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Curses of the Kingdom of Xixia
Reality merges with illusion in this novel of northwestern China.
Writing Early China
Considers what unearthed documents reveal about the creation and transmission of knowledge in ancient China.
A Sourcebook in Classical Confucian Philosophy
Applies a method of comparative cultural hermeneutics to let the tradition speak on its own terms.
The Sound of Vultures' Wings
Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.
Daoism, Dandyism, and Political Correctness
Argues that Daoism and dandyism, linked by likeminded philosophies of “carefree wandering,” deconstruct the puritanism and political correctness sought by Confucianism, Victorianism, and contemporary neoliberal culture.
The Craft of Oblivion
Examines the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization.
Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea
Comprehensive examination of the goals, strategies, and motives of the six parties involved in North Korea denuclearization talks through the lens of negotiation theory.
The Chinese Love Story from the Tenth to the Fourteenth Century
Traces the development of the Chinese love story during the Song and Yuan dynasties.
A Walk in the Night with Zhuangzi
A complete translation and analysis of "All Things Flow into Form" (Fan wu liu xing), a recently discovered manuscript from the Warring States period (481–221 BCE).
Searching for Ashoka
Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.
Introduction to Buddhist East Asia
Offers a variety of pedagogical and theoretical essays designed to assist professors in introducing undergraduate students to Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan.
China and Its Small Neighbors
Analyzes the nature, processes, and political consequences of the asymmetrical relationships between China and its six small neighbors in Asia.
Crossing Boundaries and Confounding Identity
Examines literary, historical, and cultural portrayals of Chinese women, across centuries and continents.
Cinema of Discontent
Uses popular films to reveal the tensions generated during Japan’s postwar "economic miracle," challenging the prevailing view that it was a story of great national success.
Early Buddhist Society
A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.
The Many Lives of Yang Zhu
Presents the most important portrayals of the Daoist master Yang Zhu throughout Chinese history, from the Warring States period until today.
New Perspectives in Modern Korean Buddhism
Offers alternative approaches to the study of colonial and postcolonial Korean Buddhism, suggesting new directions for scholarship.
Honeymoon Couples and Jurassic Babies
Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.
A Conceptual Lexicon for Classical Confucian Philosophy
Uses a comparative hermeneutical method to explain the most important terms in the classical Confucian philosophical texts, in an effort to allow the tradition to speak on its own terms.
Religion and Empire in Portuguese India
Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.
Hindutva and Violence
Examines the place of history in the political thought of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the key architects of modern Hindu nationalism.
Explores Italian filmmakers' representations of China and the Chinese, both at home and abroad.
Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State
Looking at Japan, traces crisis narratives across three decades and ten policy fields, with the aim of disentangling discursively manufactured crises from actual policy failures.
When Does History Begin?
Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.
Technical Arts in the Han Histories
The first concerted attempt to analyze how the histories Shiji and Hanshu described the technical arts as they were applied in vital areas of the administration of pre-Han and Han China.
A Postcolonial Relationship
Offers an Asian immigrant perspective on US racial relations and explores the unique situations and challenges facing Asian immigrants in the United States.
Describes the profound social impact of the overthrow of the Thai absolute monarchy in 1932, and explains the importance of democracy in a country long known for authoritarian politics.
Lore and Verse
Explores how poetry was used to disseminate and interpret history in early medieval China.
Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future
Analyzes socially engaged art practices worldwide, linking them to decolonial struggle and critique.
The ancient concept of spontaneous self-causation (ziran) from Daoism opens a path to understanding human action as self-organizing, attention as effortless, and art as somatic.
Self-Cultivation in Early China
An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.
The Emergence of Word-Meaning in Early China
Posits the origin of a specifically Chinese concept of “word-meaning,” and sheds new light on the linguistic ideas in early Chinese philosophical texts.
Analyzes international and cultural relationships informed by "China," a category that is becoming ever more indispensable and yet unstable in everyday narratives.
Teaching, Tenure, and Collegiality
Questions universities’ increasing reliance on market-oriented metrics to determine their strategic directions and gauge faculty productivity.
The Coming Death
Explores questions of death and mortality in several key texts of East Asian literature and cinema.
The Hagiographer and the Avatar
Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.
The Mughals and the Sufis
Examines the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.
Moving for Marriage
Comparative, ethnographic study of women who migrate for marriage in rural north India.
The Science of Satyug
The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.
The Muslim World in Modern South Asia
Sets out the challenges presented to Muslim societies by Western dominance over the past two hundred years, and explores Muslim responses, particularly in the context of South Asia.
Teardrops of Time
Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.
The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction
Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked.
Words of Destiny
Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.
Explains why and how local critical reporting can exist in China despite the kinds of media control that are the hallmarks of authoritarian rule.
Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.
Offers new perspectives on modern Chinese political thought.
From Situated Selves to the Self
Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.
China in Ethiopia
Examines China’s involvement in Ethiopia as the latter embarks on modernization and economic development.
Examines Shanghai both as a real city and an imaginary locale, from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives.
Urban Migrants in Rural Japan
Offers an in-depth ethnography of paradigm shifts in the lifestyles and values of youth in post-growth Japan.
Challenges descriptions of East Asian societies as Confucian cultures and communitarian Confucian models as a political alternative to liberal democracy.
The Political Logics of Anticorruption Efforts in Asia
Examines the political dynamics behind anticorruption efforts in Asia.
The Other Emptiness
Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet.
The State of Race
An innovative comparative study of the role of racial stereotypes in expressing state power under globalization.
Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.
Nothingness in the Heart of Empire
Reveals the complicity between the Kyoto School’s moral and political philosophy, based on the school’s founder Nishida Kitarō’s metaphysics of nothingness, and Japanese imperialism.
Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei
Offers the first focused study of the shifei debates of the Warring States period in ancient China and challenges the imposition of Western conceptual categories onto these debates.
Help (Not) Wanted
Shows how Japan’s immigration policy is shaped by the nature of Japan’s economy and elite debates about the country’s national identity.
Buddhisms in Asia
A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.
Found in Transition
Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.
The Gender Legacy of the Mao Era
Shows that the feminist interventions of the Mao era (1949–1976) continue to influence contemporary Chinese women.
Inside North Korea’s Theocracy
Offers biographical accounts of several of North Korea’s leaders to illuminate the inner workings of its government.
Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora
Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.
Religious Journeys in India
Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.
Short stories that reflect the complexities of contemporary Tibetan life, written by Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden.
Birth in Ancient China
Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.
Between History and Philosophy
Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.
Walāyah in the Fāṭimid Ismāʿīlī Tradition
Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.
Confucianism for the Contemporary World
Discusses contemporary Confucianism's relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.
The China Order
Examines the rising power of China and Chinese foreign policy through a revisionist analysis of Chinese civilization.
Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalism initiatives that are designed to empower women.
Expressing the Heart's Intent
Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.
Military Thought in Early China
Provides a systematic and comprehensive survey of writings on military philosophy in early China.
The First Islamic Classic in Chinese
A translation of Wang Daiyu’s Real Commentary on the True Teaching, the first and most influential work written in the Chinese language on Islam.
Critiques the idea of a Chinese cultural identity and argues that such identities are instead determined by geopolitical and economic forces.
Confucianism and American Philosophy
A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.
China's Lonely Revolution
Presents a new view of the Chinese revolution through the lens of the local Communist movement in Hainan between 1926 and 1956.
Marionette Plays from Northern China
English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of Northern China.
Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints
A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.
Partnership within Hierarchy
Examines intra-alliance politics between the United States, Japan, and South Korea.
Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians
Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi's critique of Confucianism.
The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition
A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.
Behind the Facade
Explores why authoritarian regimes bother to hold elections.
Refiguring the Body
Examines how embodiment is conceived and experienced in South Asian religions.
Anarchism in Korea
A regional and transnational history of anarchism in Korea.
Self-Realization through Confucian Learning
Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.
Seeing Like the Buddha
Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.
Understanding the Analects of Confucius
A new translation and commentary of the Analects for contemporary audiences.
Advocacy and Policymaking in South Korea
Reveals how policymaking traditions prior to democratization continue to resonate within current South Korean public policy advocacy practices.
The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture
Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.
The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn
Shows how the text evolved from a non-narrative historical record into a Confucian classic.
The first major exhibition in the United States of chaekgeori painting, including on view for the first time many screens from private collections and various Korean institutions.
The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena
Explores the activities and political personas of women activists in Shiv Sena, a militant Indian political party.
Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy
Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large.
Thailand's Theory of Monarchy
Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy.
Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning
A translation and discussion of the central Confucian text on education, Xueji (On Teaching and Learning), influential in China from the Han dynasty to the present day.
The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle
Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.
Confucianism, A Habit of the Heart
Employs Robert Bellah’s notion of civil religion to explore East Asia’s Confucian revival.
Chinese Thought as Global Theory
Using Chinese thought, explores how non-Western thought can structure generally applicable social and political theory.
Fabricating an Educational Miracle
Illustrates the changing significance of what it means to be educated, rural, and ethnic in Southwest China.