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) Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:50:26 +0000 OJS 60 On Changes and Legacies - Rethinking ‘Asia’ and ‘Copenhagen’ Skvirskaja Vera, Trine Brox Copyright (c) 2020 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000 The Alternative Histories of Muslim Asia’s Urban Centres: De-Cosmopolitanisation and Beyond <p>Historians increasingly analyse the cultural diversity of life in the Afro-Eurasian arena of ‘Muslim dominion’ in terms of its cosmopolitanism. By contrast, critical scholarship has recently brought attention to declining levels of religious diversity in present-day Muslim Asia – a term that refers to Asia’s Muslimmajority population zones. This article, by contrast, explores the ongoing legacy of urban cosmopolitanism in Muslim Asia. It focuses on a small but lively community of Jews from the Afghan cities of Kabul and Herat, and does so in comparison to a considerably larger community of Jews from formerly Soviet Central Asian Republics, especially Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, who identify themselves as ‘Bukharan’. Investigating ethnographic material relating to Afghan and Bukharan Jewish communities based in New York, the article sheds light on an alternative and ongoing history of cosmopolitanism in Muslim Asia. More broadly, it also argues that field research amongst migrant and diasporic communities from Muslim Asia living in the West can offer important insights into the afterlives of the region’s historic cities.</p> Magnus Marsden Copyright (c) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Divergent Refugee and Tribal Cosmopolitanism in Dharamshala <p>This article analyses the divergent, and occasionally overlapping, trajectories of Tibetan refugee and Gaddi tribal cosmopolitanism in Dharamshala, North India. In a place self-consciously branded as cosmopolitan, where Tibetan ethnocommodification is the primary symbolic currency, practices of inclusivity can broadly give way to Gaddi exclusions. Cosmopolitanism as an ordering ideology and set of intercultural competencies, often predicated on the dyadic relationship between Tibetan refugees and international tourists, propels Gaddi resentments and coarsens intergroup sociality. This does not mean, however, that Gaddis are forever consigned to tribal backwardness and reactionary forms of communal aspiration. Gaddis have forged an alternate, grounded cosmopolitanism based on cultural skills fostered through pastoral transhumance, seasonal labour migration corresponding with foreign tourists and ongoing<br>ethnopolitical redefinition of what it means to be tribal itself. By seeing past utopian propaganda and dystopian exaggerations about Dharamshala, a richer tapestry of group relations emerges which reveals divergent cosmopolitanisms in the promotion of shared struggles for state recognition and cultural preservation.</p> Stephen Christopher Copyright (c) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000 The Beginning of the End for the Chinese Proletariat <p>This article examines how China’s Communist Party (CCP) sought to justify its policies fostering inequality at the urban factory floor in the early years after Mao’s death through publications in the People’s Daily. The article focuses on three issues that emerged frequently in the newspaper: the increased prevalence of incentive wages, the abolishment of life-time employment for workers and the evolving discourse related to worker influence at their workplace. The article shows that the People’s Daily did not simply seek to persuade the public that the reforms were compatible with socialism, the newspaper also took great care to showcase which kinds of behaviours and emotions would be appropriate for the new working subject. The CCP’s dedication to reforming the population through the press makes the People’s Daily an excellent source for tracking norm intransigence on the part of the population. Based on the observation that the CCP sought to legitimate policies ending employment security many years before such policies were adopted, the article also suggests that public opinion had a direct influence on the timing of the early reforms.</p> Bo Ærenlund Sørensen Copyright (c) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Richard Hu and Weijie Chen, Global Shanghai Remade: The Rise of Pudong New Area Jin Chen Copyright (c) Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000