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Asian and Asian American Studies Research Guide

Welcome! This online guide will help you to find materials such as books, journal articles, and films in the interdisciplinary area of Asian/Asian American Studies. 

 

New Asian/Asian American/Chinese Books

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The politics of imagining Asia / Wang Hui ; edited by Theodore Huters. - Wang, Hui.
Call Number: DS509.3 .W28 2011
ISBN: 0674055195
Table of contents: The politics of imagining Asia -- How to explain "China" and its "modernity" : rethinking the rise of modern Chinese thought -- Local forms, vernacular dialects, and the war of resistance against Japan : the "national forms" debate -- The "Tibetan question" East and West : Orientalism, regional ethnic autonomy, and the politics of dignity -- Okinawa and two dramatic changes to the regional order -- Weber and the question of Chinese modernity.

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The Rise of the New East - Ben Simpfendorfer
Call Number: HF3820.5.Z5 S56 2014
ISBN: 113737005X
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
Taking the reader on a tour of the fast-changing East, The Rise of the New East provides simple business strategies for dealing with the world's growing complexity. From China to India to Dubai, powerfully disruptive forces have resulted from the East's resurgence, and the clash of these forces has had unexpected economic, political, and social outcomes. Influential author Ben Simpfendorfer leads the next generation of commentary on emerging markets to take it beyond simple straight-line outcomes, arguing that the business world should respond to the East's rise by embracing complexity and planning for the unexpected. In a rare combination of high-level economic and political analysis and street-level experience-from China's vast factories, to Indonesia's Muslim consumers, to India's Bollywood films-the emerging world is presented in an accessible and engaging way, and the result is essential guidance for financial investors, senior managers, and business owners. Simpfendorfer relates his experience of working for some of the world's largest multinationals, transacting deals between countries such as China and Pakistan, and assisting mid-sized foreign companies in deciding how to enter the East, in order to provide readers with commercially relevant and tested solutions.

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Toward Filipino Self-determination: Beyond Transnational Globalization - by Jr., E. San Juan
Call Number: E184.F4 S28 2009
Granted formal independence in 1946, the Philippines serves as a battleground between the neoliberal project of capitalist globalization and the enduring aspiration of Filipinos for national self-determination. More than ten million Filipino workers--over one-tenth of the country's total population--work as contract workers in all parts of the world. How did this "model" colony of the United States devolve into an impoverished, war-torn neocolonial hinterland, a provider of cheap labor and raw materials for the rest of the world? In Toward Filipino Self-Determination, E. San Juan Jr. explores the historical, cultural, and political formation of the Filipino diaspora. By focusing on the work of significant Filipino intellectuals and activists, including Carlos Bulosan and Philip Vera Cruz, as well as the issues of gender and language for workers in the United States, San Juan provides a historical-materialist reading of social practices, discourses, and institutions that explain the contradictions characterizing Filipino life in both the United States and in the Philippines.

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Science and Technology in Modern China 1880s-1940s - Editor: Jing Tsu
Call Number: Online version
ISBN: 9004268782
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
Science and Technology in Modern China, 1880s-1940s looks at the transnational routes for the development of science and technology in the first pivotal decades of modern China.
The first of its kind, this collection of critical essays opens up new venues in the comparative study of science and culture by focusing on the formative decades of modern China in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. It provides a wide-ranging examination of the cultural and intellectual history of science and technology in modern China. From anti-imperialism to the technology of Chinese writing, the commodification of novelties to the rise of the modern professional scientist, new lexica and appropriations of the past, the contributors map out a transregional and global circuitry of modern knowledge and practical know-how, nationalism and the amalgamation of new social practices.

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11. LEFTOVER WOMEN: THE RESURGENCE OF GENDER INEQUALITY IN CHINA - by Leta Hong Fincher
Call Number: HQ1237.5.C5 H56 2014
ISBN: 1780329210
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the Republican Revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After China's Communist revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that "women hold up half the sky." In the early years of the People's Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations with expansive initiatives such as assigning urban women jobs in the planned economy. Yet those gains are now being eroded in China's post-socialist era. Contrary to many claims made in the mainstream media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of many rights and gains relative to men.

Leftover Women debunks the popular myth that women have fared well as a result of post-socialist China's economic reforms and breakneck growth. Laying out the structural discrimination against women in China will speak to broader problems with China's economy, politics, and development.

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LANDSCAPE/LANDSCRIPT: NATURE AS LANGUAGE IN THE ART OF XU BING - by Shelagh Vainker & Xu Bing
Call Number: N7349.X8 A4 2013
ISBN: 1854442694
Publication Date: May 16, 2013

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INTERNET LITERATURE IN CHINA
ISBN: 0231160828
Publication Date: Columbia University Press (February 17, 2015)
Since the 1990s, Chinese literary enthusiasts have explored new spaces for creative expression online, giving rise to a modern genre that has transformed Chinese culture and society. Ranging from the self-consciously avant-garde to the pornographic, web-based writing has introduced innovative forms, themes, and practices into Chinese literature and its aesthetic traditions.

Conducting the first comprehensive survey in English of this phenomenon, Michel Hockx describes in detail the types of Chinese literature taking shape right now online and their novel aesthetic, political, and ideological challenges. Offering a unique portal into postsocialist Chinese culture, he presents a complex portrait of internet culture and control in China that avoids one-dimensional representations of oppression. The Chinese government still strictly regulates the publishing world, yet it is growing increasingly tolerant of internet literature and its publishing practices while still drawing a clear yet ever-shifting ideological bottom line. Hockx interviews online authors, publishers, and censors, capturing the convergence of mass media, creativity, censorship, and free speech that is upending traditional hierarchies and conventions within China--and across Asia.

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Exhibiting the past : historical memory and the politics of museums in postsocialist China - by Kirk A. Denton
ISBN: 0824836871
Publication Date: 2014
During the Mao era, China's museums served an explicit and uniform propaganda function, underlining official Party history, eulogizing revolutionary heroes, and contributing to nation building and socialist construction. With the implementation of the post-Mao modernization program in the late 1970s and 1980s and the advent of globalization and market reforms in the 1990s, China underwent a radical social and economic transformation that has led to a vastly more heterogeneous culture and polity. Yet China is dominated by a single Leninist party that continues to rely heavily on its revolutionary heritage to generate political legitimacy.

With its messages of collectivism, self-sacrifice, and class struggle, that heritage is increasingly at odds with Chinese society and with the state's own neoliberal ideology of rapid-paced development, glorification of the market, and entrepreneurship. In this ambiguous political environment, museums and their curators must negotiate between revolutionary ideology and new kinds of historical narratives that reflect and highlight a neoliberal present.

In Exhibiting the Past, Kirk Denton analyzes types of museums and exhibitionary spaces, from revolutionary history museums, military museums, and memorials to martyrs, to museums dedicated to literature, ethnic minorities, and local history. He discusses red tourism-a state sponsored program developed in 2003 as a new form of patriotic education designed to make revolutionary history come alive-and urban planning exhibition halls, which project utopian visions of China's future that are rooted in new conceptions of the past. The book considers the variety of ways state museums are responding to the dramatic social, technological, and cultural changes China has experienced over the past three decades.

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DEVELOPMENTAL FAIRY TALES: EVOLUTIONARY THINKING AND MODERN CHINESE CULTURE - Andrew F. Jones
Call Number: online
ISBN: 0674047958
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
In 1992 Deng Xiaoping famously declared, "Development is the only hard imperative." What ensued was the transformation of China from a socialist state to a capitalist market economy. The spirit of development has since become the prevailing creed of the People's Republic, helping to bring about unprecedented modern prosperity, but also creating new forms of poverty, staggering social upheaval, physical dislocation, and environmental destruction.

In Developmental Fairy Tales, Andrew Jones asserts that the groundwork for this recent transformation was laid in the late nineteenth century, with the translation of the evolutionary works of Lamarck, Darwin, and Spencer into Chinese letters. He traces the ways that the evolutionary narrative itself evolved into a form of vernacular knowledge which dissolved the boundaries between beast and man and reframed childhood development as a recapitulation of civilizational ascent, through which a beleaguered China might struggle for existence and claim a place in the modern world-system.

This narrative left an indelible imprint on China's literature and popular media, from children's primers to print culture, from fairy tales to filmmaking. Jones's analysis offers an innovative and interdisciplinary angle of vision on China's cultural evolution. He focuses especially on China's foremost modern writer and public intellectual, Lu Xun, in whose work the fierce contradictions of his generation's developmentalist aspirations became the stuff of pedagogical parable. Developmental Fairy Tales revises our understanding of literature's role in the making of modern China by revising our understanding of developmentalism's role in modern Chinese literature.

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The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China - by Ronald C. Egan (Author)
Call Number: PL2682.Z5 E38 2013
ISBN: 0674726693
Publication Date: February 17, 2014
Widely considered the preeminent Chinese woman poet, Li Qingzhao (1084-1150s) occupies a crucial place in China's literary and cultural history. She stands out as the great exception to the rule that the first-rank poets in premodern China were male. But at what price to our understanding of her as a writer does this distinction come? The Burden of Female Talent challenges conventional modes of thinking about Li Qingzhao as a devoted but often lonely wife and, later, a forlorn widow. By examining manipulations of her image by the critical tradition in later imperial times and into the twentieth century, Ronald C. Egan brings to light the ways in which critics sought to accommodate her to cultural norms, molding her "talent" to make it compatible with ideals of womanly conduct and identity. Contested images of Li, including a heated controversy concerning her remarriage and its implications for her "devotion" to her first husband, reveal the difficulty literary culture has had in coping with this woman of extraordinary conduct and ability. The study ends with a reappraisal of Li's poetry, freed from the autobiographical and reductive readings that were traditionally imposed on it and which remain standard even today.

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AVANT-GARDE AND THE POPULAR IN MODERN CHINA: TIAN HAN AND THE INTERSECTION OF PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS - by Liang Luo
Call Number: online
ISBN: 0472052179
Publication Date: University of Michigan Press (July 15, 2014)
The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China explores how an important group of Chinese performing artists invested in politics and the pursuit of the avant-garde came to terms with different ways of being "popular" in modern times. In particular, playwright and activist Tian Han (1898-1968) exemplified the instability of conventional delineations between the avant-garde, popular culture, and political propaganda. Liang Luo traces Tian's trajectory through key moments in the evolution of twentieth-century Chinese national culture, from the Christian socialist cosmopolitanism of post-WWI Tokyo to the urban modernism of Shanghai in 1920s and 30s, then into the Chinese hinterland during the late 1930s and 40s, and finally to the Communist Beijing of the 1950s, revealing the dynamic interplay of art and politics throughout this period. Understanding Tian in his time sheds light upon a new generation of contemporary Chinese avant-gardists (Ai Wei Wei being the best known), who, half a century later, are similarly engaging national politics and popular culture.

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Beige Book, Yellow Book 灰皮书,黄皮书 - by SHEN ZHAN YUN (Author)
ISBN: 7536049986
Publication Date: 1991

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The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business - Erin Meyer (Author)
Call Number: HF5549.5.M5 M494 2014
ISBN: 1610392507
Publication Date: PublicAffairs (May 27, 2014)
Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.

When you have Americans who precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans who get straight to the point (“your presentation was simply awful”); Latin Americans and Asians who are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians who think the best boss is just one of the crowd—the result can be, well, sometimes interesting, even funny, but often disastrous.

Even with English as a global language, it’s easy to fall into cultural traps that endanger careers and sink deals when, say, a Brazilian manager tries to fathom how his Chinese suppliers really get things done, or an American team leader tries to get a handle on the intra-team dynamics between his Russian and Indian team members.

In The Culture Map, Erin Meyer provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business. She combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice for succeeding in a global world.

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CULTURAL REVOLUTION AT THE MARGINS: CHINESE SOCIALISM IN CRISIS - by Yiching Wu
Call Number: DS778.7 .W85 2014
ISBN: 0674728793
Publication Date: Harvard University Press (June 9, 2014)
Mao Zedong envisioned a great struggle to "wreak havoc under the heaven" when he launched the Cultural Revolution in 1966. But as radicalized Chinese youth rose up against Party officials, events quickly slipped from the government's grasp, and rebellion took on a life of its own. Turmoil became a reality in a way the Great Leader had not foreseen. The Cultural Revolution at the Margins recaptures these formative moments from the perspective of the disenfranchised and disobedient rebels Mao unleashed and later betrayed.

The Cultural Revolution began as a "revolution from above," and Mao had only a tenuous relationship with the Red Guard students and workers who responded to his call. Yet it was these young rebels at the grassroots who advanced the Cultural Revolution's more radical possibilities, Yiching Wu argues, and who not only acted for themselves but also transgressed Maoism by critically reflecting on broader issues concerning Chinese socialism. As China's state machinery broke down and the institutional foundations of the PRC were threatened, Mao resolved to suppress the crisis. Leaving out in the cold the very activists who had taken its transformative promise seriously, the Cultural Revolution devoured its children and exhausted its political energy.

The mass demobilizations of 1968-69, Wu shows, were the starting point of a series of crisis-coping maneuvers to contain and neutralize dissent, producing immense changes in Chinese society a decade later.

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