New Books Network

Kunio Hara, “Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
A beloved Japanese anime move released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they deal with the separation from their mother who is in the hospital, and their adventures with the forest creatures they meet called the Totoro. In Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack... Read More
Norman A. Kutcher, “Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule” (U California Press, 2018)
Eunuchs. Nobody liked them, everybody seems to have hated them, but, even so, they were an essential part of many states – even in the Qing.  Norman A. Kutcher‘s book Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule (University of California Press, 2018) looks at these little-acknowledged eunuchs,... Read More
Michelle Murray, “The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status, Revisionism, and Rising Powers” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Is a rising power – like China – a threat to the world order? The conventional wisdom in international relations says that power transitions – particularly increases in military power – are intrinsically destabilizing to the international order. In her new book The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status,... Read More
D. A. Bell and W. Pei, “Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World” (Princeton UP, 2020)
What are the arguments in favor of social hierarchies? Are there differences in how hierarchy is viewed and valued in China compared with other countries? Which forms of social hierarchy are morally justified and how can they be promoted in the future? Drawing on a wide range of philosophical arguments,... Read More
Kirsten L. Ziomek, “Lost Histories: Recovering the Lives of Japan’s Colonial Peoples” (Harvard Asia Center, 2019)
Using diverse sources well beyond the colonial archive such as photographs, postcards, and even headstones, Dr. Kirsten L. Ziomek reveals the stories of colonial subjects in the Japanese empire in Lost Histories: Recovering the Lives of Japan’s Colonial Peoples (Harvard Asia Center, 2019). The book focuses on four groups of... Read More
Cole Roskam, “Improvised City: Architecture and Governance in Shanghai, 1843-1937” (U Washington Press, 2019)
Shanghai’s role in shaping modern China and indeed the very idea of what modernity is in China can hardly be overstated. Much of this long-lasting influence can be seen in how the city itself came into being as a complex product of Chinese and colonial forces, and as Cole Roskam... Read More
Loretta E. Kim, “Ethnic Chrysalis: China’s Orochen People and the Legacy of Qing Borderland Administration” (Harvard Asia Center, 2019)
Ethnic Chrysalis: China’s Orochen People and the Legacy of Qing Borderland Administration (Harvard Asia Center, 2019) is the first monograph published in English on the early modern history of the Orochen, an ethnic group that has inhabited northeast Asia for centuries. Since the seventeenth century, the Orochen has settled in... Read More