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China

  • Maiden Voyageby Joshua A. Fogel

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 60.00

    After centuries of virtual isolation, during which time international sea travel was forbidden outside of Japan?s immediate fishing shores, Japanese shogunal authorities in 1862 made the unprecedented decision to launch an official delegation to China by sea. Concerned by the fast-changing global environment, they had witnessed the ever-increasing... more...

  • Life and Death in the Gardenby Kathryn Meyer

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 34.99

    This compelling book provides a rare glimpse into the heart of wartime China. Kathryn Meyer draws us into the perilous world of the Garden of Grand Vision, a ramshackle structure where a floating population of thousands found shelter?and despair. We follow the three Japanese police officers who were dispatched into the underworld of occupied China... more...

  • Living Karmaby Beverley Foulks McGuire

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 54.99

    Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning and blood writing, he sought to alter what others understood as inevitable and inescapable. Drawing attention to Ouyi?s unique reshaping of... more...

  • The Body Incantatoryby Paul Copp

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 54.99

    Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned against the dangers of the wilds, or invoked to heal the sick and bring ease to the dead, incantations were pervasive features of Buddhist practice in late medieval China (600–1000 C.E.). Material incantations, in forms such as spell-inscribed amulets and stone pillars, were also central to the spiritual... more...

  • The Harvard-Yenching Institute and Cultural Engineeringby Shuhua Fan

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 99.99

    Through an empirical, multi-archival study of a transnational foundation?the Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) from the 1920s to the early 1950s?this book presents the story of transplanting Western/American humanities scholarship into Asia/China and addresses central questions in U.S.-China relations. more...

  • The Ugly Wife Is a Treasure at Homeby Melissa Margaret Schneider

    Potomac Books Inc. 2014; US$ 18.95

    The ugly wife is a treasure at home is not just an idle expression in China. For centuries, Chinese marriage involved matchmakers, child brides, dowries, and concubines, until the Peoples Republic of China was established by Mao Zedong and his Communist Party in 1949. Initially encouraging citizens to reject traditional arranged marriages and instead... more...

  • The Emperor Far Awayby David Eimer

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 23.99

    Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shaghai, China?s borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage ?the mountains are high and the Emperor far away?, meaning Beijing?s grip on power is tenuous and its influence unwelcome, continues to resonate.... more...

  • Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century Chinaby Mary Brown Bullock; Bridie Andrews

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 24.99

    This volume examines important aspects of China's century-long search to provide appropriate and effective health care for its people. Four subjects?disease and healing, encounters and accommodations, institutions and professions, and people's health?organize discussions across case studies of schistosomiasis, tuberculosis, mental health, and tobacco... more...

  • The Slaughterby Ethan Gutmann

    Prometheus Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    The inside story of China's organ transplant business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the adherents of Falun Gong. Mass murder is alive and well. That is the stark conclusion of this comprehensive investigation into the Chinese state's secret program to get rid of political... more...

  • Spells, Images, and Mandalasby Koichi Shinohara

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 49.99

    Koichi Shinohara traces the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals from the simple recitation of spells in the fifth century to complex systems involving image worship, mandala initiation, and visualization practices in the ninth century. He presents an important new reading of a seventh-century Chinese text called the Collected Dharani Sutras, which... more...