New Books Network

Pierre Asselin, “Vietnam’s American War: A History” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Do we need another book on the Vietnam War? Pierre Asselin, Dwight E. Stanford Chair in the History of US Foreign Relations at San Diego State University, thinks that we do. While he has already published A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (2002) and... Read More
Claire Edington, “Beyond the Asylum: Mental Illness in French Colonial Vietnam” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Both colonies and insane asylums are well known institutions of power. But what of asylums in Europe’s early 20th-century colonial empires? How did they operate? Who was confined in them? Who worked there? What was daily life like in such an institution? How did Western medical experts and the colonized... Read More
Alicia Izharuddin, “Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Since the fall of the Indonesian New Order regime in 1998 there has been a steady rise of Islamic popular culture in the nation. Muslim consumers and producers have cultivated a mediated domain where they can encounter commercial entertainment though the prism of spiritual reflection and piety. In Gender and... Read More
Alexander L. Hinton, “Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer” (Duke UP, 2016)
Can justice heal?  Must there be justice in order to heal?  Is there such a thing as justice, something to be striven for regardless of context? Alexander L. Hinton thinks through these questions in a pair of new books.  The two are companion pieces, each using Cambodia in a different... Read More
Wang Gungwu, “Home is Not Here” (NUS Press, 2018)
Wang Gungwu has long been recognized as a world authority on the history of China and the overseas Chinese. His work has been inspired by his own experience growing up Chinese in Southeast Asia, but with strong family, educational, and indeed emotional connections to China. In his new memoir, Home... Read More
David Biggs, “Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam” (U Washington Press, 2018)
By now we all know that Vietnam is a country, not a war. But how have decades, and even centuries, of war impacted the land of this southeast Asian nation? Professor David A. Biggs of the University of California, Riverside, specializes in Vietnamese environmental history. In Footprints of War: Militarized... Read More
Erik Harms, “Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in the New Saigon” (U California Press, 2016)
What happens when market-oriented policy reforms butt heads with a single-party state’s strictly maintained limits on political freedoms? That question sets the terms for Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in New Saigon (University of California Press, 2016) by Erik Harms, an ethnography of two districts in Saigon, or Ho... Read More