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Japanese Government and Politics (Lauren McKee)

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FEBRUARY 2023. AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW via the Columbia University Press website. ISBN 9781952636356. 132 pages. Paperback. This forthcoming volume in the AAS Key Issues in Asian Studies series takes a comparative approach to Japanese politics, covering topics such as political parties and elections, civil society, bureaucracy, and foreign relations. Grounded in a discussion of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Japan Since 1945 (Paul E. Dunscomb)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-75-0. 102 pages. Paperback. “Concisely rendered, engagingly written, and thoughtful in its judgments, this short book is a most valuable interpretation of Japan’s remarkable history since the end of World War II.” — Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University “Surveys the dramatic changes in Japan’s society, politics, economy, […]

Japanese Literature: From Murasaki to Murakami (Marvin Marcus)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-77-4. 132 pages. Paperback. “Japanese Literature: From Murasaki to Murakami” provides a concise introduction to the literature of Japan that traces its origins in the seventh century and explores a literary legacy—and its cultural contexts—marked by the intersection of aristocratic elegance and warrior austerity. Coverage extends to the present day with a focus on […]

Japan and Imperialism, 1853-1945 (James L. Huffman)

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Revised and Expanded Second Edition ISBN: 978-0-924304-82-8. 108 pages. Paperback. This lively narrative tells the story of Japan’s experience with imperialism and colonialism, looking first at Japan’s responses to Western threats in the nineteenth century, then at Japan’s activities as Asia’s only imperialist power. Using a series of human vignettes as lenses, Japan and Imperialism […]

THE TURN AGAINST THE MODERN: The Critical Essays of Taoka Reiun (1870-1912) (Ronald P. Loftus)

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ISBN 978-0-924304-84-2. 340 pages. Paperback. The Turn Against the Modern is a biography of the late Meiji social and cultural critic Taoka Reiun (1870–1912) who was known for his fierce attack on modernity. Reiun was convinced that the western conception of modernity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was based on an overly narrow, […]

TOOLS OF CULTURE: Japan’s Cultural, Intellectual, Medical, and Technological Contacts in East Asia, 1100s–1500s. (Goble, Robinson, Wakabayashi)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-53-8, 336 pages. Paperback. This important collection addresses aspects of Japanese human and material interactions in East Asia from the late eleventh through the late sixteenth centuries, a period coincident with Japan’s late classical and medieval eras. The collection broadens our understanding of Japanese history, by departing from a traditional focus on Japanese history as […]

Teaching Japanese Popular Culture

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ISBN 978-0-924304-78-1. 308 pages. Paperback. Edited by Deborah Shamoon and Chris McMorran Interest in Japanese popular culture is high among students at all levels, driving enrollment in Japanese Studies programs. However, there has been little reflection on the pedagogy of teaching Japanese popular culture. Now is the time for critical reflection on teaching practices related […]

PRESCRIBING COLONIZATION: The Role of Medical Practices and Policies in Japan-Ruled Taiwan, 1895–1945 (Michael Shiyung Liu)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-57-6. 296 pages. Paperback An essential book for scholars of East Asian history, Prescribing Colonization addresses the impact of Western-influenced Japanese medicine on medical practices in Taiwan during Japanese colonial rule and examines the role colonial medicine played in Japanese empire building.Taiwan was Japan’s first overseas colony and the Japanese government was eager to transform the […]

EAST MEETS EAST: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854–1898. A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China (Douglas R. Reynolds with Carol T. Reynolds)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-76-7. 744 pages. Paperback. Through the lives of Chinese diplomats and their careers, East Meets East explores three important dimensions of modern Chinese history: Chinese discovery of the modern world in Japan; reports on Japan suppressed by higher authorities because of their insistent objectivity and non-Sinocentric perspective; and state-sponsored innovations to meet crises which opened the […]

CHANGING LIVES: The ‘Postwar’ in Japanese Women’s Autobiographies and Memoirs (Ronald P. Loftus)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-69-9. 216 pages. Paperback. CHANGING LIVES: The ‘Postwar’ in Japanese Women’s Autobiographies and Memoirs presents the reader with substantial translations from memoirs and autobiographies by Japanese women. The women who appear in the book are far from household names in Japan: Okabe Itsuko (nonfiction writer and cultural critic), Shinya Eikô (stage and screen actress), Yoshitake […]

BEATING DEVILS AND BURNING THEIR BOOKS: Views of China, Japan, and the West (Edited by Anthony E. Clark)

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ISBN: 978-0-924304-60-6. 258 pages. Paperback. Beating Devils and Burning Their Books considers several topics germane to today’s social and intellectual climate. Is religio-cultural conflict innate in religious belief? Is “difference” necessarily an antecedent of conflict? And on a purely expository level, how have governments, intellectuals, and religious devotees represented Asia or the West, and how did they […]