Volume 85 – No. 4

December 2012


Review Essays

Critical Dialogues

Asia General Back to Tags ^


CHINA AND INDIA: Great Power Rivals. By Mohan Malik. Boulder, CO: FirstForumPress, 2011. xiii, 468 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$79.95, cloth. ISBN 978-1-935049-41-8. Reviewed by S D Muni

BEYOND OUR MEANS: Why America Spends While the World Saves. By Sheldon Garon. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012. 475 pp. (Figures, coloured photos.) US$29.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-691-13599-1. Reviewed By Thomas F. Cargill

GENDERING THE FIELD: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities. Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph 6. By Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt. Acton, ACT: ANU E Press, 2011. xviii, 230 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$24.95, paper. ISBN 978-1-9218-6216-8. Reviewed by Penelope Schoeffel

China & Inner Asia Back to Tags ^


PAST AND PRESENT IN CHINA’S FOREIGN POLICY: From “Tribute System” to “Peaceful Rise.” Edited with an introduction by John E. Wills, Jr. Portland, ME: Merwin Asia; Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press (distributor), 2010. xx, 133 pp. US$35.00, paper. ISBN 978-0-9836599-8-3. Reviewed by Paul J. Bolt

CHINA AMONG UNEQUALS: Asymmetric Foreign Relationships in Asia. By Brantly Womack. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2010. ix, 540 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$130.00, cloth. ISBN 978-981-4295-27-7. Reviewed by Nicholas Khoo

CHINESE CIRCULATIONS: Capital, Commodities, and Networks in Southeast Asia. Eric Tagliacozzo and Wen-Chin Chang, eds.; foreword by Wang Gungwu. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011. xiii, 534 pp. (Tables, figures, maps.) US$27.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-8223-4903-7. Reviewed by Edmund Terence Gomez

ENERGY CONSERVATION IN EAST ASIA: Towards Greater Energy Security. World Scientific Series on Energy and Resource Economics, 8. Editors, Elspeth Thomson, Youngho Chang, Jae-Seung Lee. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Pub., 2011. xviii, 390 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$135.00, cloth. ISBN 978-981-277-177-3. Reviewed by Pak K. Lee

PARADISE REDEFINED: Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World. By Vanessa L. Fong. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. viii, 267 pp. US$21.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-8047-7267-9. Reviewed by Xin Huang

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE VISUAL CULTURE: Tradition, Modernity and Globalization. Edited by Christopher Crouch. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010. xvi, 400 pp. (Figures.) US$124.99, cloth. ISBN 978-1-60497-721-9. Reviewed by James Flath

PASTIMES: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography. By Shana J. Brown. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011. ix, 219 pp. (Figures.) US$48.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8248-3498-2. Reviewed by Craig Clunas

CHURCH MILITANT: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai. By Paul P. Mariani. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2011. xiii, 282 pp., [12] pp. of plates (Illus.) US$39.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-674-06153-8. Reviewed by Jean-Paul Wiest

Northeast Asia Back to Tags ^


MASCULINITY & JAPAN’S FOREIGN RELATIONS. By Yumiko Mikanagi. Boulder, CO; London: FirstForumPress, 2011. ix, 139 pp. (Tables.) US$55.00, cloth. ISBN 978-1-935049-38-8. Reviewed by Robert Dean

COLLABORATIVE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHEAST ASIA: Towards a Sustainable Regional and Sub-Regional Future. Edited by Won Bae Kim, Yue-man Yeung and Sang-Chuel Choe. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2011. xviii, 378pp.(Tables, figures.) US$60.00 cloth. ISBN 978-962-996-482-5. Reviewed by David Martin Jones

DEVIANCE AND INEQUALITY IN JAPAN: Japanese Youth and Foreign Migrants. By Robert Stuart Yoder. Bristol (UK): The Policy Press; Portland, OR: Exclusively Distributed by International Specialized Book Services, 2011. viii, 232 pp. (Tables.) US $110.00, cloth. ISBN 978-1-84742-832-5. Reviewed by Yoshitaka Mōri

JAPAN’S NEW INEQUALITY: Intersection of Employment Reforms and Welfare Arrangements. Stratification and Inequality Series, 10. Edited by Yoshimichi Sato and Jun Imai. Balwyn North, Vic: Trans Pacific Press; Portland, OR: Exclusively Distributed by International Specialized Book Services, 2011. xv, 181 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$84.95, cloth. ISBN 978-1-920901-40-0. Reviewed by Randall S. Jones

South Asia & the Himalayas Back to Tags ^


PARTY SYSTEM CHANGE IN SOUTH INDIA: Political Entrepreneurs, Patterns, and Processes. Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies, 15. By Andrew Wyatt. London; New York: Routledge, 2010. xiii, 226 pp. (Tables, maps.) US$135.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-415-40131-9. Reviewed by Kanta Murali

EMPIRE’S GARDEN: Assam and the Making of India. By Jayeeta Sharma. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 2011. xiii, 324 pp. (Illus., maps.) US$25.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-8223-5049-1. Reviewed by Gareth Price

HARVESTING FEMINIST KNOWLEDGE FOR PUBLIC POLICY: Rebuilding Progress. Edited by Devaki Jain, Diane Elson. New Delhi; London: SAGE, 2011. xlvi, 347 pp. (Tables, graphs.) US$49.95, cloth. ISBN 978-81-321-0741-5. Reviewed by Purna Sen

PAKISTAN: A Hard Country. By Anatol Lieven. New York: PublicAffairs, 2011. xv, 558 pp., [16] pp. of plates (Illus.) US$35.00, cloth. ISBN 978-1-61039-021-7. Reviewed by Ishtiaq Ahmed

SIKHISM. Dimensions of Asian Spirituality. By Doris R. Jakobsh. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2012. xxi, 134 pp. (Figures, B&W photos.) US$17.00, paper. ISBN 978-0-8248-3601-6. Reviewed by Pritam Singh

Southeast Asia Back to Tags ^


BRITISH POLICY AND THE CHINESE IN SINGAPORE, 1939 TO 1955: The Public Service Career Of Tan Chin Tuan. By Lee Su Yin. Singapore: Talisman Publishing, 2011. xxiv, 176 pp. (Tables, figures.) S$28.00, paper. ISBN 978-981-08-6667-9. Reviewed by Loh Kah Seng

MICROFINANCE AND ITS DISCONTENTS: Women in Debt in Bangladesh. By Lamia Karim. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. xxxiii, 255 pp. (Tables, B&W photos.) US$25.00, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8166-7094-9. Reviewed by Thankom Arun

BANGSA AND UMMA: Development of People-grouping Concepts in Islamized Southeast Asia. Kyoto Area Studies on Asia, v. 21. Edited by Yamamoto Hiroyuki et al. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press; Balwyn North, Vic.: Trans Pacific Press; Portland, OR: distributed by International Specialized Book Services, 2011. ix, 279 pp. (Tables, figures.) US$84.95, cloth. ISBN 978-1-92091-52-3. Reviewed by Regina Lim

MODERN MUSLIM IDENTITIES: Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia. NIAS Monographs, 119. By Gerard Hoffstaedter. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2011. xv, 272 pp. (Figures, map.) £18.99, paper. ISBN 978-87-7694-081-2. Reviewed by Joseph Chinyong Liow

SUBMITTING TO GOD: Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia. Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies. By Sylva Frisk. Seattle: University of Washington Press; Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2009. xvii, 216 pp. (B&W photos.) US$30.00, paper. ISBN 978-0-295-98925-9. Reviewed by Maila Stivens

DANGDUT STORIES: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia’s Most Popular Music. By Andrew N. Weintraub. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. vi, 258 pp. (Illus., music.) US$24.95, paper. ISBN 978-0-19-539567-9. Reviewed by David Goldsworthy

Australasia & the Pacific Back to Tags ^


FOOD FOR THE FLAMES: Idols and Missionaries in Central Polynesia. By David Shaw King; Photography by Brian Carlson; Foreword by David Attenborough. San Francisco: Beak Press, in association with Holberton Publishing, London; Seattle: Distributed by University of Washington Press, 2011. xv, 222 pp. (Figures, photos., illus.) US$80.00, cloth. ISBN 978-1-90737-216-2. Reviewed by Fanny Wonu Veys

AUSTRONESIAN SOUNDSCAPES: Performing Arts in Oceania and Southeast Asia. IIAS Publications Series. Edited Volumes, Vol. 4. Edited by Birgit Abels. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press; Chicago, IL: Distributed by University of Chicago Press, 2011. 336 pp. (Tables, figures, maps, music, B&W photos.) US$47.50. ISBN 978-90-8964-058-7. Reviewed by Richard Moyle

TAHITI BEYOND THE POSTCARD: Power, Place, and Everyday Life. Culture, Place and Nature. By Miriam Kahn. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press, 2011. xv, 272 pp. (Maps, illus.) US$35.00, paper. ISBN 978-0-295-99102-3. Reviewed by Jennifer Wagelie

REITE PLANTS: An Ethnobotanical Study in Tok Pisin and English. Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph, 4. By Porer Nombo and James Leach. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press, 2010. xxiv, 192 pp. (Maps, coloured photos.) US$49.95, paper. ISBN 978-19216-66001. Reviewed by Richard Scaglion

ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING: Policy and Legal Implications for Papua New Guinea. Editors, Eric L. Kwa, Sakarepe Kamene, John Kouni. Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea Press; Oakland, CA: Distributed by Masalai Press, 2011. xiv, 145 pp. (Tables.) US$39.95, paper. ISBN 978-9980-84-897-0. Reviewed by John Burton