The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies <p>The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies (CJAS) is a refereed academic journal. It focuses on the socio-cultural, political and economic transformations of contemporary Asia.</p> en-US (Vera Skvirskaja) (Claus Rosenkrantz Hansen) Mon, 26 Dec 2022 17:10:23 +0000 OJS 60 Jade and Guanxi in China <p>This article discusses how the gemstone jade mediates <em>guanxi</em> (‘personal relationships’), and how guanxi mediates jade trade in China. Outlining some affective, spiritual, moral and somatic meanings and efficacies of jade, especially as a gift, the article first discusses how jade materialities, cultural history and ontology influence human interactions with, and through, jade in contemporary China. Secondly, the article presents some more economically instrumental investments in, and exchanges of, jade and discusses why and how a national anti-corruption campaign engendered fluctuations in Chinese jade markets. Finally, the article discusses how guanxi ideally forges personal trust that facilitates transactions of jade, even though some younger jade traders consider guanxi insincere. Studies of guanxi in China’s reform era have conventionally given analytical primacy to how social relationships structure and give meaning to material exchanges. In contrast, this article argues that jade itself can be a catalyst for social relationships that span affect and instrumentality. Combining object–oriented, ontological and institutionalist approaches, the article conceptualises the outlined relations between jade and guanxi as material–social congruity and contingency in the Chinese context.</p> Henrik Kloppenborg Møller Copyright (c) 2022 Fri, 23 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Resistance and Suffering <p>This article traces forms of resistance in the early Tibetan diaspora (c. 1959–79) in India as both political and emotional practices. It thereby seeks to make productive recent insights of research into the history of emotions for the study of migration and diaspora in general and Tibetan exile in particular. It zooms in on <em>resistance</em> and <em>suffering</em> as key concepts of Tibetan diasporic public discourse, both constituting complex semantic networks that entangle elements from Tibetan and Buddhist heritage as well as the refugees’ historical experiences. The article demonstrates the centrality of emotions to exilic morality and moral renegotiations, by probing into their historical effectivity and change. Furthermore, it will show how these concepts and practices are temporalised. This will uncover the ways in which key concepts such as resistance and suffering establish and negotiate multiple temporal relations to diverse pasts, presents and futures.</p> Frederik Schröer Copyright (c) 2022 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Research Note: The New Role of a Central Asian Diaspora <p>One of the common features of post-Soviet Central Asian diapora is its close connection to the homeland (the independent countries&nbsp; of the former Soviet Central Asia) manifested in various economic ties, including investments into kinship networks and business ventures. This research note discusses the transnational Bukharan Jewish diaspora and its links to Uzbekistan that do not fit into this general pattern. Drawing on the history of Bukharan Jews as a ‘go-between’ minority at the time of Russia colonisation of Central Asia in the 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, it investigates the ways in which this structural role has been actualised after the collapse&nbsp; of the USSR and mass emigration of the Bukharan Jews from Central Asia. While the Bukharan Jewish diaspora do not seem to establish new economic lniks to Uzbekstan, the Bukharan Jewish community ogranisaitons strive to become a recognised player in the field of people’s diplomacy.&nbsp;</p> Vera Skvirskaja Copyright (c) 2022 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Mona Chettri and Michael Eilenberg (eds.), Development Zones in Asian Borderlands, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021. 284 pp, with illustrations. ISBN 9789463726238 Swargajyoti Gohain Copyright (c) 2022 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Lena Kaufmann, Rural-Urban Migration and Agro-Technological Change in Post-Reform China. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021. 306 pp. ISBN 9789463729734 Jørgen Delman Copyright (c) 2022 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000