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. 58, July

Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States
Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States, by Jae Ho Chung. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. xiv +185 pp. US$40.00/£26.00 (hardcover).In the early 21st century, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) faces the challenge...
China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World
China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World, by John W. Garver. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006. xii + 401 pp. US50.00/£32 (hardcover), US$24.95/£15.99 (paperback).As in his previous volumes, this latest book by John Garver...
China Candid: The People on the People's Republic
China Candid: The People on the People's Republic, by Sang Ye. Edited by Geremie R. Barmé, with Miriam Lang. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. xxvi + 338 pp. US$50.00/~32.50 (hardcover), US$19.95/£12.95 (paperback).China Candid's author...
China on Screen: Cinema and Nation
China On Screen: Cinema and Nation, by Chris Berry and Mary Farquhar. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. xvi + 313 pp. US$64.50/£41.40 (hardcover), US$24.50/£16.00 (paperback).Since the mid- '80s, when vital, new Fifth Generation films from the...
China's Agricultural Development: Challenges and Prospects
China's Agricultural Development: Challenges and Prospects, edited by Xiao-yuan Dong, Shunfeng Song and Xiaobo Zhang. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. xii + 311 pp. US$124.95/£65.00 (hardcover).The book is a selection of papers originally presented in June...
China's Compliance in Global Affairs: Trade, Arms Control, Environmental Protection, Human Rights
China's Compliance in Global Affairs: Trade, Arms Control, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, by Gerald Chan. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2006. xxii + 249 pp. US$52.00 (hardcover).Former US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick's...
China's Deep Reform: Domestic Politics in Transition
China's Deep Reform: Domestic Politics in Transition, edited by Lowell Dittmer and Guoli Liu. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefleld, 2006. xiv + 517 pp. US$89.00 (hardcover), US$34.95 (paperback).This edited volume is a collection of journal articles and...
China's "Peaceful Rise" in the 21st Century: Domestic and International Conditions
China's "Peaceful Rise" in the 21st Century: Domestic and International Conditions, edited by Sujian Guo. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. xii + 272 pp. £55.00/US$99.95 (hardcover).The re-emergence of the People's Republic of China as a great economic, political...
China's Rural Economy after WTO: Problems and Strategies
China's Rural Economy After WTO: Problems and Strategies, edited by Shunfeng Song and Aimin Chen. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. xiv + 367 pp. £65.00/US$124.95 (hardcover).This book is a collection of papers based on an international symposium on China's...
China-Watching: Perspectives from Europe, Japan and the United States
China-Watching: Perspectives from Europe, Japan and the United States, edited by Robert Ash, David Shambaugh and Seiichiro Takagi. London: Routledge, 2007. ? + 261 pp. £80.00/$145.00 (hardcover), £20.99/$37.95 (paperback).The stated purpose of this compendium...
Chinese Cyberspaces: Technological Changes and Political Effects
Chinese Cyberspaces: Technological Changes and Political Effects, edited by Jens Damm and Simona Thomas. London: Routledge, 2006. xx + 180 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).This volume is a very welcome addition to the literature on the development of the Internet...
Chinese Discourses on the Peasant, 1900-1949
Chinese Discourses on the Peasant, 1900-1949, by Xiaorong Han. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. xii + 259 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).This short book (175 pages of text) is a survey of what Chinese intellectuals were...
Chinese Ethnic Business: Global and Local Perspectives
Chinese Ethnic Business: Global and Local Perspectives, edited by Eric Fong and Chiu Luk. London: Routledge, 2007. xvi + 247 pp. £75.00/US$130.00 (hardcover).The dramatic changes in world patterns of business under globalization have increasingly affected...
Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia
Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia, by Sherman Cochran. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006. x + 242 pp. US$45.00/£29.95/euro1.50 (hardcover).In Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia,...
Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era: New Leaders, New Challenges
Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era: New Leaders, New Challenges, by Willy Wo-Lap Lam. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2006. xvi + 359 pp. US$82.95 (hardcover), US$29.95 (paperback).For the last 20 years, the China-watching community has been deeply indebted...
Civil-Military Relations in Today's China: Swimming in a New Sea
Civil-Military Relations in Today's China: Swimming in a New Sea, edited by David M. Finkelstein and Kristen Gunness. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2007. xviii + 326 pp. US$85.95 (hardcover), US$29.95 (paperback).This edited volume addresses five set of issues....
Conflict and Innovation: Joint Ventures in China
Conflict and Innovation: Joint Ventures in China, edited by Leo Douw and Chan Kwok-bun. Leiden: Brill, 2006. viii + 283 pp. euro89.00/US$116.00 (hardcover).In the last 25 years or so, China has become one of the most popular destinations for foreign...
Consuming China: Approaches to Cultural Change in Contemporary China
Consuming China: Approaches to Cultural Change in Contemporary China, edited by Kevin Latham, Stuart Thompson and Jakob Klein. London: Routledge, 2006. [x] + 246 pp. £75.00/US$ 135.00 (hardcover).This book originated in a seminar series held in 1998-89...
Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China
Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China, by Mary Elizabeth Gallagher. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. vi + 240 pp. US$35.00/£22.95 (hardcover).Mary Elizabeth Gallagher's first book, Contagious Capitalism,...
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel, by Jeffrey C. Kinkley. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2006. xii + 289 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).Jeffrey C. Kinkley's book analyzes the rise and decline of "anti-corruption...
Culture in the Contemporary PRC
Culture in the Contemporary PRC, edited by Michel Hockx and Julia Strauss. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. [x] + 202 pp. US$28.99/£16.99 (paperback).This book of essays, with less than 190 pages of text, offers a panorama of the cultural...
Discovering Nature: Globalization and Environmental Culture in China and Taiwan
Discovering Nature: Globalization and Environmental Culture in China and Taiwan, by Robert P. Weller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. viii + 189 pp. £40.00/US$70.00 (hardcover), £15.99/US$27.99 (paperback).Discovering Nature provides a fascinating...
Displacing Desire: Travel and Popular Culture in China
Displacing Desire: Travel and Popular Culture in China, by Beth E. Notar. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006. xiv + 193 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover).For the first time, serious social researchers of non-Western societies are beginning to turn their...
Economic Growth, Transition and Globalization in China
Economic Growth, Transition and Globalization in China, edited by Yanrui Wu. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006. x + 241 pp. £59.95/US$90.00 (hardcover).The eleven chapters of this book were originally presented at a conference in Perth in mid-2005, with...
Education and Social Change in China: Inequality in a Market Economy
Education and Social Change in China: Inequality in a Market Economy, edited by Gerard Postiglione. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2006. xiv + 207 pp. US$74.95 (hardcover), US$28.95 (paperback).When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power in October 1949,...
Empire, Nation, and Beyond: Chinese History in Late Imperial and Modern Times-A Festschrift in Honor of Frederic Wakeman
Empire, Nation, and Beyond: Chinese History in Late Imperial and Modern Times-A Festschrift in Honor of Frederic Wakeman, edited by Joseph W. Esherick, Wen-hsin Yeh and Madeleine Zelin. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California,...
From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China
From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China, edited by Paul G. Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. xii + 268 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$27.95 (paperback).Paul G. Pickowicz and Yingjin...
Gender and Community under British Colonialism: Emotion, Struggle, and Politics in a Chinese Village
Gender and Community under British Colonialism: Emotion, Struggle, and Politics in a Chinese Village, by Siu Keung Cheung. New York: Routhledge, 2007. xvi + 199 pp. US$95.00 (hardcover).The book provides an interesting analysis of how colonial governance...
Grains in China: Foodgrain, Feedgrain and World Trade
Grains in China: Foodgrain, Feedgrain and World Trade, edited by Zhang-Yue Zhou and Wei-Ming Tian. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. xvi + 255 pp. US$99.95/£55.00 (hardcover).Grain is indeed an important topic in China, where governments have always been obsessed...
Hedda Morrison's Hong Kong: Photographs and Impressions 1946-47
Hedda Morrison's Hong Kong: Photographs and Impressions 1946-47, by Edward Stokes. Hong Kong: Hongkong Conservation Photography Foundation; Hong Kong University Press, 2005. xviii + 282 pp. US$49.50 (hardcover).Still photography was invented in 1839...
Hong Kong's Health System: Reflections, Perspectives and Visions
Hong Kong's Health System: Reflections, Perspectives and Visions, edited by Gabriel M. Leung and John Bacon-Shone. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2006. xx + 547 pp. US$59.50 (hardcover).The city-state of Hong Kong has a fascinating health care...
How China Works: Perspectives on the Twentieth-Century Industrial Workplace
How China Works: Perspectives on the Twentieth-Century Industrial Workplace, edited by Jacob Eyferth. London: Routledge, 2006. xiv + 162 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).Based on papers presented at a workshop in 2002, this book spans more than a hundred years...
Kinship, Contract, Community, and State: Anthropological Perspectives on China
Kinship, Contract, Community, and State: Anthropological Perspectives on China, by Myron L. Cohen. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005. xvi + 359 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).It is becoming increasingly common for scholars, often...
Mao and the Economic Stalinization of China, 1948-1953
Mao and the Economic Stalinization of China, 1948-1953, by Hua-yu Li. Lanham: Rowman & Litflefield, 2006. xiv + 251 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover).This book offers an insightful analysis of Mao's agenda in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Based on archival...
Mao's Last Revolution
Mao's Last Revolution, by Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals. Cambridge: Belknap Press HUP, 2006. xvi + 693 pp. US$35.00/ £22.95/euro32.30 (hardcover).Participants and scholars have been trying to make sense of the Cultural Revolution since...
Media and the Chinese Diaspora: Community, Communications and Commerce
Media and the Chinese Diaspora: Community, Communications and Commerce, edited by Wanning Sun. London: Routledge, 2006. xiv + 220 pp. £65.00/US$120.00 (hardcover)."The 'Chinese diaspora' is as much a discursive project as a material and socio-economic...
Mongols from Country to City: Floating Boundaries, Pastoralism and City Life in the Mongol Lands
Mongols from Country to City: Floating Boundaries, Pastoralism and City Life in the Mongol Lands, edited by Ole Bruun and Li Narangoa. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2006. xiv + 316 pp. £40.00/US$60.00 (hardcover).Mongols have faced sweeping changes over the...
New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy
New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy, edited by Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert S. Ross. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. xviii + 482 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).This volume has two purposes. The first...
Population Governance in the Prc: Political, Historical and Anthropological Perspectives
Birth Control in China, 1949-2000: Population Policy and Demographic Development, by Thomas Scharping. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.Governing China's Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics, by Susan Greenhalgh and Edwin A....
Poverty and Inequality among Chinese Minorities
Poverty and Inequality Among Chinese Minorities, by A. S. Bhalla and Shufang Qiu. London: Routledge, 2006. xx + 202 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).This is a frustrating book which searches for an answer to an important question: are China's minorities poorer...
Qu Qiubai: Superfluous Words
Qu Qiubai: Superfluous Words, translation and commentary by Jamie Greenbaum. Canberra: Pandanus Books, 2006. xx + 230 pp. AUS$34.95 (paperback).Qu Qiubai (1899-1935) is a little-known early leader of the Chinese Communist Party. He was born into an impoverished...
Reins of Liberation: An Entangled History of Mongolian Independence, Chinese Territoriality, and Great Power Hegemony, 1911-1950
Reins of Liberation: An Entangled History of Mongolian Independence, Chinese Territoriality, and Great Power Hegemony, 1911-1950, by Xiaoyuan Liu. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2006. xxxii + 474 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).This book and a number...
Sex and Sexuality in China
Sex and Sexuality in China, edited by Elaine Jeffreys. London: Routledge, 2006. viii + 184 pp. £65.00/US$ 120.00 (hardcover).Scholars have been grappling with the complexities necessary to discuss sexuality in a Chinese context for several years and,...
Southern Fujian: Reproduction of Traditions in Post-Mao China
Southern Fujian: Reproduction of Traditions in Post-Mao China, edited by Tan Chee-Beng. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2006. viii + 190 pp. US$42.00 (hardcover).This edited volume resulted from a group research project, "Tradition, Change,...
The Chinese Communist Party in Reform
The Chinese Communist Party in Reform, edited by Kj eld Erik Brodsgaard and Zheng Yongnian. London: Routledge, 2006. ? + 268 pp. £70.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).There is a tendency among many observers of the Chinese political scene in the media, but also...
The Great Difference: Hong Kong's New Territories and Its People 1898-2004
The Great Difference: Hong Kong's New Territories and Its People 1898-2004, by James Hayes. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2006. xvi + 289 pp. US$39.50 (hardcover).Few scholars know Hong Kong's New Territories as well as James Hayes. In the preface...
The Making of the State Enterprise System in Modern China: The Dynamics of Institutional Change
The Making of the State Enterprise System in Modern China: The Dynamics of Institutional Change, by Morris L. Bian. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005. xiv + 331 pp.Sun Yat-sen, as Morris L. Bian reveals, was very keen on railways; indeed, he...
The Politics of China's Accession to the World Trade Organization: The Dragon Goes Global
The Politics of China's Accession to the World Trade Organization: The Dragon Goes Global, by Hui Feng. London: Routledge, 2006. xiv + 202 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).A surprisingly large number of books have been published in recent years about China's accession...
The Politics of Cultural Capital: China's Quest for a Nobel Prize in Literature
The Politics of Cultural Capital: China's Quest for a Nobel Prize in Literature, by Julia Lovell. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006. viii - 248 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover), US$26.00 (paperback).This beautifully written book gives a pleasure in...
The Tibetans
The Tibetans, by Matthew T. Kapstein. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. xxiv + 360 pp. £25.00/US$29.95/AUS$96.95 (hardcover).It takes a special confidence to title one's book The Tibetans, given the numerous gauntlets of territorialism in expertise...
The Transformation of Chinese Socialism
The Transformation of Chinese Socialism, by Lin Chun, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006. xii + 370 pp. US$84.95 (hardcover), US$23.95 (paperback).This rich and complex book can be read on three levels: one, as a work based on wide reading in social...
Unemployment in China: Economy, Human Resources and Labour Markets
Unemployment in China: Economy, Human Resources and Labour Markets, edited by Grace O. M. Lee and Malcolm Warner. London: Routledge, 2006. xx + 265 pp. £65.00/US$120.00 (hardcover).This edited volume is the product of the work of sociologists, economists,...
Unparalleled Reforms: China's Rise, Russia's Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition
Unparalleled Reforms: China's Rise, Russia's Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition, by Christopher Marsh. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005. xiv + 189 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Christopher Marsh uniquely brings both Russian and...
Village Life in Hong Kong: Politics, Gender, and Ritual in the New Territories
Village Life in Hong Kong: Politics, Gender, and Ritual in the New Territories, by James L. Watson and Rubie S. Watson. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2004. xx + 490 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover), US$23.00 (paperback).In the Preface to this rich...
Welfare, Environment and Changing US-Chinese Relations: 21st Century Challenges in China
Welfare, Environment and Changing US-Chinese Relations: 21st Century Challenges in China, edited by Maria Weber. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2004. xxxii + 181 pp. £55.00/US$90.00 (hardcover).This book explores major domestic social-economic issues as well...
Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976
Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976, edited by Amy D. Dooling. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. x + 323 pp. US$64.50/£42.00 (hardcover), US$24.50/£ 16.00 (paperback).In her second anthology of Chinese women's literature,...