When the Columbia East Asia Review (CEAR) was established in 2007, its founders aimed to build a scholarly publication that would promote original research and foster idea exchange among undergraduates in the field of East Asian studies. In its second year, CEAR has built upon the success of the inaugural issue, expanding and solidifying the journal's regional and thematic scope. Popular curiosity in East Asia is increasing, especially as the region continues to rise in global importance. More and more, academic interest is going beyond the "hot topics" of politics and economics: the region's growing prominence has expanded undergraduate explorations on the ways in which societies and cultural life within the countries of East Asia have responded to dramatic changes over the last few decades. CEAR plays a crucial role not only in supporting this scholarship at the undergraduate level, but also in stimulating the dialogue surrounding these issues and challenging popular conceptions of the region.

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