Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Project Muse and select U.S. publishers are offering free and open access to hundreds of books and journal articles until 30 June 2020 (as of posting). Below are some books about Asia, covering topics on its history, politics, economy and culture. Kindly observe Project Muse’s terms and conditions when downloading the PDFs.

 History and Society

• Gender, Health, and History in Modern East Asia
Suicide in Asia: Causes and Prevention
Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia
History Without Borders: The Making of an Asian World Region, 1000-1800
Cities in Asia by and for the People

Political Economy

Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia
Financial Crisis, Contagion, and Containment: From Asia to Argentina
Exchange Rate Regimes and Macroeconomic Management in Asia
Fairness, Globalization, and Public Institutions: East Asia and Beyond
Foreign Aid: Theory and Practice in Southern Asia


Democracy in East Asia
Gangsters, Democracy and the State in Southeast Asia
Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region
Conceptions of State and Kingship in Southeast Asia
Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia


Network Power: Japan and Asia
Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in South Asia
Oil and Gas for Asia: Geopolitical Implications of Asia’s Rising Demand
Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future
Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

Culture, Religion and Society

Buddhist and Islamic Orders in Southern Asia: Comparative Perspectives
Cyber-crime: The Challenge in Asia
Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia
Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia
Cross-border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia

Resources tagged as “free” may be accessed only until 30 June 2020. Meanwhile, open access materials or those marked as “OA” can be accessed anytime.

Project Muse is maintained by Johns Hopkins University Press and the Sheridan Libraries. Learn more about it and view other open-access publications on East Asia, China, Japan, South Asia, and the Middle East.

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The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia.