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Waiting Town: Life in Transit and Mumbai’s Other World-Class Histories (Lisa Björkman)

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ISBN: 9780924304934. 176 Pages. Paperback. Drawing on a decade of ethnographic research in the Indian city of Mumbai, Waiting Town is an unconventional little book—experimental in form—about how we come to know the worlds about which we write. The narrative follows the author’s fieldnotes diaries as they wend their way through a series of ethnographic […]

Shinto in the History and Culture of Japan (Ronald S. Green)

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ISBN: 9780924304910. 108 Pages. Paperback After Japanese emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum throne in 2019, he performed a secretive ritual funded by the state by offering newly harvested rice to the Shintō sun goddess Amaterasu, mythological progenitor of the imperial family, raising controversy and puzzlement both inside Japan and out. This book is a concise […]

Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Michael C. Davis)

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ISBN: 9781952636134 (print, paperback). 166 Pages. E-book format also available at $15.99. How can one of the world’s most free-wheeling cities transition from a vibrant global center of culture and finance into a subject of authoritarian control? As Beijing’s anxious interference has grown, the “one country, two systems” model China promised Hong Kong has slowly […]

The Great Smog of China: A Short Event History of Air Pollution (Anna L. Ahlers, Mette Halskov Hansen, and Rune Svarverud)

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ISBN: 9780924304927. 148 pages. Paperback. E-book format also available at $15.99. The Great Smog of China traces Chinese air pollution events dating back to more than 2,000 years ago. Based on the authors’ fieldwork, interviews and text studies, the book offers a short and concise history of selected air pollution incidents that for varying reasons […]

A Friend in Deed: Lu Xun, Uchiyama Kanzo, and the Intellectual World of Shanghai on the Eve of War (Joshua A. Fogel)

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ISBN: 978-0-924-304-88-0. 122 pages. Paperback. Lu Xun spent the last decade of his life in the turbulent world of Shanghai. Soon after arriving in 1927, he befriended Uchiyama Kanzō, owner of a bookstore specializing in Japanese writings. Their friendship and the mutual kindnesses (occasionally involving near-death experiences) form the core of this short volume. In […]

The Dream of East Asia: The Rise of China, Nationalism, Popular Memory, and Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia (John Lie)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-87-3. 138 pages. Paperback. What do we talk about when we talk about East Asia? We are worried about China’s emergence as an economic giant and military power that may upset the regional and, indeed, the global status quo. Much more mercurial, however, and therefore more frightening, is that riddle wrapped in a mystery […]

Drinking Bomb and Shooting Meth: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan (Jeffrey W. Alexander)

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Winner of the 2019 ICAS Book Prize: “Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-Specialist Reader” ISBN 978-0-924304-85-9. 180 pages. Paperback. In Japan, beer has been known, since the 1960s, as the “beverage of the masses,” and whisky culture has roots stretching back to the 1950s. Meanwhile, methamphetamine was first developed in Japan and came […]

Political Rights in Post-Mao China (Merle Goldman)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-51-4. 80 pages. Paperback. “Political Rights in Post-Mao China” provides an engaging overview of political changes in China in the later decades of the twentieth century and early years of the twenty-first century, highlighting the growing rights consciousness movement among China’s citizens. Professor Goldman explains how demands for Party reform and the increasingly organized […]

Caste in India (Diane Mines)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-55-2. 108 pages. Paperback. “Diane Mines has produced a clear and compelling introduction to one of the world’s most complex and misunderstood social systems. This booklet offers an exhaustive overview of the anthropology and history of caste based on extensive reading and over two decades of ethnographic research in rural South India. It also […]

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