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From the Editor's Desk 

1. Sounding the Blues and Reshaping the Tale: 
Hearing and Healing in Ann Petry's Stories

Navneet Sethi 

2. Corpses, Hidden Bodies and Ruptured Discourses
in the Novels of Nadine Gordimer, 
Andre Brink and J. M. Coetzee 

Arpa Ghosh 

3. Transcultural Narratives for Juveniles
Madhu Sahni 

4. Rituals of Retreat: The Liminality of the early migrant 
Indian experience in Colonial Malaya

Shanthini Pillai 

5. Siraiki Poems of Separation by Safeer Lashari 
Translated by Nukhbah Langah 

6. Remarkable Coincidence Or What? A Comparison of 
Kamala Markandaya's Two Virgins and 
Farida Karodia's Daughters of the Twilight 

Sharon Pillai 

7. Interview with Bibhu Padhi
Jaydeep Sarangi 

8. Subalternity as Event in History and Literature
Sreemati Mukherjee 

9. Creating a New Constituency of Readers: 
Chintamani and Jaganmohini 

K.   Srilata

10. Tagore's Chokher Bali: Aesthetic and 
Ethical Considerations 

Aysha Viswamohan 

11. Alternative Traditions: Rajasthani 
Tales as Artefacts

Pradeep Trikha 

12. The Sudra in Some Texts of Dharma
A Deep History of Contempt

Ananya Vajpeyi 

13. Change of Shift
Dutta Durga Prasad 
Translated by Alladi Uma and M Sridhar

14. Book Review: A Journey from Commitment
to Consumerism

B. Mangalam 

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.