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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 […]

Global India ca 100 CE: South Asia in Early World History (Richard H. Davis)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-59-0. 90 pages. Paperback. “Richard Davis’ dismantling of the notion of an isolated India masterfully integrates evidence from texts, archaeology, art history and numismatics. The focus shifts elegantly from Rome to China, from entrepreneurial traders to pious monks, from Jataka tales to the Ramayana. For anyone who teaches Indian, Asian or world history, this […]

Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (William M. Tsutsui)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-62-0. 96 pages. Paperback. Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization is the only concise overview of Japan’s phenomenal impact on world pop culture available in English. Surveying Japanese forms from anime (animation) and manga (comic books) to monster movies and Hello Kitty products, this volume is an accessible introduction to Japan’s pop creativity and its […]

Zen Past and Present (Eric Cunningham)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-64-4. 98 pages. Paperback. Zen Past and Present provides readers with a concise but comprehensive survey of the history of Zen Buddhism. Because it examines Zen from historical, religious, literary, artistic, and political standpoints, it is an ideal supplemental text for a wide variety of disciplines. Zen Past and Present covers the evolution of […]

Traditional China in Asian and World History (Tansen Sen and Victor Mair)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-65-1. 130 pages. Paperback. “Victor Mair and Tansen Sen have provided an account of China’s engagement with the Eurasian world around it that is succinct, accessible, and masterful. They demonstrate how—from their Neolithic origins through Zheng He’s fifteenth century voyages across maritime Asia—the Chinese were constantly interacting with their neighbors, through warfare, diplomacy, religious […]