When we first conceived of the Columbia East Asia Review (CEAR) last March, our original intent was to create a casual forum for discussion of undergraduate research on East Asia at Columbia University. We soon realized, however, that both a pressing need and opportunity exists to build something even greater—a global scholarly publication to promote original research an dfoster idea exchange among undergradutes in the field of East Asian Studies. With that mission in mind and through the efforts of an immensely talented and dedicated group of Columbia students, CEAR has grown over the past year into a full-fledged online and print academic journal publishing outstanding articles by undergraduate researchers from around the world.

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