The China Journal

The China Journal publishes insightful scholarly commentary and analysis on topics relating to modern China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The China Journal also publishes book reviews of all the important books published on modern China.

Articles from No. 51, January

An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (1889-1975)
An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (1889-1975), by Geremie R. Barmé. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. xi + 471 pp. US$60.00/£40.00 (hardcover).Discussions of Chinese art in the 20th century have been chained to narratives of "tradition...
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Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance
Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance, by Wang Gungwu. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ix + 202 pp. A$49.95 (paperback).This book is based on the Smuts Commonwealth Lectures which Professor Wang Gungwu presented...
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An Intellectual History of Modern China
An Intellectual History of Modern China, edited by Merle Goldman and Leo Ou-Fan Lee. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. vii + 607 pp. £21.95/US$30/A$75.00 (paperback).This volume brings together essays relating to modern Chinese intellectual...
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Back-Alley Banking: Private Entrepreneurs in China
Back-Alley Banking: Private Entrepreneurs in China, by Kellee S. Tsai. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002. xvi + 316 pp. US$35.00 (hardcover).For some twenty years, economists have been applauding the formation, growth and maturation of China's private...
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Banking in Modern China: Entrepreneurs, Professional Managers, and the Development of Chinese Banks, 1897-1937
Banking in Modern China: Entrepreneurs, Professional Managers, and the Development of Chinese Banks, 1897-1937, by Linsun Cheng. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xvi + 277 pp. £47.50/US$65.00 (hardcover).Banking was possibly the most important...
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Between Assimilation and Independence: The Taiwanese Encounter Nationalist China, 1945-1950
Between Assimilation and Independence: The Taiwanese Encounter Nationalist China, 1945-1950, by Steven E. Phillips. PaIo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2003. xiii + 256 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).Stephen Phillips' excellent short book examines the critical...
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China and India Online: Information Technology Politics and Diplomacy in the World's Two Largest Nations
China and India Online: Information Technology Politics and Diplomacy in the World's Two Largest Nations, by Marcus Franda. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. xvii + 251 pp. US$27.95 (paperback), US$85.00 (hardcover).Glancing at the book title,...
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China and Southeast Asia: Changing Socio-Cultural Interactions
China and Southeast Asia: Changing Socio-Cultural Interactions, edited by Melissa G. Curley and Hong Liu. Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong, 2002. xxxiv + 258 pp. HK$200.00/US$28.20 (paperback).This volume is part of a China-ASEAN Project sponsored...
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China's Economy into the New Century: Structural Issues and Problems
China's Economy into the New Century: Structural Issues and Problems, by John Wong and Lu Ding. Singapore: Singapore University Press and World Scientific, 2002. xvi + 450 pp. US$58.00 (hardcover).This is a collection of seventeen papers by scholars...
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China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments/China 2002: WTO Entry and World Recession
China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments, edited by Peter Drysdale and Ligang Song. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. xiii + 227 pp. A$191.40/£60.00 (hardcover).China 2002: WTO Entry and World Recession, edited by Ross...
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China's Pension Reform and Its Discontents*
Protests by pensioners in Chinese cities have arisen over specific, largely local demands over the past decade, but they possess an abstract, nearly universal grievance as well. This arises from the fact that pension reform often threatens to undermine...
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China's Transition to a Global Economy
China's Transition to a Global Economy, edited by Michael Webber, Mark Wong and Zhu Ying. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. xii + 274 pp. £55.00 (hardcover).The editors of this volume pose two important, if not novel, questions: how and to what...
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Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experience
Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experience, by Charles A. Laughlin. Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, 2002. xii + 334 pp. US$64.95 (hardcover), US$21.95 (paperback).This study begins with a long, thoughtful introduction to...
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Chinese Women and Rural Development: Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan
Chinese Women and Rural Development: Sixty Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan, by Laurel Bossen. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002. xxvii + 393 pp. US$85.00 (hardcover), US$31.95 (paperback).The community referred to in the subtitle of this innovative...
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Creating an Urban Middle Class: Social Engineering in Beijing*
Dogs on a leash are a common sight in Hopetown,1 one of Beijing's "new cities", residential compounds for the professional middle class. Hairy and generally noisy, dogs are not allowed to grow beyond the 35cm limit set by the city government for the...
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Defining Modernity: Kuomintang Rhetorics of a New China, 1920-1970
Defining Modernity: Kuomintang Rhetorics of a New China, 1920-1970, edited by Terry Bodenhorn. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2002. vi + 288 pp. US$50.00/£35.50 (hardcover).This collection of essays is an excellent...
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Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China
Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China, by Adam Segal. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. xiii + 188 pp. US$35.00 (hardcover).The information technology (IT) industry has become one of the fastest growing sectors in China. In Digital...
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Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs: Qing Crisis Management and the Boundaries of State Power in Late Imperial China
Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs: Qing Crisis Management and the Boundaries of State Power in Late Imperial China, edited by Robert J. Antony and Jane Kate Leonard. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2002. xiii + 333 pp. US$32.00 (hardcover), US$ 19.00 (paperback).This...
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Financial Reform and Economic Development in China
Financial Reform and Economic Development in China, by James Laurenceson and Joseph C. H. Chai. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003. xiii + 159 pp. £49.95 (hardcover).This is a useful book on the important subject of China's financial sector reform over the...
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Friend of China-The Myth of Rewi Alley
Friend of China-The Myth of Rewi Alley, by Anne-Marie Brady. London: Routledge Curzon, 2003. x + 210 pp. A$198.00 (hardcover).Friend of China is one of the first academic studies about the small group of Westerners who joined forces with the Chinese...
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Japan and Greater China: Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century
Japan and Greater China: Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century, by Greg Austin and Stuart Harris. London: Hurst & Company, 2001. xv + 368 pp. £45.00 (hardcover), £16.95 (paperback).This book provides a comprehensive, even-handed...
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Kulturrevolution, Diskurs Und Erinnerung: Eine Analyse Lebensgeschichtlicher Erzählungen Von Chinesischen Frauen
Kulturrevolution, Diskurs und Erinnerung: Eine Analyse lebensgeschichtlicher Erzählungen von chinesischen Frauen (Cultural Revolution, Discourse and Memory: An Analysis of Life Stories by Chinese Women), by Nora Sausmikat. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang...
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Leaving China: Media, Migration, and Transnational Imagination
Leaving China: Media, Migration, and Transnational Imagination, by Wanning Sun. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. x + 243 pp. US$72.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Leaving China is an exciting book whose multiple strands of inquiry are woven...
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Les Grands Entrepreneurs Privés À Taiwan: La Main Visible De la Prospérité
Les Grands Entrepreneurs Privés à Taiwan: La Main Visible de la Prospérité (Taiwan's Large Private Enterpreneurs: The Visible Hand of Prosperity), by Gilles Guiheux. Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2002. 253 pp. euro25 (paperback).This thoroughly researched study...
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Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy: The Genesis of China's Fifth Generation
Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy: The Genesis of China's Fifth Generation, by Ni Zhen (translated by Chris Berry). Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2002. xviii + 233 pp. US$18.95 (paperback).The decision to translate a work is always an...
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Models of the Chinese Economy
Models of the Chinese Economy, edited by Peter Lloyd and Xiao-guang Zhang. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2001. xvii + 309 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).In this book, the editors collected 13 papers written by a group of 12 researchers from the University of Melbourne...
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Nanking 1937: Memory and Healing
Nanking 1937: Memory and Healing, edited by Fei Fei Li, Robert Sabella and David Liu. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2002. xxvi + 278 pp. US$64.95 (hardcover), US$23.95 (paperback).After Japan invaded and occupied Manchuria in 1931, the government of Chiang Kai-shek...
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Out of the Shadow of 1997? the 2000 Legislative Council Election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Out of the Shadow of 1997? The 2000 Legislative Council Election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, edited by Kuan Hsin-chi, Lau Siu-kai and Timothy Ka-ying Wong. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2002. xviii + 364 pp. US$26.00 (paperback).So...
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Political Regime of Contemporary China
Political Regime of Contemporary China, by Zhao Hongwei. Lanham: University Press of America, 2002. ix + 241pp. US$36.00 (paperback).We are told in the foreword that this book incorporates the author's China's Multi-layered Centralized Regime and Economic...
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Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village 1949-1999
Private Life Under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village 1949-1999, by Yunxiang Yan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003. xvi + 289 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover), US$19.95 (paperback).Private Life Under Socialism is based...
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Re-Examining the Cold War: U.S.-China Diplomacy, 1954-1973
Re-examining the Cold War: U.S.-China Diplomacy, 1954-1973, edited by Robert S. Ross and Jiang Changbin. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001. xv + 504 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover), US$25.00 (paperback).This compendium on Sino-American diplomacy during...
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Suing the Local State: Administrative Litigation in Rural China*
The promulgation of the Administrative Litigation Law (ALL) in 1989 was hailed in China as a "milestone of democratic and legal construction".1 Hopeful observers anticipated that the law, by empowering citizens to dispute unlawful administrative acts,...
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Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China
Taxation Without Representation in Contemporary Rural China, by Thomas P. Bernstein and Xiaobo Lu. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xviii + 282 pp. US$70.00 (hardcover).This book is an excellent resource on the distribution of political power...
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The Changing Face of Chinese Management
The Changing Face of Chinese Management, by Jie Tang and Anthony Ward. London and New York: Routledge, 2003. xi + 234 pp. £19.99 (paperback).Economic reforms in China have transformed the management of business, yet how the values and practices of managers...
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The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China
The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China, by Tze-lan D. Sang. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003. xii + 380 pp. US$17.00/£12.00 (paperback).This study of the enunciation and politics of female same-sex love is a welcome...
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The "End of Politics" in Beijing*
The cancellation of the annual leadership retreat at Beidaihe was among the most celebrated acts of Hu Jintao in his first year as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. The decision was heralded in China and abroad as a step forward in Chinese...
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The Golden Age of the U.S.-China-Japan Triangle, 1972-1989
The Golden Age of the U.S.-China-Japan Triangle, 1972-1989, edited by Ezra F. Vogel, Yuan Ming and Tanaka Akihiko. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center and Harvard University Press, 2002. ix + 268 pp. US$40 (hardcover).If the opening up of...
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The Heart of Economic Reform: China's Banking Reform and State Enterprise Restructuring
The Heart of Economic Reform: China's Banking Reform and State Enterprise Restructuring, by Donald D. Tong. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, 2002. xv + 202 pp. £39.95 (hardcover).The Heart of Economic Reform attempts to provide a holistic view of China's 'unfinished'...
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The National People's Congress of China
The National People's Congress of China, by Jiang Jinsong. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2003. 560 pp. RMB88.00 (hardcover).Scholars of institutional development have identified what has sometimes been called the "Tocqueville effect". Referring to...
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The Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China's Hinterland
The Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China's Hinterland, by Daniel B. Wright. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003. xvi + 199 pp. US$24.95 (paperback), US$65.00 (hardcover).Daniel Wright lived in the prefectural capital...
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The Rise of the Community in Rural China: Village Politics, Cultural Identity and Religious Revival in a Hui Hamlet*
The rise of "localism" has been a defining feature of the post-socialist state. Whether from regime collapse or through the introduction of reforms, as the tentacles of the post-socialist states retreated from intimate involvement in daily socio-economic...
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The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China
The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China, by Chris Coggins. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2003. xi + 340 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).One of the greatest changes in China studies over the past two and a half decades...
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The Victory of Materialism: Aspirations to Join China's Urban Moneyed Classes and the Commercialization of Education*
An important component of the Chinese government's strategy to modernize China entails enhancing the social and political status of a new moneyed urban middle class, particularly white-collar professionals and private entrepreneurs.1 In many ways, this...
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The West and China since 1500
The West and China since 1500, by John S. Gregory. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. xi + 233 pp. £50.00/US$75.00/A$160.00 (hardcover), £16.99/US$24.95/A$56.00 (paperback).This survey of Western experiences of and reactions to China...
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Toward Critical Patriotism: Student Resistance to Political Education in Hong Kong and China
Toward Critical Patriotism: Student Resistance to Political Education in Hong Kong and China, by Gregory P. Fairbrother. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2003. ? + 218 pp. HK$295/US$39.50 (hardcover), HK$165/US$21.95 (paperback).Gregory Fairbrother...
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Trust in Troubled Times: Money, Banks and State-Society Relations in Republican China
Trust in Troubled Times: Money, Banks and State-Society Relations in Republican China, by Brett Sheehan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003. xiii + 269 pp. US$59.95 (hardcover).In one of several books dealing with the history of pre-war Chinese...
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Weak State, Strong Networks: The Institutional Dynamics of Foreign Direct Investment in China
Weak State, Strong Networks: The Institutional Dynamics of Foreign Direct Investment in China, by Hongying Wang. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. xiii + 211 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover).Of late China has been one of the most popular destinations...
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