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  • Editors’ Note
  • Mike T. Carson and Rowan K. Flad

We are pleased to announce the continued on-time publication of Asian Perspectives. In order to sustain this productivity, we encourage submission of new manuscripts of high-quality material through our online management system at This online portal supports manuscript-related functions for authors and reviewers, while a separate webpage on the University of Hawai‘i Press website provides information on other aspects of the journal at

This issue is the first issue where the duties of our previous assistant editor, Dr. Yitzchak Jaffe, have been fully transferred to the capable hands of Dr. Nathaniel Erb-Satullo. We want to again express our appreciation to Dr. Jaffe for his work and thank Dr. Erb-Satullo for his assistance in ensuring the high quality and timely production of the journal.

As always, a number of improvements for the journal are in process and will be introduced in due course. Some of those improvements relate to the user interface and functionality of the online manuscript management system. Others relate to the journal’s technical format and layout, although we will maintain the traditional appearance and stylistic identity of Asian Perspectives.

Just before sending this issue into production in October 2017, we received sad news of the passing of Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, who has been a leading figure in Polynesian archaeology for the last several decades. While a formal obituary is being commissioned for a later issue of Asian Perspectives, this issue contains a review of Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia, the recently published English translation of Sinoto’s memoirs of his career. The book reviewers also give a warm personal tribute to Sinoto.

Finally, we need to correct an error in the Editors’ Note in the previous issue of Asian Perspectives (vol. 56, no. 2). Asian Perspectives is not an open access publication on the Project MUSE scholarly database. It is only available by subscription. However, following a two-year embargo period, back issues of Asian Perspectives are available from ScholarSpace, an open-access, digital institutional repository for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa community. [End Page 127]



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