Forthcoming Book Reviews

The following book reviews have been received at Pacific Affairs and will be published in the print edition within the next 12-18 months. Please note that minor textual changes may occur before final publication in our print and official online edition (hosted at IngentaConnect and here).

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Asia General

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DIVIDED ALLIES: Strategic Cooperation against the Communist Threat in the Asia-Pacific during the Early Cold War | By Thomas K. Robb and James GillDIVIDED ALLIES: Strategic Cooperation against the Communist Threat in the Asia-Pacific during the Early Cold War | By Thomas K. Robb and James Gill
Thomas Wilkins | August 5, 2020

THE NEW ASEAN IN ASIA PACIFIC & BEYOND | By Shaun NarineTHE NEW ASEAN IN ASIA PACIFIC & BEYOND | By Shaun Narine
Hiro Katsumata | August 5, 2020

POSTCOLONIAL GRIEF: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas | By Jinah KimPOSTCOLONIAL GRIEF: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas | By Jinah Kim
Nobuko Adachi | August 5, 2020

ASYMMETRICAL NEIGHBORS: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia | By Enze HanASYMMETRICAL NEIGHBORS: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia | By Enze Han
Yow Cheun Hoe | July 7, 2020

STATEBUILDING BY IMPOSITION: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines | By Reo MatsuzakiSTATEBUILDING BY IMPOSITION: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines | By Reo Matsuzaki
Jong-sung You | May 25, 2020

THE COSTS OF CONVERSATION: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime | By Oriana Skylar MastroTHE COSTS OF CONVERSATION: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime | By Oriana Skylar Mastro
Dai Chaowu | May 4, 2020

GLOBALIZATION AND MODERNITY IN ASIA: Performative Moments. | Edited by Chris Hudson and Bart BarendregtGLOBALIZATION AND MODERNITY IN ASIA: Performative Moments. | Edited by Chris Hudson and Bart Barendregt
Marcus Cheng Chye Tan | April 28, 2020

SECURITY IN ASIA PACIFIC: The Dynamics of Alignment | By Thomas S. WilkinsSECURITY IN ASIA PACIFIC: The Dynamics of Alignment | By Thomas S. Wilkins
Misato Matsuoka | April 28, 2020

THE GREATER EAST ASIA CO-PROSPERITY SPHERE: When Total Empire Met Total War | By Jeremy A. YellenTHE GREATER EAST ASIA CO-PROSPERITY SPHERE: When Total Empire Met Total War | By Jeremy A. Yellen
Yukiko Koshiro | April 28, 2020

DANGER, DEVELOPMENT AND LEGITIMACY IN EAST ASIAN MARITIME POLITICS: Securing the Seas, Securing the State | By Christian WirthDANGER, DEVELOPMENT AND LEGITIMACY IN EAST ASIAN MARITIME POLITICS: Securing the Seas, Securing the State | By Christian Wirth
Justin V. Hastings | April 28, 2020

China & Inner Asia

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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 | August 5, 2020

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 | August 5, 2020

EDUCATION IN CHINA: Philosophy, Politics and Culture | By Janette RyanEDUCATION IN CHINA: Philosophy, Politics and Culture | By Janette Ryan
Julia Kwong | July 7, 2020

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 | July 7, 2020

VIOLENCE AND ORDER ON THE CHENGDU PLAIN: The Story of a Secret Brotherhood in Rural China, 1939–1949 | By Di WangVIOLENCE AND ORDER ON THE CHENGDU PLAIN: The Story of a Secret Brotherhood in Rural China, 1939–1949 | By Di Wang
Hongyan Xiang | May 4, 2020

CHINA AND THE BARBARIANS: Resisting the Western World Order | By Hendrik Schulte NordholtCHINA AND THE BARBARIANS: Resisting the Western World Order | By Hendrik Schulte Nordholt
Justin Wu | May 4, 2020

A CENTURY OF CHANGE IN A CHINESE VILLAGE: The Crisis of the Countryside | By Lin Juren and Xie YuxiA CENTURY OF CHANGE IN A CHINESE VILLAGE: The Crisis of the Countryside | By Lin Juren and Xie Yuxi
Richard Madsen | May 4, 2020

THE POLITICS OF THE CORE LEADER IN CHINA: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power | By Xuezhi GuoTHE POLITICS OF THE CORE LEADER IN CHINA: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power | By Xuezhi Guo
Robert Dayley | May 4, 2020

WHAT IS CHINA?: Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History | By Ge Zhaoguang; translated by Michael Gibbs HillWHAT IS CHINA?: Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History | By Ge Zhaoguang; translated by Michael Gibbs Hill
Richard Belsky | May 4, 2020

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 | May 4, 2020

THE BATTLE FOR FORTUNE: State-led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China | By Charlene MakleyTHE BATTLE FOR FORTUNE: State-led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China | By Charlene Makley
Zhou Yongming | April 28, 2020

A SOCIAL HISTORY OF MAOIST CHINA: Conflict and Change, 1949–1976 | By Felix WemheuerA SOCIAL HISTORY OF MAOIST CHINA: Conflict and Change, 1949–1976 | By Felix Wemheuer
Nicholas R. Zeller | April 28, 2020

LEGAL LESSONS: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989 | By Jennifer AltehengerLEGAL LESSONS: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989 | By Jennifer Altehenger
Weiting Guo | April 28, 2020

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 | April 28, 2020

CHINA TOMORROW: Democracy or Dictatorship? | By Jean-Pierre CabestanCHINA TOMORROW: Democracy or Dictatorship? | By Jean-Pierre Cabestan
Robert Bedeski | April 8, 2020

ILLIBERAL CHINA: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China | By Daniel F. VukovichILLIBERAL CHINA: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China | By Daniel F. Vukovich
Teresa Wright | February 26, 2020

CHINA’S ASIA: Triangular Dynamics since the Cold War | By Lowell DittmerCHINA’S ASIA: Triangular Dynamics since the Cold War | By Lowell Dittmer
Baohui Zhang | January 17, 2020

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 | August 5, 2020

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 | August 5, 2020

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 | July 7, 2020

DOWN AND OUT IN LATE MEIJI JAPAN | By James L. HuffmanDOWN AND OUT IN LATE MEIJI JAPAN | By James L. Huffman
Simon Partner | May 25, 2020

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 | May 25, 2020

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 | May 25, 2020

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 | May 25, 2020

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 | May 25, 2020

LIMINALITY OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Border Crossings from Okinawa to Colonial Taiwan | By Hiroko MatsudaLIMINALITY OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Border Crossings from Okinawa to Colonial Taiwan | By Hiroko Matsuda
Evan Dawley | May 4, 2020

JAPAN’S CARNIVAL WAR: Mass Culture on the Home Front, 1937–1945 | By Benjamin UchiyamaJAPAN’S CARNIVAL WAR: Mass Culture on the Home Front, 1937–1945 | By Benjamin Uchiyama
A. Carly Buxton | May 4, 2020

AESTHETIC LIFE: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan | By Miya Elise Mizuta LippitAESTHETIC LIFE: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan | By Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit
Janice Brown | May 4, 2020

THE INTERROGATION ROOMS OF THE KOREAN WAR: The Untold History | By Monica KimTHE INTERROGATION ROOMS OF THE KOREAN WAR: The Untold History | By Monica Kim
Eun Hee Woo | April 8, 2020

NATION-EMPIRE: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies | By Sayaka ChataniNATION-EMPIRE: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies | By Sayaka Chatani
Michael Wert | April 8, 2020

JAPAN | By Jeff KingstonJAPAN | By Jeff Kingston
Michael Strausz | April 8, 2020

SOVEREIGNTY EXPERIMENTS: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 | By Alyssa M. ParkSOVEREIGNTY EXPERIMENTS: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860–1945 | By Alyssa M. Park
Hyun-Gwi Park | April 8, 2020

EMPIRE OF HOPE: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline | By David LehenyEMPIRE OF HOPE: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline | By David Leheny
Michael J. Green | April 8, 2020

THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC: Micronesia and Papua New Guinea | Edited by Grant K. Goodman and Felix MoosTHE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC: Micronesia and Papua New Guinea | Edited by Grant K. Goodman and Felix Moos
David Fazzino | April 8, 2020

UNEVEN MOMENTS: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History | By Harry HarootunianUNEVEN MOMENTS: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History | By Harry Harootunian
Miriam Kingsberg Kadia | March 9, 2020

NATIONAL IDENTITY AND GREAT-POWER STATUS IN RUSSIA AND JAPAN: Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order | By Tadashi AnnoNATIONAL IDENTITY AND GREAT-POWER STATUS IN RUSSIA AND JAPAN: Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order | By Tadashi Anno
Alexander Bukh    | February 26, 2020

South Asia & the Himalayas

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THE FUTURE OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES: Comparative and International Perspectives | Edited by C. Raj KumarTHE FUTURE OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES: Comparative and International Perspectives | Edited by C. Raj Kumar
Pushkar | August 5, 2020

COSMOPOLITAN DREAMS: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia | By Jennifer DubrowCOSMOPOLITAN DREAMS: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia | By Jennifer Dubrow
Carla Petievich | August 5, 2020

FOR GOD OR EMPIRE: Sayyid Fadl and the Indian Ocean World | By Wilson Chacko JacobFOR GOD OR EMPIRE: Sayyid Fadl and the Indian Ocean World | By Wilson Chacko Jacob
Pnina Werbner | July 7, 2020

THE ETHICS OF STAYING: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan | By Mubbashir A. RizviTHE ETHICS OF STAYING: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan | By Mubbashir A. Rizvi
Humeira Iqtidar | July 7, 2020

THE MANY FACES OF POLITICAL ISLAM: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World, Second Edition | By Mohammed Ayoob and Danielle N. LussierTHE MANY FACES OF POLITICAL ISLAM: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World, Second Edition | By Mohammed Ayoob and Danielle N. Lussier
Partha S. Ghosh | July 7, 2020

PARADOXES OF THE POPULAR: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh | By Nusrat Sabina ChowdhuryPARADOXES OF THE POPULAR: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh | By Nusrat Sabina Chowdhury
John Richards | May 25, 2020

POPPIES, POLITICS, AND POWER: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy | By James Tharin BradfordPOPPIES, POLITICS, AND POWER: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy | By James Tharin Bradford
William Maley | May 25, 2020

Southeast Asia

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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 | August 5, 2020

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 | July 7, 2020

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  | July 7, 2020

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 | July 7, 2020

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 | July 7, 2020

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 | July 7, 2020

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 | May 25, 2020

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 | May 25, 2020

KHAKI CAPITAL: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia | Edited by Paul Chambers and Napisa WaitoolkiatKHAKI CAPITAL: The Political Economy of the Military in Southeast Asia | Edited by Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat
Eddie Lim | April 28, 2020

DOWN AND OUT IN SAIGON: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City | By Haydon CherryDOWN AND OUT IN SAIGON: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City | By Haydon Cherry
Timothy Karis | April 28, 2020

CONTESTED TERRITORY: Điện Biên Phủ and the Making of Northwest Vietnam | By Christian C. LentzCONTESTED TERRITORY: Điện Biên Phủ and the Making of Northwest Vietnam | By Christian C. Lentz
Jorge Bayona | April 28, 2020

PENTECOSTAL MEGACHURCHES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Negotiating Class, Consumption, and the Nation | Edited by Terence ChongPENTECOSTAL MEGACHURCHES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Negotiating Class, Consumption, and the Nation | Edited by Terence Chong
David Troolin | April 8, 2020

SECRETS AND POWER IN MYANMAR: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt | By Andrew SelthSECRETS AND POWER IN MYANMAR: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt | By Andrew Selth
Kai Ostwald | April 8, 2020

BOMB CHILDREN: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos | By Leah ZaniBOMB CHILDREN: Life in the Former Battlefields of Laos | By Leah Zani
Erin Lin | April 8, 2020

CONTENTIOUS BELONGING: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia | Edited by Greg Fealy and Ronit RicciCONTENTIOUS BELONGING: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia | Edited by Greg Fealy and Ronit Ricci
Robert W. Hefner | April 8, 2020

SINGAPORE: A Modern History | By Michael D. BarrSINGAPORE: A Modern History | By Michael D. Barr
Edgar Liao | February 26, 2020

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

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TOURISM IN PACIFIC ISLANDS: Current Issues and Future Challenges | Edited by Stephen Pratt and David HarrisonTOURISM IN PACIFIC ISLANDS: Current Issues and Future Challenges | Edited by Stephen Pratt and David Harrison
Ashley Meredith | August 5, 2020

PERFORMING MASCULINITY: Body, Self and Identity in Modern Fiji | By Geir Henning PresterudstuenPERFORMING MASCULINITY: Body, Self and Identity in Modern Fiji | By Geir Henning Presterudstuen
Gina Louise Hawkes | August 5, 2020

MONEY GAMES: Gambling in a Papua New Guinea Town | By Anthony J. PicklesMONEY GAMES: Gambling in a Papua New Guinea Town | By Anthony J. Pickles
 Geir Henning Presterudstuen | July 7, 2020

A DEATH IN THE RAINFOREST: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea | By Don KulickA DEATH IN THE RAINFOREST: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea | By Don Kulick
David Lipset | July 7, 2020

WORKING WITH THE ANCESTORS: Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands | By Emily C. DonaldsonWORKING WITH THE ANCESTORS: Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands | By Emily C. Donaldson
David Fazzino | May 25, 2020

LIVING IN THE STONE AGE: Reflections on the Origins of a Colonial Fantasy | By Danilyn RutherfordLIVING IN THE STONE AGE: Reflections on the Origins of a Colonial Fantasy | By Danilyn Rutherford
Sjoerd R. Jaarsma | April 28, 2020

MARKING INDIGENEITY: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations | By Tēvita O. Ka‘iliMARKING INDIGENEITY: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations | By Tēvita O. Ka‘ili
Tui Nicola Clery | April 28, 2020

PACIFIC WOMEN IN POLITICS: Gender Quota Campaigns in the Pacific Islands | By Kerryn Baker.PACIFIC WOMEN IN POLITICS: Gender Quota Campaigns in the Pacific Islands | By Kerryn Baker.
Penelope Schoeffel | April 8, 2020

THE PAST BEFORE US: Mo‘okū‘auhau as Methodology | Edited by Nālani Wilson-HokowhituTHE PAST BEFORE US: Mo‘okū‘auhau as Methodology | Edited by Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu
Emily C. Donaldson | April 8, 2020

SECRET: The Making of Australia’s Security State | By Brian TooheySECRET: The Making of Australia’s Security State | By Brian Toohey
Randall Doyle | February 24, 2020