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Asia's Transformations

Series Editor: Mark Selden

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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11-20 of 42 results in Asia's Transformations
  1. State, Society and the Market in Contemporary Vietnam

    Property, Power and Values

    Edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Mark Sidel

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    Lively debates around property, access to resources, legal rights, and the protection of livelihoods have unfolded in Vietnam since the economic reforms of 1986. Known as Doi Moi (changing to the new), these have gradually transformed the country from a socialist state to a society in which a...

    Published August 22nd 2012 by Routledge

  2. The Market and Temple Fairs of Rural China

    Red Fire

    By Gene Cooper

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    During the early communist period of the 1950s, temple fairs in China were both suppressed and secularized. Temples were closed down by the secular regime and their activities classified as feudal superstition and this process only intensified during the Cultural Revolution when even the surviving...

    Published August 12th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Japan’s Outcaste Abolition

    The Struggle for National Inclusion and the Making of the Modern State

    By Noah Y. McCormack

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    The Tokugawa Shogunate, which governed Japan for two and a half centuries until the mid-1860s, classed people into hierarchically ranked status groups (mibun). The early Tokugawa rulers legally established these status groups through the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, adapting and...

    Published July 18th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Mapping Modernity in Shanghai

    Space, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Sojourners' City, 1853-98

    By Samuel Y. Liang

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    This book argues that modernity first arrived in late nineteenth-century Shanghai via a new spatial configuration. This city’s colonial capitalist development ruptured the traditional configuration of self-contained households, towns, and natural landscapes in a continuous spread, producing a new...

    Published April 30th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Minorities and Education in Multicultural Japan

    An Interactive Perspective

    Edited by Ryoko Tsuneyoshi, Kaori H. Okano, Sarane Boocock

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    This volume examines how Japan’s increasingly multicultural population has impacted on the lives of minority children and their peers at school, and how schools are responding to this trend in terms of providing minority children with opportunities and preparing them for the adult society. The...

    Published October 11th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Japan's Wartime Medical Atrocities

    Comparative Inquiries in Science, History, and Ethics

    Edited by Jing Bao Nie, Nanyan Guo, Mark Selden, Arthur Kleinman

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    Prior to and during the Second World War, the Japanese Army established programs of biological warfare throughout China and elsewhere. In these “factories of death,” including the now-infamous Unit 731, Japanese doctors and scientists conducted large numbers of vivisections and experiments on...

    Published May 21st 2011 by Routledge

  7. Girl Reading Girl in Japan

    Edited by Tomoko Aoyama, Barbara Hartley

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    Girl Reading Girl provides the first overview of the cultural significance of girls and reading in modern and contemporary Japan with emphasis on the processes involved when girls read about other girls. The collection examines the reading practices of real life girls from differing social...

    Published May 9th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Learning Chinese, Turning Chinese

    Challenges to Becoming Sinophone in a Globalised World

    By Edward McDonald

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    In this book Edward McDonald takes a fresh look at issues of language in Chinese studies. He takes the viewpoint of the university student of Chinese with the ultimate goal of becoming 'sinophone': that is, developing a fluency and facility at operating in Chinese-language contexts comparable to...

    Published February 6th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Re-writing Culture in Taiwan

    Edited by Fang-Long Shih, Stuart Thompson, Paul Tremlett

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    This inter-disciplinary volume of essays opens new points of departure for thinking about how Taiwan has been studied and represented in the past, for reflecting on the current state of ‘Taiwan Studies’, and for thinking about how Taiwan might be re-configured in the future. As the study of Taiwan...

    Published February 6th 2011 by Routledge

  10. State and Society in Modern Rangoon

    By Donald M. Seekins

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    While most of Asia’s major cities are increasingly homogenized by rapid economic growth and cultural globalization, Rangoon, which is Burma’s former capital and largest city, still bears the imprint of a unique and often turbulent history. It is the site of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a focus of Buddhist...

    Published August 3rd 2010 by Routledge