Submitting Books & Films FOR Review


Our mandate is to review books that focus on important current political, economic and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. Pacific Affairs only accepts books for review that were published in the preceding two years. 

We do NOT accept:

  • textbooks
  • reference materials
  • works of fiction or literary analysis
  • fine art books
  • books where the main chronological coverage pre-dates 1900

As an area-studies journal, we are focused on the Pacific Rim region. Namely:

  • Asia General (books that cover more than one Asian country)
  • China and Inner Asia (including Mongolia, Tibet)
  • Northeast Asia (Japan, North and South Korea)
  • South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kashmir, Nepal)
  • Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia)
  • Australasia and the Pacific Islands (Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia)

The focus of the subjects must be 1900s to present day. The areas include:

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Media and Communications
  • Environment
  • Development Studies
  • Military, Strategic, and Security Studies
  • Planning and Urban Design
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Other – public health, migration, etc.

For Publishers & Film Producers

If you would like to see a book or documentary film published in the last two years reviewed by Pacific Affairs, please send the promotional material (catalogue, news release, etc.) either by email to or regular mail to the following address:

Book Review Editor
Pacific Affairs
The University of British Columbia
#376-1855 West Mall
Vancouver, BC,   V6T 1Z2

Important Notices

To avoid unnecessary customs charges, mark the package clearly: Sample – For Review Purposes Only.

We ONLY review books and documentary films published or released within the previous 2 years.

We do not review second (or third) editions unless there have been major changes.

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to review all books sent to us that are within our purview we cannot guarantee all books will be reviewed.

For Reviewers

Please note we do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

If you feel you are qualified to be a reviewer for Pacific Affairs, please fill out our Book Reviewer Information Form.

Note: Students must be enrolled in a PhD program.