Sheppard, Sumor 2016 1-4955-0448-4 76 pages Creole culture is a universal phenomenon which is multicultural by nature. This study provides a comprehensive, international bibliography of Creole cultures and languages with which researchers can further investigate culture formation and national identity cohesion. Starting from Creole cultures of the United States and moving outward to the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the extent of Creole as a national identity becomes apparent. The definition of what constitutes a Creole varies around the world.
Slaymaker, Douglas 2000 0-7734-7854-X 236 pages Essays on topics from animation heroes, films, to unsuccessful politicians, and pay particular attention to issues of gender, commercialization, and nationalisms.
Zheng, Chuxuan 1995 0-7734-9020-5 432 pages The polarities between the Chinese and Western political traditions are striking. They contradict each other in their views of society and human nature, and in the importance allocated to law, morality and democracy. This study argues that the best ideas of both traditions could be combined in a dialectical unity, a synthesis which would facilitate progress and human development. This work of theory offers many practical lessons. China will more likely adopt Western political ideas than vice versa, but Dr. Zheng shows that some Chinese ideas are highly exportable, when stripped of their Confucian language, and that they can be reconciled with liberal-democratic thinking and free-market society.
Liman, Anthony V. 1992 0-7734-9614-9 608 pages Ibuse's writing is characterized by a great deal of unromantic skepticism, and by a unique style: a rich, precise language combined with bold, innovative experimentation. This book traces the genesis and development of this style, and defines Ibuse's overall artistic contribution.
James, Jean M. 1996 0-7734-8772-7 296 pages This book explains the function, meaning, and use of pictorial art in the funerary context during the four hundred years of the Han dynasty, with references to social values and contemporary texts that describe those values. The bulk of the works discussed has not been published outside of China and all of it has been excavated and dated correctly. It presents a logical interpretation of Han pictorial art based on the works themselves rather than on an a priori theory of what they mean. The first three chapters deal with late Zhou antecedents, then early and middle Western Han and Late Western Han and early Eastern Han. Chapter four treats Eastern Han concentrating on the art of Henan province, and the book concludes with a discussion of the late Eastern Han offering shrine and one late tomb. With many illustrations.
Bao, Yuheng 2009 0-7734-4897-7 436 pages OVERSIZE. 8½ x 11 format with 52 photo illustrations
This work is an interdisciplinary study that examines not only the relationship between types of art forms, but also the relationship between visual arts and other humanities. This three-dimensional approach incorporates the historical and cultural background and the philosophic and aesthetic ideas with the development of artistic styles. This book contains fifty-two color photographs.
Mathieu, Christine 2003 0-7734-6645-2 532 pages This study contributes to Naxi and Mosuo studies, Chinese, Yunnanese and Himalayan studies, and the fields of anthropology, history, ethnic studies, and religion. It is a multidimensional anthropological study devoted to the history of Naxi social institutions and the political history of the southwestern Sino-Tibetan frontier. This study presents original data on both matrilineal and patrilineal Mosuo society, and original ethnographic information on patrilineal Mosuo families and marriage system. It also proposes a Mosuo matriarchal history, a significant claim for anthropological theory. It also contributes to the fields of Himalayan studies and pre-Buddhist religions and the relationship between religion and politics in tribal societies. It explains the origins of Naxi Dongba pictographic script in territorial cults and military expansion. On the basis of her own fieldwork, the author also describes the rapidly disappearing Mosuo Daba religion, of which little is known outside China. It presents an entirely original reading of primary and secondary Chinese sources.
Chou, Diana Yeongchau 2005 0-7734-6095-0 276 pages This book is the first careful study of Tang Hou and his Huajian. It provides a reconstruction of Tang Hou’s biography, political career, and his associations with the early Yuan elite and important figures, and further situates not only his equality with the most respected artistic advocators and leaders of his own time, but also his significance in the study of Chinese painting of the Yuan and beyond. In addition, this study also sheds light on the artistic context of the time in which Tang Hou’s artistic criteria developed, the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century China. This clarification of Tang Hou’s artistic milieu context and his Huajian contributes to modern scholarship by providing a careful assessment of Tang Hou’s thinking about and taste in paintings which, in turn, readjusts our perception of the painting developments in the Yuan.
Nakahara, Gladys Emiko 2003 0-7734-6626-6 368 pages Despite Ryôjinhishô’s monumental importance in classical Japanese literature, this work has never been translated into English in its entirety before. Along with the complete English translation, with annotations and transcriptions, this study also contains a discussion imayô and its place in the continuity of the genre of Japanese songs from antiquity to the time of imayô. The songs were originally compiled by the retired Emperor Go-Sirakawa (1127-1292).
Wu, Yenna 1999 0-7734-7956-2 402 pages This book is the first study of ameliorative satire as a mode, and the first full-length critical study in English on Xi Zhou Sheng's 100-chapter Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan, (Marriage as Retribution, Awakening the World, 1661), perhaps the most important novel from seventeenth-century China.
Bradstock, Timothy R. 1997 0-7734-8560-0 442 pages This anthology comprises annotated translations of four hundred kanshi (poems written in Chinese) by one hundred of the most renowned Japanese poets of the Edo Period (1603-1868). The largest ever such collection, this work also provides biographies for each of the poets as well as commentaries on the verses. The annotations are designed to illuminate the aesthetics and values of Edo society, enabling even the lay reader to appreciate the historical and philosophical milieu in which this genre flourised. The composition of Chinese poetry in Japan dates back to around the seventh century. During the Edo period in particular, it was central to the literary lives of Japanese from all sectors of society and remained popular until the early twentieth century. The Edo period, a time of enforced national isolation from the rest of the world, paradoxically represents the high-water mark for Chinese literary composition in Japan. Chinese studies flourished, and hundreds of thousands of kanshi were written and recorded during these centuries.
Edo popular culture has been studied extensively in the West and is well-known to us through the puppet theater, kabuki drama, haiku poetry, and other vernacular genres. However comparatively little research has been done on kanshi, even though the genre was extremely popular during the Edo period, particularly among Confucian scholar-officials, Buddhist priests, and educated members of the townsman class. It is hoped that this work will bring kanshi more into the mainstream of Japanese studies into the consciousness of modern readers in the Western world.
Singh, G. D. 1995 0-7734-8888-6 144 pages Provides the reader with the key patterns of name formulation, with an emphasis on those names which have inspirational value and are particularly associated with Gurbani (Sikh gospel) and Sikh history. The spellings of all names, terms and titles are in the phonetic modes, to enable the reader to pronounce them. The hyphen is also used to emphasize the syllables from which the name is derived.
Brecher, W. Puck 2000 0-7734-7768-3 376 pages This comprehensive reference introduces the significance of the natural environment in Japan’s ancient culture, in its modern society, and in its future political agendas. The book covers nature as a formative phenomenon in Japanese history, religion, philosophy and art; the modern history of Japan’s environmental problems and its successes and failures in dealing with them; the state of Japan’s natural environment today, how it has been transformed and how this transformation reflects the cultural nexus; the country’s grassroots environmental movements and their sociopolitical significance; and Japan’s political culture and the forces which are currently poised to revolutionize the country’s official position on the environment. It includes personal interviews with specialists from government, industry, NGOs, and academia. As a comprehensive yet detailed study, this volume will interest those in environmental and cultural studies and readers interested in Japan. It is also suitable as a supplemental text for courses in environmental history, environmental ethics, and Japanese culture. It will be an important source of statistics and historical analysis for the environmentalist community.
Plotkin, Ira L. 1991 0-88946-729-3 180 pages Begins with a general introduction dealing with the turn of the century, then studies the anarchist movement and the political participants, the plot to assassinate the emperor, the activities of the police, the trial, and finally the philosophy of anarchism and the minor participants in this affair. Sets in perspective the issue of governmental control of deviant political behaviour in Japan.
Lyon, Stephen M. 2004 0-7734-6496-4 272 pages Asymmetrical power relationships are found throughout Pakistan’s Punjabi and Pukhtun communities. These relationships must be examined as manifestations of cultural continuity rather than as separate structures. The various cultures of Pakistan display certain common cultural features which suggest a re-examination of past analytical divisions of tribe and peasant societies. This book looks at the ways power is expressed, accumulated and maintained in three social contexts: kinship, caste, and political relationships. These are embedded within a collection of ‘hybridising’ cultures. Socialisation within kin groups provides the building blocks for Pakistani asymmetrical relationships, which may be understood as a form of patronage. As these social building blocks are transferred to non-kin contexts, the patron/client aspects are more easily identified and studied. State politics and religion are examined for the ways in which these patron/client roles are enacted on much larger scales but remain embedded within the cultural values underpinning those roles.
Bao, Yuheng 2006 0-7734-6116-7 314 pages OVERSIZE. 8½ x 11 format with 50 photo illustrations
The authors have collaborated to produce a valuable resource guide that lists the most significant Chinese artists to emerge during the period of time from the 1890 to 1949. It examines these Chinese artists both in relation to the historical period in which they worked as well as in relation to the specific genre they were working in. At the end of the book, there is a listing of the most important Chinese modern painters, along with a concise biography of each, followed by a discussion of the various centers of Chinese modern painting. The bibliography has been broken down into works in English and works in Chinese.
Ho, Yong 1993 0-7734-2217-X 300 pages This study examines prominent aspects of discourse, including thematic structure, information structure, and word order. Data consist of transcriptions of interviews with over 20 Mandarin-speaking informants in both institutional and non-institutional settings. Texts of three interviews, representing narrative, expository, and procedural discourse types, are intensively examined and appended. In dealing with thematic structure, emphasis is placed on the sentence-initial devices used to establish the point of departure and on the implications of thematic structure on the conceptual and cognitive processes of Chinese speakers. On discussing information structure, it pays particular attention to the sentence-final devices used by speakers to indicate the focuses of their communicative interest. The study of word order is directed toward the intra-sentential dynamism, which is governed by a number of principles. All of these principles suggest a strong and significant isomorphism between word order on one hand, and real-world events and human perception on the other.
Métraux, Daniel A. 2000 0-7734-7766-7 184 pages 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.
Dym, Jeffrey A. 2003 0-7734-6648-7 312 pages This research fills an important lacuna in Japanese cultural history and film history. During the early decades of motion pictures, film exhibitors worldwide experimented with having entertainers sit next to the screen to provide commentary and dialogue. Though this never caught on in the West, in Japan, the narrators (benshi) became an integral part of motion picture history, creating the unique narrative art of setsumei. This work details the history of both benshi and setsumei, placing them within the cultural milieu of early 20th century Japan.
Corfield, Justin 2003 0-7734-6662-2 170 pages This bibliography brings together 1491 sources – books, magazines, theses, newspaper articles, and unpublished manuscripts which contribute to the understanding of the First World War in the region. Topics include the battle of Tsingtao in China, developments in China and Japan, the German naval presence in the region, the Singapore Mutiny, etc. Indices cover Asian countries and cities, subjects, themes and genres, military units, and names, which will allow scholars to locate published and unpublished material for their research.
Adlard, John 1991 0-7734-9758-7 177 pages Biography of Arthur Diosy, a man who devoted most of his life to the study and promotion of Japanese culture through the founding and development of the Japan Society. Through his efforts to achieve an accord between England and Japan, Diosy succeeded in having a treaty signed between the two countries at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Nyren, Eve Alison 1995 0-7734-9033-7 312 pages This anonymous novel, Hsing-shih Yin-yüan chuan, falls between the Golden Lotus and Dream of the Red Chamber in terms of novelistic development and, like them, tells the story of individual and familial failings away from virtue, and considers the individual's moral responsibility for society. This translation is meant for people who cannot read the novel in Chinese, and will help people understand the genre conventions of Chinese fiction and their evolution. Novels from the 16th and 18th centuries have been translated and published, and this book fills the gap left for the 17th century.
Ramji, Jaya 2005 0-7734-5994-4 460 pages This book explores the legal issues surrounding accountability for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge and crimes of mass violence more generally. Comprising chapters authored by legal academics, lawyers, historians, artists, and others, the volume presents a thorough analysis of the complex problems inherent to such accountability efforts, and novel ideas as how to address them. Three chapters take the important and unusual step of examining aspects of accountability from the Cambodian and/or Therav?da Buddhist perspective, a viewpoint that has rarely been considered before in this context. Other chapters present thoughtful explanations for the failure of past accountability efforts, examine holes in the law authorizing a tribunal for senior Khmer Rouge leaders, and outline the evidence available and how it can be used for such a trial. Thus, the book presents the case for accountability in Cambodia from multiple perspectives.
Tarling, Nicholas 2008 0-7734-5097-1 572 pages Considers British policy during the dispute over “West Papua” between Indonesia and the Netherlands following the collapse of the Suharto regime. Although there are books and theses on American, Australian and Dutch policies, those of the British have remained unexplored. The work looks at the factors that conditioned Britain’s response to the unrest from accommodating its allies to navigating Cold War pressures and the emphasis on decolonization, particularly from the United Nations.
Corfield, Justin 2002 0-7734-7212-6 608 pages This is a new edition of one of the most important accounts of the Indian Ocean and Asia during the late 17th century. It is heavily annotated with hundreds of footnotes, and completely indexed. Since its first publication in Scotland and England ( in 1727 and 1744, respectively), it has only been republished once, in a limited edition in 1930. It is a fascinating insight into the life of a Scottish seafarer, and an extraordinary history of southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and other areas. Hamilton was an eye-witness to wars, pirate attacks, scheming English and Asian profiteers, and imprisonment. This edition is taken from the original text of the 1727 edition. Footnotes assist clarification of minor points of history and obsolete terms or names. A Glossary of place names updating Hamilton’s phonetic version to a current nomenclature is given at the end of the text.
Tuck, Donald R. 1987 0-88946-672-6 350 pages A history of the American school of Japanese Buddhism called the True Pure Land (Jodo Shinshu), which also styles itself Buddhist Churches of America, from its earliest 19th-century exponents to the present.
Oo, Khin 2004 0-7734-6295-3 276 pages 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.
Meissner, Daniel J. 2005 0-7734-6040-3 296 pages At the turn of the twentieth century, American and Chinese millers were locked in a fiercely contested battle for control of China’s urban flour market that both sides considered crucial to their nation’s future. For Americans, Chinese markets were vital to continued commercial expansion and ultimately, the power, prestige and security of the United States. For Chinese, defending their markets against foreign imports, influence and intervention was essential to preserving their commercial integrity and China’s national sovereignty. This study analyzes the dynamics of this commercial conflict from a perspective essential to the advancement of Chinese business studies, redirecting research in the field from the current China-centered approach to a China-global context. It contextualizes the flour trade through analysis of global factors—political as well as economic—influencing the competitive marketing of domestic and imported commodities. This broader view provides a more balanced, comprehensive examination of late Qing business history and the role played by international trade in the development of import-substitution industrialization. Countering previous failure-based studies of Chinese industrialization, this study highlights the complex relationship between Chinese capitalists and the government, which stimulated successful private industrial development in late imperial China. Analysis of China’s flour milling industry also provides insight into the contemporary capitalist-state alliance that has spurred the nation’s dynamic commercial growth since the 1980s.
Yu, Shiao-Ling S. 1996 0-7734-8780-8 508 pages This volume includes an introduction, translation of two traditional operas and five spoken plays, which represent the two major dramatic forms in China. Each of these works has broken new ground both as dramatic literature and as performing art. They are among the best and some of the most controversial plays produced in the post-Mao era, collectively represent a new trend which could transform modern Chinese drama. Despite their importance, they have not been translated into English except for two short excerpts. This anthology will be of interest to China scholars of different disciplines, as well as lay readers wanting to gain a better understanding of modern China. It would also make a good text book for a variety of courses, such as literature in translation, drama and theater, social and cultural studies.
Lightfoot, Sonia 2008 0-7734-5079-3 288 pages This work examines the surviving letters and acquisitions of Sir James Stewart Lockhart, a colonial civil servant in the late nineteenth century. The book also provides insight into the life of Tse Ts’an Tai, the agent and revolutionary who facilitated the expansion of Lockhart’s impressive Chinese art collection. This book contains twenty-two black and white photographs and eleven color photographs.
Davis, Elizabeth Van Wie 2000 0-7734-7807-8 276 pages The essays in this volume address the fundamental question concerning the causes of the many episodes of crisis and conflict in US-China relations over the last 55 years. It also probes the conditions that have made cooperation possible. As China emerges as a new power in the international system and as the US debates its leadership of that system, it is fundamental to understand the important bilateral relationship between the two countries. These essays provide a uniquely Chinese perspective on those relations.
Kidanemariam, Andemariam 2003 0-7734-6746-7 164 pages The emphasis in this study is placed on viewing health issues as an important and integral part of the social, economic, and political structure of society, and not only as a scientific, technocratic concern as is often the case with biomedical model. This book used the historical/contextual method, capturing the socio-political determinants of infant mortality that are not often amenable to quantification. It underscores the importance of state-society relations and development policy choices that directly impinge on distributional equality/inequality of the medical and non-medical determinants of infant mortality.
Wu, Jiahua 1995 0-7734-9131-7 480 pages To link theory with practice, the relationship between landscape both painted and designed, and aesthetic thinking are discussed. The discussion develops with reference to the historical, cultural, philosophical and technical contexts of both East and West. Central objects of the study are key issues such as Romanticism of the English school and Tao in Chinese landscape. This systematic study of the language system of landscape art, design and education is of high value in the area of environmental development, which substantially links theory with environmental art and design, and foreshadows the future of landscape aesthetic research.
Wang, Aixue 2004 0-7734-6326-7 601 pages This book is the first Chinese translation of William Wordsworth’s “The Prelude”, in both the Chinese and English languages. The translation is faithful to the original in form by rendering each line of ten syllables painstakingly into ten Chinese characters. The translation also utilizes some musical qualities of the Chinese language like the combinations of rising or falling tones to reflect the rhythm of the original poem. This translation is faithful to the original in morphology and syntax so that the meanings in the original are conveyed in Chinese. Most of all, the humanistic concerns in the original have been captured in the translation. The tremendous work will have an especially enduring impact on scholars in Chinese Studies and Translations Studies.
Steben, B. 1993 0-7734-9200-3 508 pages The papers in these volumes reflect the exchange of scholarly communication that took place on the campus of the University of Toronto, August 19-25, 1990, at the 33rd International Congress of Asian and North African Studies. More than five hundred papers were delivered at the Congress, covering aspects of contact in an area extending from Morocco to Japan, and stretching in time from prehistory to the present era. The papers included in these volumes, with their wide geographical and disciplinary range, and long time span, reflect the comprehensive nature of the Congress.
Harrak, A. 1993 0-7734-9204-6 640 pages The papers in these volumes reflect the exchange of scholarly communication that took place on the campus of the University of Toronto, August 19-25, 1990, at the 33rd International Congress of Asian and North African Studies. More than five hundred papers were delivered at the Congress, covering aspects of contact in an area extending from Morocco to Japan, and stretching in time from prehistory to the present era. The papers included in these volumes, with their wide geographical and disciplinary range, and long time span, reflect the comprehensive nature of the Congress.
Harrak, A. 1993 0-7734-9206-2 668 pages The papers in these volumes reflect the exchange of scholarly communication that took place on the campus of the University of Toronto, August 19-25, 1990, at the 33rd International Congress of Asian and North African Studies. More than five hundred papers were delivered at the Congress, covering aspects of contact in an area extending from Morocco to Japan, and stretching in time from prehistory to the present era. The papers included in these volumes, with their wide geographical and disciplinary range, and long time span, reflect the comprehensive nature of the Congress.
Bi, Xiyan 2003 0-7734-6717-3 260 pages This is the first extensive study of the concept of “rule” in Su Shi (c. 1065) and its application to his prose. It argues that his understanding of literary rules and conventions was predicated on a wider concept of regulation in every human sphere. Su’s application of rules and conventions is analysed in three prose genres: funerary writing, literary accounts and rhapsodies.
Ridgeway, William N. 2004 0-7734-6230-9 268 pages This study is a comparative analysis of the major works of Natsume Soseki, which compares Japan's greatest novelist with his contemporaries, his works with influential English novels, his social milieu and literary concerns with Victorians and writers of his day. There being no golden key to unlock the mysteries of Soseki's novels, this critical inquiry uses unexplored categories of analysis- gender, sexuality, the body, and desire-to fathom the depth and breadth of Soseki's fictional world: interpersonal relations, gender roles, gender conflict, the battle of the sexes, love and disease, erotic triangles, love betrayed. Included is an Annotated Bibliography of Soseki scholarship and also a publishing history of the author's works translated into foreign languages.
DeSoto, Hermine G. 1992 0-7734-1938-1 480 pages Contributes to the development of research and theory in social anthropology generally and particularly in issues such as gender, class, poverty, power, dissent, kinship, ideology, linguistics, development anthropology, and urban anthropology. Geographical areas covered are Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Each contribution is original, offering the reader new cultural insights on an individual basis.
Mock, John 1999 0-7734-7974-0 248 pages This is the first explicitly Hokkaido ethnography written in English. English-language material on Hokkaido is very rare. It is a detailed historical study of the social relationships in a relatively small area, a micro-study, and the adaptation to the changing urban environment is drawn out in detail. Using a variation of a modern world system approach, the analysis examines the historical connections and adaptations of the neighborhood dealing with external forces from the larger city, from the prefecture, from the nation and even from the international arenThis is the first explicitly Hokkaido ethnography written in English. English-language material on Hokkaido is very rare. It is a detailed historical study of the social relationships in a relatively small area, a micro-study, and the adaptation to the changing urban environment is drawn out in detail. Using a variation of a modern world system approach, the analysis examines the historical connections and adaptations of the neighborhood dealing with external forces from the larger city, from the prefecture, from the nation and even from the international arena.
Zeng, Hong 2004 0-7734-6430-1 202 pages This work is a deconstructive reading of the prevalent views on Chinese natural philosophy (Taoism and Zen Buddhism) and its impact on Chinese literature and arts (classical Chinese poetry, painting, novels; modern Chinese and American poetry, and contemporary Chinese film), especially its impact on Chinese poetry. The serene, holistic vision of Chinese natural philosophy has been so deep rooted and rarely challenged that it has become a myth. Since Taoism and Zen Buddhism have been major influences on classical Chinese arts and poetry, which in turn influence modern Chinese and American poetry, the myth is perpetuated in views held about all these art forms, and is reflected in the rarely disputed aesthetic characteristics pertaining to these creations: non-human centered perception, the loss of individual self in cosmic Self, an aesthetic attitude of silence, tranquility, emptiness and passivity, and unification of Chinese pictographic characters and Chinese language with the real-life world. It is also believed that temporality implicit in these poems conforms to the natural flux of the universe, and subjective time is rarely found in them.
The author’s deconstruction is unfolded through three interrelated aspects: time, subject and language. The deconstruction posits: a double, conflicting sense of temporality rather than a unified time consciousness characterizes Chinese natural philosophy, poetry and other art forms under its influence. The subject (self), instead of being a uniform one, which is at once absent and omnipresent as indicated by the syntax of classical Chinese poetry, is often divided against itself. As to language, instead of being a transparent language reflecting the real-life world unimpeded by human intellect, is often a plural text where linguistic characteristics are double-edged.
In other words, this work is a rethinking of Chinese natural philosophy and poetry under its impact: how their serene, holistic vision is undercut by intrinsic contradictions that are only partly redeemed by aesthetic means, which have their pitfalls that end in suffering as well as in celebration, thus aligns itself with tragic tradition, a mode always denied to the understanding of Chinese natural philosophy.
In this work, the author explored how the hidden ruptures in time, self and language latent in Chinese natural philosophy and classical Chinese poetry open up abysmal chasm in a well-known contemporary Chinese poet, Gu Cheng. The concluding chapter examines the affinity of Chinese natural philosophy and Western tradition of tragedy as a troubled passage from dualism to monism, in which sacrifice is involved, and the vision of integration is achieved at the cost of self-laceration.
Keenan, John P. 1997 0-7734-8615-1 164 pages In his Sataka Commentary, the Yogacara philosopher Dharmapala levels the earliest explicit critique of Madhyamika notions of emptiness, arguing that his Yogacara interpretation is preferable, because it avoids the nihilistic implications of the Madhyamika, and affirms the other-dependent validity of language and reason. He specifically takes aim at the Madhyamika philosopher Bhavaviveka, refuting his previous criticisms of the Yogacara thinkers.
Hsu, Kylie 1998 0-7734-8365-9 200 pages Presents a study of Mandarin grammar through discourse analysis by investigating temporal markers such as zheng, zhengzai, and zai to describe the temporality of ongoing situations, events, or actions. The temporal markers are analyzed in terms of semantic import, syntactic constraints and pragmatic functions.
Marching, Soe Tjen 2007 0-7734-5435-7 280 pages This study investigates Indonesian women’s public and private representations of identity in the New Order period, in the form of published autobiographies and unpublished diaries collected during fieldwork. During the New Order era (1967-1998), the government tried to indoctrinate the conservative ideas about gender using various channels. While autobiographies published in New Order Indonesia did not have the freedom to challenge the authoritative eye, those women who did publish such works are still seen as exerting their own individuality and criticizing, however indirectly, the social conditions surrounding them. In the unpublished diaries considered, though the authors are more vocal in their transgression, the reflection of patriarchal values in Indonesia can still be discovered.
Benton, Russell E. 1988 0-88946-039-6 76 pages While much has been written about Queen Liliuokalani, little has been published about a second much-revered and loved queen of Hawaii: Emma, the queen consort of King Kamehameha IV, a woman who was deeply involved in the destiny of her people and their country.
Li, Xia 1999 0-7734-8005-6 488 pages This study is a wide-ranging collection of contributions by people close to the final drama and tragic death of Chinese poet Gu Cheng and by eminent international scholars with diverse views on the poet and his literary achievements. The contributions represent an interesting balance of male and females perspectives on Gu Cheng. They include biographical sketches with personal insights and reminiscences, as well as unpublished documents and critical assessments of his literary oeuvre. It constitutes a significant source book on Gu Cheng, particularly since so little critical response has been available in English.
Santiago, Lilia Quindoza 2016 1-4955-0443-3 368 pages The Marcos dictatorship that ruled the Philippines from 1965-1986 produced a wealth of art and literature dedicated to dismantling an unjust social order. This book documents and describes that work through the poets engaged in the narratives of the complex tensions of power and resistance of that era.
Parkhill, Thomas 1995 0-7734-2213-7 238 pages This study of the forest, the people who pass through it and their activities there, gives a new perspective on Hindu epic narrative. The central thesis is that the tripartite process of transformation, first observed in rites of passage, operates in the forest-related sections of the Mahabharata and Ramayana, with the middle phase centering in the forest. The forest acts as a threshold across which the epic heroes and heroines pass as they move from one life-stage to another, or as is more often the case, from one state of existence to another.
Franks, Joel Stephen 2002 0-7734-7050-6 240 pages Explores Hawaiian sports and their origin, asking questions such as whether the indigenous Hawaiians manufactured their own games, who were their heroes and what impact did they have on either side of the Pacific.
Ditton, Mary J. 2012 0-7734-2939-5 424 pages Understanding migration is fundamental to our modern view of the world. Forced migration is one of the biggest transformative factors of our time. Health rights of migrants are embedded within human rights. Nation states and global agencies are challenged by the movement of people and their duty to uphold health and human rights of asylum seekers and forced migrants. It is important for professionals working in fields of development and migration to comprehend the complexities involved in achieving health for vulnerable populations.
This book details the origins of health rights from the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It analyses health rights as they exist in the real world of forced migration and protracted refugee situations. Migration from Burma to Thailand represents a long established forced migration pattern and lessons are drawn from studying this situation. Moving beyond the limited and failed refugee regimes it is recommended that resources be mobilized to promote migrant self-sufficiency. Sustainable living and aid relief care needs to be administered to promote development strategies with capacity building and democratic processes within migrant groups.
Fox, Douglas A. 1985 0-88946-053-1 185 pages The lotus sutra contains elements indigenous to early Buddhism, but it also represents a new mystical vision. According to Fox, "It is a gem unsurpassed in its power to cast flashes of the clearest light Mahayana Buddhism has ever known."
Chary, M. Srinivas 2003 0-7734-6765-3 312 pages This book is a study of the Draksharama temple in South India, commonly known as the Draksharama Bhimesvara temple. It is a temple dedicated to the worship of Shiva. Draksharam formed the spiritual metropolis of Andhra Desa in ancient and medieval times and is celebrated in epigraphy, literature and legends as the most famous of the five pilgrimage centers of Andhra Desa. The study examines the origins of the temple, the mythology surrounding it, and the role it played in influencing the religious, social, economic and cultural life of the people in the region. It examines the meaning and purpose of the temple, and the roles played by philosophy, theology, mythology, art, and the social organization in the temple, the joint-product of royal patrons, skilled architects, and the learned Brahmin priests and scholars of Vedic learning. The findings are based on published and unpublished manuscript sources including mahatmyas (praise literature), inscriptions, interviews, and numerous secondary sources. With color illustrations.
Iyechad, Lilli Perez 2000 0-7734-7677-6 296 pages Ethnographic research focuses on traditional forms of reciprocity within social networks and examines changes that have occurred as a consequence of rapid Westernization. Methods of data collection include informal interviewing, participant observation, collection of life histories, and documentation of family genealogies. Differences explored include variations between genders, across age cohorts, levels of formal education, and comprehension of the Chamorro language. With illustrations.
Bentley, John R. 2002 0-7734-7246-0 256 pages This reassessment of historiography in Japan investigates the neglected smaller historiographical works from 650CE to 1100 CE, and connects the quasi-history genre of later eras with the nikki (diary) genre, originating from the earliest tradition in Japan. It also provides annotated translations of the entire texts from seven of these works, the majority of which have never appeared in translation before.
Hsieh, Fang-Lan 2010 0-7734-3816-5 296 pages This work examines the important hymnals that shaped Chinese hymnody and the hymnists who made significant contributions. The hymns written by Chinese authors and composers are discussed in the light of their Christian context, poetic forms, imagery, Chinese music styles and musical idiom.
Wang, Ching-chih 2009 0-7734-4742-3 180 pages This book examines the meaning of being a stranger in Kazuo Ishiguro’s six novels. It fills a gap in scholarship on the Japanese author by assessing his reception in Taiwan and Japan.
Makabe, T. 1991 0-88946-159-7 220 pages Typically the introduction of Japanese management in North American manufacturing enterprises has occurred by replicating Japanese production processes and employing individuals with little previous experience. This study analyses the transition of one television-component manufacturing plant from American to Japanese management and attempts to account for the increased productivity achieved, and to detail the difficulties encountered by the new owner-company in redesigning this complex organization.
Jackson, Andrew 2007 0-7734-5498-5 304 pages This collection of essays explores the mosaic of East Asian cinema by focusing on issues of identity, history and trans-regional cultural flow within this dynamic region. The argument of the editors is firstly, cinematic cross-pollination within East Asian film has been a constant since 1945, and second, any discussion of the complex identity of East Asia and its national cinemas must consider regional historical issues. These arguments run counter to recent literature published in the field of East Asian cinema that claim responses to Western globalization and modernization are the shaping forces for Asian cultural identity.
Chen, Jennifer Jun-Li 2007 0-7734-5507-8 200 pages This book investigates student achievement in Hong Kong, using empirical quantitative study testing the hypothesis that Hong Kong students’ self-perceived academic support is related to their achievement. Structural equation modeling analyses revealed that the students’ perceived levels of parental, teacher, and peer support were all indirectly related to their academic achievement mediated by their own perceived academic engagement. In addition, both perceived parental support and perceived teacher support were also directly related to academic achievement, demonstrating that student achievement was a combined outcome of both direct and indirect effects of perceived support from parents and teachers. Comparatively, however, perceived teacher support made the greatest contribution to student achievement. Perceived peer support had the smallest, nonetheless significant, indirect relationship to academic achievement. This study also revealed important gender differences as well as grade-level differences in the relationships of perceived academic support from parents, teachers, and peers to academic achievement directly and indirectly through perceived academic engagement.
Schmidt, David Andrew 2000 0-7734-7825-6 232 pages Three former comfort women, Koreans, broke their silence in 1991 and sued the Japanese government and requested a formal apology and reparations. Their lawsuit made the international community aware of the ianfu issue, which had been concealed for half a century.
Stone, Linda 1988 0-88946-060-4 150 pages Analyzes villagers' cultural use of food and food symbols and contrasts Hindu Nepalese social ideology with that of the Western world, where individualism and equality are expressed and valued.
Lehane, Leigh 2014 0-7734-3525-5 356 pages A fascinating narrative that brings the plight of minority ethnic groups from Burma to life and grounds the theoretical concepts of social determinants of health by individualizing the human dimension of these vulnerable populations and highlighting their personal situations as well as their coping skills.
Chen, John Zhong Ming 2009 0-7734-4810-1 296 pages The first English monograph to focus on the impact of Daoism/Taoism on Asian North American writers. The book focuses on four areas: aesthetics, poetics, politics, and moral-cosmological visions.
Wickham-Smith, Simon 2013 0-7734-4468-8 468 pages The book discusses nomadic culture in Mongolia through its literary, religious, and socio-historical contexts by studying the contemporary poetry of Mend-Ooyo. It takes a careful look at the poetry in the Mongolian post-Soviet period. Certain sections present a systematic analysis of Altan Ovoo according to the following criteria: religion and spirituality, history, prose, narrative, poetry, the natural world, and autobiography. The growing geopolitical importance of Russia and China means that, as the country enveloped by those two superpowers, Mongolia will come to play an important negotiating role. If this is so, then it will also become necessary for the western world to understand the culture and the people of Mongolia, and for such an understanding, a literary perspective is invaluable.
Momose, Izumi 2006 0-7734-5680-5 200 pages This study on how the Noh tradition in Japan has influenced Shakespearean performances around the world is based on two world-renowned works: Ernest Fenollosa's excellent translation of chief Noh works and Benjamin Britten's masterpiece operatic work, "Curlew River", remaking another masterpiece Noh play. These works attached some crucial effects upon Shakespearean performance, so much so that another memorable dimension has been added, which is theatrum mundi or the theatre of the world.
Rushton, Peter H. 1994 0-7734-9831-1 436 pages The author takes a revisionist approach to the novel based on his view that it is a fundamentally pluralistic narrative in contrast to the views expressed in the recent works of Andrew Plaks, David Roy and Katherine Carlitz. Identifies chaos theory as a useful way of understanding the rhetorical structure of this and other complex Chinese narratives.
Montgomery, Robert 2006 0-7734-5916-2 380 pages Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship
This is a monograph on late Imperial Russian and Soviet policies toward the language of the Buryats, a native people of southeastern Siberia’s Lake Baikal region. This work can do much to expand our knowledge of an oft-overlooked area of Russian and Soviet national policy. Although the Buryats are Siberia’s largest indigenous group (numbering around 500,000), they have received far less attention than other non-Russians by scholars of Russia’s treatment of its minority peoples and their cultures. On a more general level, the book will provide an opportunity to introduce readers to a unique and vibrant native Siberian culture. Finally, this study can help deepen our understanding of the challenges facing the cultural survival of all indigenous peoples in the modern age – a matter of urgent importance in the current context of globalization.
Zhu, Yongping 2010 0-7734-1470-3 264 pages The Chinese prepositions which have developed from verbs possess both verbal and prepositional functions. This amphibious nature of Chinese preposition is the result of the evolution of the Chinese language, and preserves the rich information of language change. This unique feature of Chinese prepositions has attracted many linguists to describe and explain the changes of Chinese prepositions.
This book is a description and explanation of the development of Chinese prepositions from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives.
Nagy, Stephen 2012 0-7734-3062-8 632 pages The book documents the movements of migrant populations through Tokyo. It reveals how the local government makes policies that impact the practice of multicultural co-existence.
The author draws on extensive in depth interviews with government officials and his own 4-year tenure as the International Relations Coordinator in a local government in Tokyo. His findings demonstrate that in contemporary Japan, the integration of foreigners is being led by local governments. There are many factors contributing to immigration into Japan. With Japan facing a labor shortage this book examines policies that help to build a multi-cultural approach towards migrant populations looking for work.
Elst, Koenraad 2016 1-4955-04440-9 316 pages It is commonly known that Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead in 1948 by a Hindu militant, only half a year after India had both gained her independence and lost almost a quarter of her territory to the newly-founded Islamic state of Pakistan. Less well-known is assassin Nathuram Godse’s motive. Until now, no publication has dealt with this question except for the naked text of Godse’s own speech in his defense, pronounced during his trial. It didn’t save him from the hangman, but still contains a substantive argumentation against the facile glorification of the Mahatma.
Dr. Elst compares Godse’s case against Gandhi with criticisms voiced in wider circles, and with historical data known at the time or brought to light since. While the Mahatma was extolled by the Hindu masses, political leaders of divergent persuasions who had to deal with him tended to be less enthusiastic, and their views would have become the received wisdom if he hadn’t been assassinated. Yet, the author also presents some new arguments in Gandhi’s defense from unexpected quarters.
Lam, Lai Sing 2000 0-7734-7813-2 356 pages This work examines the role of Ch’i in Mao’s style of ‘uprooting the mountain of capitalism’. It argues that in uprooting this mountain, Mao adopted a policy formulation approach which reflected his very Ch’i and that his personality, thought processes and creative policies were much influenced by the Ch’i elements of hyperbole and astronomical power found in traditional political leaders and Chinese literature. It also contends that it was the ch’i-possessed Mao who originally formulated the policy of the PRC’s present ‘four modernizations’ scheme.
Mair, Victor H. 1988 0-88946-020-5 250 pages An exquisite book featuring uniquely formatted Chinese texts enhanced by woodcuts, plastercuts, and calligraphy. Each translation is preceded by an introduction providing useful background analysis as well as relevant textual and bibliographical references. Facing pages give elaborate and thorough annotations and commentaries, including lexical, phonological, and philological information useful to specialists.
Linduff, Katheryn M. 2004 0-7734-6528-6 388 pages The focus here is on the eastern region of Eurasia, the border provinces of present-day northern and western China, the Republic of the Altai, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia east of the Urals. Based on a synthesis of the current Russian and Chinese chronological and metallurgical information from the area, the working hypotheses for the authors of this volume is that the entire area, including north China, can be better understood as part of a larger metallurgical tradition where technological as well as typological differences were based on availability of ores, use of artifacts, and social complexity of the generative societies. It is hoped that this volume of essays will allow us to rethink the beginnings of metallurgy in eastern Eurasia and the Far East and join together data that has been separated by language and political barriers.
Lowe, Scott 1992 0-7734-9490-1 208 pages Here the early 4th-century B.C.E. Chinese text the Mo Tzu is analyzed as a religious document and is found on this basis to be a focussed and consistent text, presenting the Chou dynasty's most structured religious system, providing both the theory and methods for creating an ideal society. This careful study should correct common misunderstandings of the system of early Mohist thought and lead to an appreciation of the originality and boldness of Mo Tzu's utopian vision.
Norbu, Kalsang 2000 0-7734-7895-7 324 pages This book is for English speakers who are beginning to study Amdo. It assumes no prior knowledge of Tibetan, begins by introducing the Tibetan alphabet and its phonetic system, and follows by presenting dialogues and texts of increasing sophistication that reflect Amdo Tibetan lives in the late 20th century. There are 40 lessons in three units, with drills, notes, exercises, and extensive appendices. This book has five CD's available for $19.95 each. You may order them by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (716) 754-2788.
Loui, Shirley M. 1991 0-88946-424-3 247 pages Discusses the puzzling similarities of perspective, of psychological awareness, and of stylistic methods in these two unquestionably distinct and autonomous works.
Wang, Ban 2002 0-7734-7218-5 188 pages This study reconsiders irony by blending classical and contemporary critical notions. It revamps the notions of authorial perspective, plot, emotional effect, and other generic features of fiction by incorporating socio-historical analysis of practice, ideology, and discourse. In discussing Chinese texts, it shows how narrative structure breaks down and authoritative dogma and myth fall apart under a critical irony, shifting narrative stances, and multi-voiced language. The second part deals with works by Austen, James, Flaubert, Dickens, and Woolf, illustrating how a variable narrative perspective affects plot structure, and how cherished moral assumptions are questioned and debunked. It will help teachers and students analyze multi-cultural texts from East and West with aesthetic sensitivity, and provide new readings of classic texts.
Wright, Debbie Hippolite 2005 0-7734-6184-1 312 pages Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship
While oral narratives and feminist scholarship have merged in recent years, literally giving voice to women from cultures around the world, the voices of Pacific Island women have been largely absent. This volume begins to bring their lives and perspectives into the expanding discourse on the Pacific and on contemporary women and their cultures.
The work is a collection of interviews and photographs gathered in an extensive women's oral history project funded by Brigham Young University- Hawai'i. The selected narratives include indigenous women from Aotearoa/New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai'i, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga. They establish significant distinctions and commonalities among Pacific Island women and also between island women and those outside the Pacific.
Zhu, Sujin 2010 0-7734-1367-7 140 pages The Third Eye was applauded nationwide as a path-breaking story at its publication in 1986. However, Chinese authorities found it provocative and disturbing. The Third Eye received no awards, although it was superior in several ways to Gazing, a national prize winner. Apart from political challenges, The Third Eyeoffers a fresh humanitarian concern for those who attempted to escape from Mao’s China and a truthful portrait of political fear and sexual repression in the People’s Liberation Army during those difficult years. It remains Zhu Sujin’s best fiction and a milestone in PLA Literature. Its significance is unlikely to fade even though the PLA portrayed in the story has long since become an historical artifact.
Mathew, Mary T. 2008 0-7734-5174-9 212 pages This work offers an English translation of the Malayalam novel Nrittam. Written by Maniyambath Mukundan, the novel is a poignant tale of love and loss told in contrapuntal versions by multiple narrators, Sridhar and Agni, communicating through the cyber medium. Forty-eight-year-old Sridhar’s placid bachelor life is interrupted by an email from an anonymous writer, using the pseudonym, Agni. The writer asks if Sridhar would be willing to receive successive emails disclosing Agni’s life story and, as Sridhar agrees, the story unfolds.
Pellatt, Valerie 2007 0-7734-5255-9 156 pages This study explores the way in which mathematics and calculation have developed against the background of indigenous Chinese philosophy, scientific thinking and statecraft. By examining certain historical, cultural, educational and linguistic phenomena the work illustrates how China has always possessed a number-rich culture and that, as the country becomes modernized, it is becoming more so. This book contains 8 color photographs.
Wagner, Tamara S. 2005 0-7734-6038-1 436 pages Was Occidentalism ever more than a reaction to orientalism? How did it affect, or effect, the adoption and subsequent adaptation of the English novel in Britain’s former colonies? As it traces the reshaping of the novel genre in fiction written in or about the former Straits Settlements and British Malaya, roughly what is now Malaysia and Singapore, from the nineteenth century onwards, this study brings together reassessments of literary and other values in the intersections between orientalist and occidentalist discourses as they fruitfully clash and thereby enrich locally and globally marketed literature of and about the region. The importance of this simultaneity of commercial and cultural evaluations is exposed as essentially twofold, as the representation of intersecting value systems can be seen to feed on and into the marketing of these narratives locally and abroad. A new theory of Occidentalism that reveals it to be significantly more than simply a reversal of orientalism emerges from this reading of local and international representations side by side.
Liu, Meiru 2014 0-7734-4515-3 136 pages Shows an up to date status of translation studies and documents the current methodologies in translating Chinese to English.More than sixty (60) scholars from colleges and universities in the United States, China, France, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan attended the 1st International Conference on Translation Studies, Cross-Cultural Communication and Chinese Pedagogy. The goal was to create a synergy among established and novice researchers by sharing the participants’ current research results, opening up new research horizons, and possibly setting up collaboration in these fields of translation studies.
Oblas, Peter B. 1995 0-7734-8986-X 235 pages This book provides the only work in English presently available that covers the main, up-to-date directions and findings on Japan's history, exploring Japanese nationalism and its expression not only in serious anthropological studies but in the popular media. Merging various related disciplines in a single work, it examines the latest archaeological excavations and recent Japanese interpretations, biology, genetics, and paleoanthropology in terms of their contribution to an understanding of racial origins. It examines the difference between Japanese and Western perspectives on human evolution and racial origins, as well as distortion in the Japanese TV media regarding news and documentary broadcasts.
Bai, Yan 2005 0-7734-6205-8 336 pages This is a complete translation and annotation of the “Ten Discussions” (Mei Qin Shi Lun) of Xin Qiji. An imperial memorandum written in the first year of the Qiandao period (1164), the work reflects the political and military thought of Xin Qiji, who was one of the most remarkable and successful generals and politicians of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). The “Ten Discussions” was written at a time when the Song troops had been defeated by the Jin in the battle of Fuli, and when the peace faction had control of the Song court and was implementing a policy of peaceful co-existence with the invaders. The aim in writing this Imperial memorandum was to inspire the fighting spirit of the Song court and to encourage the members of the war faction to take military action. In the “Ten Discussions”, Xin Qiji analyses the political and military relationship between the Song and the Jin, using historical examples to support his argument and, at the same time providing a detailed long-term strategy for war against the Jin. Although this imperial memorandum was not accepted by the Song Emperor, and elicited no reaction from the court officials, his political and military thought had a great impact on later generations, and he has been highly regarded by scholars ever since.
Monfries, John 2011 0-7734-1584-X 332 pages This book is a collection of works by the late Geoffrey Forrester, an Australian analyst who spent over 40 years closely observing the end of Indonesia’s first presidency.
Misalucha, Charmaine G. 2012 0-7734-2647-7 388 pages This book shows how political speech acts carry consequences in diplomatic relations. Focusing on interactions between the United States and Southeast Asian countries, the author shows that often the more powerful country does not get its way. American foreign policy is usually viewed as being uncompromising and hegemonic, but in reality, it strikes agreements and compromises on a regular basis.
One would assume that the wealthier, more powerful country would always get its way. This study shows that smaller countries with little or no bargaining power can benefit from relations with the United States.
Weightman, Frances 2008 0-7734-5075-0 260 pages This study examines what has been described as the ‘cult of the child’ in late Ming China and explores how this influenced classical Chinese fiction of the seventeenth century. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this monograph conducts an analysis of childlikeness in fiction, and specifically in the most important seventeenth-century anthology of fiction, the Liaozhai zhiyi, by Pu Songling (1640-1715).
Shi, Liang 2002 0-7734-7144-8 240 pages This study excavates and studies a lost perspective that will enhance the understanding of Chinese narrative tradition. It defines some of the terms that were central in the vocabulary of fiction criticism during the pre-modern period, such as Tao, wen, xiao shuo, you xi, and qi.
“This book examines Western epistemology and literary theory from the time of Plato and Aristotle to the present as well as investigates thousands of years of important Chinese theories from Confucius, Zhuang Xi, Liu Zhiji, Yijing, and Wenxin dialong to the end of the imperial era. . . . While well-informed by Western theories about language, philosophy, and literature, Shi searches deeply into the roots of Chinese literary ideas. He goes to ancient texts and early sources in order to elucidate issues in contemporary literary criticism. The book presents the original contexts and contours of the discourse of pre-modern Chinese fiction for the modern reader. Scholars in the field of Chinese literary studies and comparative literature will benefit from reading this carefully prepared and insightful new study.” – Sheldon H. Lu
Lievens, Bavo 1987 0-88946-058-2 160 pages Ma-Tsu, though not well known in Buddhist studies in the West, played an eminent role in the foundation of Ch'an. The sayings themselves are jewels of Ch'an literature, provocative and truly important
Gardezi, Hassan N. 1991 0-7734-9722-6 176 pages An analysis of the basic crisis of Pakistan which consists of an historically widening gap between the ruling classes and the large masses of poor and powerless people.
Epstein, Lawrence J. 1990 0-88946-064-7 350 pages A Festschrift commemorating the first 25 years of Tibetan Studies at the University of Washington, honoring the founder of the program. Includes essays on Tibetan geography, history, language, philosophy, and monasticism.
Thrower, James 2004 0-7734-6417-4 308 pages This book by the late Dr. James Thrower is the first general survey of the religious history of Central Asia, both Muslim and non-Muslim. It covers the history of religion in Central or Inner Asia from pre-history to the aftermath of the fall of communism.
White, Kenneth R 2005 0-7734-5985-5 496 pages This book contains the first complete translation and interpretation of two of the works of K?kai (744–845), the founder of the Japanese Shingon School of Buddhism.
As an element of Mah?y?na Buddhist thought, bodhicitta ('enlightenment mind') is integral to an accurate understanding of the quest for Buddhist enlightenment. With the development of theories of this process, bodhicitta came to serve as that impetus urging a practitioner to engage himself in practice aiming at not merely individual release from samsara in an effort to attain nirvana, but also in other-oriented compassionate acts, the embodiment of which is the bodhisattva. This important interaction with, and responsibility for, others in the enlightenment process was particularly integral to the formulation of the ethical basis for East Asian Buddhism.
As discussion of the possibilities available to sentient beings engaged in various ritual practices and devotions progressed, the notion arose that they were actual partakers in Buddha-nature, with the potential of attaining Buddhahood. That sentient beings could even think of such a notion was indeed a radical departure from the doctrines of early Buddhism.
It was perhaps K?kai, in his Shingon Buddhist doctrine, who took this notion to its fullest extent as he forwarded his scheme of actual integration between man and Buddha, facilitated by means of specifically directed practice, including activities of body, speech and mind. Such integration was not merely a philosophical phenomenon, but was viewed as a tangible and very immediate process. This immediacy is typified in the statement adopted by K?kai indicating that one could even 'be a Buddha in this very body' (sokushin-j?butsu), eliminating the necessity for countless rebirths.
K?kai saw his unique Shingon doctrine and practice as not merely an addition to Mah?y?na Buddhist thought and Japanese Buddhist ritual, but rather as the distillation of all that Buddhist doctrine had been hinting at and attempting to explain. He took it to constitute the effective essence of Mah?y?na Buddhism, emphasizing the important notion that Buddhahood is a possibility for all. Two of K?kai's original works, Benkemmitsu-niky?ro and Sammaya-kaijo, as well as the Bodhicitta-??stra, a text from which he often quoted, constitute the foundation of his sokushin-j?butsu thought, and are elucidating in an analysis of the development of his bodhicitta view.
Lam, Lai Sing 1993 0-7734-2224-2 336 pages This study contends that the personality, thought processes and creative policies of Mao were substantially moulded by the ch'i elements of hyperbole and astronomical power found in traditional political leaders and Chinese literature. Mao's functional ch'i provided him with the methodology of creating astronomical power by effectively organizing the Chinese masses for his hyperbolical task of the Chinese revolution which was "part of the world revolution."
Tan, See Seng 2007 0-7734-5442-X 284 pages This present study is an effort to address the dearth of critical and/or post-positivist perspectives in security studies of and about the Asia-Pacific region. It demonstrates how regional communities of security specialists and intellectuals, including knowledge communities such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Institute of Strategic and International Studies and the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, have contributed to just such a state-centric, political image at the expense of alternative ideas and, in so doing, have promoted and legitimized their own identities as authorities on regional security. This work shows how post-positivist analysis, contrary to what its many detractors may think, is neither prolix nor self-indulgent. Rather, it invites critical reflection on the conditions that produce particular ‘urgent questions’ (albeit at the expense of other questions) of about international relations, such as the question of Asia-Pacific regional security.
Thorpe, Ashley 2007 0-7734-5303-2 396 pages This is the first Western language book to examine the chou (“clown”) role-type in traditional Chinese drama — a role-type credited with so much importance that some critics insist that “without the chou, there would not be drama.” This assertion is evaluated through an analysis of historical documents and translated play texts, fieldwork research, and from the perspectives of ethnomusicology and anthropology. The resulting analysis of the role-type, considered across different eras of history and modes of performance, teases out the central joking mechanisms employed by the chou role in a variety of social contexts. The performance of comedy as a part of exorcistic festivals and funeral rituals is investigated, while also examines the function of the chou in providing moral teaching. This book contains 1 black and white photograph and 11 color photographs.
Hsu, Kylie 2002 0-7734-7114-6 136 pages This study presents a variety of issues in Mandarin Chinese morphology. First, it addresses the issue of what constitutes a Mandarin "word". Then, it presents phonological and morph phonological processes involving all three dimensions of Mandarin word structure, i.e., syllable, tone, and character. Preface; This research study makes important contributions to the field of Chinese linguistics. It focuses on the application of contemporary linguistic theories and practices in the analysis of Mandarin Chinese word structure.
Mi, Jiayan 2004 0-7734-6309-7 278 pages This study explores diverse modes of self-fashioning in the discursive formation of Chinese modernity between 1919 and 1949 in modern Chinese poetry. By focusing on four representative poets of modern Chinese poetry before 1949—Guo Moruo, Li Jinfa, Dai Wangshu, and Mu Dan, the study offers fresh, insightful analysis of the dynamic trajectory of the historical complexity of fashioning a new modern self-subjectivity with relation to the nation-state. Theoretically informed by the varied perspectives of modernity, the self, the body, and memory, the author for the first time reveals how the corporeal body emerges as a site of agency, trauma, and libidinal investment for engaging with the configuration of a multi-layered self, gender, and nationhood in modern China. This work will make several significant contributions to enhancing readers’ understanding of the cultural and psychological complexity of modern China. This work will be of interest to teachers, students and scholars of modern Chinese literature and culture as well as comparative literature.
Yang, Lingui 2010 0-7734-3726-6 556 pages This yearbook volume presents 21 essays by international scholars, including 14 theme essays on Shakespeare and Asia. The theme essays deal with Shakespeare’s imagining of Asia and his images in Asian cultures, and especially his reception in China.
Kao, Hsin-sheng C. 1992 0-7734-9190-2 352 pages Ruoxi Chen's recent short stories - selected and translated into English for the first time here - represent a turn away from the usual emphasis on the toils of China's Cultural Revolution. Instead they focus on the polemic `crossroads' syndrome faced by Chinese-Americans, including such issues as personal and ethnic identity, displacement, and the conflict of cultures. This collection is sociopolitically relevant, combining pertinent insights into the lives of contemporary overseas Chinese people who find themselves caught within the triangle of America, China, and Taiwan. The painstaking and lucid translations convey Chen's profound contribution to contemporary Chinese-American cultural and comparative studies, and especially to modern Chinese literature studies.
McVeigh, Brian J. 1997 0-7734-8430-2 272 pages This volume is an examination of the beliefs and practices of Sukyo Mahikari; an investigation of how this movement, as a product of Japanese culture, shares a normative discourse with Japanese society; and an examination of how culture constructs mind/belief and an examination of ethnopsychological theories of self and spirit possession. Chapter headings include: Mahikari in the Sociocultural Context of Japan's Religious Tradition; The Cosmology of Mahikari; The Spirituality of Being Japanese; The Moral Authority and Power of the Cosmos; The Master Metaphor of Purity - The Symbolism of Authority and Power; Gratitude, Obedience, and Humility of Heart - The Morality of Dependency; Rituals - The Ordering of Sociopolitical Relations; Ancestors and Attaching Spirits - How Selves are Socially Produced and Presented. Appendices include Symbolism of the Divine Crest; Exegesis of the Amatsunorigoto; Additional examples of Kotodama; A Typical Month at the Dojo; Glossary; Bibliography.
Siebenschuh, William R. 2003 0-7734-6579-0 156 pages This is the remarkable story of a Tibetan peasant who, convinced of the vital importance of education for Tibetans like himself, has raised the money to build more than fifty-three primary schools in rural Tibet. The project began with one school and became a grassroots effort that gained the support of both Tibetans and friends and contributors around the world. It examines the conception, financing, and realization of the Namling School Project in the complex political climate and developing market economy of the new Tibet/China.
Wei-Arthus, Huiying 2000 0-7734-7837-X This work is a study of authority and human relations in Chinese urban organizations before and after Mao’s era The empirically-based study shows how fundamental changes took place in social relations and the form of authorities since the end of the Cultural Revolution. It illustrates how quasi-charismatic patterns of authority under Mao have given way to practices and relationships that recall much older patrimonial authority relations at the micro-level, while the Party domination nevertheless continues to prevail politically at the macro-level.
Chong, Key Ray 2010 0-7734-1357-3 484 pages This book examines the impact of Western ideas and Christianity on the development of Sun Yat-sen’s political thought and revolutionary activities. Regrettably Sun was not able to create a democratic Western type of government in unified China, something for which he struggled throughout all his life.
Brand, Manny 2006 0-7734-5871-9 216 pages Feeling dismayed instead of inspired by much of the traditional professional scholarly literature in music education, the author undertook what he called a “music teacher journey,” a music education adventure and discovery from an exotic perspective. The result is this narrative research based on meeting and observing fascinating and unusual music teachers throughout China, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
This work encourages music education majors and assists them in embracing, often for the first time, the possibilities, pleasures, and promises of a life of music teaching. Within a uniquely multi-cultural perspective, this text offers inspiration and ideals to help motivate and sustain the beginning music teacher and to assist the experienced music teacher in recapturing an enthusiasm for a life-long career of challenges, difficulties, and joys of music teaching. Scholars in music education have, at last, a splendid model of narrative research offering a penetrating analysis of music teaching and an insightful understanding of the music teacher’s beliefs, role, and contribution to humanity.
Jayasuriya, Shihan de Silva 2010 0-7734-3651-0 224 pages This book contributes to the building of a more comprehensive narrative of global African migration. This book contains four black and white photographs.
Li, Dian 2006 0-7734-5875-1 180 pages This book studies the poetic works of Bei Dao, one of the most important and influential contemporary Chinese poets. Bei Dao’s hermetic style of poetry has been baffling his critics ever since he started writing in the late 1970s. While his earlier “Misty” poetry met with strong resistance from official Chinese critics, his continuing insistence on fragmented syntax and disjunctive imagery while writing in exile has earned him some detractors in the west. Does Bei Dao resist reading? Can one make sense of his poetry? What is the relationship between meaning and interpretative certitude? These are some of the questions that the study addresses. Through a close reading of an expansive selection of his poems, the book constructs a conceptual roadmap of Bei Dao’s complex poetics that is both unabashedly individualistic and deeply synchronistic with traditional Chinese and post-modernist aesthetics. The reading of Bei Dao not only dismisses the myth of the poet’s unreadability but also demonstrates that the poetics of uncertainty and plentitude are a reflection of Bei Dao’s ingrained skepticism that comes from his frustrating experiences with the Maoist ideology force-fed in his formative years, a skepticism that later expands to produce a suspicion about all discourses of power. Bei Dao’s poetry, in a nutshell, is an exercise in survival, a battle of voices, and a strategy of mapping out the vanishing self against all antagonistic forces in contemporary societies, real or imagined.
Chao, Sheau-yueh J. 2019 1-4955-0792-0 360 pages Dr. Chao and Dr. Yuan-Gee have collected the family history of Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), a Chinese military leader during the Qing Dynasty. The work collects family interviews and documents detailing five-hundred-year history of family and the family home in the Xiangcheng in central China.
Métraux, Daniel A. 1988 0-88946-055-8 200 pages 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.
Métraux, Daniel A. 1989 0-88946-158-9 250 pages 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.
Hartnett, Richard A. 2011 0-7734-3912-9 312 pages The Jixia Academy was a forum for strident debates among the Hundred Schools of Thought in ancient China and a dynamo of philosophical innovation equal to its counterparts in ancient Greece. It serves as well as an abstract ideal for a contemporary critique of Chinese higher education and a model for correcting the excesses of state control.
Kadil, Ben J. 2017 1-4955-0578-2 300 pages This work is a narrative on the Mindanao War of 2003 and how it is viewed in the broader context of the Moro Wars, which has been fought between the Muslims and the Spaniards in the Philippines for nearly five centuries. It covers the history of the conflict between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines which began in 2003 and continues to the present.
Braginsky, Vladimir 2007 0-7734-5365-2 408 pages This volume, comprising eight closely related articles which were originally presented at the EUROSEAS 2004 conference in Paris, examines the depiction of foreigners in a range of Indonesian and Malay literary works spanning four centuries, from traditional texts in Malay and Javanese to modern Malaysian fiction and a Singaporean novel written in English. Sharing ideas of Said’s conception of Orientalism and its ‘twin-brother’ Occidentalism, and Todorov’s theory of monological and dialogical inter-cultural and inter-ethnic relations, the authors of the papers concentrate on the problem of the ‘other’. The crux of this problem is how literary discourse of the examined writers, both traditional and modern, reveals the images and perceptions of their Malay and Indonesian neighbors and the world beyond, the Western world in particular.
Kenning, Douglas 1997 0-7734-8478-7 280 pages This Romantic look at Zen poetry examines the historical situation and developments in Japan and points out the parallels between English Romanticism and the poetics of the Kambun and Genroku periods, and especially shómon poets of the Japanese 17th century. It illuminates the way in which extra-poetic forces shape the poetry of an age with a comparison of poetic expression between cultures entirely isolated from each other.
Hartnett, Richard A. 1998 0-7734-8287-3 612 pages Traces the oscillations between external and internal influence and between continuity and disjuncture in Chinese higher education from beginnings of filtered appropriations from western technology and science in the middle of the 19th century to the continuing borrowing from America and Europe during the Deng Xiaoping era. Denouncing the common error of seeing China as nothing but a recipient and respondent to external forces
Kitinov, Baatr 2010 0-7734-1434-7 332 pages Unlike the majority of Mongolian scholarship, this work examines the history of
Buddhism among Mongolian ethnic groups. Numerous works exist on the Oirats and their history, but most of the research has been devoted to the study of Buddhism in the Mongolian empire during its formative years.
Author's Abstract The Oirats were the Western Mongolian peoples who made significant impact on the history of Central Asian people for a period of several centuries. Entering onto the historic scene under the leadership of Genghis Khan, the Oirats, fighting for their own independence, were constantly engaged in wars against the Mongols, Chinese and Turkic peoples.
In the middle of the fifteenth century the Oirats managed to unite the whole of the Mongolian world under their rule while, two centuries later, they formed three separate states: that of Dzungarian state in Central Asia, Khoshout state in northern Tibet, and the Kalmyk (Torgout) state near the Caspian Sea in Russia.
Interest in the Oirats and their history has been quite considerable and a number of issues have been highlighted, both in Russian and foreign historiography. It should be noted, however, that the pre-Dzungarian period of Oirat history (i.e. up to the middle of the seventeenth century) has been the least investigated area in historical scholarship. It was also then that the Oirats finally came to their Buddhist outlook and Buddhist culture (a local example of Buddhist civilization) as part of their socio-political development. Buddhism as a systemic religion fundamentally differed from the primitive cults of their earlier society and was much more in line with the social changes taking place at the time and thus succeeded in replacing the old beliefs of the Oirats.
The Buddhist tradition of the Oirats of the early Middle Ages is indissolubly connected with its further development among the Oirats (the Kalmyks) of the late Middle Ages. The examination of this Buddhist tradition, in its early stages being appropriated by the Oirats as their dominant worldview, allows a greater degree of certainty in answering numerous questions as far as the study of the history and culture of the Oirats and Kalmyks of later periods.
Mizuta, Kazuo 1993 0-7734-9320-4 400 pages This study covers parameters such as language, family, education, sports, bathing, pollution, and politics. It analyzes the the structures of the smallest social unit, the family, to examine the values the Japanese attach to everyday human relations. Examines the family in transition, and the structures of societal relations, sports, youth, politics, and educations. Theorizes and clarifies the dynamism of the life of an average Japanese. The novella at the end of the book, This Burden on My Shoulders, presents a group of young persons confronting the problems of adulthood: love, sex, education, business, etc..
Nakagawa, Masako [Nakagawa Graham] 1998 0-7734-8368-3 312 pages This study addresses the evolution of the Yang Kuei-fei legend, which has been told and retold in works of verse and prose. It first examines the historical Yang Kuei-fei (a renowned Chinese beauty who died tragically in 756 AD, favorite consort of the T'ang Emperor Hsüan-tsung) and her legend in China, then proceeds to a chronological analysis of accounts of her in Japanese literature: the initial and medieval phases and the Edo and modern periods. Although the study covers a period extending from the ninth century to the present, the most important features in the evolution of the legend occurred during medieval times synthesized in the early 17th century puppet play called the Yokihi monogatari (A Tale of Yang Kuei-fei), a translation of which is included. The legend in Japan evolved on two levels: the adaptation of the Chinese legend and the development of an account infused with universal values.
“. . . makes a significant contribution to Japanese studies as well as to Sino-Japanese comparative literature. . . not only demonstrates the influence of the Chinese sources on Japanese works, but also explores the various adaptations and innovations in Japanese works on Yang Kuei-fei. Tracing the different stages of adaptation, Graham demonstrates how come authors blend various accounts and create a new one, and how they adapt the source to suit their own ideological or artistic purposes. Graham’s translations of a number of Japanese sources . . . . are quite readable; these translations constitute valuable contributions to the study of Japanese and Chinese literature. her discussion covers a wide range of genres and includes history, culture, religion, and art. This book provides a useful foundation for comparative studies of the Yang Kuei-fei legend.” – Yenna Wu in The Journal of Asian Studies
"Masako Nakagawa Graham has done an excellent job of recounting the historical events, including the tumultuous rebellion of the Sogdian-Turkish general, An Lu-shan, that led to the initial development of the legend in China. Also valuable is her review of the Chinese poems, stories, plays, and novels from the T'ang through the Ch'ing periods. . . . annotated translations of primary texts in Chinese and Japanese make the growth of the Yang Kuei-fei legend readily accessible to those who are not proficient in these languages. . . . offers an instructive example of the fruitful crossing of boundaries that are both geographical and disciplinary. Although this is primarily a literary study, it also touches upon Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Tantrism, art, and other subjects. . . this is a work of humanistic scholarship that is both illuminating and pleasurable to read." - Victor H. Mair
Liu, Meiru 2014 0-7734-4509-9 140 pages Shows an up to date status of translation studies and documents the current methodologies in translating Chinese to English.
More than sixty (60) scholars from colleges and universities in the United States, China, France, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan attended the 1st International Conference on Translation Studies, Cross-Cultural Communication and Chinese Pedagogy. The goal was to create a synergy among established and novice researchers by sharing the participants’ current research results, opening up new research horizons, and possibly setting up collaboration in these fields of translation studies.
Roff, Sue Rabbitt 1992 0-7734-9500-2 152 pages Establishes from Indonesian newspaper sources the degree of intent that lay behind Indonesia's brutal invasion of the territory on December 7, 1975. Reviews Australian acquiescence in the anschluss in the light of the Timor Gap negotiations which resulted in a treaty between Indonesia and Australia to expropriate Timor's undersea oil. This is essential reading for those charged with completing the Secretary-General's mandate, and for all scholars who are interested in the second generation of self-determination claims.
Coldiron, Margaret 2004 0-7734-6341-0 424 pages This study examines the effect of the mask upon the masked performer in the Balinese Topeng and Calonarang dance dramas and Japanese Noh Theatre. It represents the first systematic study of the relationship between the actor and the mask from the performer’s perspective. The approach is largely empirically based and draws upon the author’s extensive field research in Bali and Japan which included interviews with performers and mask makers, study of mask carving and dance and observation of private lessons and public performances. This study will be of interest to scholars and students in many fields including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts. It will be also of interest to theatre and dance practitioners, especially those working with masks or intercultural performance.
Zhang, Juwen 2004 0-7734-6352-6 230 pages The Book of Burial defined fengshui for the first time: it integrated various local beliefs and practices into the dominant Confucian tradition. It is, therefore, key to any understanding of Chinese culture. Based on the edition of the Book of Burial (Zang Shu) most popular during the last millennium, this translation makes available the text that links the widespread Chinese practice of fengshui (geomancy) to the fundamental beliefs and moral principles of Chinese culture. This annotation and commentary serve to place the text and the history of burial ritual in the proper cultural context. The translator’s introduction, which explores the questions of the interaction between elite and folk culture and the continuity of tradition, suggests an interdisciplinary approach to the study of fengshui.
Kuei, Chiang 1999 0-7734-8188-5 740 pages Chiang Kuei's lifetime spanned one of the most turbulent periods in modern Chinese history, the political transition from empire to republic, and the cultural transition from traditional to modern. He grew up during the surge of nationalism and the iconoclastic rejection of traditional values connected with the May Fourth Movement of 1919. As a young man, he took part in the Northern Expedition and witnessed the violent political struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party. During the eight-year War of Resistance Against Japan, he served as an officer in the Chinese army. After the war, he emigrated with his wife and family to Taiwan. He produced numerous novels from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. Two of his novels, The Whirlwind and Rival Suns, may be considered companion pieces; The Whirlwind deals with the Chinese communism in a rural setting, and Rival Suns deals with Chinese communism in an urban setting. The two works represent Chiang Kuei at his best.
Yang, Mimi Y. 2014 0-7734-3513-1 172 pages A new direction in multicultural studies. This in-depth intercultural mirroring study examines the convergence of the Chinese, English, and Spanish worlds from a cultural and language perspective. The interlocking of three seemingly foreign mindsets in dealing with issues of nationalism, power, personal identity and life expectations opens a new window exposing our similarities through our intercultural connectors. The reader is taken on a new and fresh journey away from the routine stereotypical approach that relies on examining cultural diversity.
Powers, John 1992 0-7734-9477-4 156 pages This work contains the first English translation of these commentaries, along with discussions of problems connected with their authorship, respective places in Indian Buddhist literature, and hermeneutical approaches. It brings together a wide range of materials to advance the present state of scholarship on Yogacara, one of the two main philosophical schools of Indian Mahayana Buddhism. Use of Tibetan oral and written materials is particularly important, indicating how these texts have been used by Buddhist scholars and the issues they raise. The first, attributed to Asanga, provides an overview of the sutra and examines the thought of some difficult sections. The second, attributed to Jnanagarbha, comments on the eighth chapter which is mainly concerned with meditation.
Lew, William J. F. 1998 0-7734-8298-9 412 pages Deals with the interaction of personality and some major aspects of culture among the Chinese in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the U.S. Makes a significant contribution to the discipline of psychology and presents a detailed analysis of the Chinese people in general and the educated Chinese in particular.
Kim, Young Hum 1996 0-7734-8832-4 432 pages This volume observes and analyzes in depth the political-military-economic policies that the United States and Asian nations have taken toward one another, and the shifting winds of international relationships on the threshold of the 21st century, asserting that Americans and Asians are destined to share their common destiny so as to create Pax Pacifica.
Dobbs, Charles 1990 0-88946-505-3 248 pages A synthesis of existing literature and interpretation of information on American foreign policy in East Asia since 1945, covering the last three major wars: World War II, the Korean conflict, and Vietnam.
Huang, Shi-Zhe 2005 0-7734-6240-6 184 pages This book is concerned with the formal definition of universal quantification. The central claim advanced here is that the formal definition of EVERY, which stands for any distributive universal quantifier, ought to incorporate a skolem function to capture the paired reading that for every x there is a y. We claim that this paired reading is present in all universal quantifier sentences. This definition of EVERY requires a variable in the scope of the universal quantifier word. This is so because the skolem function facilitates the paired reading by linking the choice of the value for y with the choice of the value for x. Under this view, securing a variable in the scope of a universal quantifier word becomes a make-or-break requirement of universal quantification. The issues dealt with in this book are highly theoretical and formal, but we approach them almost entirely from an empirical perspective, supporting the skolemized definition of EVERY with evidence drawn exclusively from natural language data, mostly from Chinese, but with some crucial data from English as well. This book makes a contribution to the study of universal quantification, scoping properties of indefinites in Chinese, semantic properties of the Chinese adverb dou and a number of conjunction and additive words, and event semantics. It also offers a novel way of explaining the interaction of dou with interrogative Wh-phrases.
Gooneratne, Yasmine 2004 0-7734-6178-7 296 pages Sidelined by Leonard Woolf’s involvement in politics after he left the Civil Service, overshadowed by Virginia Woolf's continuous and brilliant achievement as a novelist, The Village in the Jungle (1913) fell from notice in Britain until, by the time its author died in 1969, it was almost forgotten. In Sri Lanka and southeast Asia, however, scholars recognize this classic novel as part of a distinguished literary line extending from Kipling through Conrad and Forster, to Paul Scott and Ruth Jhabvala. The value to scholarship of Professor Yasmine Gooneratne's edition is enhanced by perceptive comparisons, now made for the first time, of the novel's various editions with Woolf’s original manuscript. Highlighting substantial amendments made by the author prior to publication, she shows in detailed notes how they reflect his passion for accuracy, his wish to maintain objectivity while writing of another culture, and his humane sympathy for the people among whom he had worked for seven years as a civil servant in Sri Lanka. Errors and misprints in the first edition are corrected, local customs explained, Sinhala words glossed, the novel's themes related to the politics of colonialism, and the entire work brought within the ambit of the 21st century.
Molla, Azizur R. 2008 0-7734-4995-7 132 pages Examines not only the ecological, but the cultural and political dimensions of water contamination in Bangladesh. This book contains eight color photographs.
McClellan, Thomas Michael 2005 0-7734-6087-X 420 pages This book is a “life and works” study of the most successful Chinese novelist of the first half of the twentieth century. In the 1920s-1940s, the popularity of Zhang’s work among readers was immense, but it was denigrated as commercial, ideologically backward writing during an age when literature in China was dominated by the leftist politics and Europeanising aesthetics of the May Fourth Movement. The author demonstrates, by detailed philological analysis, how Zhang Henshui chose to retain the form and language of the old-style Chinese novel, but to assimilate techniques and content from May Fourth writing as a means of “improving” traditional fiction while “catching up with the times.”
In this by far most comprehensive survey of Zhang’s fictional work in any Western language, the author identifies, with impressive literary sensitivity, a number of phases of development and retrogression, as Zhang Henshui moved away gradually from writing fiction for entertainment and comfort to writing more disturbing and engaging work.
Rare among studies of modern Chinese literature, the book’s generous excerpts and appendices from the most outstanding novels in exquisite English translation offer a lively impression of the experience of reading Zhang Henshui novels. The bibliography includes a most valuable detailed chronological list of Zhang’s works.
This book will also be of interest to scholars of Republican-era Chinese culture and history in general, as well as to scholars of comparative literature and general literary theory.