Asian Studies

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Don’t Marry Me To a Plowman!: Women's Everyday Lives in Rural North India

Patricia Jeffery; Roger Jeffery

First Edition • March 1, 1996 • 304 pages

Print: $46.00 USD/$61.50 CAD

Popular Western images of Indian women range from submissive brides behind their veils to the powerful, active women of Indian politics. In this lively and unique book, Patricia and Roger Jeffery present a different perspective on women’s lives. Focusing on the mundane rather than the exotic, they explore the complex…

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Eastern Phoenix: Japan Since 1945

Mikiso Hane

First Edition • March 1, 1996 • 272 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$61.50 CAD

It has been fifty years since Japan admitted defeat and accepted the terms of the Potsdam Declaration following World War II. At the time, Japan was in shambles, its imperial dream shattered, and its people reduced to scrounging for sufficient food to stay alive. Yet over the past half century,…

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Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia: The Winds of Change

Clark Neher; Ross Marlay

First Edition • December 1, 1995 • 240 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$43.99 CAD

Exploring the remarkable political and economic changes sweeping Southeast Asia, the authors take as their starting point the trend — albeit uneven — toward democratization. They focus specifically on ‘Asian democracy,’ a form that has been adapted by Southeast Asians to suit their own particular needs. This book begins by…

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Southeast Asia: Tradition and Modernity in the Contemporary World

Donald G McCloud

Second Edition • May 31, 1995 • 360 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$43.99 CAD

Bridging the perceived gap between Southeast Asia’s historical and contemporary situations, Donald McCloud focuses on continuities in the region’s internal dynamics as well as its relationship to the greater global environment. The author challenges widely held views that diversity and fragmentation are the hallmarks of the region, identifying instead the…

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Learning To Be Modern: Japanese Political Discourse on Education

Byron Marshall

First Edition • May 23, 1995 • 320 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$43.99 CAD

In the increasingly global economy, commentators often cite education as a key source of competitive advantage for nations locked in economic contention on the world stage. Byron Marshall examines the evolution of Japanese schools over the past 120 years. Emphasizing the political discourse and conflict that have surrounded Japanese education,…

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The Red Mirror: Children of China's Cultural Revolution

Chihua Wen; Bruce Jones

First Edition • December 30, 1994 • 170 pages

Print: $38.00 USD/$57.50 CAD

These evocative stories bring to life the tragic personal impact of the Cultural Revolution on the families of China’s intellectuals. Now adults, survivors recall their childhood during the tumultuous years between 1965 and 1976, when Mao’s death finally drew a curtain on a bitterly failed social and political experiment. A…

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Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China

Edited by Jeffrey N Wasserstrom; Elizabeth Perry

Second Edition • November 14, 1994 • 350 pages

Print: $41.00 USD/$61.50 CAD

This innovative and widely praised volume uses the dramatic occupation of Tiananmen Square as the foundation for rethinking the cultural dimensions of Chinese politics. Now in a revised and expanded second edition, the book includes enhanced coverage of key issues, such as the political dimensions of popular culture (addressed in…

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Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir

Kayano Shigeru; Mark Selden

First Edition • April 1, 1994 • 192 pages

Print: $45.00 USD/$49.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$28.99 CAD

This book is a beautiful and moving personal account of the Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, whose land, economy, and culture have been absorbed and destroyed in recent centuries by advancing Japanese. Based on the author’s own experiences and on stories passed down from generation to…

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China Under Reform

Lowell Dittmer

First Edition • March 1, 1994 • 228 pages

Print: $34.00 USD/$39.50 CAD

In the face of the demise of communism elsewhere, China’s unique combination of economic reform and political dictatorship has kept the country intact. Yet Lowell Dittmer questions the ability of this fragile structure to withstand future tremors. In this book, Dittmer convincingly shows how, although the revolutionary impulse has largely…

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Laogai—the Chinese Gulag

Hongda Harry Wu

First Edition • November 16, 1992 • 247 pages

Print: $38.00 USD/$68.99 CAD

“Avoiding sensationalism or self-pity, what Mr. Wu has given us is the unemotional and authoritative reference work long needed to complement the vivid but anecdotal accounts of individual prisoners … a comprehensive … expose, laying out, in the greatest detail yet available, the history, policies, command structure and scale of…

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