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  • Editor's Preface
  • Huping Ling

In spring 2008 I was elected as the incoming editor of JAAS, thus beginning my four-year service to the official journal of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). I am happy that during my term as the editor, the journal has continued to grow and develop. It has become fully electronically operated, from submission, to reviews, copyediting, and production. Robert Burchfield, an excellent professional copyeditor, has been identified and hired to ensure the quality of the journal. I have made every effort to evaluate and process submissions for reviews, and address queries from authors and the general public promptly. The journal has strived to reflect the most recent and finest scholarship in Asian American studies. From issue 12.2 to issue 15.1, forty-nine authors have contributed forth-three articles, and nearly fifty authors have written book reviews. In addition, the association's book awards of each year have also been included in the journal. JAAS has been a highly respected peer-reviewed journal with an acceptance rate of 8-10 percent and ranked as one of the top 20 percent of the over 400 professional journals on the electronic database Project Muse, in terms of the number of times accessed. [End Page v]

Editing the journal has been a daunting as well as a rewarding experience, and I am grateful to all the following individuals and agencies whose work and support made the journal's success possible. I want to thank the Executive Board of the AAAS for entrusting me with the important job. My colleague Philip Q. Yang, the book reviews editor, has always been efficient, insightful, and supportive. I am thankful to the members of the JAAS editorial board who have contributed energy and time to the journal with their steadfast support, constructive advice, as well as reviews of submissions. I am deeply indebted to the numerous anonymous reviewers who have contributed expertly evaluations of the submissions to help maintain the quality of the journal. I have highest respect to all the authors who have submitted articles to the journal for their intellectual energy and creativity, and for their dedication to the field of Asian American studies. I want to thank the readers of JASS for being supportive and stimulating. At Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP), Bill Breichner, the journals publisher, has been an enthusiastic advocate of the journal and the AAAS. Mary Muhler, journals production coordinator, and her colleagues at JHUP are impressive with their proficiency and professionalism. Without the support of my home institute, Truman State University, and the indispensable assistance from my student assistants, Adam Conway and Rachel Hinrichs (who succeeded the former), it would have been impossible for me to take on the task of the editorship.

In this issue, five scholars present their fine work to our readers. The first three essays center around the themes of transnational migration and citizenship. Wei Li and Lucia Lo's essay examines highly skilled Chinese and Indian migrants settled in Canada and the United States and the impact of the changing geo-economic-political order to their migration. Lisong Liu's essay studies the returning Chinese professional migrants from the United States and their negotiation of the complex citizenship requirements. Eric J. Pido's article suggests that the high rate homeownership among Filipinos is a means of displaying their citizenship and belonging in the United States. In the last essay, Stacy E. Schultz looks at Asian American women artists' performative strategies drawn from cultural experience, and their attention to cross-cultural fluidity in negotiating language, history, politics, and cultural perception. [End Page vi]

I would like to introduce you to the new editorial team of JAAS: Min Hyoung Song, the editor; Anita Mannur, the associate editor; and Cindy Wu, the book reviews editor. I am pleased that the journal is in excellent hands of these accomplished scholars for its continued success. The articles and reviews under the directorship of the new editors will first appear in issue 15.2. I am looking forward to its publication. [End Page vii]

Huping Ling
Truman State University


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