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University of Hawaii Press

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  • Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japanby Amanda C. Seaman

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan is a wide-ranging account of how women writers have made sense (and nonsense) of pregnancy in postwar Japan. While earlier authors such as Yosano Akiko had addressed the pain and emotional complexities of childbearing in their poetry and prose, the topic quickly moved into the literary shadows when motherhood... more...

  • Right Thoughts at the Last Momentby Jacqueline I. Stone; Robert E. Buswell

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    Buddhists across Asia have often aspired to die with a clear and focused mind, as the historical Buddha himself is said to have done. This book explores how the ideal of dying with right mindfulness was appropriated, disseminated, and transformed in premodern Japan, focusing on the late tenth through early fourteenth centuries. By concentrating one’s... more...

  • Doctrine and Practice in Medieval Korean Buddhismby Richard D. McBride

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    Ŭich’ŏn (1055-1101) is recognized as a Buddhist master of great stature in the East Asian tradition. Born a prince in the medieval Korean state of Koryŏ (960-1279), he traveled to Song China (960-1279) to study Buddhism and later compiled and published the first collection of East Asian exegetical texts. According to the received scholarly tradition,... more...

  • Feasting in Southeast Asiaby Brian Hayden

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 80.00

    Feasting has long played a crucial role in the social, political, and economic dynamics of village life. It is far more than a gustatory and social diversion from daily work routines: alliances are brokered by feasts; debts are created and political battles waged. Feasts create enormous pressure to increase the production of food and prestige items... more...

  • The People’s Race Inc.by Michael S. K. N. Tsai

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 14.99

    The Honolulu Marathon debuted in 1973 as the shared vision of a maverick cardiologist bent on proving the benefit of long-distance running for cardiac patients and an impetuous mayor eager to prove Honolulu the equal of the top cities in the country. Over a span of forty-plus years, the race matured into one of the largest marathons in the world,... more...

  • Recite and Refuseby Nick Admussen

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    Chinese prose poetry today is engaged with a series of questions that are fundamental to the modern Chinese language: What is prose? What is it good for? How should it look and sound? Millions of Chinese readers encounter prose poetry every year, both in the most official of state-sponsored magazines and in the unorthodox, experimental work of the... more...

  • Seeking Order in a Tumultuous Ageby David M. Robinson; Robert E. Buswell

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    Chŏng Tojŏn, one of the most influential thinkers in Korean history, played a leading role in the establishment of the Chosŏn dynasty (1392–1910). Long recognized for his contributions to the development of Neo-Confucianism in Korea, Chŏng was both a prodigious writer and an influential statesman before being murdered in a political coup. Seeking... more...

  • Exile in Colonial Asiaby Ronit Ricci; Anand A. Yang; Kieko Matteson; Clare Anderson; Robert Aldrich; Sri Margana; Timo Kaartinen; Jean Gelman Taylor; Carol Liston; Lorraine M. Paterson; Penny Edwards

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    Exile was a potent form of punishment and a catalyst for change in colonial Asia between the seventeenth and early twentieth centuries. Vast networks of forced migration supplied laborers to emerging colonial settlements, while European powers banished rivals to faraway locations. Exile in Colonial Asia explores the phenomenon of exile in ten case... more...

  • Hawaiian Legends of Dreamsby Caren Loebel-Fried

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 14.99

    Moe‘uhane, the Hawaiian word for dream, means "soul sleep." Hawaiians of old believed they communicated with ‘auma-kua, their ancestral guardians, while sleeping, and this important relationship was sustained through dreaming. During "soul sleep," people received messages of guidance from the gods; romantic relationships blossomed; prophecies... more...

  • Hydrology of the Hawaiian Islandsby L. Stephen Lau; John F. Mink

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 39.99

    Why is groundwater the predominant drinking water source in Hawaii? Why are groundwater sources susceptible to pesticide contamination? How long does it take for water in the mountains to journey by land and underground passages to reach the coast? Answers to questions such as these are essential to understanding the principles of hydrology—the science... more...