge Handbook of Energy in Asia presents a comprehensive review of the unprecedented growth of Asian energy over the past quarter of a century.
Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world ? hosting a wide range of languages, ethnicities, religions, economies, ecosystems and political systems.
The History of Indian Philosophy is a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the movements and thinkers that have shaped Indian philosophy over the last three thousand years.
After decades of mismanagement and direct military rule, Myanmar?s contested transition to a more democratic government has rapidly shifted the outlook in this significant Southeast Asian nation.
Housing more than half of the global population, Asia is a region characterised by increasingly diverse forms of migration and mobility.
Few countries as culturally rich, politically pivotal, and naturally beautiful as Indonesia are as often misrepresented in global media and conversation.
Home to close to 60 per cent of the world?s population, Asia is the largest and by far the most populous continent.
The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media is a comprehensive study of the key contemporary issues and scholarly discussions around Japanese media.
From a nuclear North Korea and territorial disputes in the East China Sea, to global climate change and Asia-Pacific free trade agreements, Japan is at the center of some of the most challenging issue...
In Asia, where authoritarian-developmental states have proliferated, statehood and social control are heavily contested in borderland spaces.
The Philippines is a fascinating example of a "poor country democracy" where issues of economic development and poverty, political participation and stability, as well as ethnicity and migration are c...
Providing a comprehensive overview of Russia?s foreign policy directions, this handbook brings together an international team of scholars to develop a complex treatment of Russia?s foreign policy.
This handbook for educators and researchers consists of an unparalleled set of conceptual essays and empirical studies that advance new perspectives and build empirical ground on multicultural educati...
The Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia is designed to serve as a comprehensive reference guide to politics in Asia.
This comprehensive handbook is the ultimate reference work, providing authoritative and international overviews of all aspects of schools and schooling in Asia.
The study of early China has been radically transformed over the past fifty years by archaeological discoveries, including both textual and non-textual artefacts.
Asian transportation systems and services, as well as their usage, are fraught with challenges.
In the present global context, some countries still face many challenges to bringing about inclusive, efficient, and environmentally sustainable development.
When Britain and China negotiated the future of Hong Kong in the early 1980s, their primary concern was about maintaining the status quo.
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