Asian Studies

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The Birth of Japan’s Postwar Constitution

Koseki Shoichi; Ray A Moore

First Edition • March 1, 1998 • 288 pages

Print: $50.00 USD/$47.50 CAD

This 1989 Yoshino Sakuzo prize-winning book is essential reading for understanding Japan’s postwar constitution, political and social history, and foreign policy. The most complete English account of the origins of Japan’s constitution, it analyzes the dramatic events of 1945 1946 that lead to the birth of Japan’s new constitution. Koseki…

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Did Marco Polo Go To China?

Frances Wood

First Edition • January 1, 1998 • 208 pages

Print: $42.00 USD/$64.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

We all know that Marco Polo went to China, served Ghengis Khan for many years, and returned to Italy with the recipes for pasta and ice cream. But Frances Wood, head of the Chinese Department at the British Library, argues that Marco Polo not only never went to China, he…

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Scarlet Memorial: Tales of Cannibalism in Modern China

Yi Zheng

First Edition • January 9, 1998 • 224 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$64.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

This compelling book provides a meticulously documented account of officially sanctioned cannibalism in the southwestern province of Guangxi during the Cultural Revolution. Drawing on his unique access to local archives of the Chinese Communist Party and on extensive interviews with party officials, the victims’ relatives, and the murderers themselves, Zheng…

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Market Cultures: Society and Morality in the New Asian Capitalisms

Edited by Robert Hefner

First Edition • December 26, 1997 • 336 pages

Print: $50.00 USD/$52.50 CAD

One of the most remarkable developments of our time has been the spectacular growth of capitalist enterprise among overseas Chinese and Southeast Asians. Market Cultures examines this event, not in terms of formal models and faceless abstractions, but in light of the institutions through which local people give meaning and…

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Culture and Self: Philosophical and Religious Perspectives, East and West

Edited by Douglas Allen; Ashok Malhotra

First Edition • May 1, 1997 • 208 pages

Print: $43.00 USD/$62.50 CAD • Ebook: $29.99 USD/$34.99 CAD

Traditional scholars of philosophy and religion, both East and West, often place a major emphasis on analyzing the nature of the self. In recent decades, there has been a renewed interest in analyzing self, but most scholars have not claimed knowledge of an ahistorical, objective, essential self free from all…

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Beijing Jeep: A Case Study of Western Business in China

Jim Mann

First Edition • March 1, 1997 • 352 pages

Print: $50.00 USD/$73.99 CAD

When China opened its doors to the West in the late 1970s, Western businesses jumped at the chance to sell their products to the most populous nation in the world. Boardrooms everywhere buzzed with excitement — a Coke for every citizen, a television for every family, a personal computer for…

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The Pacific Islands: Paths to the Present

Evelyn Colbert

First Edition • February 14, 1997 • 144 pages

Print: $41.00 USD/$52.50 CAD

This accessible volume provides a brief introduction to the institutions, policy concerns, and international roles of the Pacific islands. Evelyn Colbert expertly paints an overall picture of the region using broad brush strokes, complementing the mostly specialized literature available about the South Pacific.

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Vietnam’s Rural Transformation

Edited by Benedict J Tria Kerkvliet; Doug J Porter; Ford Foundation- Martha Uniack

First Edition • February 11, 1997 • 272 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$82.50 CAD

Since the mid-1980s, Vietnam has experienced remarkable economic, political, and social change. This is the first study in English to focus on rural Vietnam — where nearly 80 percent of Vietnam’s people live, much of its economic production occurs, and political upheavals earlier this century changed the course of history.…

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The Central Asian States: Discovering Independence

Gregory W Gleason

First Edition • February 1, 1997 • 240 pages

Print: $43.00 USD/$49.50 CAD

The lands of Central Asia are united by a common history and historical identity as well as by common traditions. A heritage of tribal mountain and steppe confederations and oasis emirates gave way in the Soviet period to the creation of artificial nation-states in the heart of Asia. With the…

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Shared Hopes, Separate Fears: Fifty Years of U.S.-Indonesian Relations

Paul F Gardner

First Edition • February 7, 1997 • 336 pages

Print: $47.00 USD/$56.50 CAD

This book traces the often tumultuous history of U.S-Indonesian relations as experienced by those who witnessed it in the making. Incorporating the perspectives of participants from both nations, Paul Gardner focuses on a number of key phases in the relationship: the U.S. role in Indonesia’s struggle for independence; the strains…

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