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  1. Dorothea Schaefter (on leave)
    Senior Editor, Central, South and Southeast Asia
    Jillian Morrison, Acting Associate Editor

  2. Stephanie Rogers
    Publisher, East Asia

  3. Peter Sowden
    Editor, Asia

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Asia's Transformations

  1. East Asia Beyond the History Wars

    Confronting the Ghosts of Violence

    By Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Morris Low, Leonid Petrov, Timothy Y. Tsu

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    East Asia is now the world’s economic powerhouse, but ghosts of history continue to trouble relations between the key countries of the region, particularly between Japan, China and the two Koreas. Unhappy legacies of Japan’s military expansion in pre-war Asia prompt on-going calls for apologies,...

    Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge

  2. The Role of American NGOs in China's Modernization

    Invited Influence

    By Norton Wheeler

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    In the waning years of the Cold War, the United States and China began to cautiously engage in cultural, educational, and policy exchanges, which in turn strengthened new security and economic ties. These links have helped shape the most important bilateral relationship in the late-twentieth and...

    Published September 30th 2012 by Routledge

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Remaking China's Great Cities

    Space and Culture in Urban Housing, Renewal, and Expansion

    By Samuel Y. Liang

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    China’s rapid urbanization has restructured the great socialist cities Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou into mega cities that embrace global capitalism. This book focuses on the urban transformations of these three cities: Beijing is the nation’s political and cultural capital; Shanghai is the...

    To Be Published July 24th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism

    Spectacle, Politics and History

    By Hong Kal

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    While most studies on Korean nationalism centre on textual analysis, Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism offers a different approach. It looks at expositions, museums and the urban built environment at particular moments in both colonial and postcolonial eras and analyses their discursive...

    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 7th 2011 by Routledge

  9. 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

  10. 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 July 28th 2010 by Routledge

  11. 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 June 29th 2010 by Routledge

  12. 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 June 1st 2010 by Routledge

  13. 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 October 15th 2009 by Routledge

  14. Reclaiming Chinese Society

    The New Social Activism

    Edited by You-tien Hsing, Ching Kwan Lee

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    Reclaiming Chinese Society analyses the mechanisms, processes and actors producing a wide spectrum of social and cultural changes in reform China. Contrary to most literature that emphasizes economic and political processes at the expense of Chinese society, this volume argues for the centrality of...

    Published September 28th 2009 by Routledge

  15. 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 November 4th 2008 by Routledge

  16. The Making of Modern Korea

    2nd Edition

    By Adrian Buzo

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    This fully updated second edition of The Making of Modern Korea provides a thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1910 to the present day. The text is unique in placing emphasis on Korea’s regional and geographical context, through which Buzo analyzes the influence of bigger and more...

    Published December 19th 2007 by Routledge

  17. Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History

    Colonialism, Regionalism and Borders

    Edited by Sven Saaler, J. Victor Koschmann

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    Regionalism has played an increasingly important role in the changing international relations of East Asia in recent decades, with early signs of integration and growing regional cooperation. This in-depth volume analyzes various historical approaches to the construction of a regional order and a...

    Published December 11th 2006 by Routledge

  18. Singapore

    The State and the Culture of Excess

    By Souchou Yao

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    Taking ideas and frameworks from philosophy, psychology, political science, cultural studies and anthropology, this book tells the larger ‘truth’ about the Singapore state. This book argues that this strong hegemonic state achieves effective rule not just from repressive policies but also through a...

    Published December 6th 2006 by Routledge

  19. Korean Society

    Civil Society, Democracy and the State, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Charles K. Armstrong

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    While most analyses of Korean politics have looked to elites to explain political change, this new and revised edition of Korean Society examines the role of ordinary people in this dramatic transformation. Taking the innovative theme of 'civil society' - voluntary organizations outside the role of...

    Published November 8th 2006 by Routledge

  20. Working in China

    Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation

    Edited by Ching Kwan Lee

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    After a quarter of a century of market reform, China has become the workshop of the world and the leading growth engine of the global economy. Its immense labour force accounts for some twenty-nine per cent of the world's total labour pool but all too little is known about Chinese labour...

    Published September 4th 2006 by Routledge

  21. The Future of US-Korean Relations

    The Imbalance of Power

    Edited by John Feffer

    Series: Asia's Transformations

    US relations with North and South Korea have been characterized by profound asymmetries of power and perception which in recent years have led to increased tensions among the three countries. Bringing together twelve prominent experts on US-Korean and US-Pacific relations, this book explores the...

    Published April 27th 2006 by Routledge