ASAA Publications: East Asia Series
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The East Asia Series welcomes proposals for manuscripts on subjects principally concerned with any part of the East Asian region (China, Japan, North and South Korea and Taiwan). Topics may be contemporary or historical, and may relate to any of the humanities or social sciences. The series seeks in particular to publish manuscripts which, while maintaining high scholarly standards, raise issues of broad intellectual interest and are written in a style which will appeal to a wide readership. Comparative studies, dealing with more than one country of the region, are also welcomed.
Authors are invited to submit a synopsis of about 5-6 pages in length, which should provide the following information: the aims of the manuscript; a synopsis, including chapter headings; the intended readership (is the book mainly designed for an audience of academic researchers, postgraduates, undergraduates or the wider public?); and the main competing publications. The synopsis should also include an academic curriculum vitae and list of publications. Where possible, authors are also encouraged to submit a sample chapter with their synopsis.
A copy of the manuscript proposal should be sent to the editor of the series:
Associate Professor Morris Low
School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072AUSTRALIA
The other members of the editorial board are Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras (Griffith University), Professor Sonia Ryang (University of Iowa), Professor Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong), and Professor Geremie Barmé (Australian National University).
Ando Takemasa, Japan's New Left Movements (forthcoming, 20 August 2013)
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident that followed the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan shocked the world. This book examines the relative strength of vested interest groups, such as such as business, bureaucrats, the media and academics who stand to gain a lot from the promotion of nuclear power, and asks why Japanese antinuclear movements were not able to prevent these vested interest groups from facilitating nuclear energy policies? This question is inextricably linked to the issue of the powerlessness of Japanese civil society, and Takemasa Ando seeks to untangle this intersection between social movements and civil society in postwar Japan.
By focusing on a key idea that a wide range of new leftists shared – the self-revolution in ‘everydayness’ – this book scrutinizes its effects on Japanese civil society from multiple perspectives. Further, it examines the impact of the Japanese New Left’s emphasis on the theme of the self-revolution in ‘everydayness’ on civil society with the way that this relationship unfolded in other industrialized countries with vibrant social and political movements. Ando shows that by reconsidering the connection between Japanese New Left movements of the 1960s and later social movements, we can gain valuable insights into the powerlessness that plagues Japanese civil society today.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars working in the fields of Japanese politics, Japanese history and Japanese culture and society.
March 2013, Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-81006-7, 160pp, Hardback
With rapid economic progress and increasing life expectancy in East Asian societies, more attention is being paid by their governments, the media and the academy to mental illness and dementia. While clinical research on mental illness and dementia in Chinese societies acknowledges the importance of culture in shaping people’s experiences of these illnesses, how Chinese culture shapes people’s understandings of and responses to mental illness and dementia has yet to be interrogated to any depth.
Mental Illness, Dementia and Family in China breaks new ground in exploring how Chinese culture, namely, the understandings, norms, values and scripts that people acquire through being members of a Chinese community, shapes contemporary stories of mental illness, dementia and family care-giving. This book is innovative in examining and comparing stories which have been drawn from both real life (‘life stories’), as well as from film and television productions (‘filmic stories’). These two forms effectively complement each other, with life stories generally presenting an ‘insider’s’ account and filmic stories generally presenting an ‘outsider’s’ account. What remains unvoiced in one kind of story may be voiced in the other kind. Drawing on the perspectives and analytic approaches of narrative analysis and cultural studies, Guy Ramsay uncovers culturally-shaped continuities and departures in representations of time, identity and cause of illness as well as in the language employed in contemporary stories of mental illness, dementia and family care-giving in China.
This book will be invaluable to students and scholars working on Chinese cultural studies and Asian social policy, as well as those interested in psychiatry, mental health and disability studies more broadly.
June 2012, Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-69430-8, 216pp, Hardback
Citizen rights defence campaigns reflect the changing lives and priorities of Chinese citizens, both urban and rural. The term weiquan, or rights defence, was first coined by the Chinese party-state as part of a process of promotion of various laws, and was thus used by government-affiliated organisations to promote the rights of women, children, and consumers, and to develop citizens’ legal awareness. Subsequently, first private citizens, then groups of citizens, then lawyers, appropriated the term as a means of dispute resolution in areas such as private property rights, rights for the handicapped, corruption claims and grievances with officials.
Rights defence is important not just because of the political ramifications of its campaigns, but also because of the strategies its activists have used. Rights defence campaigns have taken novel forms unprecedented in China, including the use of the Internet by rights campaigners, the development of ?rights entrepreneur (or people who have set up businesses linked to rights defence), and the selection of representatives and leaders in rights defence campaigns. In recent years, the idea of rights defence has become used as a tool to attack the party-state — specifically by lawyers and legal campaigners. The growth of rights defence movements reflects the increasing capacity of Chinese citizens to shape their own civic discourse to achieve diverse goals. While rights defence may not pose an immediate threat to the authority of the party-state, it is nonetheless an important symbol of a developing social pluralism in China.
This book offers essential insight into the development of rights in contemporary China and will be highly relevant for students, scholars and specialists in legal developments in Asia as well as anyone interested in social movements in China.
August 2012, Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-68328-9, 240pp, Hardback
The focus of this volume is masculinity – specifically corporate masculinity – in Japan. There is a considerable body of literature on Japanese corporate culture, both in Japanese and English. Some of this literature has started acknowledging the role gender plays within corporate culture. However, the focus in these studies has almost exclusively been on women within the Japanese workplace. This will be one of the first monographs in English to focus on the men within Japanese corporate culture through a lens of gender. Given the important role Japanese corporate culture has played in Japan’s emergence as an industrial power, the research in this volume offers a new way of looking both at Japanese business culture, and more generally at important changes in Japanese society in recent years.
Curtis Anderson Gayle
This timely look at a neglected corner of Japanese historiography spotlights the decade following the end of World War II, a time in which Japanese society was undergoing the transformation from imperial state to democratic nation. For some working and middle-class women involved in education and labor activism, history-writing became a means to greater voice within the turbulent transition.
Women's History and Local Community in Postwar Japan examines the emergence of women’s history-writing groups in Tokyo, Nagoya and Ehime, using interviews conducted with founding members and analysis of primary documents and publications by each group. It demonstrates how women appropriated history-writing as a radical praxis geared less toward revolution and more toward the articulation of local imaginations, spaces and memories after World War II. By appropriating history as a praxis that did not need revolution for its success, these women used connections established by Marxist historians between history-writing and subjectivity, but did so in ways that broke rank from nationally-referenced renditions of history and memory. Under conditions in which some women saw history as a field of articulation that remained dominated by men, they put into practice their own de-centered versions of history-writing that were to subsequently eclipse and outlive those being offered by Marxist historians.
In this book David Wittner situates Japan’s Meiji Era experience of technology transfer and industrial modernization within the realm of culture, politics, and symbolism, examining how nineteenth century beliefs in civilization and enlightenment influenced the process of technological choice.
Through case studies of the iron and silk industries, Wittner argues that the Meiji government’s guiding principle was not simply economic development or providing a technical model for private industry as is commonly claimed. Choice of technique was based on the ability of a technological artifact to import Western "civilization" to Japan: Meiji officials’ technological choices were firmly situated within perceptions of authority, modernity, and their varying political agendas. Technological artifacts could also be used as instruments of political legitimization. By late the Meiji Era, the former icons of Western civilization had been transformed into the symbols of Japanese industrial and military might.
A fresh and engaging re-examination of Japanese industrialization within the larger framework of the Meiji Era, this book will appeal to scholars and students of science, technology, and society as well as Japanese history and culture.
Sixty years on from the end of the Pacific War, Japan on Display examines representations of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (1852-1912) and his grandson the Showa emperor, Hirohito who was regarded as a symbol of the nation, in both war and peacetime. Much of this representation was aided by the phenomenon of photography.
The introduction and development of photography in the nineteenth century coincided with the need to make Hirohito’s grandfather, the young Meiji Emperor, more visible. Photo books and albums became a popular format for presenting seemingly objective images of the monarch, reminding the Japanese of their proximity to the Emperor, and the imperial family. In the twentieth century, these 'national albums’ provided a visual record of wars fought in the name of the Emperor, while also documenting the reconstruction of Tokyo, scientific expeditions, and imperial tours.
Drawing on archival documents, photographs, and sources in both Japanese and English, this book throws new light on the history of twentieth-century Japan and the central role of Hirohito. With Japan’s defeat in the Pacific War, the Emperor was transformed from wartime leader to peace-loving scientist. Japan on Display seeks to understand this reinvention of a more 'human’ Emperor and the role that photography played in the process.
Postmodern, Feminist and Postcolonial Currents in Contemporary Japanese Culture: A Reading of Murakami Haruki, Yoshimoto Banana, Yoshimoto Takaaki and Karatani Kojin
Using the Euro-American theoretical framework of postmodernism, feminism and post-colonialism, this book analyses the fictional and critical work of four contemporary Japanese writers; Murakami Haruki, Yoshimoto Banana, Yoshimoto Takaaki and Karatani Kojin. In addition the author reconsiders this Euro-American theory by looking back on it from the perspective of Japanese literary work.
Presenting outstanding analysis of Japanese intellectuals and writers who have received little attention in the West, the book also includes an extensive and comprehensive bibliography making it essential reading for those studying Japanese literature, Japanese studies and Japanese thinkers.
Homoerotic Sensibilities in Late Imperial China
is the richest exploration to date of late imperial Chinese literati
interest in male love. Employing primary sources such as miscellanies
(including diaries and letters), poetry, fiction and 'flower guides',
Wu Cuncun argues that male homoeroticism played a central role
in the cultural life of late imperial Chinese literati elites.
Countering recent arguments that homosexuality was marginal and
disparaged during this period, this book also seeks to trace the
relationship of homoeroticism to status and power, arguing that
existing paradigms for the study of sexuality, centred on identity
and behaviour, must be extended and placed within the larger context
of sexual culture. Only with this shift in methodological focus
is it possible to approach the distinctive character of homoerotic
sensibilities in late imperial China and the fashions through
which they were performed. In addition to historical portraits
and analysis the book also advances the concept of 'sensibilities'
as a method for interpreting the complex range of homoerotic texts
produced in late imperial China, recognizing a need to think about
sexuality not only in terms of behaviour and identity but also
in terms of culture: not necessarily national culture, but particular
cultures in which practices and identities are given meaning and
evaluated. Such an approach, bringing together historical and
textual strategies, allows us to account for the rise in homoeroticism
in late imperial China as a significant and far reaching sensibility
(fengqi) that in turn acted upon the wider cultural landscape.
Wu Cuncun lectures in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
at The University of New England, Australia. She was formerly
Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and
Literature, Nankai University.
Japan and National Anthropology is an empirically
rich and theoretically sophisticated study which challenges the
conventional view of Japanese studies in general and Anglophone
anthropological writings on Japan in particular. Sonia Ryang explores
the process by which the post-war anthropology of Japan has come
to be dominated by certain conceptual and methodological approaches
and exposes the extent to which this process has occluded our
view of Japan.
In an attempt to move away from theoretical trends which identify Japanese cultural boundaries with Japan's nation-state boundaries, consequentially portraying the country as racially homogeneous and culturally unique, Ryang examines:
- how wartime enemy studies shaped the direction of post-war anthropology
- the historical effects and significance of Chrysanthemum and the Sword
- key texts from the anthropology enquiry that started within the US military occupation of Japan (1945-1952)
- Japanese kinship and its relationship to the study of Japan as a nation
- the origins and development of the studies of the Japanese self
This book will be welcomed by all students of Japanese anthropology and Japanese history. Its historical breadth and criticism of existing approaches provide a fresh and reasoned insight into the development and future of anthropology of Japan. Sonia Ryang is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, USA. She is also the author of North Koreans in Japan.
Based on personal interviews with the principal policy-makers of the 1970s, Korea's Development under Park Chung-Hee examines how the president sought to develop South Korea into an independent, autonomous sovereign state both economically and militarily. Kim provides a new narrative in the complex task of exploring the paradoxical nature and effects of Korea's rapid development, which maintains that any judgement of Park must consider his achievements in the socio-economic, cultural and political context in which they took place. Kim examines:
- Park’s abhorrence of Korea’s reliance on the US presence
- Intellectual debate on national reconstruction pre-1961
- The Korean model of state-guided industrialization
- Park's rapid development strategy
- The role of the ruling elite
- The heavy and chemical industrialization of the 1970s
- Park's clandestine nuclear weapons development program
With a great deal of material never before published, students of Korean politics and history at all levels will find this book a stimulating account of South Korea in the 1960s and 1970s. Kim Hyung-A is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
This book explores the reactions to the Manchurian
crisis of different sections of the state, and of a number of
different groups in Japanese society, particularly rural groups,
women's organizations and business associations. It thus seeks
to avoid a generalized account of public relations to the military
and diplomatic events of the early 1930s, offering instead a nuanced
account of the shifts in public and popular opinion in this crucial
This volume is a major reconsideration of Japanese
late modernity and national hegemony which examines the creative
and academic works of a number of influential Japanese thinkers.
The author situates the process of Japanese knowledge production
in the interface between the immediate historical and the wider
socio-economic and politico-cultural contexts accompanying the
Japanese post-war experience of modernity.
This book will be of great value to anyone interested in the history of contemporary Japanese culture and society.
The Development of Management Strategy in HyundaiSeung Ho Kwon and Michael O'Donnell
This important new study argues that an historical
analysis of the labour-management policies of the Korean family
congolomerates, or chaebol, is essential for a complete understanding
of the dynamics of South Korean industrial relations. Focusing
on the labour-management strategies of the Hyundai Business Group,
the book offers a new perspective on this Asian 'tiger' economy.
2000, Illus 18 tables, 22 figures HB: 0-415-22169-2 £55.00
Population and Planning in ChinaWang Chi-yeh and Terence H. Hull (editors)
This book offers important insights into the
population planning process from the perspectives of Chinese officials
and scholars of the State Planning Commission (SPC), and foreign
scholars who collaborated with the SPC in carrying out a project
on population and development planning.
1991, 311pp ISBN 0 04 442323 3 paperback NOT IN PRINT
New God, New Nation: Protestants and Self Reconstruction Nationalism in Korea 1896-1937Ken Wells
At the close of the nineteenth century the kingdom
of Korea became a battleground at the centre of the tripartite
rivalry between China, Japan, and Russia, culminating in its official
incorporation into the Japanese empire in 1910. It was in the
context of this loss of political and cultural autonomy that some
Koreans turned to Protestantism and associated ideas of the nation-state
as a model for a new Korea.
1991, 222pp ISBN 0 04 442341 1 paperback $24.95
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The Chosen One: Succession and Adoption in the Court of Ming ShizongCarney Fisher
When he took the Ming throne in 1521, the young
emperor Shizong asked his advisers about ceremonial protocol for
his deceased father. This initiated a violent conflict that would
engulf the entire realm and present a virtually unsolvable conundrum
to future Chinese historians. The heat and passion generated during
this controversy ended only after Shizong had used the full force
of the autocracy of the throne, had beaten to death seventeen
of his leading officials, and had alienated a great number of
1990, 230pp ISBN 0 04 442113 3 paperback NOT IN PRINT
Divided SelfLeith Morton
Arishima Takeo led one of the most dramatic lives
of any modern Japanese writer. Making use of a revealing diary
left by Arishima, Leith Morton pieces together the story of his
early years in Japan. Arishima?s linking of behaviour with sexual
drives was undoubtedly his outstanding achievement as a writer
and presaged much later Japanese writing. His story is tragic
not only because of his famous love suicide but also because he
illustrates the dilemma in which many Japanese intellectuals found
themselves as Japan became increasingly right-wing when their
own sympathies tended increasingly to the left.
1988, 237pp ISBN 0 04 378006 7 paperback NOT IN PRINT
Eighteenth Century Japan: Culture and SocietyC. Andrew Gerstle
The essays in this collection show a fascination
with the social context behind the development of aesthetics,
drama, language, art and philosophy in pre-industrialised Japan.
1989, 163pp ISBN 0 04 380031 9 paperback NOT IN PRINT
China Stands Up: Ending the Western Presence, 1948-1950Beverley Hooper
This book analyses Chinese policies and actions
towards Westerners who remained in China during and immediately
after the Communist victory, focusing on the period from 1948
until the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950. The writer
assesses the impact of nationalism and socialism on Western businesses,
Christian missions, educational institutions, culture and official
1986, 246pp ISBN 0 86861 986 8 paperback NOT IN PRINT
Populist Nationalism in Pre-War Japan: A Biography of Nakano SeigoLeslie Russel Oates
This study explores the political, social and
intellectual background to the emergence of nationalism in interwar
Japan through an examination of the life of Nakano Seigo (1886-1943).
Nakano was in many ways an unusual figure, combining popular oratory
and journalism with a long political career which brought him
close to the heart of Japan?s power structure.
1985, ISBN 0 86861 111 5 paperback NOT IN PRINT
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