Volume 85 – No. 2

June 2012

Perspectives


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Film Reviews


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Review Essays


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Book Reviews


Asia General

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THE POLITICS OF IMAGINING ASIA | By Wang Hui; edited by Theodore HutersTHE POLITICS OF IMAGINING ASIA | By Wang Hui; edited by Theodore Huters
Prasenjit Duara

RACIAL REPRESENTATIONS IN ASIA | Edited by Yasuko TakezawaRACIAL REPRESENTATIONS IN ASIA | Edited by Yasuko Takezawa
Hyung-Gu Lynn

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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

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PHOENIX: The Life of Norman Bethune | By Roderick Stewart and Sharon StewartPHOENIX: The Life of Norman Bethune | By Roderick Stewart and Sharon Stewart
Stephen MacKinnon

COLONIAL PROJECT, NATIONAL GAME: A History of Baseball in Taiwan | By Andrew D. MorrisCOLONIAL PROJECT, NATIONAL GAME: A History of Baseball in Taiwan | By Andrew D. Morris
Scott Simon


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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

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JAPAN TRANSFORMED: Political Change and Economic Restructuring | POLITICAL ECONOMY OF JAPAN: Growth, Challenges and Prospects for a Well-Being NationJAPAN TRANSFORMED: Political Change and Economic Restructuring | POLITICAL ECONOMY OF JAPAN: Growth, Challenges and Prospects for a Well-Being Nation
Kenji E. Kushida, John Zysman

LANGUAGE LIFE IN JAPAN: Transformations and Prospects | Edited by Patrick Heinrich and Christian GalanLANGUAGE LIFE IN JAPAN: Transformations and Prospects | Edited by Patrick Heinrich and Christian Galan
Noriko Iwasaki

WIDOWS OF JAPAN: An Anthropological Perspective | By Deborah McDowell AokiWIDOWS OF JAPAN: An Anthropological Perspective | By Deborah McDowell Aoki
Ruth Campbell

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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

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INDIAN NUCLEAR DETERRENCE: Its Evolution, Development and Implications for South Asian Security | By Zafar Iqbal CheemaINDIAN NUCLEAR DETERRENCE: Its Evolution, Development and Implications for South Asian Security | By Zafar Iqbal Cheema
Robert Anderson

MUMBAI FABLES | By Gyan PrakashMUMBAI FABLES | By Gyan Prakash
Nikhil Rao

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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

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CAMBODIA’S CURSE: The Modern History of a Troubled Land | By Joel BrinkleyCAMBODIA’S CURSE: The Modern History of a Troubled Land | By Joel Brinkley
D. Gordon Longmuir

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

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

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STAYING FIJIAN: Vatulele Island Barkcloth and Social Identity | By Rod EwinsSTAYING FIJIAN: Vatulele Island Barkcloth and Social Identity | By Rod Ewins
John Barker

MEDIATING ACROSS DIFFERENCE: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution | Edited by Morgan Brigg and Roland BleikerMEDIATING ACROSS DIFFERENCE: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution | Edited by Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker
Anna-Karina Hermkens

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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