February 2013 Posts

[Archives Review, Japan]   Jolyon Thomas (Princeton University), review of the Gordon W. Prange Collection, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States of America

[China]   Jeremy Murray, Culturing Revolution: The Local Communists of China’s Hainan Island (University of California, San Diego, 2011), reviewed by Toby Lincoln (University of Leicester)

[Chinese Lit]   Daniel Dooghan, Literary Cartographies: Lu Xun and the Production of World Literature (University of Minnesota, 2011), reviewed by Lucas Klein (City University of Hong Kong)

[Archives Review, China, South Asia]   Nirmola Sharma (University of Delhi), review of the National Archives of India, New Delhi, for China scholars

[China, Inner Asia]   David Brophy, Tending to Unite? The Origins of Uyghur Nationalism (Harvard University, 2011), reviewed by Justin Jacobs (American University)

[Science Studies]   Jan Surman, Habsburg Universities 1848-1918: Biography of a Space (University of Vienna, 2012), reviewed by Deborah Coen (Barnard College, Columbia University)

[Latin America, Med Anthro]   Lauren Wynne, Practices of Care: Food and the Pursuit of Balance in Rural Yucatán (University of Chicago, 2012), reviewed by Elizabeth Fitting (Dalhousie University)

[Russia, Science Studies]   Benjamin Zajicek, Scientific Psychiatry in Stalin’s Soviet Union: The Politics of Modern Medicine and the Struggle to Define “Pavlovian” Psychiatry, 1939-1953 (University of Chicago, 2009), reviewed by Simon Pawley (University College London)

[Asian Art, Japan]   Shalmit Bejarano, Picturing Rice Agriculture and Silk Production: Appropriation and Ideology in Early Modern Japanese Painting (University of Pittsburgh, 2010), reviewed by J. P. Park (University of Colorado, Boulder)

[Japan, Print Media]   Mark Pendleton, Sarin Traces: Memory Texts and Practices in Postwar Japan, 1995-2010 (University of Melbourne, 2011), reviewed by Judit Magyar (Waseda University)

[Korea, DR World]   Florence Galmiche, La construction d’une identité religieuse bouddhiste en Corée du Sud (The Construction of a Buddhist Religious Identity in South Korea) (EHESS, 2011), reviewed by Laurence Caillet (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense/CNRS)

[Japan, Print Media]   Amy Marshall, Creating Mass Culture in Interwar Japan (Brown University, 2013), reviewed by Hiromu Nagahara (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

[Archives Review, China]   Vivienne Xiangwei Guo (King’s College London), review of the Nanjing Municipal Archives, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

[Tibetan Himalayan]   Rachel Pang, Dissipating Boundaries: The Life, Song-Poems, and Non-Sectarian Paradigm of Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781-1851) (University of Virginia, 2011), reviewed by Joshua Schapiro (Fordham University)

[South Asia]   Emily Rook-Koepsel, Unity, Democracy, and the All India Phenomenon, 1940-1956 (University of Minnesota, 2010), reviewed by Rebecca Grapevine (University of Michigan)

[Islamic Studies, Science Studies]   Matthew Melvin-Koushki, The Quest for a Universal Science: The Occult Philosophy of Sa’in al-Din Turka Isfahani (1369-1432) and Intellectual Millenarianism in Early Timurid Iran (Yale University, 2012), reviewed by A. Azfar Moin (Southern Methodist University)

[Bioethics]   Silvia Camporesi, The Ethical Foundations of Clinical Research: Shifting the Paradigm of Participation. The Case of Phase 0 Cancer Trials (European School of Molecular Medicine and University of Milan, 2011), reviewed by Mirko Garasic (Monash University)

[Science Studies]   Susannah Gibson, The Pursuit of Nature: Defining Natural Histories in Eighteenth-Century Britain (University of Cambridge, 2011), reviewed by Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St Andrews)

[China, Southeast Asia]   Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Smaller States’ Alignment Choices: A Comparative Study of Malaysia and Singapore’s Hedging Behavior in the Face of a Rising China (Johns Hopkins University, 2010), reviewed by Stephan Ortmann (City University of Hong Kong)

[Science Studies, Visual Studies]   Robert Sternberg, Discovery as Invention: A Constructivist Alternative to the Classic Documentary (University of Westminster, 2010), reviewed by Annamaria Carusi (University of Copenhagen)

[Archive Review, Asian Art, South Asia]   Stephanie Rozman (University of Minnesota), review of the Tagore Museum and Research Center, Rabindra Bhavan, and the Nandan Museum, Kala Bhavan, at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India

[China, Korea]   David Cheng Chang, To Return Home or “Return to Taiwan”: Conflicts and Survival in the “Voluntary Repatriation” of Chinese POWs in the Korean War (University of California, San Diego, 2011), reviewed by Konrad Lawson (European University Institute)

[Chinese Lit]   Richard Jean So, Coolie Democracy: US–China Political and Literary Exchange, 1925–1955 (Columbia University, 2010), reviewed by Nan Da (University of Michigan)

[Japan]   Fusae Ekida, A Reception History of the Man’yōshū (University of Washington, 2009), reviewed by Charlotte Eubanks (The Pennsylvania State University)

[South Asia]   Nusrat Chowdhury, Energy Emergency: Phulbari and Democratic Politics in Bangladesh (University of Chicago, 2012), reviewed by Samia Khatun (University of Sydney)

[Inner Asia]   Jean-Luc Houle, Emergent Complexity on the Mongolian Steppe: Mobility, Territoriality, and the Development of Early Nomadic Polities (University of Pittsburgh, 2010), reviewed by Xin Wen (Harvard University)

[Islamic Studies]   Robert Moore, The Role of the Madrasah and the Structure of Islamic Legal Education in Mamluk Egypt (1250-1517) (Emory University, 2010), reviewed by Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago)

[Med Anthro]   Meghan Halley, Negotiating Sexuality: Adolescent Initiation Rituals and Cultural Change in Rural Southern Tanzania (Case Western Reserve University, 2012), reviewed by Susi Keefe (St. Olaf College)

[Science Studies]   Elizabeth Johnson, Reanimating Bios: Biomimetic Science and Empire (University of Minnesota, 2011), reviewed by Sakari Tamminen (University of Helsinki)

[Russia, Islamic Studies]   Mustafa Tuna, Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Inroads of Modernity (Princeton University, 2009), reviewed by Elizabeth Bospflug (Yale University)

[China, Print Media]   Jingsi Wu, Entertainment and the Public Sphere: The Convergence of Popular Culture and Politics in China’s Public Sphere and Cyberspace (SUNY Albany, 2011), reviewed by Hsiao-wen Lee (University of West London)

[Asian Art, China]   John Finlay, “40 Views of the Yuanming yuan”: Image and Ideology in a Qianlong Imperial Album of Poetry and Painting (Yale University, 2011), reviewed by Stephen Whiteman (National Gallery of Art)

[Japan, Print Media]   Lawrence Bird, Saving Metropolis: Body and City in the Metropolis Tales (McGill University, 2009), reviewed by Kerim Yasar (University of Notre Dame)

[China]   Yan Gao, Transformation of the Water Regime: State, Society and Ecology of the Jianghan Plain in Late Imperial and Modern China (Carnegie Mellon University, 2012), reviewed by Peter Lavelle (Centre College)

[Tibetan Himalayan, Med Anthro]   Theresia Hofer, Tibetan Medicine on the Margins: Twentieth Century Transformations of the Traditions of Sowa Rigpa in Central Tibet (University College London, 2011), reviewed by Stephan Kloos (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

[Archives Review, Southeast Asia]   P.J. Thum (National University of Singapore), review of the National Archives of Singapore

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen (University of Giessen), review of the State Archive of Lviv Oblast and the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine

[Archives Review, China, Science Studies]   Yubin Shen (Georgetown University), review of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, Maryland, USA

[Archives Review, Science Studies]   Chelsea Medlock (Oklahoma State University), review of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Archive, Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

[Visual Studies]   Alyssa Grossman, Chorographies of Memory: Everyday Sites and Practices of Remembrance Work in Post-socialist, EU Accession-era Bucharest (University of Manchester, 2010), reviewed by Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (University of Victoria)

[China, Asian Art]   Peggy Wang, Responding to the World: Contemporary Chinese Art, Exhibitions, and Criticism in the 1990s (University of Chicago, 2010), reviewed by Meiqin Wang (California State University, Northridge)

[Russia, Islamic Studies]   Ian Campbell, Knowledge and Power on the Kazakh Steppe, 1845-1917 (University of Michigan, 2010), reviewed by Julia Fein (Rutgers)

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Image: “Dragon costume for New Year festivities in Chinatown, Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Daily News (1953). Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library.

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