Category Archives: East, South & Southeast Asia

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A Cultural History of Wartime Japan

A review of Carnival War: A Cultural History of Wartime Japan, 1937-1945, by Benjamin Tsubokura Uchiyama. Benjamin Uchiyama’s dissertation revisits the culture of wartime Japan…

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Religious Piety in Aceh, Indonesia

A Review of Becoming Better Muslims: Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia, by David Kloos.  Becoming Better Muslims offers deep insight into the…

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Development in Rural Cambodia

A review of Tides of Empire: Merit, Morality, and Development in Rural Cambodia, by Courtney Work. The ebb and flow of empire has washed over…

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Tracing Visions

Tracing Visions In June 1936, on an overcast day in Hebei, North China, a small group of American Presbyterian missionaries gathered for a photograph. They…

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Poetry and Modernity in Meiji Japan

A review of The First Modern Japanese Poetry, by Rachel Epstein. Rachel Epstein’s dissertation takes as its primary focus the 1882 poetry collection Shintaishishō 新体詩抄…