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Politics & Morality in the Ming-Qing Transition
A review of Politics and Morality during the Ming-Qing Dynastic Transition, 1570-1670, by Ying Zhang. In this well-researched and beautifully crafted ...
Doing Oral History in the PRC
Finding and Communicating with Oral Historical Informants in the PRC Since the 1980s, a quiet revolution has been brewing in the field of Chinese stud...
Foreign Ministry Archives of the PRC
A review of the Foreign Ministry Archives of the People’s Republic of China (外交部档案馆), Beijing, China. Ed. Note: Please see important update on the FMA...
Marginalization of Japanese Peruvian Immigrants
A review of You Can’t Go Home Again: Japanese Peruvian Immigrants and the Struggle for Integration and Identity in the Japanese Homeland, by ROBERT ST...
The Buddha’s Many Biographies, 17th-18th c.
A review of Adapting the Buddha’s Biographies: A Cultural History of the Wish-Fulfilling Vine in Tibet, Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries, by Nancy ...
The Politics of Writing in Japan
A review of The Politics of Writing: Tenkō and the Crisis of Representation, by YUKIKO SHIGETO. The phenomenon of tenkō (“conversion”), which typicall...
A Tibetan Buddhist Polymath in China
A review of A Tibetan Buddhist Polymath in Modern China, by Nicole D. Willock. How have religion, modernity, and nationality been shaped by Tibetans i...
Rationalizing Empire in Wartime Japan
A review of Rationalizing Empire: Nation, Space and Community in Japanese Social Sciences, 1931-1945, by SEOK-WON LEE. Much of the literature on the...
Qing Formations: Two New Perspectives
A two-part review of Chinese Officials in the Hung Taiji Period (1627-1643) [皇太極時期的漢官 (1627-1643)], by TSAI SUNG-YING [蔡松穎]; and The Juridical System ...
The Zheng Organization in 17th-Century East Asia
A review of Between Trade and Legitimacy, Maritime and Continent: The Zheng Organization in Seventeenth-Century East Asia, by XING HANG. Like a skille...
Shanghai Library Modern Documents Reading Room
A review of the Shanghai Library Modern Documents Reading Room (近代文献阅览室), Shanghai, China. Over the past ten years I have done research at the Modern....
Ennin & the Heian Appropriation of Tang Culture
A review of Searching for the Law: Ennin’s Journal as a Key to the Heian Appropriation of Tang Culture, by Jesse Palmer. Jesse Palmer’s dissertation.....