The Newsletter 72 Autumn 2015

The newness of Asia and its discontents

Marlon James Sales

The polysemy in the phrase ‘The New Asia Scholar’ is particularly useful in evaluating the state of scholarship about Asia. On the one hand, it can refer to a scholar who is attuned to the newness of Asia as a field of inquiry. On the other hand, ‘The New Asia Scholar’ can be interpreted as a reconfiguration of ‘who’ studies Asia.