Current Book Reviews


China & Inner Asia

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MARKET IN STATE: The Political Economy of Domination in China | By Yongnian Zheng and Yanjie HuangMARKET IN STATE: The Political Economy of Domination in China | By Yongnian Zheng and Yanjie Huang
Roselyn Hsueh

POLARIZED CITIES: Portraits of Rich and Poor in Urban China | Edited by Dorothy J. SolingerPOLARIZED CITIES: Portraits of Rich and Poor in Urban China | Edited by Dorothy J. Solinger
Isabelle Côté and Yongfeng Tang

POLITICS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN CHINA | By Chen GangPOLITICS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN CHINA | By Chen Gang
Marius Korsnes

CHINA STEPS OUT: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World | Edited by Joshua Eisenman and Eric HeginbothamCHINA STEPS OUT: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World | Edited by Joshua Eisenman and Eric Heginbotham
Lynn T. White III

CHINA’S DREAM: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of Its Power | By Kerry BrownCHINA’S DREAM: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of Its Power | By Kerry Brown
Carolin Kautz

THE CONTENTIOUS PUBLIC SPHERE: Law, Media and Authoritarian Rule in China | By Ya-Wen LeiTHE CONTENTIOUS PUBLIC SPHERE: Law, Media and Authoritarian Rule in China | By Ya-Wen Lei
Jun Liu

YELLOW PERILS: China Narratives in the Contemporary World | Edited by Franck Billé and Sören UrbanskyYELLOW PERILS: China Narratives in the Contemporary World | Edited by Franck Billé and Sören Urbansky
Ka-Kin Cheuk

CHINA’S EURASIAN DILEMMAS: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power | By R. James FergusonCHINA’S EURASIAN DILEMMAS: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power | By R. James Ferguson
Stephanie Winkler

TRUST AND MISTRUST IN THE ECONOMIES OF THE CHINA-RUSSIA BORDERLANDS | Edited by Caroline HumphreyTRUST AND MISTRUST IN THE ECONOMIES OF THE CHINA-RUSSIA BORDERLANDS | Edited by Caroline Humphrey
Steven Parham

CONTESTING CYBERSPACE IN CHINA: Online Expression and Authoritarian Resilience | By Rongbin HanCONTESTING CYBERSPACE IN CHINA: Online Expression and Authoritarian Resilience | By Rongbin Han
Hualing Fu

Northeast Asia

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POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND SCANDALS IN JAPAN | By Matthew M. Carlson and Steven R. ReedPOLITICAL CORRUPTION AND SCANDALS IN JAPAN | By Matthew M. Carlson and Steven R. Reed
Kenneth Mori McElwain

SOKA GAKKAI’S HUMAN REVOLUTION: The Rise of a Mimetic Nation in Modern Japan | By Levi McLaughlinSOKA GAKKAI’S HUMAN REVOLUTION: The Rise of a Mimetic Nation in Modern Japan | By Levi McLaughlin
Daniel K. Nagashima

DRINKING BOMB AND SHOOTING METH: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan | By Jeffrey W. AlexanderDRINKING BOMB AND SHOOTING METH: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan | By Jeffrey W. Alexander
Paul Christensen

FOOD SAFETY AFTER FUKUSHIMA: Scientific Citizenship and the Politics of Risk | By Nicolas Sternsdorff-CisternaFOOD SAFETY AFTER FUKUSHIMA: Scientific Citizenship and the Politics of Risk | By Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna
Daniel P. Aldrich

JAPAN: History and Culture From Classical to Cool | By Nancy K. StalkerJAPAN: History and Culture From Classical to Cool | By Nancy K. Stalker
Linda H. Chance

JAPANESE CULTURE THROUGH VIDEOGAMES | By Rachael HutchinsonJAPANESE CULTURE THROUGH VIDEOGAMES | By Rachael Hutchinson
Kathryn Hemmann

INTERPRETING ANIME | By Christopher BoltonINTERPRETING ANIME | By Christopher Bolton
Marc Steinberg

MODERN KYOTO: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940 | By Alice Y. TsengMODERN KYOTO: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940 | By Alice Y. Tseng
 Timothy Unverzagt Goddard

THE RISE OF K-DRAMAS: Essays on Korean Television and Its Global Consumption | Edited by JaeYoon Park and Ann-Gee LeeTHE RISE OF K-DRAMAS: Essays on Korean Television and Its Global Consumption | Edited by JaeYoon Park and Ann-Gee Lee
Ju Oak Kim

INVINCIBLE AND RIGHTEOUS OUTLAW: The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture | By Minsoo KangINVINCIBLE AND RIGHTEOUS OUTLAW: The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture | By Minsoo Kang
James H. Grayson

Southeast Asia

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NONTRADITIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: The Transnational Dimension | By Amy L. Freedman and Ann Marie MurphyNONTRADITIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: The Transnational Dimension | By Amy L. Freedman and Ann Marie Murphy
Ja Ian Chong

THAILAND: Shifting Ground between the US and a Rising China | By Benjamin ZawackiTHAILAND: Shifting Ground between the US and a Rising China | By Benjamin Zawacki
Kornphanat Tungkeunkunt

MYANMAR TRANSFORMED?: People, Places and Politics. Myanmar Update Series | Edited by Justine Chambers, Gerard McCarthy, Nicholas Farrelly, and Chit WinMYANMAR TRANSFORMED?: People, Places and Politics. Myanmar Update Series | Edited by Justine Chambers, Gerard McCarthy, Nicholas Farrelly, and Chit Win
Isabel Chew

A NATION ON THE LINE: Call Centres as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines | By Jan M. PadiosA NATION ON THE LINE: Call Centres as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines | By Jan M. Padios
Kingsley Bolton

CAMBODIA: Return to Authoritarianism | By Kheang UnCAMBODIA: Return to Authoritarianism | By Kheang Un
David Chandler

CHINESE INDONESIANS IN POST-SUHARTO INDONESIA: Democratisation and Ethnic Minorities | By Wu-Ling ChongCHINESE INDONESIANS IN POST-SUHARTO INDONESIA: Democratisation and Ethnic Minorities | By Wu-Ling Chong
Alexander R. Arifianto

HAMKA AND ISLAM: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World | By Khairudin AljuniedHAMKA AND ISLAM: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World | By Khairudin Aljunied
James Edmonds

INDONESIA: Twenty Years of Democracy | By Jamie S. DavidsonINDONESIA: Twenty Years of Democracy | By Jamie S. Davidson
Nila Ayu Utami

DEMOCRACY FOR SALE: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia | By Edward Aspinall and Ward BerenschotDEMOCRACY FOR SALE: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia | By Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot
Shane Barter

DEPARTING FROM JAVA: Javanese Labour, Migration and Diaspora | Edited by Rosemarijn Hoefte and Peter MeelDEPARTING FROM JAVA: Javanese Labour, Migration and Diaspora | Edited by Rosemarijn Hoefte and Peter Meel
Andy Scott Chang