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March 2020

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The following book and film 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.

Book Reviews


China & Inner Asia

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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

NAVIGATING SEMI-COLONIALISM: Shipping, Sovereignty, and Nation-Building in China, 1860–1937 | By Anne ReinhardtNAVIGATING SEMI-COLONIALISM: Shipping, Sovereignty, and Nation-Building in China, 1860–1937 | By Anne Reinhardt
Zhaojin Zeng | January 17, 2020

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 | January 17, 2020

DESTINATION CHINA: Immigration to China in the Post-Reform Era | Edited by Angela Lehmann and Pauline LeonardDESTINATION CHINA: Immigration to China in the Post-Reform Era | Edited by Angela Lehmann and Pauline Leonard
Gordon Mathews  | January 17, 2020

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 | November 20, 2019

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 | November 20, 2019

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 | October 30, 2019

CHINA’S REGIONS IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION | By Tim SummersCHINA’S REGIONS IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION | By Tim Summers
Hong Yu | October 30, 2019

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 | October 30, 2019

MAOISM: A Global History | By Julia LovellMAOISM: A Global History | By Julia Lovell
Norbert Francis | October 30, 2019

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 | October 30, 2019

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 | October 4, 2019

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 | January 17, 2020

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 | November 20, 2019

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 | November 20, 2019

K-POP LIVE: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance | By Suk-Young KimK-POP LIVE: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance | By Suk-Young Kim
Nikki J.Y. Lee | November 20, 2019

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 | November 19, 2019

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 | November 19, 2019

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 | November 19, 2019

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE CITIES: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Modern Korea | By Mark A. NathanFROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE CITIES: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Modern Korea | By Mark A. Nathan
Lucy Jee | October 30, 2019

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 | October 4, 2019

IMPERATIVES OF CARE: Women and Medicine in Colonial Korea | By Sonja M. KimIMPERATIVES OF CARE: Women and Medicine in Colonial Korea | By Sonja M. Kim
Jennifer Jung-Kim | October 4, 2019

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 | October 4, 2019

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 | August 29, 2019

STRAIGHT KOREAN FEMALE FANS AND THEIR GAY FANTASIES | By Jungmin KwonSTRAIGHT KOREAN FEMALE FANS AND THEIR GAY FANTASIES | By Jungmin Kwon
David C. Oh | August 27, 2019

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 | August 27, 2019

TOP-DOWN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH KOREA | By Erik MobrandTOP-DOWN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH KOREA | By Erik Mobrand
Joan E. Cho | August 27, 2019

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 | May 28, 2019

South Asia & the Himalayas

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DEATH OF AN INDUSTRY: The Cultural Politics of Garment Manufacturing during the Maoist Revolution in Nepal | By Mallika ShakyaDEATH OF AN INDUSTRY: The Cultural Politics of Garment Manufacturing during the Maoist Revolution in Nepal | By Mallika Shakya
Chris Crews | January 17, 2020

FINANCIALIZING POVERTY: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance | By Sohini KarFINANCIALIZING POVERTY: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance | By Sohini Kar
M. Vijayabaskar | November 20, 2019

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION AND MOBILISATION: The Hindi Media in India | By Taberez Ahmed NeyaziPOLITICAL COMMUNICATION AND MOBILISATION: The Hindi Media in India | By Taberez Ahmed Neyazi
Vivek Yadav | November 20, 2019

DARJEELING RECONSIDERED: Histories, Politics, Environments | Edited by Townsend Middleton and Sara ShneidermanDARJEELING RECONSIDERED: Histories, Politics, Environments | Edited by Townsend Middleton and Sara Shneiderman
Selma K. Sonntag | November 20, 2019

RIVER OF LIFE, RIVER OF DEATH: The Ganges and India’s Future | By Victor MalletRIVER OF LIFE, RIVER OF DEATH: The Ganges and India’s Future | By Victor Mallet
Kenneth Bo Nielsen | October 4, 2019

INDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY: What Everyone Needs to Know | By Mira KamdarINDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY: What Everyone Needs to Know | By Mira Kamdar
James Manor | October 4, 2019

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN NEPAL: Interests, Victims and Agency | By Yvette SelimTRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN NEPAL: Interests, Victims and Agency | By Yvette Selim
Chris Crews | October 4, 2019

Southeast Asia

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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 | January 17, 2020

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
Isabelle Chew | January 17, 2020

CAMBODIA: Return to Authoritarianism | By Kheang UnCAMBODIA: Return to Authoritarianism | By Kheang Un
David Chandler | January 17, 2020

HOME IS NOT HERE | By Wang GungwuHOME IS NOT HERE | By Wang Gungwu
Ooi Kee Beng | January 17, 2020

CURRENCIES OF IMAGINATION: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam | By Ivan V. SmallCURRENCIES OF IMAGINATION: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam | By Ivan V. Small
Tu Phuong Nguyen | November 20, 2019

THE STATE, ULAMA AND ISLAM IN MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA | By Norshahril SaatTHE STATE, ULAMA AND ISLAM IN MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA | By Norshahril Saat
Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid | November 20, 2019

AMERICA’S VIETNAM WAR AND ITS FRENCH CONNECTION | By Frank CainAMERICA’S VIETNAM WAR AND ITS FRENCH CONNECTION | By Frank Cain
Alex Ferguson | November 19, 2019

STRANGERS NEXT DOOR?: Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century | Edited by Tim Lindsey and Dave McRaeSTRANGERS NEXT DOOR?: Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century | Edited by Tim Lindsey and Dave McRae
Sian Troath | October 30, 2019

MIGRANT RETURNS: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity | By Eric J. PidoMIGRANT RETURNS: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity | By Eric J. Pido
Karen Anne S. Liao | October 30, 2019

VIETNAM’S FOREIGN POLICY UNDER DOI MOI | Edited by Le Hong Hiep and Anton TsvetovVIETNAM’S FOREIGN POLICY UNDER DOI MOI | Edited by Le Hong Hiep and Anton Tsvetov
Paul Schuler | October 4, 2019

LIBERALISM AND THE POSTCOLONY: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines | By Lisandro E. ClaudioLIBERALISM AND THE POSTCOLONY: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines | By Lisandro E. Claudio
Nicole Curato | October 4, 2019

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

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PATHWAY OF THE BIRDS: The voyaging achievements of Māori and their Polynesian ancestors | By Andrew CrowePATHWAY OF THE BIRDS: The voyaging achievements of Māori and their Polynesian ancestors | By Andrew Crowe
Sylvia Frain | January 17, 2020

INSIDE THE GREENS: The origins and future of the party, the people and the politics | By Paddy ManningINSIDE THE GREENS: The origins and future of the party, the people and the politics | By Paddy Manning
Randall Doyle | November 19, 2019

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 | November 19, 2019

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 | October 30, 2019

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 | October 30, 2019

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 | October 30, 2019

TADAIMA! I AM HOME: A Transnational Family History | By Tom CoffmanTADAIMA! I AM HOME: A Transnational Family History | By Tom Coffman
Ruth (Lute) Faleolo | October 30, 2019

HOW TO DEFEND AUSTRALIA | By Hugh WhiteHOW TO DEFEND AUSTRALIA | By Hugh White
Randall Doyle | October 4, 2019

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 | October 4, 2019

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 | October 4, 2019

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 | August 29, 2019