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The Landscape of Contemporary Asian American Studies (September 2016): Academic Journals

By Mark E. Pfeifer

Academic Journals

Asian American studies as a discipline includes a few scholarly periodicals recognized across the field as a whole, as well as journals focused on certain ethnic groups.  The Journal of Asian American Studies has been published since 1998 and is the official journal of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), which is recognized as the primary scholarly organization promoting the discipline.  Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, the Journal of Asian American Studies occasionally publishes thematic issues on important and compelling issues in the field.  The longest-running journal in the field, Amerasia Journal, was founded in 1971 by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and covers topics pertaining to Asian Americans across academic disciplines.  Amerasia Journal also occasionally publishes thematic issues.  Topics in recent years have included sports in Asian America and Indigenous populations in Asian countries.

The Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement is the official publication of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA).  This peer-reviewed, open access journal was founded in 2006 and publishes one issue per year.  Articles focus on education, demographics, and socioeconomic issues in Southeast Asian American communities.  All of the articles published in the journal may be accessed at the journal’s website (

The Hmong Studies Journal was founded in 1996 as an open access journal published online, a time when relatively few scholarly resources were available related to the Hmong.  This peer-reviewed journal generally publishes one issue a year on issues related to the Hmong diaspora around the world, though the majority of articles concern Hmong Americans.  All of the articles published in the journal’s sixteen volumes may be accessed in full text at the journal’s website (, which also includes extensive sets of Hmong-related US census data and a large set of research bibliographies within different topical realms of Hmong studies.