Results for tag: History

#AsiaNow Speaks with Morgan Pitelka, Author of “Reading Medieval Ruins”

Morgan Pitelka is a professor of history and Asian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Reading Medieval Ruins: Urban Life and Destruction in Sixteenth-Century Japan, published by Cambridge University Press and winner of the 2024 Honorable Mention, John Whitney Hall Prize. To begin with, please tell us what […]

#AsiaNow Speaks with Nicole Willock about “Lineages of the Literary”

Nicole Willock is Associate Professor at Old Dominion University and author of Lineages of the Literary: Tibetan Buddhist Polymaths of Socialist China, published by Columbia University Press and winner of the AAS 2024 E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. Lineages of the Literary […]

Pious Labor: A Conversation with Historian Amanda Lanzillo

In workshops and industrial spaces across North India, artisans practiced their trades: tailoring and carpentry, lithography, stonemasonry, and electroplating. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these skilled workers adapted to new tools and technologies, saw transmission of knowledge move from family workshops to technical schools, and dealt with the expanding presence of the […]

Bankrolling Empire: A Conversation with Historian Sudev Sheth

In this interview, AAS Membership Manager Bill Warner speaks with historian Dr. Sudev Sheth, Senior Lecturer at the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, about his recent book Bankrolling Empire: Family Fortunes and Political Transformation in Mughal India (Cambridge University Press, 2024). The book focuses on the Jhaveri family in the western […]

#AsiaNow Speaks with Christian de Pee

Christian de Pee is a Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Urban Life and Intellectual Crisis in Middle-Period China, 800-1100, which was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2022 and which has received an Honorable Mention for the 2024 AAS Joseph Levenson Prize (Pre-1900). To begin with, please tell us […]

“Cornerstone of the Nation”: An Interview with Peter Banseok Kwon

“How did an impoverished country that was fully reliant on US military support until the 1970s modernize its defense and commercial industries in less than a decade?” This question propels the story that Peter Banseok Kwon (Assistant Professor of Korean Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY) traces in his new book, Cornerstone of the […]

Developing Mission: An Interview with Historian Joseph W. Ho

Missionaries who left the United States for China in the early 20th century packed for overseas assignments that lasted years at a time. They needed clothing, of course; Bibles and other religious texts were tools of the trade. If they had additional responsibilities—as medical missionaries, for example—they would need equipment to carry out that work. […]

Mark Elvin (1938-2023)

Mark Elvin, Emeritus Professor of Chinese History at the Australian National University and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, sadly passed away on 6 December 2023 in Oxford (England). Mark Elvin was an eminent scholar of Chinese history and the author of several ground-breaking works that changed the way in which China and its […]

Robert E. Entenmann, 1949-2024

Robert E. Entenmann, a longtime member of the Association for Asian Studies, died January 7, 2024 in Northfield Minnesota, having taught Chinese history at St. Olaf College for 36 years. A native of Seattle, Bob earned a B.A. in Chinese History from the University of Washington, an M.A. from Stanford, and a Ph.D. from Harvard […]

#AsiaNow Speaks with Ruth Mostern

Ruth Mostern is Professor of History and Director of the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh and author of The Yellow River: A Natural and Unnatural History, published by Yale University Press and winner of the 2023 AAS pre-1900 Joseph Levenson Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. […]

In Memoriam: Emily Honig (1953-2023)

Emily Honig, a historian of China and retired University of California, Santa Cruz professor, passed away on October 14. She first visited the People’s Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution as part of a student delegation touring the country. Honig then embarked on graduate study in Chinese history at Stanford University and spent two […]

Generation and the Politics of Memory in China: Sociologist Bin Xu on Chairman Mao’s Children

Back in September 2017, I interviewed Emory University sociologist Bin Xu about his first book, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017). At the end of our exchange, Xu told me about his next project—an examination of collective memory among the zhiqing, or 17 million “educated […]

Women in Japanese Studies

Excerpt: Women in Japanese Studies

Bringing together stories and reflections spanning more than thirty years, Women in Japanese Studies: Memoirs from a Trailblazing Generation will be released by AAS Publications in December 2023. Edited by Alisa Freedman (University of Oregon), the volume includes chapters from thirty-one scholars, who share stories of achievements, frustrations, and choices—both professional and personal. In Japan […]

AsiaNow Speaks with Tao Jiang

Tao Jiang is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and the author of Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China, published by Oxford University Press, which received Honorable Mention of the 2023 Joseph Levenson Prize for distinguished scholarship on pre-1900 China. To begin with, please tell us what your […]

AsiaNow Speaks with Aurelia Campbell

Aurelia Campbell is Associate Professor at Boston College and author of What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming, published by University of Washington Press and winner of the 2023 AAS Bei Shan Tang Monograph Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. My book is about the […]

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Historian Ghassan Moazzin on Foreign Banks and Global Finance in Modern China

Solid, stately buildings line Shanghai’s waterfront Bund, their ornate facades standing in stark contrast to the sleek skyscrapers of Pudong across the Yangtze River. Today, Pudong is the city’s financial district, but a century ago the heart of Shanghai’s financial sector beat on the Bund. One by one, foreign banks arrived in the late 19th […]

Reproductive Realities in Modern China: An Interview with Sarah Mellors Rodriguez

Sarah Mellors Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of History at Missouri State University and author of Reproductive Realities in Modern China: Birth Control and Abortion, 1911-2021 (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Many readers will be familiar with the politics of reproduction in contemporary China, via media stories about the One Child Policy in effect from the late […]