Current Book Reviews


China & Inner Asia

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THE SPECTER OF GLOBAL CHINA: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa | By Ching Kwan LeeTHE SPECTER OF GLOBAL CHINA: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa | By Ching Kwan Lee
Joshua Eisenman

CHINA IN THE GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY: From Developmental to Entrepreneurial | By Gordon C.K. CheungCHINA IN THE GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY: From Developmental to Entrepreneurial | By Gordon C.K. Cheung
Tian He

CHINA’S REGIONS IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION | By Tim SummersCHINA’S REGIONS IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION | By Tim Summers
Hong Yu

WILL CHINA’S RISE BE PEACEFUL?: Security, Stability, and Legitimacy | Edited by Asle TojeWILL CHINA’S RISE BE PEACEFUL?: Security, Stability, and Legitimacy | Edited by Asle Toje
Chengxin Pan

THE POLITICS OF COMPASSION: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China | By Bin XuTHE POLITICS OF COMPASSION: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China | By Bin Xu
Shijing Zhang

CONFESSIONS OF A RED GUARD: A Chinese Novelist Recounts His Experiences During China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution | By Liang Xiaosheng; Translated by Howard GoldblattCONFESSIONS OF A RED GUARD: A Chinese Novelist Recounts His Experiences During China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution | By Liang Xiaosheng; Translated by Howard Goldblatt
Yixin Chen

MAOISM: A Global History | By Julia LovellMAOISM: A Global History | By Julia Lovell
Norbert Francis

THE GENDER LEGACY OF THE MAO ERA: Women’s Life Stories in Contemporary China | By Xin HuangTHE GENDER LEGACY OF THE MAO ERA: Women’s Life Stories in Contemporary China | By Xin Huang
Feng Xu

EMPIRE AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE MAKING OF MANCHURIA | Edited by Norman SmithEMPIRE AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE MAKING OF MANCHURIA | Edited by Norman Smith
Emily Matson

Northeast Asia

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JAPAN DECIDES 2017: The Japanese General Election | Edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, Ethan Scheiner, and Daniel M. SmithJAPAN DECIDES 2017: The Japanese General Election | Edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, Ethan Scheiner, and Daniel M. Smith
 Gregory W. Noble

TAMING JAPAN’S DEFLATION: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy | By Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza, and Yoshiko KojoTAMING JAPAN’S DEFLATION: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy | By Gene Park, Saori N. Katada, Giacomo Chiozza, and Yoshiko Kojo
Joseph E. Gagnon

THE ABE ADMINISTRATION AND THE RISE OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL EXECUTIVE | By Aurelia George MulganTHE ABE ADMINISTRATION AND THE RISE OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL EXECUTIVE | By Aurelia George Mulgan
Leonard Schoppa

CONTRACEPTIVE DIPLOMACY: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan | By Aiko Takeuchi-DemirciCONTRACEPTIVE DIPLOMACY: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan | By Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci
Paul Christensen

DIVA NATION: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History | Edited by Laura Miller and Rebecca CopelandDIVA NATION: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History | Edited by Laura Miller and Rebecca Copeland
Elizabeth D. Lublin

PRODUCING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI: Literature, Film, and Transnational Politics | By Yuko ShibataPRODUCING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI: Literature, Film, and Transnational Politics | By Yuko Shibata
Michael P. Cronin

TOP-DOWN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH KOREA | By Erik MobrandTOP-DOWN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH KOREA | By Erik Mobrand
Joan E. Cho

RE-INVENTING AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT: Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model | By Jong-Dae ParkRE-INVENTING AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT: Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model | By Jong-Dae Park
Joonhwa Cho

CULTURES OF YUSIN: South Korea in the 1970s | Edited by Youngju RyuCULTURES OF YUSIN: South Korea in the 1970s | Edited by Youngju Ryu
Tae Yang Kwak

THE KOREAN WAR IN ASIA: A Hidden History | Edited by Tessa Morris-SuzukiTHE KOREAN WAR IN ASIA: A Hidden History | Edited by Tessa Morris-Suzuki
Steven Hugh Lee

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

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HOW TO DEFEND AUSTRALIA | By Hugh WhiteHOW TO DEFEND AUSTRALIA | By Hugh White
Randall Doyle

FROM SECRET BALLOT TO DEMOCRACY SAUSAGE: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting | By Judith BrettFROM SECRET BALLOT TO DEMOCRACY SAUSAGE: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting | By Judith Brett
Shane Barter and Ana Schugurensky

CORAL AND CONCRETE: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll Between Japan, America, and The Marshall Islands | By Greg DvorakCORAL AND CONCRETE: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll Between Japan, America, and The Marshall Islands | By Greg Dvorak
Holly M. Barker

FAST MONEY SCHEMES: Hope and Deception in Papua New Guinea | By John CoxFAST MONEY SCHEMES: Hope and Deception in Papua New Guinea | By John Cox
Anna-Karina Hermkens

TADAIMA! I AM HOME: A Transnational Family History | By Tom CoffmanTADAIMA! I AM HOME: A Transnational Family History | By Tom Coffman
Ruth (Lute) Faleolo

HARVESTS, FEASTS, AND GRAVES: Postcultural Consciousness in Contemporary Papua New Guinea | By Ryan SchramHARVESTS, FEASTS, AND GRAVES: Postcultural Consciousness in Contemporary Papua New Guinea | By Ryan Schram
John Barker

PACIFIC FUTURES: Past and Present | Edited by Warwick Anderson, Miranda Johnson, and Barbara BrookesPACIFIC FUTURES: Past and Present | Edited by Warwick Anderson, Miranda Johnson, and Barbara Brookes
Michael Main

PACIFIC REALITIES: Changing Perspectives on Resilience and Resistance | Edited by Laurent Dousset and Mélissa NayralPACIFIC REALITIES: Changing Perspectives on Resilience and Resistance | Edited by Laurent Dousset and Mélissa Nayral
Wenzhen He

PARADOXES OF HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism | By J. Kēhaulani KauanuiPARADOXES OF HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism | By J. Kēhaulani Kauanui
David Fazzino