Following on from Chia-Ling Wu's remark in EASTS (10, no. 3) that the journal resembles a kitchen, I can say the “independent kitchen” run by the EASTS book review editors has been a stimulating and provocative laboratory. I began my first three-year term as the convener of the book review board in November 2012. Learning the craft from the former convener Akihisa Setoguchi sensei, and drawing from traditions set up by former book review editors including Wen-Hua Kuo and Shang-jen Li, I've worked with outstanding colleagues to continue commissioning reviews of books written in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. I've also been especially grateful for this opportunity to facilitate the bridging of the EASTS community and the global STS community through the wide-ranging reviews of English-language books on East Asian science, technology, and medicine.

From the end of 2012 to the end...

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