The Newsletter 56 Spring 2011

NIAS Press Gendering Asia series

Gerald Jackson

NIAS PRESS IS A SCHOLARLY PRESS specializing in publishing innovative research on modern Asia. The Press is a globally focused publisher with authors from every continent, and distribution covering all parts of the world. It is focused mainly on the social sciences and history, particularly research dealing with contemporary Southeast Asia and East Asia. The Gendering Asia series is certainly contemporary but mention of ‘gender studies’ all too often evokes images of earnest, activist, female researchers undertaking ‘women’s studies’. Reality is another matter, especially with regard to our Gendering Asia book series. How otherwise would (say) a study of the backroom male culture of Thai politics be of interest to the series editors? Or the representation of male homosexuality in China today?