Daniel A. Métraux is Professor of Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. He has written extensively on modern Japanese and East Asian history, politics and religion. His many books include The History and Theology of the Soka Gakkai, The Soka Gakkai Revolution, and Burma’s Modern Tragedy. He received his Ph.D. in Major Japanese and Korean History from Columbia University.
2024 1-4955-1193-6 "This book follows Asian-American history in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in northeastern California. When one thinks of ethnic Chinese communities throughout North America today, one may consider urban locations such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Vancouver. One would not ordinarily think of Chinese communities in remote rural areas. But during the late 1800s and early 1900s , many small towns and cities throughout northern California had their own well-established Chinese communities. ...This book offers the reader an opportunity to learn about the many small rural Chinatowns that proliferated across northern California in the late 1800s and early 1900s as well the first Japanese settlement near Coloma in 1869. There were at least thirty of these rural Chinese settlements; I have chosen to write about ten of these as representative samples of their great variety and legacies." -from The Author's "Introduction"
2009 0-7734-3812-2 Examines American writer Jack London’s journalistic and literary contributions about Asia, his insights into Asian ethnic and political complexities, and his vision for pan-Asian / American cooperation. The book includes an anthology of London’s major writings on Asia.
2000 0-7734-7766-7 Aum Shinrikyo gained great notoriety when its leaders killed and injured thousands of subway commuters in Tokyo in March 1995. This work analyzes the vast impact that Aum Shinrikyo has had on Japanese society, including its great appeal to Japanese youth, the so-called “Aum Generation”. There is also an in-depth study of the question of civil liberties in Japan now that so many Japanese wish to ban sects. Final chapters detail many political questions raised by the Aum crisis, Aum’s revivalist mission to Russia, and attempts by Aum and other New Religions in Japan to gain money and fame by pushing a strong “Armageddon” theme. One chapter includes case histories of many Aum members.
2004 0-7734-6295-3 The goal of this volume is to introduce the reader to conditions in Burma through the eyes of Burmese and foreign scholars who present a variety of perspectives of life in this noble land. This study aims at a collective portrait of the dismal reality of a suffering citizenry who if allowed to be free could be among the most creative, energetic and productive people of Asia. It also looks at the complexity of a highly heterogeneous people striving to find a collective identity amidst the chaos of savage repression.
2017 1-4955-0543-X Dr. Metraux’s study uses seven Western writers who reported on the Russo-Japanese War from behind Japanese lines. The author examines how personal bias and media censorship can affect the flow of information from journalists to the general public, making this book incredibly topical in today’s world of journalistic reporting.
2010 0-7734-3758-4 The Soka Gakkai is a massive Japan-based New Religious Movement based on the Buddhist teachings of the medieval Buddhist monk Nichiren. This work examines Soka Gakkai International chapters in Australia, Southeast Asia, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Quebec to determine why the movement has developed strong roots among people from widely divergent cultures.
2007 0-7734-5225-7 This book provides a comprehensive portrait of China at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The author surveys various issues including problems associated with the “One-Child Policy”, the condition of families and women, the rise of Christianity, areas facing ecological catastrophe, special economic zones, and growing splits and controversies in the Chinese Communist Party.
1997 0-7734-8472-8 Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the 1960s and the decline of the Catholic church had a profound effect on the spiritual life of the citizenry. Quebec became a largely secular society, but some turned to new religions. By the late 1990s, well over a thousand Quebeckers had joined the Soka Gakkai, a Japanese-based Buddhist organization with ten million followers worldwide. This study analyzes why an Asian Buddhist group would attract a respectable and devoted following in once-Catholic Quebec while other Buddhist movements have always failed in Quebec and the rest of Canada. Metraux presents a history of Soka Gakkai movement in both Japan and Canada, as well as interviews and testimonies from a large number of Quebec Soka Gakkai leaders and members.
1988 0-88946-055-8 A Japanese New Religion
The Soka Gakkai, with 10 million members, is a critically important force in Japan and remains the biggest of Japan's new religions. Metraux outlines the eschatological worldview of the Soka Gakkai and gives an analysis of its American branch.
1989 0-88946-158-9 This comprehensive introduction to the Japanese business world contains an analysis of their culture and methods of negotiation, explains the nature of the Japanese company, and examines the growth of U.S.-Japanese relations.