Department of Southeast Asia studies, Kyoto University

The Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia has been launched to promote exchange among the intellectual communities of Southeast Asia. Our primary goal is to bring news of important publications, debates, and ideas into region-wide circulation through lively and accessible writing. We also want to encourage more sustained engagement between university-based intellectuals and those working in NGOs, journalism, and cultural production.

Each issue is organized around a theme and reviews recent work, especially books published in the region and in local languages. Recognizing that mutual inaccessibility of national languages is an important barrier to deepening knowledge of neighboring countries, we use translation to facilitate informed discussion. It is the only journal which carries articles in six languages: English, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia, Filipino, Vietnamese  and Japanese. Moreover, there is a column, Trendsetters, to promote works among young intellectuals who conduct research on Southeast Asia. We provide a platform for them to disseminate their work through our extensive networks across the globe.

Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia holds electronic copyright to the contents of this website. Print copyright is held jointly by Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia and the authors. Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia retains the right to issue authors’ contributions in print format; authors hold all other print rights. Third parties must request permission of both the author and Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia to reissue any content of this website in any format.

Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia also acknowledges the support of the Toyota Foundation and Southeast Asia Studies for Sustainable Humanosphere and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Asian Core Program.


Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Editor, Kyoto Review
12 January, 2019



Toyota Foundation
Southeast Asia Studies for Sustainable Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


  1. Hi there,
    I would like to know the subscription price for 1 year for overseas institutional subscriber.

    Thank you.

    • Thanks for your question.
      The Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is an online publication only with two major updates a year (March and September). There is no print version of the online materials at this time.
      The KRSEA team

    • Hello Noel,

      Thanks for your message. Sorry, but it’s not possible to openly submit main issue articles. Each issue has a guest editor and they have their own selection processes based on their specialist themes.

      However, if you’re a young academic and wish to submit a piece about Southeast Asia for our monthly Young Academic’s Voice feature, please drop a note to the Journal editor, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, with your idea:

      All the best.

  2. how can i become part of “kyoto revie of southeast asia” ? i want to write articles. can i know how to be part of trendsetters?

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