Volume 85 – No. 3

September 2012

Special Issue

Celling South Asia: The Mobile Phone’s Impact on a Region

Guest Editors: Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron


Review Essays

Critical Dialogues

Film Reviews

Asia General Back to Tags ^


APEC: New Agenda in Its Third Decade. By Ippei Yamazawa. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2012. xv, 149 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$35.90, paper. ISBN 978-981-4311-63-2. Reviewed by Robert Curry.

WATER: Asia’s New Battleground. By Brahma Chellaney. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011. ix, 386 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$29.95, cloth. ISBN 978-1-58901-771-9. Reviewed by Richard Paisley.

ASEAN-INDIA-AUSTRALIA: Towards Closer Engagement in New Asia. Edited by William T. Tow and Chin Kin Wah. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009. xxv, 417 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$54.90, cloth. ISBN 978-981-230-963-1. Reviewed by Virginia Watson.

REBALANCING GROWTH IN ASIA: Economic Dimensions for China. Editors, Vivek Arora and Roberto Cardarelli. Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund, 2011. xvii, 162 pp. (Tables, graphs, figures.) US$30.00, paper. ISBN 978-1-61635-056-7. Reviewed by John Walley.

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BEYOND THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation. Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific. Edited by Scott Kennedy. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. xv, 256 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$65.00, cloth, ISBN 978-0-8047-6957-0; US$22.95, paper, ISBN 978-0-8047-6958-7. Reviewed by Stephen Noakes.

NEGOTIATING RELIGION IN MODERN CHINA: State and Common People in Guangzhou, 1900-1937. By Shuk-wah Poon. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2010. ix, 208 pp. (Maps, B&W photos.) US$45.00, cloth. ISBN 978-962-996-421-4. Reviewed by Virgil K.Y. Ho.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IN EAST ASIA. Edited by Ramses Amer and Keyuan Zou. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. xii, 228 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$99.95, cloth. ISBN 978-1-4094-1997-6. Reviewed by Pitman B. Potter.

MAO’S NEW WORLD: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic. By Chang-tai Hung. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2010. xv, 352 pp. (Maps, illus., B&W photos.) US$39.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8014-4934-5. Reviewed by Michael Schoenhals.

ARRESTED HISTORIES: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War. By Carole McGranahan. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. xvii, 307 pp. (Figures, maps.) US$23.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-8223-4771-2. Reviewed by Joseph G. Morgan.

THE STRUGGLE FOR TIBET. By Wang Lixiong and Tsering Shakya. London; New York: Verso, 2009. vi, 275 pp. (Maps.) US$17.95, paper. ISBN 978-1-84467-043-7. Reviewed by Jack Patrick Hayes

Northeast Asia Back to Tags ^


POPULAR DEMOCRACY IN JAPAN: How Gender and Community are Changing Modern Electoral Politics. By Sherry L. Martin. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. xv, 191 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$39.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8014-4917-8. Reviewed by Lynne Y. Nakano

RETHINKING JAPANESE PUBLIC OPINION AND SECURITY: From Pacifism to Realism? Studies in Asian Security. By Paul Midford. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. xviii, 250 pp. (Tables, graphs, figures.) US$24.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-8047-7217-4. Reviewed by Thomas Stow Wilkins

SPENDING WITHOUT TAXATION: FILP and the Politics of Public Finance in Japan. Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. By Gene Park. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. xiv, 321 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$55.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8047-7330-0. Reviewed by Junko Kato

TROUBLED NATURES: Waste, Environment, Japan. By Peter Wynn Kirby. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011. xi, 250 pp. (Figures.) US$49.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8248-3428-9. Reviewed by Scott Schnell

MINORITIES AND DIVERSITY. Stratification and Inequality Series, 11. Edited by Kunihiro Kimura. Balwyn North, Vic.: Trans Pacific Press; Portland, OR: Distributed by International Specialized Book Services, 2011. xiii, 156 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$84.95, cloth. ISBN 978-1-920901-64-6. Reviewed by John Ertl

IMPERIAL JAPAN AT ITS ZENITH: The Wartime Celebration of the Empire’s 2,600th Anniversary. Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University. By Kenneth J. Ruoff. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2010. xv, 236 pp., [16] pp. of plates. (Figures, maps.) US$39.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-801-44866-9. Reviewed by Roy A. Starrs

SEX IN JAPAN’S GLOBALIZATION, 1870-1930: Prostitutes, Emigration, and Nation Building. Perspectives in Economic and Social History, no. 13. By Bill Mihalopoulos. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011. xi, 181 pp., US$99.00, cloth. ISBN 978-1-84893-201-2. Reviewed by Timothy David Amos

MAPPING MONGOLIA: Situating Mongolia in the World from Geologic Time to the Present. Penn Museum International Research Conferences, vol. 2. Edited by Paula L.W. Sabloff. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Distributed by University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. xxvi, 273 pp. (Tables, figures.) + 1 CD-ROM US$65.00, cloth. ISBN 978-1-934536-18-6. Reviewed by Dalaibuyan Byambajav

THE KOREAN STATE AND SOCIAL POLICY: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy. International Policy Exchange Series. By Stein Ringen et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, vii. 137 pp. US$49.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-19-973435-1. Reviewed by Joseph Wong

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INDIA SINCE 1980. World Since 1980. By Sumit Ganguly, Rahul Mukherji. Cambridge [UK]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xii, 201 pp. US$27.99, paper. ISBN 978-0-521-67804-9. Reviewed bySudha Pai

NATIONBUILDING, GENDER AND WAR CRIMES IN SOUTH ASIA. Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series, 29. By Bina D’Costa. London and New York: Routledge, 2011. xv, 246 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$130.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-56566-0. Reviewed by Purna Sen

Southeast Asia Back to Tags ^


NO MAN’S LAND: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia. By Justin V. Hastings. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2010. xii, 256 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$22.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-8014-7679-2. Reviewed by David Martin Jones

THE LIMITS OF ALIGNMENT: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975. By John D. Ciorciari. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010. xii, 320 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$32.95, paper. ISBN 978-1-58901-696-5. Reviewed by Donald E. Weatherbee

VIETNAM AND THE WEST: New Approaches. Studies on Southeast Asia; 52. Wynn Wilcox, editor. Ithaca, NY: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2010. vii, 210 pp. (Figures.) US$23.95, paper. ISBN 978-087727-752-1. Reviewed by Tracy Barrett

REVOLUTION INTERRUPTED: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand. New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies. By Tyrell Haberkorn. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011. xix, 230 pp. (Map.) US$24.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-2992-8184-7. Reviewed by Charles F. Keyes

SAYING THE UNSAYABLE: Monarchy and Democracy in Thailand. NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, v. 47. Edited by Søren Ivarsson and Lotte Isager. Copenhagen: NIAS Press; Abingdon: Marston (distributor), 2010. x, 271 pp. US$32.00, paper. ISBN 978-87-7694-072-0. Reviewed by Jim Glassman

Australasia & the Pacific Back to Tags ^


EXPERIENCE AND REPRESENTATION: Contemporary Perspectives on Migration in Australia. Studies in Migration and Diaspora. By Keith Jacobs. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2011. xi, 164 pp. US$99.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-7546-7610-2. Reviewed by James Jupp

CONSUMING PLEASURES: Australia and the International Drug Business. By John Rainford. North Freemantle (Australia): Freemantle Press, 2009. 400 pp. A$21.95, paper. ISBN 978-1-921361-43-2. Reviewed by Dean Wilson

THE LIHIR DESTINY: Cultural Responses to Mining in Melanesia. Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph, 5. By Nicholas A. Bainton. Canberra, A.C.T.: ANU E Press, 2010. xxiii, 229 pp. (Tables, figures, maps, colored photos.) US$24.95, paper. ISBN 978-1-9216-6684-1. Reviewed by Geoffrey Hobbis

CULTURES OF COMMEMORATION: The Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands. Pacific Islands Monograph Series, no. 25. By Keith L. Camacho. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa; University of Hawai’i Press, 2011. xvii, 225 pp. (Figures, maps.) US$52.00, cloth, ISBN 978-0-8248-3546-0; US$25.00, paper, ISBN 978-0-8248-3670-2. Reviewed by Stephen C. Murray

PACIFIC ISLAND ARTISTS: Navigating the Global Art World. Edited by Karen Stevenson. Oakland, CA: Masalai Press, 2011. x, 203 pp. (Colored illus.) US$69.95, paper. ISBN 0-9714127-7-4. Reviewed by Anne Allen