Asia and the Pacific

An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society

by Xinyue Ye and Chandana Mitra, Editors


More than half of the world's population lives in the region of Asia, with over two billion people living just in India and China alone.

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December 2020


Pages 1118
Volumes 3
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
  World History/Culture
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This three-volume set profiles the contemporary culture and society in every country in Central, South, and East Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Hundreds of different languages are spoken across Asia, with each country and culture possessing a long history of practicing unique traditions and customs. This encyclopedia focuses on the contemporary lives of people in these countries, looking at what makes them distinct from one another but also what binds them together.

Asia and the Pacific provides readers with in-depth profiles of the 48 countries that make up Central, South, and East Asia; Oceania; and the Pacific—including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Russia, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. Each country profile examines contemporary topics such as religion, lifestyle and leisure, cuisine, gender roles, dress, festivals, music, visual arts, and architecture, among many others, while also providing contextual information on history, politics, and economics. Readers will be able to draw cross-cultural comparisons, such as comparing architecture styles in Indonesia to those in Japan. Coverage on every country in the region provides students with a useful compendium of cultural information, ideal for geography, social studies, global studies, and anthropology classes.


  • Includes comprehensive coverage on every country in the region, painting a complete picture of Asia
  • Includes contributions from Asian historians, geographers, anthropologists, political scientists, and literary scholars
  • Features identical structure of entries so that readers can easily draw cross-cultural comparisons
  • Provides at-a-glance information about each country in quick fact boxes at the beginning of each chapter
  • Provides readers with opportunities to seek additional information in Comprehensive Further Reading lists at the end of each entry
  • Illuminates the text through photos and maps that provide visual support for and complement the entries
Author Info

Xinyue Ye is associate professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University. He is founding director of Computational Social Science Lab at Kent State University, started in 2013. He was elected to Chair of AAG Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (2014–15), Co-Chair of AAG Asian Geography Specialty Group (2015–17), Chair of AAG China Specialty Group (2018–19), and President of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (2016–17).

Chandana Mitra is associate professor of geosciences at Auburn University. The courses she offers include GIS, climatology, physical geography, urban geography, and Asia. Dr. Mitra's primary research interests are in the areas of urban climate, urban land cover, urban land use change, growth dynamics in developing countries, urban growth models, mesoscale weather processes and modeling, climate change, satellite remote sensing, and GIS. She served as co-chair of AAG Asian Geography Specialty Group (2015–17).

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