Suk-Young Kim, “K-Pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Given its expanding multimedia presence in Asia and around the world for many years now, K-pop is a phenomenon that is hard to ignore. This “animal that thrives on excess,” as Suk-Young Kim puts it (p. 6) is more than just music, however, as it offers us a way of... Read More
Ian Johnson, “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao” (Pantheon, 2017)
Ian Johnson’s new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Pantheon, 2017),  was called “a masterpiece of observation and empathy” by The New York Review of Books, and The Economist, who included the book on its Best of 2017 list, said the book, “Shows how a... Read More
Sayaka Chatani, “Nation-Empire: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies” (Cornell UP, 2018)
Sayaka Chatani’s Nation-Empire: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies (Cornell University Press, 2018) tackles the fraught question of how and why young men in marginalized and rural areas of Japan and its colonies became emotionally invested in the project of Japanese nationalism and militarism. Why did... Read More
Emily Baum, “The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Emily Baum’s The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018 as part of the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute book series, is a genealogy of “psychiatric modernity,” of the invention and reinvention of modern mental... Read More
Christine Loh, “Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong” (Hong Kong UP, 2018)
There can be little doubt that Hong Kong has stood out as a particularly intense East Asian news hotspot in recent years. Whether reports have focused on pro-democracy protests, abducted booksellers or PRC Mainland integration plans, most of this news has revolved around a common theme – namely questions over... Read More