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Thailand: The Lessons of Protest
      Kevin HEWISON

A Critical Consideration of the Use of Trauma as an Approach to Understanding Korean Cinema
      Ju-Yong HA and Joel DAVID

Review Essay on "Perspectives on Philippine Languages: Five Centuries of European Scholarship"
      Lawrence REID

Philippines-China Relations, 2001–2008: Dovetailing National Interests
      Charles Joseph de GUZMAN


Turning the Page: Re-examining Standards in Academic Journal Publication
      Asian Studies Editorial Staff

Hudud: Is UMNO Goading Pas?
     Francis LOH Kok Wah

Introduction to "Crises, Vulnerability & Poverty in South Asia: Peoples’ Struggles for Justice and Dignity"
      South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication

Japan, An Ambiguous Power
      Valerie Anne VALERO


The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence by Michael BARR
       Reviewed by Joel ROCAMORA

Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identity: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kalinga Society by Analyn SALVADOR-AMORES
       Reviewed by Sharon MAPA-ARRIOLA


Human Wrong
      Mohiuddin AHMAD

Student Lovers on a Hopei September
      Thomas David CHAVES


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