Volume 85 – No. 2

June 2012


Review Essays

Critical Dialogues

Film Reviews

Asia General Back to Tags ^


Worse Than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia. By Thomas J. Christensen.
Reviewed by Nicholas Hamisevicz

Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941. By Michihiro Ama.
Reviewed by Hwansoo Kim

China & Inner Asia Back to Tags ^


Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China. By Andrew B. Kipnis.
Reviewed by Elizabeth VanderVen

Suburban Beijing: Housing and Consumption in Contemporary China. By Friederike Fleischer.
Reviewed by You-tien Hsing

Gods, Ghosts, and Gangsters: Ritual Violence, Martial Arts, and Masculinity on the Margins of Chinese Society. By Avron Boretz.
Reviewed by Barend J. ter Haar

Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History. By Rebecca E. Karl.
Reviewed by Daniel Leese

The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945. Edited by Mark Peattie, Edward J. Drea, and Hans van de Ven.
Reviewed by David M. Gordon

The Great Wall: A Cultural History. By Carlos Rojas.
Reviewed by Pär Cassel

Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-arts. Edited by Jeffrey W. Cody, Nancy S. Steinhardt, and Tony Atkin.
Reviewed by James A. Flath

Northeast Asia Back to Tags ^


Building New Pathways to Peace. Edited by Noriko Kawamura, Yoichiro Murakami, Shin Chiba.
Reviewed by Mikyoung Kim

The Diplomatic History of Postwar Japan: Winner of the 1999 Yoshida Shigeru Prize. Edited by Makoto Iokibe; translated and annotated by Robert D. Elridge.
Reviewed by Hiroyuki Hoshiro

Planning for Empire: Reform Bureaucrats and the Japanese Wartime State. By Janis Mimura.
Reviewed by Bernard Silberman

Japan’s Wartime Medical Atrocities: Comparative Inquiries in Science, History, and Ethics. Edited by Jing-Bao Nie et al.
Reviewed by Caroline Rose

Roppongi Crossing: The Demise of a Tokyo Nightclub District and the Reshaping of a Global City. By Roman Adrian Cybriwsky.
Reviewed by Paul Waley

Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols. By Sun Jung.
Reviewed by Kwang Woo Noh

Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea. By Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland.
Reviewed by Minkyu Sung

South Asia & the Himalayas Back to Tags ^


India, Pakistan, and Democracy: Solving the Puzzle of Divergent Paths. By Philip Oldenburg.
Reviewed by Andrew Wyatt

Ethical Life in South Asia. Edited by Anand Pandian and Daud Ali.
Reviewed by Filippo Osella

Dharma. By Alf Hiltebeitel.
Reviewed by Frederick M. Smith

Southeast Asia Back to Tags ^


Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society. By Juliane Schober.
Reviewed by Bruce Matthews

Australasia & the Pacific Back to Tags ^


Local Government in a Global World: Australia and Canada in Comparative Perspective. Edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and John F. Martin.
Reviewed by Campbell Sharman

Nations of Immigrants: Australia and the USA Compared. Edited by John Higley, John Nieuwenhuysen with Stine Neerup.
Reviewed by Martina Boese

First World, First Nations: Internal Colonialism and Indigenous Self-Determination in Northern Europe and Australia. Edited by Günter Minnerup and Pia Solberg.
Reviewed by Bruce Miller

Aboriginal Title and Indigenous Peoples: Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Edited by Louise A. Knafla and Haijo Westra.
Reviewed by Kirsten Anker

Meaningful Inconsistencies: Bicultural Nationhood, the Free Market, and Schooling in Aotearoa/New Zealand. By Neriko Musha Doerr.
Reviewed by Karen Sinclair

Disturbing History: Resistance in Early Colonial Fiji. By Robert Nicole.
Reviewed by Adrian Tanner

One Head, Many Faces: New Perspectives on the Bird’s Head Peninsula of New Guinea. By Jelle Miedema and Ger Reesink.
Reviewed by Sjoerd R. Jaarsma

Lines That Connect: Rethinking Pattern and Mind in the Pacific. By Graeme Were.
Reviewed by Joshua A. Bell