Asia Pacific Perspectives 16.1

ANNOUNCING the “Fashioning Asian Identities” Issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives, Vol.16, No. 1 (2019)

The USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies announces the publication of the latest issue of its journal, Asia Pacific Perspectives. The 2019 “Fashioning Asian Identities” issue highlights dynamics and tensions around the intersections of personal expression, identity, and culture in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. John M. Skutlin explores the history of tattooing in Japan, its stigma, and how tattooees today manage their stigma. Johanna von Pezold addresses China’s rising influence in Africa through the lens of fashion exchange in Mozambique. Anne Peirson-Smith explores the increasingly popular phenomena of cosplay (costume-play), and Barbara Molony introduces us to Kyunghee Pyun and Aida Yuen Wong’s edited volume, Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). The articles are viewable now free of charge via open access at the journal’s website or by clicking on the following link:

Table of Contents:

Editor’s Introduction, by Melissa S. Dale, Executive Director, Center for Asia Pacific Studies, USF

Article: “Fashioning Tattooed Bodies: An Exploration of Japan’s Tattoo Stigma” ~ John M. Skutlin, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Article: ‘It Is Good to Have Something Different’: Mutual Fashion Adaptation in the Context of Chinese Migration to Mozambique” ~ by Johanna von Pezold, The University of Hong Kong

Article: “Fashioning the Embodied Liminal/Liminoid Self: An Examination of the Dualities of Cosplay Phenomenon in East Asia” ~ Anne Peirson-Smith, City University of Hong Kong
Book Review: Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia, reviewed by Barbara Molony, Santa Clara University

Asia Pacific Perspectives welcomes submissions from all fields of the social sciences and the humanities that focus on the Asia Pacific region, and especially those adopting a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to issues of interrelatedness in the Asia Pacific region. We are currently accepting submissions for future issues. To learn more about the journal and/or view our submission guidelines, visit:

Interested in guest editing an issue for Asia Pacific Perspectives? If so, please contact the editor, Melissa S. Dale at

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