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China & Inner Asia

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CHINA’S CHALLENGES AND INTERNATIONAL ORDER TRANSITION: Beyond “Thucydides’s Trap” | Edited by Huiyun Feng and Kai HeCHINA’S CHALLENGES AND INTERNATIONAL ORDER TRANSITION: Beyond “Thucydides’s Trap” | Edited by Huiyun Feng and Kai He
Nele Noesselt

CHINA’S GILDED AGE: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption | By Yuen Yuen AngCHINA’S GILDED AGE: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption | By Yuen Yuen Ang
Yan Sun

INNOVATION AND CHINA’S GLOBAL EMERGENCE | Edited by Erik Baark, Bert Hofman, and Jiwei QianINNOVATION AND CHINA’S GLOBAL EMERGENCE | Edited by Erik Baark, Bert Hofman, and Jiwei Qian
Rajah Rasiah

DISAGGREGATING CHINA, INC.: State Strategies in the Liberal Economic Order | By Yeling TanDISAGGREGATING CHINA, INC.: State Strategies in the Liberal Economic Order | By Yeling Tan
Xiaojun Li

CHINA’S POLITICAL WORLDVIEW AND CHINESE EXCEPTIONALISM: International Order and Global Leadership | By Benjamin Tze Ern HoCHINA’S POLITICAL WORLDVIEW AND CHINESE EXCEPTIONALISM: International Order and Global Leadership | By Benjamin Tze Ern Ho
Xiaoyu Pu

CLASH OF POWERS: US-China Rivalry in Global Trade Governance | By Kristen HopewellCLASH OF POWERS: US-China Rivalry in Global Trade Governance | By Kristen Hopewell
Dawn Murphy

COMMODITIES OF CARE: The Business of HIV Testing in China | By Elsa L. FanCOMMODITIES OF CARE: The Business of HIV Testing in China | By Elsa L. Fan
Tiantian Zheng

MANHUA MODERNITY: Chinese Culture and the Pictorial Turn | By John A. CrespiMANHUA MODERNITY: Chinese Culture and the Pictorial Turn | By John A. Crespi
Kin-Wai Chu

GOVERNING THE DEAD: Martyrs, Memorials, and Necrocitizenship in Modern China | By Linh D. VuGOVERNING THE DEAD: Martyrs, Memorials, and Necrocitizenship in Modern China | By Linh D. Vu
Chang-tai Hung

THE FUNERAL OF MR. WANG: Life, Death, and Ghosts in Urbanizing China | By Andrew B. KipnisTHE FUNERAL OF MR. WANG: Life, Death, and Ghosts in Urbanizing China | By Andrew B. Kipnis
Linh D. Vu

Northeast Asia

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JAPAN’S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Continuity and Change | Edited by Lam Peng Er and Purnendra JainJAPAN’S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Continuity and Change | Edited by Lam Peng Er and Purnendra Jain
Paul Midford

CRISIS NARRATIVES, INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE JAPANESE STATE | Edited by Sebastian Maslow and Christian WirthCRISIS NARRATIVES, INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE JAPANESE STATE | Edited by Sebastian Maslow and Christian Wirth
Linus Hagström

FROM COUNTRY TO NATION: Ethnographic Studies, Kokugaku, and Spirits in Nineteenth-Century Japan | By Gideon FujiwaraFROM COUNTRY TO NATION: Ethnographic Studies, Kokugaku, and Spirits in Nineteenth-Century Japan | By Gideon Fujiwara
Susan L. Burns

HARVESTING STATE SUPPORT: Institutional Change and Local Agency in Japanese Agriculture | By Hanno JentzschHARVESTING STATE SUPPORT: Institutional Change and Local Agency in Japanese Agriculture | By Hanno Jentzsch
Steven R. McGreevy

MIDDLEMEN OF MODERNITY: Local Elites and Agricultural Development in Modern Japan | By Christopher CraigMIDDLEMEN OF MODERNITY: Local Elites and Agricultural Development in Modern Japan | By Christopher Craig
Kerry Smith

JAPAN, THE SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY: The Artisanal Ethos, Ordinary Virtues, and Everyday Life in the Age of Limits | By John LieJAPAN, THE SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY: The Artisanal Ethos, Ordinary Virtues, and Everyday Life in the Age of Limits | By John Lie
David Leheny

KARMA AND PUNISHMENT: Prison Chaplaincy in Japan | By Adam J. LyonsKARMA AND PUNISHMENT: Prison Chaplaincy in Japan | By Adam J. Lyons
Justin McDaniel and Kirby Sokolow

A CULTURAL HISTORY OF SPANISH SPEAKERS IN JAPAN | By Araceli Tinajero; translated by Veronica KarpoichA CULTURAL HISTORY OF SPANISH SPEAKERS IN JAPAN | By Araceli Tinajero; translated by Veronica Karpoich
Edgar Javier Ulloa Luján

OISHII: The History of Sushi | By Eric C. RathOISHII: The History of Sushi | By Eric C. Rath
Sora Skye Osuka 

THE ART OF PERSISTENCE: Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan | By Charlotte EubanksTHE ART OF PERSISTENCE: Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan | By Charlotte Eubanks
Matías Chiappe Ippolito