The June issue of Pacific Affairs consists of three articles and a review essay. It opens with, “Japan’s Kissinger? Yachi Shōtarō: The State Behind the Curtain.” In this paper, author Giulio Pugliese reassesses, on the basis of a variety of primary sources, the 2006 and 2014 reset in Sino-Japanese relations and the role of governmental actors. In so doing, he provides a close-up portrait of Abe Shinzo’s “diplomatic brain,” Yachi Shōtarō, and of the latter’s preference for geopolitics, strategy, and secret diplomacy.
“Participatory Divide in the Online and Offline Political Engagement in Thailand” by Aim Sinpeng is our second article. In her study, Sinpeng compares and contrasts the socioeconomic profile of offline and online supporters of pro- and anti-government movements in Thailand. Based on Facebook and street-level survey analysis, she shows that overall online political participants have lower levels of socioeconomic status than their peers on the streets regardless of their political orientation. Such findings suggest social media platforms like Facebook can narrow the socioeconomic gap in political engagement and bring in new, previously disengaged groups into political life.
In the next article, “Concrete Memories and Sensory Pasts: Everyday Heritage and the Politics of Nationhood,” author Kelvin E.Y. Low employs the notion of “concrete memories” comprising the three key features of familiarity, sensory remembering, and ownership, to argue that heritage landmarks and trails in Singapore form a site through which the nation’s history is selectively interpreted, negotiated, and experienced by different actants. Low’s paper interrogates how Singapore’s everyday heritage is framed through embodied and sensory experiences by deploying concrete memories vis-à-vis actor-network theory. In so doing, it calls attention to embodied tourism in heritage-tourism studies and at the same time addresses the production and consumption of heritage and power relations through heritage networks.
Finally, in a review essay titled, “Disputed Waters, Contested Norms: Framing Discourses on the South China Sea Disputes,” Jiye Kim introduces a range of existing and new perspectives to bear upon the debates surrounding tensions in the South China Sea. She seeks to define the current status of debate on the sovereignty of coastal states and the universal norm of freedom of maritime activities. She also summarises the updated research on possible solutions to the unfolding disputes in these troubled waters.
Pacific Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal committed to advancing empirical and conceptual knowledge in the field of Asia Pacific-focussed area studies. We view area studies as combining serious commitment to original research on specific regions and countries in Asia and the Pacific with insights and analytical rigour derived from multiple disciplines and various theoretical perspectives.
Impact Factor Score: .562 (22 out of 65 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2014 to articles published in 2012 and 2013.
5-Year Impact Factor Score: 0.855 (16 out of 65 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2014 to articles published from 2009 to 2013
Immediacy Index Score: 0.087 (23 out of 65 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2014 of articles published in 2014
Article Influence® Score: 0.451 (17 out of 65 Area Studies journals)
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Pacific Affairs is a peer-reviewed, independent, and interdisciplinary scholarly journal focussing on important current political, economic, and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. Each issue contains approximately five new articles and 40-45 book reviews. Published continuously since 1928 under the same name, Pacific Affairs has been located on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 1961. The journal is committed to providing to the scholarly community and the world at large high quality research on Asia and the Pacific that takes readers beyond the headlines and across multiple disciplines.
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