This special issue of EASTS makes clear why the management of population is so central to global history and why the sciences of population are so central to projects of population management. Perhaps nowhere and at no time were these truths more evident than in Asia during the Cold War era. In this commentary I highlight the signal contributions of the articles in this special issue to larger themes in Asian studies, science studies, and population studies and then map out some directions for future research.

By focusing on Asian population politics and science, these articles have uncovered a fresh domain in which Asia has reshaped the post-World War II world. As the editors Aya Homei and Yu-Ling Huang point out in their introduction to this special issue, Asia was a key terrain in the Cold War battle between East and...

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