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China & Inner Asia

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THE ECONOMICS OF AIR POLLUTION IN CHINA: Achieving Better and Cleaner Growth | By Ma Jun; translated from the Chinese by Bernard Cleary, edited in English by Damien MaTHE ECONOMICS OF AIR POLLUTION IN CHINA: Achieving Better and Cleaner Growth | By Ma Jun; translated from the Chinese by Bernard Cleary, edited in English by Damien Ma
Kevin Bo Miao

FORGET CHINESENESS: On the Geopolitics of Cultural Identification | By Allen ChunFORGET CHINESENESS: On the Geopolitics of Cultural Identification | By Allen Chun
Maris Boyd Gillette

CHINA’S SOFT POWER DIPLOMACY IN SOUTH ASIA: Myth or Reality? | By B.M. JainCHINA’S SOFT POWER DIPLOMACY IN SOUTH ASIA: Myth or Reality? | By B.M. Jain
James F. Paradise

SCREENING CHINA’S SOFT POWER | Edited by Paola Voci and Luo HuiSCREENING CHINA’S SOFT POWER | Edited by Paola Voci and Luo Hui
Chris Berry

NEW CHINESE MIGRATIONS: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations | Edited by Yuk Wah Chan and Sin Yee KohNEW CHINESE MIGRATIONS: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations | Edited by Yuk Wah Chan and Sin Yee Koh
Laura Madokoro

CHINA’S ARCTIC AMBITIONS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR CANADA | By P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Adam Lajeunesse, James Manicom, and Frédéric LasserreCHINA’S ARCTIC AMBITIONS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR CANADA | By P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Adam Lajeunesse, James Manicom, and Frédéric Lasserre
John McCannon

CHINA’S SOVIET DREAM: Propaganda, Culture, and Popular Imagination | By Yan LiCHINA’S SOVIET DREAM: Propaganda, Culture, and Popular Imagination | By Yan Li
Victor Zatsepine

BANISHED TO THE GREAT NORTHERN WILDERNESS: Political Exile and Re-education in Mao’s China | By Ning WangBANISHED TO THE GREAT NORTHERN WILDERNESS: Political Exile and Re-education in Mao’s China | By Ning Wang
Ulug Kuzuoglu

BEYOND THE AMUR: Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850–1930 | By Victor ZatsepineBEYOND THE AMUR: Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850–1930 | By Victor Zatsepine
Anna Belogurova

INTEREST GROUPS AND THE NEW DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG | Edited by Sonny Shiu-Hing LoINTEREST GROUPS AND THE NEW DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG | Edited by Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo
Luke Cooper

Northeast Asia

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MY NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE: Leading Japan through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free Future | By Naoto Kan; translated from the Japanese by Jeffrey S. IrishMY NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE: Leading Japan through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free Future | By Naoto Kan; translated from the Japanese by Jeffrey S. Irish
Ayaka Löschke

DARWIN, DHARMA, AND THE DIVINE: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan | By G. Clinton GodartDARWIN, DHARMA, AND THE DIVINE: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan | By G. Clinton Godart
Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

HIDDEN ATROCITIES: Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction of Justice at the Tokyo Trial | By Jeanne GuilleminHIDDEN ATROCITIES: Japanese Germ Warfare and American Obstruction of Justice at the Tokyo Trial | By Jeanne Guillemin
Giulio Pugliese

THE KOREAN WAVE: Evolution, Fandom, and Transnationality | Edited by Tae-Jin Yoon and Dal Yong JinTHE KOREAN WAVE: Evolution, Fandom, and Transnationality | Edited by Tae-Jin Yoon and Dal Yong Jin
Jimmyn Parc

SINYŎSŎNG TOCH’AK HADA: The Arrival of New Women | By Kim Min’gi, Kang Sŭngwŏn, Kwŏn Haengga, Kim Soyŏng, Kim Sujin, Nam Ŭnhye, No Yuniya, Pak Hyesŏng, Pae Yŏn’gyŏng, Sŏ Yuri, Chang Yujŏng, and Ch’oe YŏlSINYŎSŎNG TOCH’AK HADA: The Arrival of New Women | By Kim Min’gi, Kang Sŭngwŏn, Kwŏn Haengga, Kim Soyŏng, Kim Sujin, Nam Ŭnhye, No Yuniya, Pak Hyesŏng, Pae Yŏn’gyŏng, Sŏ Yuri, Chang Yujŏng, and Ch’oe Yŏl
Hyung-Gu Lynn

YOUTH FOR NATION: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea | By Charles R. KimYOUTH FOR NATION: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea | By Charles R. Kim
Ingu Hwang

AN ASIAN FRONTIER: American Anthropology and Korea, 1882–1945 | By Robert OppenheimAN ASIAN FRONTIER: American Anthropology and Korea, 1882–1945 | By Robert Oppenheim
Paul D. Barclay

NORTH KOREA AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Entering the New Era of Deterrence | Edited by Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. CohenNORTH KOREA AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Entering the New Era of Deterrence | Edited by Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen
Avram Agov

CHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN NORTH KOREAN POLITICS | Edited by Adam Cathcart, Robert Winstanley-Chesters, and Christopher GreenCHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN NORTH KOREAN POLITICS | Edited by Adam Cathcart, Robert Winstanley-Chesters, and Christopher Green
Aram Hur

Southeast Asia

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BECOMING REFUGEE AMERICAN: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon | By Phuong Tran NguyenBECOMING REFUGEE AMERICAN: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon | By Phuong Tran Nguyen
Thy Phu

CAMBODIA’S SECOND KINGDOM: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy | By Astrid Norén-NilssonCAMBODIA’S SECOND KINGDOM: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy | By Astrid Norén-Nilsson
Sorpong Peou

HERITAGE AND IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY THAILAND: Memory, Place and Power | By Ross KingHERITAGE AND IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY THAILAND: Memory, Place and Power | By Ross King
Maurizio Peleggi

CONFLICT IN MYANMAR: War, Politics, Religion | Edited by Nick Cheesman and Nicholas FarrellyCONFLICT IN MYANMAR: War, Politics, Religion | Edited by Nick Cheesman and Nicholas Farrelly
Francesca Chiu

THE TRAFFIC IN HIERARCHY: Masculinity and Its Others in Buddhist Burma | By Ward KeelerTHE TRAFFIC IN HIERARCHY: Masculinity and Its Others in Buddhist Burma | By Ward Keeler
Csilla Dallos

MYANMAR’S MOUNTAIN AND MARITIME BORDERSCAPES: Local Practices, Boundary-Making and Figured Worlds | Edited by Su-Ann OhMYANMAR’S MOUNTAIN AND MARITIME BORDERSCAPES: Local Practices, Boundary-Making and Figured Worlds | Edited by Su-Ann Oh
Laldinkima Sailo

RETROSPECTIVE: A Historiographical Aesthetic in Contemporary Singapore and Malaysia | By June YapRETROSPECTIVE: A Historiographical Aesthetic in Contemporary Singapore and Malaysia | By June Yap
Kwok Kian Chow

JAKARTA: Drawing the City Near | By AbdouMaliq SimoneJAKARTA: Drawing the City Near | By AbdouMaliq Simone
Michael Leaf

CAPTIVES FOR FREEDOM: Hostages, Negotiations and the Future of West Papua | By Stephen HillCAPTIVES FOR FREEDOM: Hostages, Negotiations and the Future of West Papua | By Stephen Hill
Anton Ploeg

BEYOND BALI: Subaltern Citizens and Post-Colonial Intimacy. | By Ana DragojlovicBEYOND BALI: Subaltern Citizens and Post-Colonial Intimacy. | By Ana Dragojlovic
Iqra Anugrah