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. 61, January

Accountability without Democracy: Solidary Groups and Public Goods Provision in Rural China
Accountability without Democracy: Solidary Groups and Public Goods Provision in Rural China, by Lily L. Tsai. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xvi + 347 pp. £45.00/US$85.00 (hardcover), £15.99/US$29.99 (paperback).Lily Tsai has written an...
Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century
Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-first Century, by Giovanni Arrighi. London: Verso, 2007. xiv + 418 pp. £25.00 (hardcover).This fascinating study of global trends in the last three centuries details how noncapitalist and capitalist market...
At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai
At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks, and State -Building in Republican Shanghai, edited by Nara Dilllon and lean C. Oi. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008. xiv + 310 pp. US$50.00 (hardcover).No Chinese city has stimulated...
Beijing Time/The Forbidden City
Beijing Time, by Michael Dutton, Hsiu-ju Stacy Fo and Dong Dong Wu. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. xiv + 265 pp. US$26.95 (hardcover).The Forbidden City, by Geremie R. Barmé. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. xxxvi + 251 pp....
Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China
Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China, by Feng Wang. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2008. xvi + 241 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).This study by Feng Wang of social inequality examines how economic and social inequality...
Business Expansion and Structural Change in Pre-War China: Liu Hongsheng and His Enterprises, 1920-1937
Business Expansion and Structural Change in Pre-War China: Liu Hongsheng and His Enterprises, 1920-1937, by Kai Yiu Chan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2006. xl + 283 pp. HK$350.00/US$49.50 (hardcover).Liu Hongsheng (O. S. Lieu) can be described...
China and the New International Order
China and the New International Order, edited by Wang Gungwu and Zheng Yongnian. London: Routledge, 2008. xiv + 316 pp. £85.00/US$170.00 (hardcover).This book is a significant joint effort by 15 prominent China scholars both within and outside China...
China-ASEAN Relations: Economic and Legal Dimensions
China-ASEAN Relations : Economic and Legal Dimensions, edited by John Wong, Zou Keyuan and Zeng Huaqun. Singapore: World Scientific, 2006. x + 337 pp. US$75.00/£41.00 (hardcover).This book is based on papers from a December 2004 conference in Singapore...
China between Region and World
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)In its foreign relations, China is a unitary actor, but decisions taken by its leaders reflect many pressures. In this essay, I analyze the pressures that influence China's interaction with the world in...
China during the Great Depression: Market, State, and the World Economy, 1929-1937
China during the Great Depression: Market, State, and the World Economy, 1929-1937, by Tomoko Shiroyama. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2008. xx + 325 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover).Tomoko Shiroyama' s important book, China during the Great...
China-Japan Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Creating a Future Past?
China-Japan Relations in the Twenty-first Century: Creating a Future Past? edited by Michael Heazle and Nick Knight. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007. xii + 247 pp. £59.95/US$l 10.00 (hardcover).In 2005, China-Iapan relations reached their lowest point...
China's Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing
China's Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing, by Bo Zhiyue. Singapore: World Scientific, 2007. xvi + 449 pp. US$75 .00/£4 1.00 (hardcover).While the recent Summer Olympics provided the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) administration...
China's Emergent Political Economy: Capitalism in the Dragon's Lair
China 's Emergent Political Economy: Capitalism in the Dragon 's Lair, edited by Christopher A. McNally. Abingdon: Routledge, 2008. xxvi + 259 pp. £75.00/ US$150.00 (hardcover).For more than a decade now, scholars of China have been acknowledging the...
China's Expansion into the Western Hemisphere: Implications for Latin America and the United States
China's Expansion into the Western Hemisphere: Implications for Latin America and the United States, edited by Riordan Roett and Guadalupe Paz. Washington: Brookings Institution, 2008. x + 276 pp. US$26.95/£15.99 (paperback).This book is a readable compilation...
China's Foreign Trade Policy: The New Constituencies
China's Foreign Trade Policy: The New Constituencies, edited by Ka Zeng. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. xii + 183 pp. £70.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).This collection of essays is the result of a conference on Chinese Foreign Trade Policy in 2006...
China's State Enterprise Reform: From Marx to the Market
China's State Enterprise Reform: From Marx to the Market, by John Hassard, Jackie Sheehan, Meixiang Zhou, Jane Terpstra-Tong and Jonathan Morris. London: Routledge, 2007. xvi + 265 pp. £75.00 (hardcover).Since the turn of the century, China has experienced...
China's Telecommunications Revolution
China's Telecommunications Revolution, by Eric Harwit. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. xviii + 249 pp. £50.00 (hardcover).China's Telecommunication Revolution analyzes China's telecommunications policy processes, key players in the building of...
China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines
China's Transformations: The Stories Beyond the Headlines, edited by Fionel M. Jensen and Timothy B. Weston. Fanham: Rowman & Fittlefield, 2007. xviv + 334 pp. US$80.00/£53.00/euro83.48 (hardcover), US$24.95/£15.99/euro25.18 (paperback).Following...
China-U.S. Relations Transformed: Perspectives and Strategic Interactions
China-U.S. Relations Transformed: Perspectives and Strategic Interactions, edited by Suisheng Zhao. London: Routledge, 2008. xvi + 234 pp. £75.00 (hardcover).This book is a useful collection of essays on various aspects of China-US relations, drawn mostly...
Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast, and Diaspora in Transnational China
Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast, and Diaspora in Transnational China, edited by Sherman Cochrane and David Strand. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2007. 313 pp. US$25.00 (paperback).Cities in Motion is a loose collection...
City between Worlds: My Hong Kong
City between Worlds: My Hong Kong, by Leo Ou-fan Lee. Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008. 322 pp. US$29.95/£19.95/ euro22.50 (hardcover).Following his well-received book, Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture...
Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict
Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict, by Yuezhi Zhao. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. xii + 373 pp. US$85.00 (hardcover), US$29.95 (paperback).Yuezhi Zhao's Communication in China follows on from her previous book, Media,...
Contextualization of Christianity in China: An Evaluation in Modern Perspective
Contextualization of Christianity in China: An Evaluation in Modern Perspective, edited by Peter Chen-main Wang. Sankt Augustin: Institut Monumenta Serica, 2007. 316 pp. euro40.00 (paperback).This book provides a historical survey of the development...
Courts and Criminal Justice in Contemporary China
Courts and Criminal Justice in Contemporary China, by Susan Trevaskes. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. xii + 227 pp. US$70. 00/£46.00/euro72.45 (hardcover), US$27.95/£17.99/euro28.33 (paperback).Courts and Criminal Justice in Contemporary China is a timely...
Creating Market Socialism: How Ordinary People Are Shaping Class and Status in China
Creating Market Socialism: How Ordinary People Are Shaping Class and Status in China, by Carolyn L. Hsu. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. x + 225 pp. US$74.95 (hardcover), US$21.95 (paperback).China's continuing process of reinventing itself occurs...
Crisis and Governance: Sars and the Resilience of the Chinese Body Politic
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)How crisis-prone is the reform-era Chinese state? Recent scholarly contributions yield no shortage of dire predictions, ranging from the regime's imminent collapse1 to the steady deterioration of the state's...
Critical Issues in Contemporary China
Critical Issues in Contemporary China, edited by Czeslaw Tubilewicz. New York: Routledge; Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong Press, 2006. xvi + 269 pp. £75.00/US$135.00 (hardcover), £20.99/US$36.95 (paperback).Critical Issues in Contemporary China...
Dragons with Clay Feet? Transition, Sustainable Land Use, and Rural Environment in China and Vietnam
Dragons with Clay Feet? Transition, Sustainable Land Use, and Rural Environment in China and Vietnam, edited by Max Spoor, Nico Heerink and Futían Qu. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. xiv + 341 pp. US$95.00 (hardcover).Dragons with Clay Feet claims to...
Empowering the Child: Children's Rights, Citizenship and the State in Contemporary China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)"Respect for the independent rights (ren de quanli ...) of children is the hallmark of any modern, civilized (wenming ...) society ... From this day onward, when parents behave in a way that violates these...
Entrepreneurship in China
Entrepreneurs hip in China, by Keming Yang. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. xii + 247 pp. £55.00/US$99.95 (hardcover).Keming Yang asks an important question in this book: how was China able to achieve sustained high rates of economic growth without the economic...
Fieldwork Connections: The Fabric of Ethnographic Collaboration in China and America
Fieldwork Connections: The Fabric of Ethnographic Collaboration in China and America, by Bamo Ayi, Stevan Harrell and Ma Lunzy. With a contribution by Bamo Qubumo. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007. xiv + 330 pp. US$33.00/£17.99 (paperback).This...
Forced Flexibility: A Migrant Woman's Struggle for Settlement
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)On an early People's Congress election-day morning in November 2006, piercing cold sweeps east Harbin. Community (shequ ...) cadres are busily putting up an election placard and ribbons. The radio is turned...
Gender, Politics, and Democracy: Women's Suffrage in China
Gender, Politics, and Democracy: Women 's Suffrage in China, by Louise Edwards. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. xiv + 334 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover).Louise Edwards explicitly links her interest in the history of women's suffrage in China to...
Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination
Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination, by Dibyesh Anand. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$25.00 (paperback).Tibet, currently an "Autonomous Region" of the People's Republic of China (PRC), presents...
Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation
Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation, by Gordon Mathews, Eric Kit-wai Ma and Tai-lok Lui. London and New York: Routledge, 2008. xiv + 197 pp. £75.00/US$135.00 (hardcover).As the title suggests, this book discusses Hong Kong learning to belong...
Infrastructure Investment in Rural China: Is Quality Being Compromised during Quantity Expansion?
By any measure, China has achieved impressive gains in the expansion of its rural infrastructure in recent years. Investment in rural roads increased rapidly between 2001 and 2004, from 35.8 billion yuan to 124.2 billion yuan, an annual growth rate of...
John Dewey in China: To Teach and to Learn
John Dewey in China: To Teach and To Learn, by Iessica Ching-Sze Wang. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. viii + 152 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).John Dewey's sojourn in China from 1919 to 1921 was a quintessential moment in Chinese-Western...
Legal Reform and Administrative Detention Powers in China
Legal Reform and Administrative Detention Powers in China, by Sarah Biddulph. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xviii + 484 pp. £65.00/US$120.00 (hardcover).Sarah Biddulph has examined in detail one of the most notable tensions in contemporary...
Local People's Congresses and Governing China
Young Nam Cho, Local People 's Congresses in China: Development and Transition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 192pp. US$80.00 (hardcover).Ming Xia, The People 's Congresses and Governance in China: Toward a Network Mode of Governance. London:...
Lost Soul: "Confucianism" in Contemporary Chinese Academic Discourse
Lost Soul: "Confucianism" in Contemporary Chinese Academic Discourse, by John Makeham. Cambridge MA: Harvard University East Asia Center, 2008. xiv + 397 pp. US$49.95 (hardcover).This is a remarkable book about the rise of the New Confucian philosophical,...
Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China
Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China, by Anne-Marie Brady. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. xiv + 231 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover).In a year of unprecedented media coverage of China, Anne-Marie Brady has written...
Marketization and Democracy in China
Marketization and Democracy in China, by lianjun Zhang. London: Routledge, 2008. ix + 277 pp. £85.00/US$170.00 (hardcover).This book offers some fresh insights into much-discussed issues. By studying economic, social and political evolution in two places...
Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement
Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement, by Xiaobing Tang. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. xii + 300 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover).Interestingly, woodcut prints resonate with traditional Chinese painting. They are executed...
Reading Christian Scriptures in China
Reading Christian Scriptures in China, edited by Chlöe Starr. London: T&T Clark, 2008. p + 229 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).Texts holding a thousand meanings still begin with single words. Reading Christian Scriptures in China is an engaging exploration...
Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism: How the Qing Frontier and Its Indigenes Became Chinese
Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism: How the Qing Frontier and its Indigenes Became Chinese, by James Leibold. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. xii + 271pp. £42.50 (hardcover).In this eye-opening and well-researched book, James Leibold focuses our...
Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China's Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004
Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China 's Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004, by Evan S. Medeiros. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007. xviii + 357 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).China's moves to participate constructively in the...
Rightful Resistance in Rural China
Rightful Resistance in Rural China, by Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xx + 179 pp. £40.00/US$70.00 (hardcover), £15.99/US$25.99 (paperback).The surge of popular contention in China since the 1990s has...
Service Encounters: Class, Gender, and the Market for Social Distinction in Urban China
Service Encounters: Class, Gender, and the Market for Social Distinction in Urban China, by Amy Hanser. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008. xiv 235 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover), US$21.95 (paperback).Service Encounters aptly demonstrates the virtues...
Social Policy in China: Development and Well-Being
Social Policy in China: Development and Well-being, by Chak Kwan Chan, King Lun Ngok and David Phillips. Bristol: The Policy Press, 2008. xiv + 234 pp. £60.00 (hardcover), £22.99 (paperback).China's economic achievements of the past three decades have...
Some Assembly Required: Work, Community, and Politics in China`s Rural Enterprises
Some Assembly Required: Work, Community, and Politics in China's Rural Enterprises, by Calvin Chen. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2008. xvi + 224 pp. US$39.95 (hardcover).In Some Assembly Required, Calvin Chen aims to explain "how and...
Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China
Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China, by Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. xxiv + 332 pp. US$39.95/£23.95 (hardcover).In the three years from 1876 to 1879, Shanxi and portions...
Technological Empowerment: The Internet, State, and Society in China
Technological Empowerment: The Internet, State, and Society in China, by Yongnian Zheng. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007. xxii + 246 pp. US$50.00 (hardcover).Everyone who wants to obtain a deeper understanding of internet politics in China...
The China Environment Yearbook (2005): Crisis and Breakthrough of China's Environment
The China Environment Yearbook (2005): Crisis and Breakthrough of China's Environment, edited by Liang Congjie and Yang Dongping. Leiden: Brill, 2007. 1x + 437 pp. euro140.00/US$200.00 (hardcover).The China Environment Yearbook (2005) represents an important...
The China Society Yearbook (2006): China's Social Development; Analysis and Forecast
The China Society Yearbook (2006): China's Social Development; Analysis and Forecast, edited by Ru Xin, Lu Xueyi, Li Peilin, Huang Ping and Chen Guangjin. Leiden: Brill, 2007. xiv + 434 pp. xiv + 434 pp. euro140.00/US$200.00 (hardcover).The China Society...
The Dynamics of Beijing Hong Kong Relations: A Model for Taiwan?
The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations: A Model for Taiwan? by Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008. xi + 334 pp. US$49.50 (hardcover), US$27.95 (paperback).The original concept of "One Country, Two Systems" (OCTS) was...
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Its First Decade
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in its First Decade, edited by Joseph Y. S. Cheng. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, 2007. xx + 908 pp. HK$238.00/US$38.00 (paperback).Just as it is difficult to edit a book with 904 pages of text,...
The Marketing of Traditional Medicines in China: The Case of Guangxi Province
The Marketing of Traditional Medicines in China: The Case ofGuangxi Province, by Du Liping. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005. vi + 277 pp. US$109.95/£69.95 (hardcover).This book describes the marketing system for traditional Chinese medicines (TCM)...
The Political Future of Hong Kong: Democracy within Communist China
The Political Future of Hong Kong: Democracy within Communist China, by Kit Poon. London; New York: Routledge, 2008. xxii + 177 pp. £85.00 (hardcover).Although this book is entitled The Political Future of Hong Kong, it focuses mainly on the development...
The Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West, and the Woman Question in China
The Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West, and the Woman Question in China, by Joan Iudge. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008. xvi + 400 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).Through the examination of writings on women's biographies produced by both...
The Transformation of Yiguan Dao in Taiwan: Adapting to a Changing Religious Economy
The Transformation of Yiguan Dao in Taiwan: Adapting to a Changing Religious Economy t by Yunfeng Fu. Fanham: Fexington Books, 2008. xii + 201 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).According to Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior, in 2006 Yiguan Dao was the third largest...
Translating Feminisms in China: A Special Issue of Gender and History
Translating Feminisms in China: A Special Issue of Gender and History, edited by Dorothy Ko and Wang Zheng. Maiden: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. viii + 251 pp. £19.99/US$39.95/AU$55.95 (paperback).Traversing the range of "feminisms" in China's "long twentieth...
Village China at War: The Impact of Resistance to Japan, 1937-1945
Village China at War: The Impact of Resistance to Japan, 1937-1945, by Dagfinn Gatu. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2007. xxii + 455 pp. £55.00 (hardcover), £19.99 (paperback).Dagfinn Gatu does not deny Chinese Communist Party "success" during the SinoJapanese...
Water and Development in China: The Political Economy of Shanghai Water Policy
Water and Development in China: The Political Economy of Shanghai Water Policy, by Seungho Fee. Singapore: World Scientific, 2006. xxxiv + 295 pp. US$75.00/£41.00 (hardcover).China's economic performance over the past decade has been impressive. However,...
Wildlife Conservation in China: Preserving the Habitat of China's Wild West
Wildlife Conservation in China: Preserving the Habitat of China's Wild West, by Richard B. Harris. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2008. xxiv + 341 pp. US$74.95 (hardcover).The book is based on 4 years of fieldwork in western China by a western wildlife biologist...
Wuhan, 1938: War, Refugees, and the Making of Modern China
Wuhan, 1938: War, Refugees, and the Making of Modern China, by Stephen R. MacKinnon. Includes Photographs by Robert Capa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. xvi + 182 pp. US$39.95/£23.95 (hardcover).For ten months, from January to October...
Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema, by Zhou Xuelin. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007. ? + 220 pp. HK$295.00/US$39.50 (hardcover).Xuelin Zhou's Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema provides an excellent overview of popular Chinese...