I want to begin by noting how honored I feel to be given the opportunity to serve as editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. Close readers of this periodical will note some shifts from past practices. For example, in this issue we introduce a new feature, “Asia Beyond the Headlines.” These commissioned essays will offer short, topical, scholarly yet accessible looks at issues of broad interest. Readers of JAS will also see that many of the traditions established by my illustrious predecessors will be continued. For example, like my immediate predecessor Kenneth George (who played the key role in editing most of the pieces in this issue and some of those that will appear later this year in these pages), I will divide each issue into sections. And in Editorial Forewords such as this one, when multiple articles are clustered together under a common rubric, like Ken, I will...

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