Our cover image features nine bamboo slips bearing the circa fourth century BCE Cheng Wu text discussed in Edward L. Shaughnessy's article in this issue of the journal. The slips are currently housed in the Tsinghua University Center for Unearthed Documents Research and Protection.

This issue opens with two pieces on China that focus on very different time periods and have been written by very different scholars. The first is by a specialist in the study of that country's distant past, while the second is by a sociologist whose focus is on the early part of the twentieth century. These two pieces are followed by articles authored by a group of scholars based in varied disciplines—history, literature, and political science are all represented—and working in varied parts of Asia, with Japan, Vietnam, and Korea each highlighted.

“Of Trees, a Son, and Kingship: Recovering an Ancient Chinese Dream” begins the issue...

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