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The Administration of Buddhism in China:

A Study and Translation of Zanning and the Topical Compendium of the Buddhist Clergy (Da Song Seng shilue)
Albert Welter
ISBN: 9781604979428

"The Seng shi lüe, translated here for the first time, is an important testament to the incorporation of Buddhism into the Chinese imperial bureaucracy. Serving as a window to Buddhism in China at the dawn of the second millennium, this valuable book, presented with extensive annotation, holds a unique place in Chinese historiography." —John Kieschnick, Stanford University 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..

Alienglish:

Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues
Sheng-mei Ma
ISBN: 9781604978681

English has long emerged as the lingua franca of globalization but has been somehow estranged in the hands or mouths of aliens, from Joseph Conrad to Chang-rae Lee. Haltingly, their alien characters come to speak in the Anglo-American tongue, yet what emerges is skewed by accents, syntax, body language, and nonstandard contextual references—an uncanny, off-kilter language best described as Alienglish. Alienglish arrays itself on a spectrum from English’s Alien to Alien’s English, from white representations of the Other to aliens’ self-representations. Read More..

Allegory of Survival:

The Theater of Kang-baek Lee (Hardcover)
translated by Alyssa Kim and Hyung-jin Lee
ISBN: 9781934043929

This translation is the first English-language anthology culled from Kang-baek Lee's works of more than forty plays and a major contribution to the limited English-language translations of modern South Korean drama in general. Read More..

Allegory of Survival:

The Theater of Kang-baek Lee (Softcover)
translated by Alyssa Kim and Hyung-jin Lee
ISBN: 9781934043936

This translation is the first English-language anthology culled from Kang-baek Lee's works of more than forty plays and a major contribution to the limited English-language translations of modern South Korean drama in general. Read More..

Alternative Theater in Taiwan:

Feminist and Intercultural Approaches
Iris Hsin-chun Tuan
ISBN: 9781934043103

"This book is original and forward-looking in its approach." - Sue-Ellen Case, Professor and Chair, Critical Studies, Department of Theater, UCLA Read More..

Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora:

Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations
Karen An-hwei Lee
ISBN: 9781604978605

"The use of concepts such as translation and migration in a way that allows flexibility shows Lee’s depth of knowledge in such areas, and her confidence in applying it to literary criticism. The close textual analysis is also carefully developed, convincing and allows Lee to draw highly insightful and fascinating conclusions. Finally, she situates her work in a wider field that show just how relevant literary scholarship can be to current scholarly debates, as well as to the contemporary world ... What Lee’s monograph aims to do is ambitious, and it certainly succeeds at this goal." – International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies Read More..

Archaeoastronomy in East Asia:

Historical Observational Records of Comets and Meteor Showers from China, Japan, and Korea
David Pankenier, Zhentao Xu, and Yaotiao Jiang
ISBN: 9781604975871

“A spectacular follow-up [to an earlier work] with the same high quality and the same excellent expertise … an important source of data and inspiration for a much wider circle of scholars for whom the historical study of astronomy is limited by language barriers.” –Journal for the History of Astronomy Read More..

Asian Millenarianism:

An Interdisciplinary Study of the Taiping and Tonghak Rebellions in a Global Context
Hong Beom Rhee
ISBN: 9781934043424

This groundbreaking book re-examines the Taiping and the Tonghak movements in nineteenth-century Asia using a much wider range of sources than have been used by scholars in the past. Read More..

Asian American Identities:

Racial and Ethnic Identity Issues in the Twenty-First Century
Cheri Philip
ISBN: 9781934043622

Addresses how Asian Americans define what it means to be Asian American and explores their experiences of being categorized as such at the dawn of the 21st century. Read More..

Ban Gu's History of Early China

Anthony E. Clark
ISBN: 9781604975611

“Provides us with a sophisticated approach to the study of ancient history. In addition, it has shown us a far more nuanced and varied political landscape than we normally see. In these ways, the author has paved the way for future studies of Chinese political culture and historiography, and for this we are indebted to him.” – Journal of the American Oriental Society Read More..

Be(com)ing Korean in the United States:

Exploring Ethnic Identity Formation Through Cultural Practices
S. Sonya Gwak
ISBN: 9781604975840

Most studies about Asian Americans focus on the immigration challenges, or the conflicts and differences between generations. While these are important issues that affect the lives of Asian Americans, it is also valuable to focus on how new cultural identities are formed in the attempt to hold on to the traditions of the immigrant homeland . This research pays close attention to how young people understand their identities through cultural practices, regardless of generational differences. The focus is on collective meaning-making about ethnic identity across immigration statuses and generations. Read More..

The Bilingual Acquisition of English and Mandarin:

Chinese Children in Australia
Ruying Qi
ISBN: 9781604977745

“A detailed, fascinating account of Mandarin-English bilingual first language acquisition that not only provides rich and unique empirical data but also addresses a range of theoretical and methodological questions that are central to the study of language acquisition, bilingualism, and child development. It will no doubt become a key reference ...” – Professor Li Wei, University of London Read More..

The Borderlands of Asia:

Culture, Place, Poetry
Mark Bender
ISBN: 9781604979763

"There is nothing close to this book in terms of quality or range of material. This is a unique and valuable addition to the field of literature and Asian studies.”—Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma; and Editor, Chinese Literature Today Read More..

British Asian Fiction:

Framing the Contemporary
Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim
ISBN: 9781604975413

In this outstanding collection of essays, Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim seek not so much to demarcate the field of British Asian fiction, but to offer due acknowledgment of the artistic merit of the works of selected authors and simultaneously register their cultural significance. Read More..

Buddhist Transformations and Interactions:

Essays in Honor of Antonino Forte
Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604979718

"Each chapter reads like a node in a vast and ongoing network of themes, and promises to become the starting point for new and exciting lines of research. This book is a most valuable resource for scholars in Buddhist studies and Chinese religious studies.” —Fabio Rambelli, Professor of Religious Studies & East Asian Languages and International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara Read More..

The Chinese Émigrés of Thailand in the Twentieth Century

Disaphol Chansiri
ISBN: 9781934043745

The most current in-depth study on the Chinese in Thailand, this is a critical addition for all collections in Asian Studies as well as Ethnic and Immigrant Studies. Read More..

Chinatown in Britain:

Diffusions and Concentrations of the British New Wave Chinese Immigration
Wai-ki E. Luk
ISBN: 9781934043868

This is the first scholarly book to closely explore Chinese immigration to Britain and its effects on the British urban landscape, beginning with the 1980s. Read More..

Chinese in Australian Fiction, 1888–1988

Ouyang Yu
ISBN: 9781604975161

This is an important book that illustrates how the “Other” is represented and will be a valuable book for those in Australian studies, Asian studies, and literary studies. Read More..

The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity:

The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media
Aimee Dawis
ISBN: 9781604976069

"Aimee’s study has rightly shown the plurality of Chinese Indonesians, and this study offers valuable insights to the complicated dynamics, in which Indonesians, of diverse and often hybrid backgrounds, continue to redefine themselves and their place in nation building." - Professor Melani Budianta, University of Indonesia Read More..

China and Beyond:

A Collection of Essays
Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604978902

In this impressive collection, twelve of Victor Mair’s essays were carefully selected with the intention to show a clear picture of the development of his brilliant scholarship by including pieces from different phases of his career. This rare collection showcases Dr. Mair’s expertise in Medieval Chinese literature (especially in vernacular literature which was greatly influenced by exotic Buddhism), his insightful grasp of the cultural interactions between China and its neighbors (including India, Iran, and the ethnic groups to the south of China), and his significant contributions to philosophy and archeology. Read More..

The Chinese Prose Poem:

A Study of Lu Xun's Wild Grass (Yecao)
Nicholas A. Kaldis
ISBN: 9781604978636

"A comprehensive, well-balanced study ... Kaldis's analyses of many of the pieces are brilliant and insightful. His own prose style and argumentation are impeccable. ... As scholars, we have to be more than recorders of facts or appliers of methodologies. Kaldis's book is an example of how much can be achieved by combining careful scholarship with creative reading and inspired writing. Students, scholars, and anyone who is curious to learn more about Lu Xun should turn to this superlative work for many years to come."– CLEAR Read More..

China and Beyond (Special Paperback Edition):

A Collection of Essays
Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604978896

In this impressive collection, twelve of Victor Mair’s essays were carefully selected with the intention to show a clear picture of the development of his brilliant scholarship by including pieces from different phases of his career. This rare collection showcases Dr. Mair’s expertise in Medieval Chinese literature (especially in vernacular literature which was greatly influenced by exotic Buddhism), his insightful grasp of the cultural interactions between China and its neighbors (including India, Iran, and the ethnic groups to the south of China), and his significant contributions to philosophy and archeology. Read More..

China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period:

Cultural Crossings and Inter-Regional Connections
Dorothy C. Wong and Gustav Heldt
ISBN: 9781604978568

"Highly recommended to every student who wants to study medieval China not as an insular exception, but as an active part of world history." —Journal of World History Read More..

Chinese Ethnic Minority Oral Traditions:

A Recovered Text of Bai Folk Songs in a Sinoxenic Script
Jingqi Fu and Zhao Min with Xu Lin and Duan Ling
ISBN: 9781604978957

In this unprecedented book on the oral traditions of the ethnic minority of China, representing decades of painstaking research, the Old Bai script has not only been transcribed and translated in both English and Chinese, but each page from the original booklet has also been reproduced. Read More..

Chinese Avant-garde Fiction:

Quest for Historicity and Transcendent Truth
Zhansui Yu
ISBN: 9781604979688

"This thoughtful book offers fresh insights into avant-garde fiction in the early decades of China’s reform. Engaging Chinese and Western traditions, Yu Zhansui argues forcefully that the Chinese avant-garde carries on the probe into the darkness of history in a quest for transcendent truths about human conditions." —Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies, Stanford University Read More..

Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture

Megan M. Ferry
ISBN: 9781604979381

This is the first study to analyze the gendered ideologies of Chinese print media and political culture in a single work. It employs media analysis to examine the way paratexts create and reproduce gendered norms, especially through persistent material and discursive mechanisms that framed women authors and their textual production. 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..

Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture:

Tradition, Modernity, and Globalization
Christopher Crouch
ISBN: 9781604977219

This book examines three overarching themes: Chinese modernity’s (sometimes ambivalent) relationship to tradition at the start of the twentieth century, the processes of economic reform started in the 1980s and their importance to both the eradication and rescue of traditional practices, and the ideological issue of cosmopolitanism and how it frames the older academic generation’s attitudes to globalisation. It will be an important book for all collections dealing with Asian studies, art, popular culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Read More..

Confucian Prophet:

Political Thought In Du Fu’s Poetry (752–757)
David K. Schneider
ISBN: 9781604978391

"An engaging piece of scholarship," which "raises thought-provoking questions while demonstrating solid command of relevant texts." [Regarding the objective to] "establish that Du was troubled by a political system that allowed powerful families to live luxuriously at court while the people suffered amid deteriorating conditions in the mid-750s, and that he produced powerful art to register his objections," "Schneider has accomplished this and much more by reviving the question of how exactly Du Fu’s artistry relates to the grand political and social issues of his day." – Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

The Construction of Femininity in a Postcolonial State:

Girls’ Education in Singapore
Ee Moi Kho
ISBN: 9781604978513

"Kho examines issues of gender equality with a penetrating and critical eye. In this study, she explores the contradictions over time of the goevernment's socialization goals and in the messages they sought to send about what it means to be a female in Singapore. ... Readers interested in the role of schools in constructing ideology, as well as those interested in the development of Singapore, will find this an engaging and well-written book." —Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Read More..

Contents Tourism in Japan:

Pilgrimages to “Sacred Sites” of Popular Culture
Philip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, and Kyungjae Jang
ISBN: 9781604979732

“This may be the best book ever written on tourism in Japan! This work is one of the most important subjects in contemporary tourism studies and Japan studies, perhaps a forerunner of things that are also happening in the Korean and Chinese worlds and elsewhere, which makes it doubly important. This book is comprehensive in many ways." —Nelson Graburn, University of California, Berkeley Read More..

Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600–1950

Minghui Hu and Johan Elverskog
ISBN: 9781604979008

"This important book offers opportunities to craft a more sensible and persuasive understanding of how China’s early modern regional world became part of a late twentieth-century Inner Asian and East Asian world region." —R. Bin Wong, Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA; and Director, UCLA Asia Institute Read More..

Democratization in Confucian East Asia:

Citizen Politics in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam
Zhengxu Wang
ISBN: 9781934043998

"In the lineage of Inglehart and Welzel’s theory of post-materialism and self-expression values, the author studied the level of self-expression values in these Asian societies … Clearly presented and succinctly argued. The theoretical reviews are sound and there are very good theoretical discussions of the relations between economic development, value change, and democratization." – East Asia Read More..

The Demimonde in Japanese Literature:

Sexuality and the Literary Karyûkai
Cynthia Gralla
ISBN: 9781604977288

"The most gracefully and forcefully written study of this most important of Japanese literary toponyms––the demimonde ... Gralla's analytical story of the demimonde in the Japanese imagination becomes, in her writerly hands, a poignant tale of loss and possible recoveries, writ large.” –Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley Read More..

The Development of the Software Industry in Postreform India:

Comparative Regional Experiences in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala
Rajendra Kumar
ISBN: 9781604976199

“This book is a very significant contribution to our understanding of the different strategies and options available to developing regions in supporting the growth of high technology based industries and making them competitive globally.” – Prof. Alice H. Amsden, Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy, MIT 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..

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..

Education, Migration, and Cultural Capital in the Chinese Diaspora:

Transnational Students Between Hong Kong and Canada
Johanna L. Waters
ISBN: 9781604975437

Thought-provoking and inspiring, this book makes an important contribution to the literature of international education and contains a wealth of ideas for professionals interested to go on probing. The clear development, novel perspective and convincing argument are worthy of a good read. Recommended to all those working in education and its related fields." - International Education Read More..

Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature:

Intertextuality in The Story of the Stone
I-Hsien Wu
ISBN: 9781604979770

"This well-organized study offers a provocative and authoritative reading of The Story of the Stone with a focus on intertextuality ... Wu explicitly engages with some recent trends in Western literary criticism, while at the same time drawing extensively on textual scholarship on The Story of the Stone and the socio-literary environment out of which it emerged. This book will be welcomed by Chinese literature scholars interested in innovative approaches to familiar texts.” —Carlos Rojas, Duke University Read More..

An Existential Reading of the Confucian Analects

Andrew Zhonghu Yan
ISBN: 9781604977530

In this existential reading of the Analects, the author takes Paul Tillich as an omnipresent dialogical partner because his existential theology was at one time very influential in the West and currently very popular in Chinese academia. The study's most important contribution is how it reveals the religious or theological dimension of the Confucian Analects. Read More..

Feminism and Global Chineseness:

The Cultural Production of Controversial Women Authors
Aijun Zhu
ISBN: 9781934043127

"This well-crafted book is a feminist production of contemporary controversial women writers in different geopolitical locations...The book demonstrates the author’s solid training in literary criticism and women’s studies, the depth of her critical thinking, and her sophisticated writing skills." - Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review 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..

The Global Digital Economy:

A Comparative Policy Analysis
Carin Holroyd and Kenneth Coates
ISBN: 9781604978919

The Global Digital Economy provides a profile of the global digital environment, reviews current government digital policies (with an emphasis on innovative strategies), and offers policy suggestions for national and subnational governments. This book provides a policy roadmap for the digital economy and identifies the risks and opportunities of this core sector in the 21st-century economy. Read More..

Grammar and the Chinese ESL Learner:

A Longitudinal Study on the Acquisition of the English Article System
Yong Lang
ISBN: 9781604976700

This book which details an in-depth longitudinal study of Chinese ESL learners' acquisition process of English articles helps fill the gap in needed research of the challenges faced by ESL learners.While the findings from this study challenge several claims documented in current L2 research literature on one hand, it also casts some much-needed light on the acquisition processes of English articles by Chinese ESL learners. Read More..

The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography:

Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka
Tanya Storch
ISBN: 9781604978773

"As the first general study of Chinese Buddhist bibliography in English by an author who demonstrates a thorough command of the material, this book is the first place scholars should turn to for information about the structure and formation of the Chinese Buddhist canon. This book deserves a place on the bookshelf of every specialist in pre-modern Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism." – John Kieschnick, Stanford University Read More..

A History of Daoism and the Yao People of South China

Eli Alberts
ISBN: 9781934043141

“The book is truly delightful…this is the first book that combines Chinese, Japanese and Western perspectives on the study of Yao identity and religion. The extremely creative interpretation, using a large amount of materials that hitherto have not attracted much attention, makes what might have been a boring topic fascinating and meaningful. This book is indeed an excellent example of the study of ethnic relations.” - Asian Anthropology Read More..

Imaginary Homelands of Writers in Exile:

Salman Rushdie, Bharati Mukherjee, and V.S. Naipaul
Cristina Emanuela Dascalu
ISBN: 9781934043738

An eloquently argued book with meticulous theoretical groundwork, Imaginary Homelands of Writers in Exile presents a most lucid and concise examination of exile. Read More..

The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu

Wilt L. Idema
ISBN: 9781604979077

"This comprehensive book brings together a wide range of scholarship on the baojuan genre with an insightful use of sources. The translated texts offer readers a well-rounded look at the themes and content of this prosimetric genre which are creatively presented on the printed page." —Mark Bender, The Ohio State University Read More..

Indian Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley:

The Making of a Transnational Techno-Capitalist Class
Monica R. Biradavolu
ISBN: 9781604975277

This innovative study examines the emergence and growing power of a new group of immigrant Indians to the United States: the transnational techno-capitalist class of entrepreneurs operating at the upper echelons of the hi-tech industry in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. Read More..

Infected Korean Language, Purity versus Hybridity:

From the Sinographic Cosmopolis to Japanese Colonialism to Global English
Koh Jongsok and Ross King
ISBN: 9781604978711

“This is wonderful work in an overlooked area. The scholarship is brilliant, innovative, and highly specialized––one must be well prepared in modern Korean, premodern Korean, and Chinese to undertake such a work. This is a real masterpiece!” - Mark Arlen Peterson, Brigham Young University Read More..

Islam and Democratization in Asia

Shiping Hua
ISBN: 9781604976328

"A good contribution to the literature on Islam and democracy theme. This comprehensive study offers a balanced understanding of the debated issue of democracy and Islam in post 9/11 interreligious, intercultural relations, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of Islam, Muslims, Democracy, and democratization in Asian countries, from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, to Afghanistan, China, Central Asia. It will be suitable and useful for scholars, political commentators, students, and teachers of the field alike." – Islam and Muslim Societies Read More..

Japan's Economy by Proxy in the Seventeenth Century:

China, the Netherlands, and the Bakufu
Michael S. Laver
ISBN: 9781604975000

This eloquently detailed account illuminates the tremendous impact that the Japanese economy had on Asia and on the foreigners trading in Japan in the seventeenth century. This is a valuable addition to all collections in Asian Studies and World History. Read More..

Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad:

Negotiating Identities in a Global World
Nobuko Adachi
ISBN: 9781604976861

While previous studies have focused on a few specific and well-known cases, this book examines Japanese transnationalism from a broader perspective, including Japanese nationals living overseas permanently or temporarily, and Europeans of Japanese ancestry who have recently rediscovered their Japanese roots. Specialists from many areas will be drawn to this work on the Nikkei experience and transnational culture and economy. Read More..

Japan's Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century:

Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline
Peter Matanle and Anthony Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group
ISBN: 9781604977585

The ratio of dependants to active workers in Japan is expected to approach 1:1 by around 2030. This timely work is the first comprehensive study of contemporary regional shrinkage under Japan’s national depopulation. It brings together detailed research from across the whole Japanese archipelago, from macro to micro levels. Read More..

The Jin Yong Phenomenon:

Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History
Ann Huss and Jianmei Liu
ISBN: 9781934043080

“A successful study of Jin Yong’s literature with valuable and insightful opinions … a pleasure to read.” – CLEAR Read More..

Landmines in Cambodia:

Past, Present, and Future
Wade C. Roberts
ISBN: 9781604977615

This book provides the first and only comprehensive historical account of landmine-related contamination in Cambodia. In addition to providing an historical analysis of landmine-related contamination, this book assesses various types of vulnerability (e.g., poverty, agricultural vulnerability, and metal prices) in conjunction with landmine-related incidents and tampering rates. Read More..

Law and Politics in Modern China:

Under the Law, the Law, and Above the Law
Sharron Gu
ISBN: 9781604976045

This book presents an original interdisciplinary study of Chinese law, its language, and political institution by Sharron Gu, who worked for the Chinese government for several years. It is an important book for those interested in Chinese history, culture, law, and politics. Read More..

Lawyers in Modern China

Richard Komaiko and Beibei Que
ISBN: 9781604976489

"This book will be of great value to those seeking to understand how and why China’s lawyers have come to their current position, while also providing clues as to how things may develop in the future." - Prof. Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Read More..

Learning Japanese as a Second Language:

A Processability Perspective
Satomi Kawaguchi
ISBN: 9781604976854

"The first in-depth study of Japanese as a second language (l2) within the framework of PT [Processability Theory] ... an excellent guide to understanding PT ... well organized book ... highly recommended not only to Japanese language professionals but also to those who are keen on enhancing their knowledge on the mechanisms of language acquistion." - Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching Read More..

Lineage Society on the Southeastern Coast of China:

The Impact of Japanese Piracy in the 16th Century
Ivy Maria Lim
ISBN: 9781604977271

"This book is a gem. On the basis of sound historical detective work, Lim has produced a creative, interesting, and carefully researched study." - Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters:

The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi
Daan Pan
ISBN: 9781604977417

"The depth of insight that this book provides into the increasingly complex interrelations between the “Three Absolutes” (sanjue: poetry, painting, and calligraphy), especially between the first two, far surpasses any previous English-language study of the subject." - Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka:

The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries
Sanchita Banerjee Saxena
ISBN: 9781604978780

"Saxena's insightful and perceptive book explains how the garment industry in many Asian countries not only weathered the storm predicted when the Multi Fiber Arrangement was phased out, but in fact exploited the opening to become prominent garment exporters in the world. Her analytic explanation for this success, through the concept of domestic coalitions of the important stakeholders, is creative and persuasive." - William Milam, Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Read More..

Mahadevi Varma:

Political Essays on Women, Culture, and Nation
Anita Anantharam
ISBN: 9781604976717

This volume of translations of Mahadevi Varma’s feminist political essays is the first of its kind. While there is ample work on Varma in Hindi, scholars of feminism (and students of Hindi who are in the nascent stages of language acquisition) have nowhere to turn for a comprehensive sampling of her work. This book now helps fill the void with contributions from some of the highly regarded experts in the world of Hindi today. Read More..

Modern Poetry in China:

A Visual-Verbal Dynamic
Paul Manfredi
ISBN: 9781604978629

"Manfredi’s book contains a wealth of contextualizing detail and focused reading/argument ... Modern Poetry in China is a very well-written, researched, illustrated and convincingly argued book that will no doubt be read widely among those with a specialist interest in Chinese literature and traditional culture. It is a text that challenges rigid distinctions between the verbal and the visual, not simply through theoretical appeals but also thoroughly grounded historical analysis." – Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art Read More..

Music in Ancient China:

An Archaeological and Art Historical Study of Strings, Winds, and Drums during the Eastern Zhou and Han Periods (770 BCE-220 CE)
Ingrid Furniss
ISBN: 9781604975208

Winner of the 2010 Nicolas Bessaraboff Prize by the American Musical Instrument Society. This prize is awarded for the most distinguished book-length work in English which best furthers the Society's goal to promote study of the history, design, and use of musical instruments in all cultures and from all periods. Read More..

Nanyo-Orientalism:

Japanese Representations of the Pacific
Naoto Sudo
ISBN: 9781604977318

This book deals mainly with 20th-century discourses on postcolonial relationships between Japanese and Pacific Islanders, as have been produced and transformed through the world powers’ colonial dynamics over the islands and sea. It examines Japanese images or representations of the area, especially Micronesia on which the term Nanyo centered. Read More..

Narrative Structures in Burmese Folk Tales

Soe Marlar Lwin
ISBN: 9781604977165

Folk tales of Burma (now known as Myanmar) have been preserved for centuries as part of a long folk tradition reflecting Burmese humor, romance, and wisdom. This book provides the first in-depth overview of the narrative structures in Burmese folk tales. This is an important and useful reference for anyone working in the fields of narrative studies, classification of tales, folklore, and oral storytelling. Read More..

The Neolithic of Southeast China:

Cultural Transformation and Regional Interaction on the Coast
Tianlong Jiao
ISBN: 9781934043165

The first book to provide an archaeological investigation on the patterns and processes involved in the cultural changes on the coast of Southeast China during the Neolithic period. Read More..

A New Strategy for Complex Warfare:

Combined Effects in East Asia
Thomas A. Drohan
ISBN: 9781604979206

"Few works have succeeded as much as this one at succinctly explaining centuries of Asian cultural history and contextualizing that history to current security issues in the region. Members of the security community will greatly benefit from this unique perspective." —Parameters 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..

Obesity and Its Related Diseases in China:

The Impact of the Nutrition Transition in Urban and Rural Adults
Xiaoping Weng and Benjamin Caballero
ISBN: 9781934043547

Along with socioeconomic development, the traditional lifestyle of the Chinese people is changing rapidly and becoming more Westernized. At the same time, prevalence of obesity and diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. This study examines examining the prevalence and characteristics of obesity and its related metabolic diseases in China, where urbanization and socioeconomic development are occurring at a dramatic pace. 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..

Ooku, The Secret World of the Shogun’s Women

Cecilia Segawa Seigle and Linda H. Chance
ISBN: 9781604978728

"A wonderfully detailed history of the shogunal harem ... and it does not shy away from discussion of the sex—or lack of it—at the heart of the Ooku’s raison d’être ... Many of the primary sources consulted by the authors are still in manuscript form and exceptionally difficult to decipher, let alone interpret. The authors thus deserve high praise for their dedication to locating, making sense of, selecting, and translating a vast range of material for a scholarly audience.” - Gaye Rowley, Waseda University Read More..

Opening to China:

A Memoir of Normalization, 1981–1982
Charlotte Furth
ISBN: 9781604979848

"Written in an engaging and candid style, this book is a pleasure to read and opens a fascinating window on an intriguing but little studied moment in recent Chinese history.” —Jeffrey Wasserstrom, editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China Read More..

Painting History:

China’s Revolution in a Global Context
Jiawei Shen
ISBN: 9781604979398

"Never content to simply record history Shen Jiawei has taken a rigorously critical, analytical approach to the great movements and great figures that have shaped our world. This is true of his writing no less than his painting, and he has given us the rarest of books: a masterful history lesson by a master artist." —John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald Read More..

Power and Politics in Tenth-Century China:

The Former Shu Regime
Hongjie Wang
ISBN: 9781604977646

This book sheds much light on the complicated national politics and intricate interstate relations of the divided tenth-century China. It examines how Wang Jian, a military governor of Tang, rose to power from obscurity in the chaotic late ninth century and founded an empire in what is today’s Sichuan province in the early tenth century. Read More..

Reading Lu Xun Through Carl Jung

Carolyn Brown
ISBN: 9781604979374

“This is truly a great contribution not only to Lu Xun studies but also to modern Chinese intellectual history. The approach is seminal and convincing. The arguments based on close reading of the texts are careful, coherent, and revealing. What Carolyn T. Brown has accomplished in this book is akin to a highly skilled doctor who makes an accurate etiological diagnosis." —Guoxiang Peng, Zhejiang University Read More..

Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

Liu Zaifu
ISBN: 9781604975246

This book is the much-awaited English translation of Liu Zaifu’s book, Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber. With its highly original approach to its subject, this book will be an essential resource for English-speaking readers interested in the classical novel as well as those interested in contemporary literary criticism in China. Read More..

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..

Ritual and Representation in Chinese Buddhism:

Visualizing Enlightenment at Baodingshan from the 12th to 21st Centuries
Karil J. Kucera
ISBN: 9781604979176

“This is so far the most comprehensive study of the sculptural groups at Baodingshan and their scriptural backgrounds. Karil Kucera’s comprehensive knowledge of the Buddhist art of this site makes it come to life in a new and engaging way. This book is a must for anyone interested in Chinese Buddhist art.”—Henrik H. Sørensen, Director, Seminar for Buddhist Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark Read More..

Sacred Display:

Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia
Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604976748

Winner of Sarasvati Award for the Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology! "This book illustrates well the powerful synergies that are so often generated within world history scholarship by collaboration between specialists in different regions and different scholarly disciplines ... learned a lot from this book’s extensive catalogue." – Journal of World History Read More..

The Sakoku Edicts and the Politics of Tokugawa Hegemony

Michael S. Laver
ISBN: 9781604977387

This book translates and illuminates the specific machinery of Japan’s foreign relations, especially as it pertained to European trade and Christianity. In so doing, this study will situate the edicts––which are largely taken for granted, even though little has been studied––in Japan’s early modern history. 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..

Sex-Selective Abortion in India:

The Impact on Child Mortality
Mary Elizabeth Shepherd
ISBN: 9781934043691

This timely work not only has critical implications for India, but its insightful findings will also be highly informative for many countries or societies dealing with sex ratio imbalances. Read More..

Sexual Health and Bollywood Films:

A culturally based program for South Asian Teenage Girls
Anvita Madan-Bahel
ISBN: 9781934043813

"This work is unique and innovative in many key ways. ... Dr. Madan-Bahel offers a variety of recommendations for practice, research, and policy that will continue to influence the field for years to come." Read More..

Singapore Stories:

Language, Class, and the Chinese of Singapore, 1945–2000
Ernest Koh
ISBN: 9781604976779

“Successfully critiques the unity of what Koh calls the ‘English Singapore Story’ … works best in unraveling the plurality of experiences … engages a number of important questions for writing recent Singapore history … there is much good material in this book which offers the possibility of a more richly textured social history seen from the inside out.” – Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Read More..

Sinophone Malaysian Literature:

Not Made in China
Alison M. Groppe
ISBN: 9781604978551

"Well-researched. With its comprehensive coverage, focused treatment, and lucid exposition, Sinophone Malaysian Literature marks a key reference volume in the English language on the topic. This laudable book-length study has laid a solid foundation upon which scholars can investigate further to yield fresher insights about the uneasy making of modern Sinophone Southeast Asian subjects and their hybrid cultural identities." - Southeast Asian Studies Read More..

The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien:

Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion
Christopher Lupke
ISBN: 9781604979138

“In plain, jargon-free language replete with astute insights garnered from decades of scholarly engagement with the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Taiwanese cinematic and literary culture, Lupke sets out to lift the veil of the technical finesse and structural ambiguity that enshrouds much of Hou’s oeuvre and frequently frustrates film spectators. ... Lupke succeeds brilliantly. ... an abundance of insights and a wealth of information.” –MCLC Read More..

Social Networks of Older Adults:

A Comparative Study of Americans and Taiwanese
Philip Silverman, Laura Hecht, J. Daniel McMillin, and Shienpei Chang
ISBN: 9781934043905

Although social network analysis has become increasingly important, this is the first research project to compare a Western and an Asian culture using social network types. Read More..

The Story of Traditional Korean Literature

Peter H. Lee
ISBN: 9781604978537

In this book, renowned Korean studies scholar Peter H. Lee casts light on important works previously undervalued or suppressed in Korean literary history. He illuminates oral-derived texts as Koryo love songs, p’ansori, and shamanist narrative songs which were composed in the mind, retained in the memory, sung to audiences, and heard but not read, as well as other texts which were written in literary Chinese, the language of the learned ruling class, a challenge even to the reader who has been raised on the Confucian and literary canons of China and Korea. Read More..

The Study of China in Universities:

A Comparative Case Study of Australia and the United Kingdom
Chia-Mei Jane Coughlan
ISBN: 9781604975697

The political significance of China (PRC) in the world has greatly increased in the past two decades. The book specifically examines how the macro contexts of economics and politics contribute to the process of the construction of Chinese studies in universities, as well as the ways in which social phenomena at the departmental level play a part in such a process. 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..

A Subversive Voice in China:

The Fictional World of Mo Yan
Shelley W. Chan
ISBN: 9781604977196

"I recommend this first full-length study in English to anyone who wants the perfect complement to their reading of Mo Yan’s novels." — Howard Goldblatt, University of Notre Dame Read More..

Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond

Chia-rong Wu
ISBN: 9781604979213

“This book examines some interesting, significant types and aspects of Sinophone Taiwan fiction, as well as a number of prominent writers and representative works. Focusing on the narratives of the strange, it connects the trope of ghost haunting with Taiwan’s complex ethnoscapes and historical, colonial trauma. ... An excellent, timely study on the important but understudied Sinophone Taiwan literature.” – Yenna Wu, University of California, Riverside Read More..

Sustainable Ecological Agriculture in China:

Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
Tian Shi
ISBN: 9781604977158

As sustainable agricultural development has increasingly become an international trend in recent years, a focus on the analysis and management of its practical dimensions is imperative. This book helpfully provides a comprehensive analytical framework within which agricultural sustainability can be better analyzed and understood by articulating ecological economics as a policy science to guarantee transparency and fairness in the decision-making process. Read More..

Technology and Nationalism in India:

Cultural Negotiations from Colonialism to Cyberspace
Rohit Chopra
ISBN: 9781604975673

Since the introduction of Western science and technology under colonial rule in the eighteenth century, science and technology have been used as instruments to transform Indian society. This groundbreaking book examines the phenomenon of “technocultural Hindu nationalism” or the use of the internet by global Indian communities for the promotion of Hindu nationalist ideologies. Read More..

Translation Zones in Modern China:

Authoritarian Command Versus Gift Exchange
Bonnie S. McDougall
ISBN: 9781604977462

"The signal contribution this book makes is to our understanding of the sociology of translation in a specific Chinese institution at a specific moment in history and, more broadly, of the varieties of translational experiences that are historically possible. ... It’s a timely book, and should be read widely.” —MCLC Read More..

Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture:

The Conquest through the Lens of Textual and Visual Multiplicity
Lauren Beck
ISBN: 9781604978544

"An exhaustive study. An examination both broad and deep. This work has been extensively researched. The appeal of this book should be broad and it should easily find a home on the bookshelf of the specialist, the student or just the interested reader in Latin American history, European history, comparative cultural studies, religious studies, or art. - Hispania Read More..

United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific:

Perspectives from Asia
Yoichiro Sato and See Seng Tan
ISBN: 9781604979046

“This is an important book about an important subject. Will the U.S. continue to maintain its engagement with the Asia Pacific? Is Obama’s Asia policy intended to contain the rise of China? What role will Japan, India, and the middle powers play in the emerging regional order?” - Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rector of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore Read More..

Villages, Women, and the Success of Dairy Cooperatives in India:

Making Place for Rural Development
Pratyusha Basu
ISBN: 9781604976250

"The book has wider implications for development studies ... Basu’s research is critical of broad-brush studies, policies, and programs of international and national development that aim to alleviate poverty with “one-size-fits-all” perspectives and that are not sufficiently attentive to diversity within community cultures and politics or open to multifaceted approaches to sustaining livelihoods." The Professional Geographer Read More..

West Across the Pacific:

American Involvement in East Asia from 1898 to the Vietnam War
F. Hilary Conroy, Francis Conroy and Sophie Quinn-Judge
ISBN: 9781934043882

West Across the Pacific is both a contribution to peace research in history and to a foreign policy guided modestly by empiricism and realism as the most reliable method. Read More..

Women Journalists and Feminism in China, 1898–1937

Yuxin Ma
ISBN: 9781604976601

"A long-awaited contribution to the study of Chinese women’s history … It is the first piece of systematic historical research on the changes and continuities in women’s journalism ... Based on a painstakingly extensive reading of women’s journals, … Ma deserves special credit for her extensive introductions to the different women’s periodicals and her unearthing of previously ignored biographical information on women journalists ... A must read for graduate students and scholars who are interested in Chinese women’s history, print culture, late Qing society, and the history of Republican China." - Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Read More..

Zhang Yimou:

Globalization and the Subject of Culture
Wendy Larson
ISBN: 9781604979756

“This is a splendid study of Zhang Yimou. One of the pioneers of Chinese cultural studies, Wendy Larson reveals to us here in a series of theoretically sophisticated and cogently argued readings the entanglement of culture, power, and history in the director’s major works—from Red Sorghum to the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony . By focusing on Zhang’s visual representation, the book offers in effect a deeply engaging reflection of the ambivalent role of post-Mao Chinese culture in a rapidly globalizing world. This exquisite book is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese cinema and culture.” —Fu Poshek, University of Illinois Read More..

Zheng Guanying, Merchant Reformer of Late Qing China and his Influence on Economics, Politics, and Society

Guo Wu
ISBN: 9781604977059

In this first critical study of Zheng Guanying’s career, cultural milieu, political and economic thoughts, as well as his spirituality, Guo Wu steers us into examining Zheng Guanying as a hybrid product of the late Qing treaty port culture, professionalism, and tradition, and he illuminates the contribution that this Chinese merchant made in the social and political transformation of China into an urban, commercial environment. Read More..

 

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