- From the Editor
We mourn the loss in 2015 of James R. Brandon, who was a professor at the University of Hawai‘i and the founder of this journal, which first appeared in 1984 and that he co-edited with Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak until 1992. The contents of this issue of Asian Theatre Journal include translations; articles on traditional, modern, and intercultural theatre; examinations of key contributors to Asian theatre studies; as well as performance and book reviews. The range shows the breadth of Jim Brandon’s founding vision. The authors in this issue are of diverse nationalities—Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Indian, American, and English. They are part of the transnational dialogue that Jim jump-started.
I hope that readers will visit the website that Elizabeth Wich-mann-Walczak discusses in her report on the celebration of Jim Brandon’s life. But I also invite readers to look at this issue itself, noting the many minds and hands that meet to create it: authors, editors, and staff at the University of Hawai‘i Press. All who write, review, edit, correct, read, or create new work out of ideas gleaned from Asian Theatre Journal engage in the living legacy of James R. Brandon, a true “founder of our field.” [End Page v]