Journal of the Society for Asian Humanities (JOSAH)


The Journal of the Society for Asian Humanities (JOSAH) is the  flagship publication of the Australian Society for Asian Humanities and has been issued continuously since 1960. It is the oldest journal on Asia currently published in Australia.

 E-texts are available through INFORMIT while printed copies can be obtained by email to Until vol. 51 (2019), its title was JOSA: Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia.

Current Issue

JOSAH Vol. 54


Mei Lanfang 梅兰芳, Eisenstein and Zhu Guifang 朱桂芳in Moscow, March–April 1935, photographer unknown.Source: RGALI, Moscow. From Helen Grace’s article “‘The primary sources of “the magic of art”‘: Eisenstein and East Asia”

JOSAH Vol. 53
We are delighted to introduce the latest issue of the Journal of the Society for Asian Humanities (JOSAH), marking the first under the new editor and the second under our current name. As one of the oldest ongoing Humanities journals in Australia, JOSAH takes pride in its independence, which stems from not being affiliated with any major information companies and from being situated outside of Britain and the United States.
Our renewal process has included supporting new scholars in the field, with this year’s Emerging Scholar Award given to Soo Choi for her work on an adaptive translation of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian. In addition, we are pleased to feature Estelle Rust’s article on the connection between fandom and tourism in Japan, which received an honorable mention. Since 1960, JOSAH has published works from distinguished writers on Asia, not limited to those based in Australia. This issue continues the tradition by featuring Devleena Ghosh’s 2020 A.R. Davis Memorial Lecture for the Australian Society for Asian Humanities, as well as articles by Kam Louie, Susette B.T. Cooke, and David S.G. Goodman. The diverse approaches and methodologies found in this volume illustrate the evolution of Humanities research on Asia since 1960.
Alongside main articles and the A.R. Davis Lecture, we are also excited to publish a special feature—an annotated catalogue of the Kwee Collection at the University of Sydney by Tom Hoogervorst. Moreover, we extend a warm welcome to our new review editors, Mei-fen Kuo and Craig Smith, and acknowledge the efforts of our Managing Editor, Josh Stenberg, and Associate Editor, Meaghan Morris, in revitalizing the journal. We are grateful for the hard work and generosity of all our reviewers during these challenging times. 

Promoting Asian Studies in Australia since 1956

The Australian Society for Asian Humanities promotes the knowledge of Asia in Australia and provide a venue for scholars working in Asian humanities to present their work to their peers and others interested in Asia. We regularly run lectures, discussions and exhibitions to encourage the study of Asian history and culture.