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Warrior Women

Considers the significance of female Chinese action stars in national and transnational contexts.

These Bones Shall Rise Again

David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.

Bombay before Bollywood

Traces the development of Indian cinema from the 1920s to the mid-1990s, before "Bollywood" erupted onto the world stage.

Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China

Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.

Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy

A wide ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.

The Hidden Lives of Brahman

Uses both textual and ethnographic sources to demonstrate that in Śaṅkara’s vedānta, brahman is an active force as well as a transcendent ultimate.

Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi

Challenges traditional views to consider Xunzi as a religious thinker.

Environmental Philosophy in Asian Traditions of Thought

Seminal essays on environmental philosophy from Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions of thought.

Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire

Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China's Emperor Wu.

Reconstructing the Confucian Dao

Discusses how Zhou Dunyi's thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.

Lord Siva's Song

A translation of the Īśvara Gītā, a parallel text to the Bhagavad Gītā that promotes religious inclusion.

Buddhism and American Cinema

Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.

A Warm Family

By Kim Hu-Ran
Translated by Cho Young-Shil
Subjects: General Interest

The first collection in English of this renowned Korean poet's work.

Chinese through Song, Second Edition

An innovative approach to teaching Chinese language and culture, using folk and popular songs.

Beyond Oneness and Difference

Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.

Homegrown Gurus

Exploring homegrown movements and figures, proclaims “American Hinduism” as a distinct religious tradition.

Family in Buddhism

A wide-ranging exploration of Buddhism and family in Asia--from biological families to families created in monasteries.

The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies

Essays on a wide range of areas and topics in Asian studies for scholars looking to incorporate Asia into their worldview and teaching.

The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung

Translation of the first grand synthesis of classic Chinese thought.

Ecology Is Permanent Economy

Explores the nonviolent philosophy and environmental activism of India’s Sunderlal Bahuguna.

Emerald City

A fascinating study of the gemstone industry of Jaipur with special emphasis on its ownership class.

The Way of Complete Perfection

Selected by Louis Komjathy
Translated by Louis Komjathy
Introduction by Louis Komjathy
Subjects: Religion And Spirituality

An anthology of English translations of primary texts of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Daoism.

Lost in Transition

Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.

Gandhi's Ascetic Activism

Discusses Gandhi’s creative use of ascetic practice, particularly his practice of celibacy, for nonviolent activism.

The Shaman and the Heresiarch

The first book-length study in English of the Chinese classic, the Li sao (Encountering Sorrow). Includes translations of the Li sao and the Nine Songs.

Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions

Discusses the notion of a spiritual master and looks at examples in a variety of world religions.

Collecting Objects / Excluding People

Combining aesthetic and political history, explores the influence of Chinese people and objects on American visual culture.

Red Genesis

Looks at the role of the Hunan First Normal School in fostering a generation of founders and key figures in the Chinese Communist Party.

Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China

Explores the religious, political, and cultural significance attributed to music in early China.

Ironies of Oneness and Difference

Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.

Somatic Lessons

Looks at narrative in the history of ayurvedic medical literature and the perspectives on illness and patienthood that emerge.

Dubious Facts

An innovative approach to historical records assesses how evidence claims and policy arguments were put forth in the royal courts of early China.

In the Company of Friends

Buddhist-Christian reflection that uses friendship as a model for interreligious understanding.

The Kyoto School

An accessible discussion of the thought of key figures of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy.

Cultivating Spirituality

Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.

History, Narrative, and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh's Fiction

Edited by Chitra Sankaran
Subjects: Asian Studies

Comprehensive overview of the work of Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.

The Dharma Master Chongsan of Won Buddhism

The first English translations of the writings of Chŏngsan (1900-62), who codified the central doctrines of Won Buddhism.

Li Zhi, Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire

A philosophical analysis of the work of one of the most iconoclastic thinkers in Chinese history, Li Zhi, whose ethics prized spontaneous expression of genuine feelings.

The Old Master

A unique translation of and commentary on the Laozi, based on the oldest edition of the work.

Rethinking Autonomy

Provides a critique of and alternative to the dominant paradigm used in biomedical ethics by exploring the Japanese concept of autonomy.

Shinohara Pops!

Surveys the fifty-year career of the avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara.

Yogi Heroes and Poets

An exploration of the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāths, a Hindu lineage known for Hatha yoga practice.

This-Worldly Nibbana

A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.

Women and Confucianism in Choson Korea

A new, multifaceted look at Korean women during a period of strong Confucian ideology.

Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

Kama's Flowers

Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885 to 1925.

Visions of Unity

Presents the thought of a controversial Tibetan Buddhist thinker on the Yogācāra and Madhyamaka systems.

Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

China's America

A fascinating look at Chinese perceptions of the United States and the cultural and political background that informs them.

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.

Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen

Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the Koryo period to the present.

Hinduism as a Missionary Religion

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Riding the Wind with Liezi

New attention and fresh perspectives on the classic, but neglected, text of Daoism, the Liezi.

Engaging South Asian Religions

Looks at Western understandings of South Asian religions and indigenous responses from pre-colonial to contemporary times.

Transnationalism Reversed

Examines transnational movement building through a focus on acid attacks and organizing against acid violence in Bangladesh.

Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art

Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.

What Is Enlightenment

A cross-cultural work which reinvigorates the consideration of enlightenment.

Philosophy and Religion in Early Medieval China

An exploration of Chinese during a time of monumental change, the period after the fall of the Han dynasty.

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions

Innovative analysis of the relationship of gender to East Asian economic development.

Confucianism in Context

A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.

Invoking Lakshmi

A multi-faceted portrait of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Includes translations of verses used to invoke this goddess.

Colonizing the Realm of Words

Details the transformation of Tamil literary culture that came with colonialism and the encounter with Western modernity.

Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously

A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.

When Huai Flowers Bloom

Depicts the Cultural Revolution through stories in a variety of voices.

Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China

Explores the new literary and interpretive milieu that emerged in the years following the decline of China’s Han dynasty.

The Examined Life--Chinese Perspectives

Edited by Xinyan Jiang
Introduction by Xinyan Jiang
Foreword by Robert Cummings Neville
Subjects: Philosophy

A collection of essays on Chinese ethical traditions, including Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist ethics.

One Religion Too Many

Enlightening encounters with the world's religions from a Hindu perspective.

Phenomenology and Indian Philosophy

Addresses not only the basic theme of phenomenology, but its aesthetic, social, psychological, scientific, and technological aspects as well.

Sacred Play

Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.

Siva's Demon Devotee

An exploration and translation of the work of Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.

The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking

A work of and about comparative philosophy that stresses the importance of language in intercultural endeavors.

Engagement with North Korea

Examines how and why nations have persuaded North Korea to cooperate on topics such as nuclear policy.

Patronage and Community in Medieval China

A vivid portrait of the culture of a provincial military society in China’s early medieval period and its interactions with the southern imperial court.

Methodologies of Comparative Philosophy

A much-needed consideration of methodology in comparative philosophy.

Toward Filipino Self-Determination

Examines the project of Filipino self-determination in the context of capitalist globalization.

Taiwan's Buddhist Nuns

Explores the milieu of Taiwan’s Buddhist nuns, who have the greatest numbers in the Buddhist world and a prominent place in their own country.

Teaching the Silk Road

Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about China's Silk Road.

Asian Texts — Asian Contexts

Provides an overview of some of the great texts of Asian philosophy and religion along with an exploration of the contexts in which they arose.

Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism

An overview of Korean Buddhism and its major figures in the modern period.

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist thought and practice in the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

Xunzi and Early Chinese Naturalism

Explores Xunzi's thought in relation to the early Chinese philosophical context that relied on the natural world.

Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.

Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism

An engagement between Confucianism and the philosophy of Richard Rorty.

The Failure of Civil Society?

A look at the voluntary sector in Japan, which has emerged strongly only in recent years.

Paradigm City

Materially grounded analysis of contemporary film, literature, and music in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city. ”

Yasodhara, the Wife of the Bodhisattva

Translations of two works from Sri Lanka on Yasodharā, the wife of the Buddha—an allusive and intriguing figure in Buddhist lore and literature.

Nirvana for Sale?

Explores the relationship between material prosperity and spirituality in contemporary Thai Buddhism.

Awareness Bound and Unbound

Essays from the singular experience of Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy on classic and contemporary concerns.

Mipam on Buddha-Nature

A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.

Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra

Explores the importance of Buddhism as it developed in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra (modern-day Andhra Pradesh) and its influence.

Democracy as Culture

Explores the significance of Dewey’s thought on democracy for the contemporary world.

Expanding Process

Brings Chinese Daoist and Confucian thought into conversation with Western process, pragmatic, and naturalist philosophy and theology.

China and the International System, 1840-1949

By David Scott
Subjects: History

Examines the images, hopes, and fears that were evoked during China’s century-long subservience to external powers.

The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One

A study and translation of a tantric contemplative manual and the commentary on it.

Ritual and Deference

Brings Confucianism and Daoism into conversation with contemporary philosophy and the contemporary world situation.

The Bhagavad Gita

An interlinear edition of the spiritual classic that provides devanagari, transliterated Sanskrit, and English versions of the Gītā.

Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India

The oldest surviving anthology of lyric poems from India, the Sattasai presents the many aspects of love and provides a realistic counterpart to the Kāmasūtra.

One Korean's Approach to Buddhism

Insights into the experience and philosophy of Buddhism from a Korean perspective.