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Modern Indian History (Emily Rook-Koepsel)

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JUNE 2023. AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW via the Columbia University Press website. ISBN 9781952636332. 132 pages. Paperback. India, as a nation-state, is a relatively new concept. Modern Indian History is a chronological historical narrative starting in the 16th century and ending in the present, that considers political, economic, and social developments on the Indian subcontinent. […]

Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s History in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam, Second Edition (Jeffrey L. Richey)

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REVISED AND EXPANDED SECOND EDITION ISBN 978-1-952636-37-0. 130 pages. Paperback. Jeffrey Richey has written an engaging and well-crafted book that clearly delineates the oftentimes fitful development of Confucianism in China, Japan, Korea, and Viet Nam. At the same time, he masterfully demonstrates how Confucianism slowly came to dominate politics, thought, and society in each of […]

New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia (Dimitar D. Gueorguiev, Editor)

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9781952636318. 202 pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. AVAILABLE IN PRINT, E-BOOK AND OPEN ACCESS Please support the work of AAS by ordering print or ebook copies from our distributor, Columbia University Press. VIEW OPEN ACCESS VERSION New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia examines the increasingly […]

Who Is the Asianist? The Politics of Representation in Asian Studies (Will Bridges, Nitasha Tamar Sharma, and Marvin D. Sterling, Editors)

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VIEW THE BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION (from October 6, 2022) AVAILABLE IN PRINT, E-BOOK AND OPEN ACCESS Please support the work of AAS by ordering print or ebook copies copies from our distributor, Columbia University Press. VIEW OPEN ACCESS VERSION 9781952636295. 220 pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% […]

Animal Care in Japanese Tradition: A Short History (W. Puck Brecher)

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9781952636271. 138 pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. Listen to an interview with Prof. Brecher on the New Books Network: https://newbooksnetwork.com/animal-care-in-japanese-tradition This volume provides an historical overview of Japan’s relationship with animals from ancient times to the 1950s. Its analysis serves as a lens through which to […]

Burmese Haze: US Policy and Myanmar’s Opening—and Closing (Erin Murphy)

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9781952636257. 244 pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. A play on George Orwell’s famous novel, Burmese Days, Burmese Haze provides a unique—and personal—perspective on the historical events and foreign ties that shaped Myanmar and its relationship with the United States. Former intelligence analyst Erin Murphy tells the […]

Japan on American TV: Screaming Samurai Join Anime Clubs in the Land of the Lost (Alisa Freedman)

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View the AAS Digital Dialogue book launch webinar for Japan on American TV featuring Alisa Freedman, Anne Allison, Jan Bardsley, and Bill Tsutsui with moderator, Maura Cunningham. Listen to the podcast from New Books Network. 9781952636219. 202 pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. Japan on American TV […]

Tribe and State in Asia through Twenty-Five Centuries (Sumit Guha)

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9780924304958. 142 Pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. Every literate person today will encounter the word “tribe” in many settings. What does this word mean? When and how did its use begin? Is it a good label for any contemporary social organization? Is it relevant for policymakers […]

The Fifty Years That Changed Chinese Religion 1898–1948 (Paul R. Katz and Vincent Goossaert)

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ISBN: 9780924304965. 248 pages. Paperback. In recent years, both scholars and the general public have become increasingly fascinated by the role of religion in modern Chinese life. However, the bulk of attention has been devoted to changes caused by the repression of the Maoist era and subsequent religious revival. The Fifty Years That Changed Chinese […]

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

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ISBN: 9780924304910. 108 Pages. Paperback. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. 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 […]

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. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. 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 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. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. 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 […]

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. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. 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 […]

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. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. 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, […]

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. AAS MEMBERS: use the code AASMEMBER at checkout for your 20% discount. In Japan, beer has been known, since the 1960s, as the “beverage of the masses,” and whisky culture has roots stretching back […]

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 […]