Journal of Asian Pacific Communication

The Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (JAPC) is an international journal whose academic mission is to bring together specialists from diverse scholarly disciplines to discuss and interpret language in communication issues as they pertain to people of Asian Pacific regions and in their immigrant communities worldwide. The journal’s academic orientation is generalist, passionately committed to interdisciplinary approaches to language in communication studies relating to people in and from Asian Pacific regions.
Thematic issues of previously published issues of JAPC include Cross-Cultural Communications: Literature, Language, Ideas; Sociolinguistics in China; Japan Communication Issues; Mass Media in the Asian Pacific; Comic Art in Asia, Historical Literacy, and Political Roots; Communication Gains through Student Exchanges & Study Abroad; Language Issues in Malaysia; English Language Development in East Asia; The Teachings of Writing in the Pacific Basin; Language and Identity in Asia; The Economics of Language in the Asian Pacific; Culture, Contexts, and Communication in Multicultural Australia and New Zealand; Media Discourse in Greater China; Institutional Politeness in (South) East Asia.

JAPC publishes its articles Online First.

JAPC was previously published by Multilingual Matters (vols. 1-7) and Ablex (vols. 8-9).

ISSN 0957-6851 | E-ISSN 1569-9838
Sample issue: JAPC 27:1
Chief Editors
Marinus van den Berg | Leiden University
Howard Giles | University of California at Santa Barbara
Herbert D. Pierson | St. John's University
Executive Editorial Board
Mary Jiang Bresnahan | Michigan State University
Deborah A. Cai | Temple University
Kara Chan | HK Baptist University
Hui-Ching Chang | SUNY Albany
Florian Coulmas | University of Duisburg-Essen
John Edwards | St. Francis Xavier & Dalhousie University
Alan Hirvela | Ohio State University
Janet Holmes | Victoria University of Wellington
Björn H. Jernudd | Washington, D.C.
Min-Sun Kim | University of Hawaii
Arthur C. Lau | City University of New York
Li Wei | UCL IOE
Eungjun Min | Rhode Island College
Sik Hung Ng | Renmin University of China
Hiroshi Ota | Aichi Shukutoku University
Aditi Paul | Pace University
Ellen Rafferty | University of Wisconsin
Shi-xu | Hangzhou Normal University
Hsi-Yao Su | National Taiwan Normal University
Minglang Zhou | University of Maryland
Editorial Advisory Board
Michael Bond | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Braj B. Kachru | University of Illinois at Urbana
Eddie C.Y. Kuo | Nanyang Technological University
John A. Lent | International Journal of Comic Art
Casey Lum | William Paterson University
Don R. McCreary | University of Georgia
Danjie Su | University of Arkansas
Stella Ting-Toomey | California State University
Q.S. Tong | Sun Yat Sen University
Amy B.M. Tsui | University of Hong Kong
Shouhui Zhao | University of Bergen
Subscription Info
Current issue: 32:2, available as of August 2022

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 33 (2023): 2 issues; ca. 320 pp. EUR 251.00 EUR 297.00
Volume 32 (2022): 2 issues; ca. 320 pp. EUR 251.00 EUR 291.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 75.00 (online‑only: EUR 70.00)
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For Volumes 8-9 please contact Elsevier.

For Volumes 1-7 please contact Multilingual Matters.

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 10‒31; 2000‒2021)
44 issues;
7,040 pp.
EUR 5,072.00 EUR 5,428.00
Volumes 30‒31 (2020‒2021) 2 issues; avg. 320 pp. EUR 251.00 each EUR 291.00 each
Volume 29 (2019) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 246.00 EUR 285.00
Volume 28 (2018) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 239.00 EUR 277.00
Volume 27 (2017) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 269.00
Volume 26 (2016) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 261.00
Volume 25 (2015) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 253.00
Volume 24 (2014) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 246.00
Volume 23 (2013) 2 issues; 320 pp. EUR 232.00 EUR 239.00
Volumes 10‒22 (2000‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 320 pp. EUR 225.00 each EUR 232.00 each

Volume 32 (2022)

Volume 31 (2021)

Volume 30 (2020)

Volume 29 (2019)

Volume 28 (2018)

Volume 27 (2017)

Volume 26 (2016)

Volume 25 (2015)

Volume 24 (2014)

Volume 23 (2013)

Volume 22 (2012)

Volume 21 (2011)

Volume 20 (2010)

Volume 19 (2009)

Volume 18 (2008)

Volume 17 (2007)

Volume 16 (2006)

Volume 15 (2005)

Volume 14 (2004)

Volume 13 (2003)

Volume 12 (2002)

Volume 11 (2001)

Volume 10 (2000)

Latest articles

18 November 2022

  • William L. Leap . 2020. Language Before Stonewall: Language, Sexuality, History
    Reviewed by Paul Ayodele Onanuga
  • 15 November 2022

  • Queering gender in Indonesian Instagram : Case Study of Mimi Peri
    Mega Subekti , Aquarini Priyatna Ari J. Adipurwawidjana
  • 28 October 2022

  • Negotiating the language of gender and sexuality : A case study of educational materials from Cambodia
    Benedict J. L. Rowlett Putsalun Chhim
  • 8 August 2022

  • Othering within the gay dating community? Tensions in gender identity representations between Filipino gays and the bakla in mobile dating applications
    Jonalou S. Labor , Christian Jaycee Samonte Norberto D. Bana
  • 19 July 2022

  • Transmission of gender ideology through family discourse : Japanese mothers and their career choices
    Makiko Imamura , Elizabeth Dow Naoko Uehara
  • Travis S.K. Kong . 2019. Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten
    Reviewed by Chao Lu
  • 5 July 2022

  • Lik Sam Chan . 2021. The politics of dating apps: Gender, sexuality, and emergent publics in urban China
    Reviewed by Lok Tung Chui
  • 31 May 2022

  • Coming out for another : Self-positioning against ‘closeted’ gay men in Indian immigrants’ coming-out narratives
    Ping-Hsuan Wang
  • 23 May 2022

  • Natalia Konstantinovskaia . 2020. The Language of Feminine Beauty in Russian and Japanese Societies
    Reviewed by Hannah E. Dahlberg-Dodd
  • 19 April 2022

  • Language, Islam, and Muslim societies : Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific
    Sumanto Al Qurtuby | JAPC 32:2 (2022) pp. 276–287
  • 25 March 2022

  • Singapore hawker centres : A linguistic landscape of identity, diversity, and continuity
    Cher Leng Lee
  • 22 March 2022

  • Breaking the mold : The influence of CEO gender and ethnicity on crisis communication effectiveness in Japan
    Katharina Barkley Emi Okamoto
  • 18 February 2022

  • Foreign-born instructor humor perception and effects on self-perceived affective and cognitive learning : Comparison of Thai and United States classrooms
    Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly , Minna Mars Logemann Kevin Bryant
  • 15 February 2022

  • Islam, language and intra-Asian student mobility : A case study of three Indonesian male students in Saudi Arabia
    Osman Z. Barnawi | JAPC 32:2 (2022) pp. 214–235
  • Russell Jeung , Karen Umemoto , Harvey Dong , Eric Mar , Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani Arnold Pan . 2019. Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies
    Reviewed by Kristina S. Vassil
  • 8 October 2021

  • A cure for woundless pain : Consumption of innocence in Japanese idol culture
    Yasheng She
  • 16 August 2021

  • Homonational tongue? Onē-Kotoba (Queen’s Language) among Tokyo amateur gay volleyballers
    Kyohei Itakura
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    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General