Current Book Reviews


China & Inner Asia

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CHALLENGES TO CHINA’S ECONOMIC STATECRAFT: A Global Perspective. Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development | Edited by Yi Edward Yang with Wei LiangCHALLENGES TO CHINA’S ECONOMIC STATECRAFT: A Global Perspective. Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development | Edited by Yi Edward Yang with Wei Liang
Maria Adele Carrai

CHINA IN THE WORLD: An Anthropology of Confucius Institutes, Soft Power, and Globalization | By Jennifer HubbertCHINA IN THE WORLD: An Anthropology of Confucius Institutes, Soft Power, and Globalization | By Jennifer Hubbert
Luwei Rose Luqiu

ACTIVE DEFENSE: China’s Military Strategy since 1949 | By M. Taylor FravelACTIVE DEFENSE: China’s Military Strategy since 1949 | By M. Taylor Fravel
June Teufel Dreyer

CHINA’S FOOTPRINTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA | Edited by Marie Serena I. Diokno, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, and Alan H. YangCHINA’S FOOTPRINTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA | Edited by Marie Serena I. Diokno, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, and Alan H. Yang
Shaun Narine

EDUCATION IN CHINA: Philosophy, Politics and Culture | By Janette RyanEDUCATION IN CHINA: Philosophy, Politics and Culture | By Janette Ryan
Julia Kwong

SOVEREIGNTY IN CHINA: A Genealogy of a Concept Since 1840 | By Maria Adele CarraiSOVEREIGNTY IN CHINA: A Genealogy of a Concept Since 1840 | By Maria Adele Carrai
Xingzhong Yu

THE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT: Civil Resistance and Contentious Space in Hong Kong | Edited by Ngok Ma and Edmund W. ChengTHE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT: Civil Resistance and Contentious Space in Hong Kong | Edited by Ngok Ma and Edmund W. Cheng
 Ben Bland

FOUND IN TRANSITION: Hong Kong Studies in the Age of China | By Yiu-Wai ChuFOUND IN TRANSITION: Hong Kong Studies in the Age of China | By Yiu-Wai Chu
Gordon Mathews

MORALITY AND MONASTIC REVIVAL IN POST-MAO TIBET | By Jane E. CapleMORALITY AND MONASTIC REVIVAL IN POST-MAO TIBET | By Jane E. Caple
Geoffrey Barstow

Northeast Asia

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JAPAN’S ISLAND TROUBLES WITH CHINA AND KOREA: Prospects and Challenges for Resolution | Edited by Victor Teo and Haruko SatohJAPAN’S ISLAND TROUBLES WITH CHINA AND KOREA: Prospects and Challenges for Resolution | Edited by Victor Teo and Haruko Satoh
Emily Matson

THAT DISTANT COUNTRY NEXT DOOR: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China | By Erik EsselstromTHAT DISTANT COUNTRY NEXT DOOR: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China | By Erik Esselstrom
Jessica C. Liao 

DOWN AND OUT IN LATE MEIJI JAPAN | By James L. HuffmanDOWN AND OUT IN LATE MEIJI JAPAN | By James L. Huffman
Simon Partner

ELECTRIFIED VOICES: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945 | By Kerim YasarELECTRIFIED VOICES: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945 | By Kerim Yasar
Yulia Frumer

CONTESTED EMBRACE: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea | By Jaeeun KimCONTESTED EMBRACE: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea | By Jaeeun Kim
Arnel E. Joven

DIPLOMACY, TRADE, AND SOUTH KOREA’S RISE TO INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE | By Dennis Patterson and Jangsup ChoiDIPLOMACY, TRADE, AND SOUTH KOREA’S RISE TO INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE | By Dennis Patterson and Jangsup Choi
Seung-Whan Choi

MEDIATIZED TRANSIENT MIGRANTS: Korean Visa-Status Migrants’ Transnational Everyday Lives and Media Use | By Claire Shinhea LeeMEDIATIZED TRANSIENT MIGRANTS: Korean Visa-Status Migrants’ Transnational Everyday Lives and Media Use | By Claire Shinhea Lee
Kyong Yoon

GENDER AND CLASS IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTH KOREA: Intersectionality and Transnationality | Edited by Hae Yeon Choo, John Lie, and Laura C. NelsonGENDER AND CLASS IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTH KOREA: Intersectionality and Transnationality | Edited by Hae Yeon Choo, John Lie, and Laura C. Nelson
Jinsook Kim

FROM FACTORY GIRLS TO K-POP IDOL GIRLS: Cultural Politics of Developmentalism, Patriarchy, and Neoliberalism in South Korea’s Popular Music Industry | By Gooyong Kim; Foreword by Douglas KellnerFROM FACTORY GIRLS TO K-POP IDOL GIRLS: Cultural Politics of Developmentalism, Patriarchy, and Neoliberalism in South Korea’s Popular Music Industry | By Gooyong Kim; Foreword by Douglas Kellner
Hyejin Jo

K-POP IDOLS: Popular Culture and the Emergence of the Korean Music Industry | By Dal Yong Jin and Hark Joon LeeK-POP IDOLS: Popular Culture and the Emergence of the Korean Music Industry | By Dal Yong Jin and Hark Joon Lee
Seung-Ah Lee

Southeast Asia

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ARC OF CONTAINMENT: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia | By Wen-Qing NgoeiARC OF CONTAINMENT: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia | By Wen-Qing Ngoei
Jennifer Mustapha

BEHIND THE FAÇADE: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia | By Lee MorgenbesserBEHIND THE FAÇADE: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia | By Lee Morgenbesser
Steven Oliver

TRANSLATING THE BODY: Medical Education in Southeast Asia | Edited by Hans Pols, C. Michele Thompson, and John Harley WarnerTRANSLATING THE BODY: Medical Education in Southeast Asia | Edited by Hans Pols, C. Michele Thompson, and John Harley Warner
David Arnold

SVAY: A Khmer Village in Cambodia | By May Mayko Ebihara; edited by Andrew Mertha, with an introduction by Judy LedgerwoodSVAY: A Khmer Village in Cambodia | By May Mayko Ebihara; edited by Andrew Mertha, with an introduction by Judy Ledgerwood
Edmund J. Malesky

SPEAKING OUT IN VIETNAM: Public Political Criticism in a Communist Party-Ruled Nation | By Benedict J. Tria KerkvlietSPEAKING OUT IN VIETNAM: Public Political Criticism in a Communist Party-Ruled Nation | By Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet
Mark W. McLeod

RITUALS OF CARE: Karmic Politics in an Aging Thailand | By Felicity AulinoRITUALS OF CARE: Karmic Politics in an Aging Thailand | By Felicity Aulino
Teresa Sobieszczyk 

THE PHILIPPINES AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND NEGOTIATIONS ON PETROLEUM AND IMPORTS: Toward a Theory of Negotiation | By Kenneth Faulve-MontojoTHE PHILIPPINES AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND NEGOTIATIONS ON PETROLEUM AND IMPORTS: Toward a Theory of Negotiation | By Kenneth Faulve-Montojo
Apichai W. Shipper

LAS VEGAS IN SINGAPORE: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity | By Lee Kah-WeeLAS VEGAS IN SINGAPORE: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity | By Lee Kah-Wee
Ho Kong Chong

WHEN VIOLENCE WORKS: Postconflict Violence and Peace in Indonesia | By Patrick BarronWHEN VIOLENCE WORKS: Postconflict Violence and Peace in Indonesia | By Patrick Barron
Mohammad Zulfan Tadjoeddin