Current Book Reviews


China & Inner Asia

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POWER VERSUS LAW IN MODERN CHINA: Cities, Courts, and the Communist Party | By Qiang Fang and Xiaobing LiPOWER VERSUS LAW IN MODERN CHINA: Cities, Courts, and the Communist Party | By Qiang Fang and Xiaobing Li
Xing Lijuan

THE CHINA-JAPAN CONFLICT OVER THE SENKAKU/DIAOYU ISLANDS: Useful Rivalry | By Anna CostaTHE CHINA-JAPAN CONFLICT OVER THE SENKAKU/DIAOYU ISLANDS: Useful Rivalry | By Anna Costa
Shusuke Murai

THE WORLD IN GUANGZHOU: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China’s Global Marketplace | By Gordon Mathews with Linessa Dan Lin and Yang YangTHE WORLD IN GUANGZHOU: Africans and Other Foreigners in South China’s Global Marketplace | By Gordon Mathews with Linessa Dan Lin and Yang Yang
Kevin Carrico

REPORTING FOR CHINA: How Chinese Correspondents Work with the World | By Pál NyíriREPORTING FOR CHINA: How Chinese Correspondents Work with the World | By Pál Nyíri
Timothy B. Weston

GENDER, DATING AND VIOLENCE IN URBAN CHINA | By Xiying WangGENDER, DATING AND VIOLENCE IN URBAN CHINA | By Xiying Wang
Lihong Shi

THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER: A History | By Thomas S. MullaneyTHE CHINESE TYPEWRITER: A History | By Thomas S. Mullaney
Gloria Davies

RED AT HEART: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with the Russian Revolution | By Elizabeth McGuireRED AT HEART: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with the Russian Revolution | By Elizabeth McGuire
Steven I. Levine

THE CIA AND THIRD FORCE MOVEMENTS IN CHINA DURING THE EARLY COLD WAR: The Great American Dream | By Roger B. JeansTHE CIA AND THIRD FORCE MOVEMENTS IN CHINA DURING THE EARLY COLD WAR: The Great American Dream | By Roger B. Jeans
Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

THE POLITICS OF MEMORY IN SINOPHONE CINEMAS AND IMAGE CULTURE: Altering Archives | Edited by Peng Hsiao-yen and Ella RaidelTHE POLITICS OF MEMORY IN SINOPHONE CINEMAS AND IMAGE CULTURE: Altering Archives | Edited by Peng Hsiao-yen and Ella Raidel
Shuk Ting Kinnia Yau

Northeast Asia

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TRANSNATIONAL JAPAN IN THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT | By Simon AvenellTRANSNATIONAL JAPAN IN THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT | By Simon Avenell
Petrice Flowers

RE-RISING JAPAN: Its Strategic Power in International Relations | Edited by Hidekazu Sakai and Yoichiro SatoRE-RISING JAPAN: Its Strategic Power in International Relations | Edited by Hidekazu Sakai and Yoichiro Sato
David M. Potter

VOICE, SILENCE, AND SELF: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan | By Christopher Bondy.VOICE, SILENCE, AND SELF: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan | By Christopher Bondy.
Frank K. Upham

PURE LAND, REAL WORLD: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination | By Melissa Anne-Marie CurleyPURE LAND, REAL WORLD: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination | By Melissa Anne-Marie Curley
Richard Jaffe

SHADOW EDUCATION AND SOCIAL INEQUALITIES IN JAPAN: Evolving Patterns and Conceptual Implications | By Steve R. EntrichSHADOW EDUCATION AND SOCIAL INEQUALITIES IN JAPAN: Evolving Patterns and Conceptual Implications | By Steve R. Entrich
Christopher Bjork

STAGED SEDUCTION: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club | By Akiko TakeyamaSTAGED SEDUCTION: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club | By Akiko Takeyama
David Leheny

SIGNIFICANT SOIL: Settler Colonialism and Japan’s Urban Empire in Manchuria | By Emer O’DwyerSIGNIFICANT SOIL: Settler Colonialism and Japan’s Urban Empire in Manchuria | By Emer O’Dwyer
Emily Matson

ARCHITECTS OF OCCUPATION: American Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan | By Dayna L. BarnesARCHITECTS OF OCCUPATION: American Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan | By Dayna L. Barnes
Mark E. Caprio

PROMISCUOUS MEDIA: Film and Visual Culture in Imperial Japan, 1926–1945 | By Hikari HoriPROMISCUOUS MEDIA: Film and Visual Culture in Imperial Japan, 1926–1945 | By Hikari Hori
Robert Tierney

TO STAND WITH THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD: Japan’s Meiji Restoration in World History | By Mark RavinaTO STAND WITH THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD: Japan’s Meiji Restoration in World History | By Mark Ravina
Frederick R. Dickinson

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

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MOBILITIES OF RETURN: Pacific Perspectives | Edited by John Taylor and Helen LeeMOBILITIES OF RETURN: Pacific Perspectives | Edited by John Taylor and Helen Lee
Micah Van der Ryn

SINUOUS OBJECTS: Revaluing Women’s Wealth in the Contemporary Pacific | Edited by Anna-Karina Hermkens and Katherine LepaniSINUOUS OBJECTS: Revaluing Women’s Wealth in the Contemporary Pacific | Edited by Anna-Karina Hermkens and Katherine Lepani
John Barker

TAUTAI: Sāmoa, World History, and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson | By Patricia O’BrienTAUTAI: Sāmoa, World History, and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson | By Patricia O’Brien
Malama Meleisea

WAYS OF BALOMA: Rethinking Magic and Kinship from the Trobriands | By Mark S. Mosko with Tabalu Pulayasi Daniel, Molubabeba Daniel, Pakalaki Tokulupai, and Yogaru VincentWAYS OF BALOMA: Rethinking Magic and Kinship from the Trobriands | By Mark S. Mosko with Tabalu Pulayasi Daniel, Molubabeba Daniel, Pakalaki Tokulupai, and Yogaru Vincent
Michelle MacCarthy

YABAR: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity. Culture, Mind, and Society | By David LipsetYABAR: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity. Culture, Mind, and Society | By David Lipset
Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi

SELFHOOD AND RECOGNITION: Melanesian and Western Accounts of Relationality | By Anita C. Galuschek.SELFHOOD AND RECOGNITION: Melanesian and Western Accounts of Relationality | By Anita C. Galuschek.
Terry M. Brown

BREAKING THE SHELL: Voyaging from Nuclear Refugees to People of the Sea in the Marshall Islands | By Joseph H. GenzBREAKING THE SHELL: Voyaging from Nuclear Refugees to People of the Sea in the Marshall Islands | By Joseph H. Genz
Holly M. Barker

BEYOND ETHNICITY: New Politics of Race in Hawai‘i | Edited by Camilla Fojas, Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. and Nitasha Tamar SharmaBEYOND ETHNICITY: New Politics of Race in Hawai‘i | Edited by Camilla Fojas, Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. and Nitasha Tamar Sharma
Kara Hisatake