New Books in East Asian Studies

Interviews with Scholars of East Asia about their New Books

Society & Culture
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1
David Chaffetz, "Three Asian Divas: Women, Art ...
An interview with David Chaffetz
38 min
2
Matjaz Ursic and Heide Imai, "Creativity in Tok...
An interview with Matjaz Ursic and Heide Imai
55 min
3
Guojun Wang, "Staging Personhood: Costuming in ...
An interview with Guojun Wang
62 min
4
Clara Han, "Seeing Like a Child: Inheriting the...
An interview with Clara Han
60 min
5
Rachel Silberstein, "A Fashionable Century: Tex...
An interview with Rachel Silberstein
51 min
6
Woojeong Joo, "Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro: Historie...
An interview with Woojeong Joo
63 min
7
Nicholas Bartlett, "Recovering Histories: Life ...
An interview with Nicholas Bartlett
81 min
8
Michael Fisch, "An Anthropology of the Machine:...
An interview with Michael Fisch
80 min
9
Gracia Liu-Farrer, "Immigrant Japan: Mobility a...
An interview with Gracia Liu-Farrer
51 min
10
William C. Hedberg, "The Japanese Discovery of ...
An interview with William C. Hedberg
44 min
11
William W. Kelly, "The Sportsworld of the Hansh...
An interview with William K. Kelly
82 min
12
Kelly A. Hammond, "China's Muslims and Japan's ...
An interview with Kelly A. Hammond
56 min
13
John Wei, "Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilitie...
An interview with John Wei
30 min
14
Jonathan C. Slaght, "Owls of the Eastern Ice: A...
An interview with C. Slaght
35 min
15
Ronald C. Po, "The Blue Frontier: Maritime Visi...
An interview with Ronald C. Po
46 min
16
David Fedman, "Seeds of Control: Seeds of Contr...
An interview with David Fedman
108 min
17
Courtney Bruntz and Brooke Schedneck, "Buddhist...
An interview with Courtney Bruntz and Brooke Schedneck
59 min
18
Paul Goldin, "The Art of Chinese Philosophy: Ei...
An interview with Paul Goldin
63 min
19
Enze Han, "Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland S...
An interview with Enze Han
77 min
20
Yuen Yuen Ang, "China's Gilded Age: The Paradox...
An interview with Yuen Yuen Ang
41 min
21
Sharon J. Yoon, "The Cost of Belonging: An Ethn...
Why, in a commercially successful city like Wangqing, are Chinese Koreans more successful in their businesses than entrepreneurs from Korea who often have prestigious educational degrees?
64 min
22
Noel John Pinnington, "A New History of Medieva...
Pinnington traces the history of noh and kyōgen, the first major Japanese theatrical arts...
45 min
23
Geoffrey C. Goble, "Chinese Esoteric Buddhism: ...
Goble examines the emergence and early history of esoteric Buddhism in China.,,
68 min
24
Jack Meng-Tat Chia, "Monks in Motion: Buddhism ...
Chia explores the transnationally connected history of modern Buddhist communities in China and Southeast Asia...
66 min
25
Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz, "Asian Place, Filipin...
Aboitiz reconnects the Philippine Revolution to the histories of Southeast and East Asia through an innovative consideration of its transnational political setting and regional intellectual foundations....
57 min
26
Rana Mitter, "China's Good War: How World War I...
Mitter traces this transformation in the Chinese interpretations of the war from one marked by humiliation to one that celebrates victory...
59 min
27
Eyck Freymann, "One Belt One Road: Chinese Powe...
Freymann explores the nature, function, and purposes of OBOR...
61 min
28
Vince Cable, "China: Engage!--Avoid The New Col...
Anyone doing business with China will have been shocked by the speed with which political and economic relations with Western, and some other, countries...
59 min
29
Covell F. Meyskens, "Mao's Third Front: The Mil...
The Third Front received more government investment than any other developmental initiative of the Mao era, and yet this huge industrial war machine, which saw the mobilization of fifteen million people, was not officially acknowledged for over a decade and a half...
87 min
30
Paul Jankowski, "All Against All: The Long Wint...
Jankowski provides a wide-angled account of a critical period of world history, the interwar years, in which the world transitioned from postwar to the prewar and saw the disintegration of collective security and international institutions created after the First World War....
47 min
31
Elizabeth Son, "Embodied Reckonings: 'Comfort W...
In a bustling city-center of Seoul, women in yellow vests protesting over the “final” resettlement between the Japanese and Korean governments every Wednesday is an iconic sight, testifying to the strength and resilience of the “comfort women” movement...
42 min
32
Xiaowei Wang, "Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Oth...
Wang explores how rural China is not just adapting the technology used around the world, but innovating on it...
34 min
33
Sebastian Strangio, "In the Dragon's Shadow: So...
Strangio carefully dissects the People’s Republic of China’s complicated relationships with its southern neighbors....
108 min
34
David Tobin, "Securing China's Northwest Fronti...
Tobin makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the PRC state-building and narrative-creation efforts which justify projects like the region’s vast network of detention camps....
60 min
35
David Chai, "Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothi...
Chai offers a radical rereading of the Daoist classic Zhuangzi by bringing to light the role of nothingness in grounding the cosmological and metaphysical aspects of its thought...
71 min
36
Michael C. Davis, "Making Hong Kong China: The ...
It is difficult to understand the pace or extent of the changes in Hong Kong since the protests began in June 2019...
81 min
37
Aubrey Menard, "Young Mongols: Forging Democrac...
Mongolia is sometimes seen as one of the few examples of a successful youth-led revolution, where a 1990 movement forced the Soviet-appointed Politburo to resign....
40 min
38
Charlotte Eubanks, "The Art of Persistence: Aka...
Eubanks examines the relations between art and politics in transwar Japan, exploring these via a microhistory of the artist, memoirist, and activist Akamatsu Toshiko (also known as Maruki Toshi, 1912–2000)....
83 min
39
Amy Stanley, "Stranger in the Shogun's City: A ...
Stanley Tsuneno’s life, from growing up in a rural community through her escape to the city of Edo, where she lives in the final decades of the Tokugawa Shogunate....
38 min
40
Anne Gerritsen, "The City of Blue and White: Ch...
We think of blue and white porcelain as the ultimate global commodity: throughout East and Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean including the African coasts, the Americas and Europe, consumers desired Chinese porcelains.,,.
65 min
41
Southeast Asian Performance, Ethnic Identity an...
From glove puppets of Chinese origin and Hakka religious processions, to wartime political theatre and contemporary choirs and dance groups, the diverse performance practices of ethnic Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia highlight the complexity of minority self-representation...
25 min
42
Stephen H. Whiteman, "Where Dragon Veins Meet: ...
In 1702, the second emperor of the Qing dynasty ordered construction of a new summer palace in Rehe (now Chengde, Hebei) to support his annual tours north among the court’s Inner Mongolian allies....
82 min
43
Tobias Harris, "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and ...
Readers will witness Abe’s gradual rise through the ranks of the Liberal Democratic Party and his complex relationships with leading figures in both Japanese and US political circles...
69 min
44
Sujung Kim, "Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Network...
Kim offers a fascinating study of the transcultural underpinnings of Medieval East Asian Buddhist traditions with an emphasis on Shinra Myōjin, a deity integral to the institutional development of the Medieval Japanese Tendai faction, the Jimon...
81 min
45
Suma Ikeuchi, "Jesus Loves Japan: Return Migrat...
In 1990, the Japanese government introduced the Nikkei-jin (Japanese descendant) visa and since then it has attracted more than 190,000 Nikkei Brazilian nationals to Japan...
76 min
46
Minjeong Kim, "Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immi...
Through in-depth interviews with thirty-five Filipinas, twenty-five Korean husbands, and eight Korean community members, Kim explores emotional citizenship created between couples, in-law families, as well as the transnational network of Filipina migrants...
55 min
47
Thomas S. Mullaney, "The Chinese Deathscape: Gr...
"The Chinese Deathscape" is published as part of Stanford University Press’ digital project series which aims to confer the same level of academic credibility on digital projects as academic print books receive...
65 min
48
Li Zhang, "Anxious China: Inner Revolution and ...
Zhang offers an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times...
73 min
49
Frank Jacob, "Japanese War Crimes during World ...
When you mention Japanese War crimes in World War Two, you’ll often get different responses from different generations...
62 min
50
Christopher Lupke (trans.), "A History of Taiwa...
Ye Shitao was a Taiwanese public intellectual who rose to prominence in the second half of the twentieth century....
88 min
51
Alan Chong, "Critical Reflections on China’s Be...
The book is about much more than the material aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative....
53 min
52
C. Chan and F. de Londras, "China’s National Se...
Cora Chan and Fiona de Londras bring together a host of internationally renowned authors who question whether a national security law will challenge Hong Kong’s rule of law, and the liberal ideals safeguarded in its legal system...
69 min
53
John W. Traphagan, "Cosmopolitan Rurality, Depo...
Traphagan presents a series of deeply contextualized ethnographies of small-business entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of contemporary rural Japan...
102 min
54
Chris Fenton, "Feeding the Dragon: Inside the T...
For seventeen years, Chris Fenton served as the president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group, a multi-billion-dollar global media company headquartered in Beijing...
47 min
55
Takeshi Morisato, "Faith and Reason in Continen...
Considering the examples of Christianity and Buddhism, Morisato focuses on finding the solution to the problem of philosophy of religion through comparative examinations of Tanabe’s metanoetics and Desmond’s metaxology...
50 min
56
Sam van Schaik, "Buddhist Magic: Divination, He...
As far back as we can see in the historical record, Buddhist monks and nuns have offered services including healing, divination, rain making, aggressive magic, and love magic to local clients..,,
45 min
57
Fabio Rambelli, "Spirits and Animism in Contemp...
In Japan, a country popularly perceived as highly secularized and technologically advanced, ontological assumptions about spirits (tama or tamashii) seem to be quite deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric...
51 min
58
Lorenz M. Lüthi, "Cold Wars: Asia, the Middle E...
What was the Cold War that shook world politics for the second half of the twentieth century?
85 min
59
Karl Gerth, "Unending Capitalism: How Consumeri...
Gerth details how the state created brands, promoted and advertised particular products, set up department stores, and facilitated the promotion of certain luxury consumer products in the Mao era....
80 min
60
Joshua Esler, "Tibetan Buddhism among Han Chine...
Esler sheds light on this recent development in Sino-Tibetan Buddhism that is gaining increasing momentum in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan...
59 min
61
James Carter, "Champions Day: The End of Old Sh...
Shanghai’s status as a bustling, international place both now and in the past hardly needs much introduction, although the centrality of horse racing to the earlier incarnation of the city’s cosmopolitanism is less known...
61 min
62
Brian R. Dott, "The Chile Pepper in China: A Cu...
Chinese culture and the chile pepper have been intertwined for centuries. Yet, this was not always the case...
78 min
63
Zuraidah Ibrahim, "Rebel City: Hong Kong's Year...
In June of 2019, a proposed amendment to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, sparked widespread protests across the region...
42 min
64
Brian Eyler, "Last Days of the Mighty Mekong" (...
Eyler documents the huge disruption, both to the Mekong’s ecosystem and to the lives of the people who depend on it, caused by rampant dam construction, tourism development, pollution, not to mention climate change...
50 min
65
Ann-elise Lewallen, "The Fabric of Indigeneity:...
Combining ethnographic fieldwork in contemporary Ainu communities and organizations with museum and archival research, Dr. Lewallen shows how Ainu women engage in the “self-craft” of identities and cultural viability through clothwork...
72 min
66
Sean Roberts, "The War on the Uyghurs: China’s ...
Who are the Uyghurs? Sean Roberts explains...
65 min
67
Steven Heine, "Readings of Dōgen's 'Treasury of...
Heine gives us a comprehensive introduction to this essential Zen text, offering a textual, historical, literary, and philosophical examination of Dōgen’s treatise...
53 min
68
Sören Urbansky, "Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A ...
The fact that the vast border between China and Russia is often overlooked goes hand-in-hand with a lack of understanding of the ordinary citizens in these much-discussed places, who often lose out to larger-than-life figures like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping...
73 min
69
Harriet Evans, "Beijing from Below: Stories of ...
Between the early 1950s and the accelerated demolition and construction of Beijing's “old city” in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, the residents of Dashalar—one of the capital city's poorest neighborhoods...
84 min
70
Mary Augusta Brazelton, "Mass Vaccination: Citi...
Mary Augusta Brazelton examines the PRC's public health campaigns of the 1950s to explain just how China managed to inoculate almost six hundred million people against this and other deadly diseases...
92 min
71
Adam Broinowski, "Cultural Responses to Occupat...
Broinowski analyzes the emergence of Ankoku Butoh (dance of darkness) in the context of America’s de jure and then de facto occupation of Japan following the Second World War...
68 min
72
Philip Thai, "China's War on Smuggling: Law, Il...
Thai chronicles the vicissitudes of smuggling in modern China—its practice, suppression, and significance—to demonstrate the intimate link between illicit coastal trade and the amplification of state power...
16 min
73
Xiaoqiao Ling, "Feeling the Past in Seventeenth...
Ling offers readers a richly revealing window into sensory worlds at a particularly cataclysmic time, showing how Chinese literati dealt with the traumatic transition from the Ming to the Qing dynasty...
61 min
74
David G. Atwill, "Islamic Shangri-La: Inter-Asi...
Atwill questions the popular portrayals of Tibet as isolated, ethnically homogenous, and monolithically Buddhist...
86 min
75
Ting Zhang, "Circulating the Code: Print Media ...
How could a peasant in Shandong in the Qing dynasty come to know enough about a specific law that he felt confident enough to kill his own wife and his lover’s husband and think that he could get away with it?
62 min
76
Post Script: A Deep Dive on China
How should we understand what's going on in China? Listen in....
99 min
77
Nozomi Naoi, "Yumeji Modern: Designing the Ever...
Nao offers the first book-length English-language study of one of Japan’s iconic twentieth-century artists, Takehisa Yumeji (1884–1934)...
77 min
78
Daniel P. Aldrich, "Black Wave: How Networks an...
Aldrich illuminates two critical factors that had a direct influence on why survival rates varied so much across the Tōhoku region...
44 min
79
Rebecca E. Karl, "China’s Revolutions in the Mo...
Karl argues that China’s contemporary emergence is best seen not as a “return,” but rather as the product of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activity and imaginings...
78 min
80
Mark A. Nathan, "From the Mountains to the Citi...
Nathan offers a history of P’ogyo (Buddhist Propagation) on the Korean peninsula from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st that switches its focus to South Korea beginning with the Post-Korean War period...
90 min
81
Mayfair Yang, "Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual ...
Yang examines the resurgence of religious and ritual life after decades of enforced secularization in the coastal area of Wenzhou,..
60 min
82
Bo Mou, "Philosophy of Language, Chinese Langua...
This book brings together work on the syntax and semantics of the Chinese language with philosophy of language, from the classical Chinese and contemporary analytic Anglophone traditions...
90 min
83
Gregory Afinogenov, "Spies and Scholars: Chines...
Afinogenov offers a trove of insights into the centuries-long entanglements which have shaped Sino-Russian relationships up to the present...
62 min
84
Andreas Fulda, "The Struggle for Democracy in M...
The key question Fulda poses is to what extent political activists in these three domiciles have made progress in their quest to liberalize and democratize their respective polities...
73 min
85
Eugenia Lean, "Vernacular Industrialism in Chin...
Lean offers a new understanding of industrialization, going beyond material factors to show the central role of culture and knowledge production in technological and industrial change....
52 min
86
Yuhang Li, "Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion...
How did Buddhist women access religious experience and transcendence in a Confucian patriarchal system in imperial China?
56 min
87
Crystal Mun-hye Baik, "Reencounters: On the Kor...
This interview coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, a war that, as Baik reminds us, has not officially ended...
76 min
88
Takashi Miura, "Agents of World Renewal: The Ri...
Miura examines a category of Japanese divinities that centered on the concept of “world renewal” (yonaoshi)...
36 min
89
Gina Anne Tam, "Dialect and Nationalism in Chin...
Tam takes us through the ways that people in China have navigated the country’s complex linguistic landscape while also negotiating profound questions over the meanings of modern Chinese identity itself...
66 min
90
He Bian, "Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Cult...
Bian offers a beautiful cultural history of pharmacy in early modern China..
80 min
91
Michael Schuman, "Superpower Interrupted: The C...
The biggest question of the twenty-first century is: What does China want?
50 min
92
Macabe Keliher, "The Board of Rites and the Mak...
Keliher challenges traditional understandings of state-formation and helps us rethink how we tell the story of the founding of the Qing...
66 min
93
Charlotte Bruckermann, "Claiming Homes: Confron...
Chinese citizens make themselves at home despite economic transformation, political rupture, and domestic dislocation in the contemporary countryside...
45 min
94
John Harney, "Empire of Infields: Baseball in T...
Harney argues that baseball was not necessarily a place for the formation of a Taiwanese nationalist identity, nor was it a space for colonial resistance to the Japanese, but instead it was a site for mutual engagement and cultural genesis with the Japanese...
62 min
95
Brian DeMare, "Land Wars: The Story of China’s ...
Key to the psychological, political and economic transformations which unfolded in China’s million villages in the 1940s and ‘50s was a powerful narrative impulse – a Maoist “script”...
63 min
96
Frederik H. Green, "Bird Talk and Other Stories...
Xu Xu (1908-1980) was one of the most widely read Chinese authors of the 1930s to 1960s...
66 min
97
Elisheva A. Perelman, "American Evangelists and...
Perelman examines the consequences of Japan’s decision not to tackle the tuberculosis epidemic that ravaged the country during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth....
89 min
98
Brian Greene, "Until the End of Time: Mind, Mat...
Greene offers the the reader a theory of everything...
117 min
99
Roxann Prazniak, "Sudden Appearances: The Mongo...
The “Mongol turn” in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries forged new political, commercial, and religious circumstances in Eurasia.
64 min
100
Chiara Formichi, "Islam and Asia: A History" (C...
Formichi helps us to rethink how we tell the story of Islam and the lived expressions of Muslims without privileging certain linguistic, cultural, and geographic realities...
66 min