Dear Reader,

I am pleased to introduce Volume IV of the Emory Journal of Asian Studies (EJAS), a multidisciplinary academic journal published by undergraduates at Emory University.

Since 2018, the Journal has aimed to provide publishing opportunities for undergraduate students conducting insightful research on topics related to Asia. 

As a result, the Journal has published three volumes and three special editions, with this fourth volume being our latest publication. Since the first call for submissions this academic school year, the Journal has received incredible writing from students attending Emory University and other academic institutions across the United States and in Canada. I have been impressed by the insightful research and scholarly analysis this year and will share the best submissions in the following pages.

The continuing success of the Journal could not have been achieved without the generous support of our faculty advisor, Dr. Yawei Liu, an adjunct Professor of Political Science at Emory and the Director of the Carter Center’s China Program and the Emory Media Council. Our Journal extends our gratitude. 

Lastly, I would like to give a special thank you to our incredible Editorial Board and the authors of this issue for their resilience through the continued challenges of COVID-19. Their collective talents and wisdom have allowed us to continue broadening the field of Asian Studies.

I hope you enjoy Volume IV of the Emory Journal of Asian Studies.

Sahar Al-Gazzali, Chief Editor