East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of East Asia about their new books.

Bill Lascher, "A Danger Shared: A Journalist’s Glimpses of a Continent at War" (Blacksmith Books, 2024)

July 18, 2024

A Danger Shared

Bill Lascher
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

Melville Jacoby was a U.S. war correspondent during the Sino-Japanese War and, later, the Second World War, writing about the Japanese advances from C…

Diana P. Parsell, "Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington's Cherry Trees" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 18, 2024

Eliza Scidmore

Diana P. Parsell

Eliza Scidmore (1856-1928) was a journalist, a world traveler, a writer, an amateur photographer, the first female board member of the National Geogra…

Ying Qian, "Revolutionary Becomings: Documentary Media in Twentieth-Century China" (Columbia UP, 2023)

July 17, 2024

Revolutionary Becomings

Ying Qian
Hosted by Julia Keblinska

Welcome to another episode of New Books in Chinese Studies. Today, I will be talking to Columbia University professor Ying Qian about her new book, Re…

Sino-Pacific Relations: A Discussion with Rodolfo Maggio

July 15, 2024

Sino-Pacific Relations

Rodolfo Maggio

The 2024 Solomon Islands elections were surprisingly peaceful. The deepening economic inequalities, widespread corruption, rogue demagogues manipulati…

Alfred Peredo Flores, "Tip of the Spear: Land, Labor, and US Settler Militarism in Guåhan, 1944–1962" (Cornell UP, 2023)

July 14, 2024

Tip of the Spear

Alfred Peredo Flores
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Tip of the Spear: Land, Labor, and US Settler Militarism in Guåhan, 1944–1962 (Cornell University Press, 2023), Dr. Alfred Peredo Flores argues th…

Huan Jin, "The Collapse of Heaven: The Taiping Civil War and Chinese Literature and Culture, 1850-1880" (Harvard UP, 2024)

July 13, 2024

The Collapse of Heaven

Huan Jin
Hosted by Huijun Mai

The Collapse of Heaven: The Taiping Civil War and Chinese Literature and Culture, 1850-1880 (Harvard UP, 2024) investigates a long-neglected century i…

Viren Murthy, "Pan-Asianism and the Legacy of the Chinese Revolution" (U Chicago Press,  2023)

July 13, 2024

Pan-Asianism and the Legacy of the Chinese Revolution

Viren Murthy
Hosted by Nicholas Zeller

Recent proposals to revive the ancient Silk Road for the contemporary era and ongoing Western interest in China’s growth and development have led to i…

Anri Yasuda, "Beauty Matters: Modern Japanese Literature and the Question of Aesthetics, 1890-1930" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 12, 2024

Beauty Matters

Anri Yasuda
Hosted by Jingyi Li

The notion of beauty is inherently elusive: aesthetic judgments are at once subjective and felt to be universally valid. In Beauty Matters: Modern Jap…

Wendy Matsumura, "Waiting for the Cool Moon: Anti-Imperialist Struggles in the Heart of Japan's Empire" (Duke UP, 2024)

July 11, 2024

Waiting for the Cool Moon

Wendy Matsumura
Hosted by Jingyi Li

In Waiting for the Cool Moon: Anti-Imperialist Struggles in the Heart of Japan's Empire (Duke UP, 2024) Wendy Matsumura interrogates the erasure of c…

Joanne Leow, "Counter-Cartographies: Reading Singapore Otherwise" (Liverpool UP, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Counter-Cartographies

Joanne Leow
Hosted by Victoria Lupascu

Counter-Cartographies: Reading Singapore Otherwise (Liverpool UP, 2024) draws from a body of Anglophone and multilingual cultural texts created in co…

Michelle T. King, "Chop Fry Watch Learn: Fu Pei-Mei and the Making of Modern Chinese Food" (Norton, 2024)

July 3, 2024

Chop Fry Watch Learn

Michelle T. King
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In 1971, the New York Times called the Taiwanese-Chinese chef, Fu Pei-Mei, the “the Julia Child of Chinese cooking.” But, as Michelle T. King notes …

Feng-Mei Heberer, "Asians on Demand: Mediating Race in Video Art and Activism" (U Minnesota Press, 2023)

July 2, 2024

Asians on Demand

Feng-Mei Heberer
Hosted by Ailin Zhou

Asians on Demand: Mediating Race in Video Art and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, 2023) explores a multilingual archive of contemporary queer…

J. Megan Greene, "Building a Nation at War: Building a Nation at War: Transnational Knowledge Networks and the Development of China during and after World War II" (Harvard UP, 2022)

June 27, 2024

Building a Nation at War

J. Megan Greene
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Building a Nation at War: Building a Nation at War: Transnational Knowledge Networks and the Development of China during and after World War II (Harva…

Jin Feng, "The Transpacific Flow: Creative Writing Programs in China" (Association for Asian Studies, 2024)

June 27, 2024

The Transpacific Flow

Jin Feng
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In 2009, Fudan University launched China’s first MFA program in creative writing, spurring a wave of such programs in Chinese universities. Many of th…

Living with Digital Surveillance in China

June 24, 2024

Living with Digital Surveillance in China

Ariane Ollier-Malaterre
Hosted by Joanne Kuai

How do Chinese citizens make sense of digital surveillance and live with it? What narratives do they come up with to deal with the daily and all-encom…

Judith Vitale et al., "Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan" (Brill, 2023)

June 22, 2024

Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan

Judith Vitale, Miriam Kingsberg Kadia, and Oleg Benesch
Hosted by Ran Zwigenberg

In early modern Japan, upper status groups coveted pills and powders made of exotic foreign ingredients such as mummy and rhinoceros horn. By the earl…

The Religious Landscape of Taiwan: A Discussion with Yushuang Yao

June 21, 2024

The Religious Landscape of Taiwan

Yushuang Yao

How is Buddhism seen and practiced in Taiwan? And how do neighbouring countries influence Taiwanese Buddhism? In this episode we explore the religious…

Jorge Almazán et al., "Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City" (Oro Editions, 2024)

June 19, 2024

Emergent Tokyo

Jorge Almazán and Studiolab
Hosted by James Wunsch

If ancient Kyoto stands for orderly elegance, then Tokyo, within the world’s most populated metropolitan area, calls to mind–– jam-packed chaos. But i…

Joanna Siekiera, "21st Century as the Pacific Century: Culture and Security of Oceania States in Great Power Competition" (Warsaw UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

21st Century as the Pacific Century

Joanna Siekiera

With the ever-greater shift of the balance of global power towards the Pacific region, what does this have implications for the geopolitics of the reg…

Qian Wei, "The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China" (Routledge, 2022)

June 18, 2024

The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China

Qian Wei
Hosted by Nick Pozek

Chinese philanthropic foundations navigate a uniquely challenging terrain shaped by authoritarian governance. The Governance of Philanthropic Foundati…