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Rethinking Chineseness:

Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World
E. K. Tan
ISBN: 9781604978407

This is the first book devoted to Sinophone Southeast Asian literature in the English-speaking world. Conceptually innovative and flawlessly written, this book makes an important contribution ... Anyone interested in questions of identity calibrated through such vectors as language, culture, history, geography, and nationality will find this book to be extremely valuable. This is an impressive accomplishment.” – Professor Shu-mei Shih, University of California at Los Angeles Read More..

North Korea Demystified

Han S. Park
ISBN: 9781604978148

Whereas other studies of North Korea most often rely merely on available secondary resources (e.g., texts, films etc.) rather than firsthand experience or interviews in supporting central claims, this edited volume, led by foremost North Korean expert Dr. Han S. Park, has the unprecedented advantage of all its contributors having actually spent a considerable amount of time “on the ground” in North Korea gathering information for their research. This is also the first volume to address the succession of Kim Jong Un. Read More..

Early Indian and Theravada Buddhism:

Soteriological Controversy and Diversity
Bradley Clough
ISBN: 9781604978292

Prior to this study, past scholarship--which preferred to portray early Indian and Theravada Buddhism as wholly rationalist systems--has shied away from giving ample treatment on the noble person who possesses supernormal powers. This book examines the dichotomy between two Theravada monastic vocations that have grown out of the vocational and soteriological tensions. Read More..

A Study of Two Classics:

A Cultural Critique of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Water Margin
Liu Zaifu
ISBN: 9781604978278

This is the first book that focuses exclusively on the cultural values of the two classics in Chinese literature. Liu Zaifu, the renowned Chinese critic, also examines how traditional commentators like Jin Shengtan and Li Zhi promoted the cultural values embedded in the two classics and how these harmful values are received and reinforced in contemporary China. He draws inspiration from May Fourth intellectuals, particularly Lu Xun, and from a wide range of works by Western scholars. Read More..

Gao Xingjian:

Aesthetics and Creation
Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 9781604978360

Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian is amongst the most challenging writers of the present era. He has probed the dynamics of Chinese and European literature and developed unique strategies for the writing of seventeen plays, two novels, a collection of short stories and a collection of poems. He has also written two collections of criticism. The present collection takes the title "Aesthetics and Creation" from the name of the Chinese collection from which most of these essays are drawn, but it also includes some of Gao’s most recent unpublished essays. Read More..

On China By India:

From Civilization to Nation-State
Chih-yu Shih, Swaran Singh, and Reena Marwah
ISBN: 9781604978063

This groundbreaking collection is the first of its kind to examine China studies from a perspective that is not Western.The book is a report of the first stage of findings on how views on China and the intellectual history of China studies have been embedded in India’s modern history and its evolving self-knowledge as a nation-state. The rise of India and China has caused intellectuals of both countries to become increasingly conscious of each other. Read More..

The Classic of Changes in Cultural Context:

A Textual Archaeology of the Yi jing
Scott Davis
ISBN: 9781604978087

This highly unique study focuses on the archaic core of the Classic of Changes and proposes a structural anthropological analysis for two reasons. First, unlike many treatments of the Yi jing, there is a concern to place the text carefully in the context of the ancient culture which created it. Second, the approach differs from traditional exegesis which did not and ultimately could not address problems of textual understanding in a holistic sense. This book is not a translation of the Classic of Changes; it is a careful interpretation, or rather method of exploration, of the connectivities and topography of the text as a whole. Read More..

Digital Media in East Asia:

National Innovation and the Transformation of a Region
Carin Holroyd and Kenneth Coates
ISBN: 9781604978056

“Makes timely and valuable confirmations of this new trend … well-researched and presented and makes a convincing contribution to a growing body of literature on digital media studies, East Asian Studies, and information technology policy … highly recommended.” – Pacific Affairs Read More..

Africans in China:

A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications for Africa-China Relations
Adams Bodomo
ISBN: 9781604977905

"The issues covered in this book are remarkable. The lucidity and ease with which the narrative runs is masterly. Bodomo expresses himself and raises issues with simplicity and analytical candour and offers a picture of Africans in contemporary China ... Sound and mutually beneficial Afro-Chinese relations are matters of strategic interest to both Africans and Chinese. This book provides an open window on to these realities." - Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) Read More..

Second Language Learning and Identity:

Cracking Metaphors in Ideological and Poetic Discourse in the Third Space
Mika Yoshimoto
ISBN: 9781604975895

“Among the reasons why this book is recommended is that it encourages us to rethink and to react to the impact of the ideology conveyed through language use in our daily communication.” – JALT Journal Read More..

 

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