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. 60, July

A Chinese Economic Revolution: Rural Entrepreneurship in the Twentieth Century
A Chinese Economic Revolution: Rural Entrepreneurship in the Twentieth Century, by Linda Grove. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. xiv + 305 pp. US$66.00 (hardcover).A Chinese Economic Revolution is a detailed historical study of rural industry...
A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature
A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature, by Hong Zicheng, translated by Michael M. Day. Leiden: Brill, 2007. xx + 636 pp. euro104.00/US$149.00 (hardcover).This book is an ambitious, even heroic effort in two distinct ways: first, as a comprehensive...
Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's 100 Questions
Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's 100 Questions, edited by Anne-Marie Blondeau and Katia Buffetrille. Foreword by Donald Lopez. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. xxxii + 364 pp. US$60.00/?35.00 (hardcover), US$24.95/?14.95 (paperback).When...
Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World beyond Asia
Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World beyond Asia, edited by Priscilla Roberts. Washington; Palo Alto: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Stanford University Press, 2006. xx + 559 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).Behind the Bamboo Curtain is a mammoth...
Beyond Compliance: China, International Organizations, and Global Security/Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000
Beyond Compliance: China, International Organizations, and Global Security, by Ann Kent. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007. xviii + 334 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000, by Alastair Iain...
Capitalism without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China
Capitalism without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China, by Kellee S. Tsai. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. xviii + 268 pp. US$55.00/ £27.95 (hardcover), US$21. 00/£l 0.50 (paperback).The rapid growth of China's private sector...
Celluloid Comrades: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas
Celluloid Comrades: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas, by Song Hwee Lim. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006. xviii + 247 pp. US$54.00 (hardcover).This monograph, which grows out of the author's PhD dissertation,...
Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments, and Auto Sector Developments
Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments, and Auto Sector Developments, by Eric Thun. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xviii + 326 pp. £43.00/US$75.00 (hardcover), £16.99/US$29.99 (paperback).This book is a valuable...
China and India: A Tale of Two Economies
China and India: A Tale of Two Economies, by Dilip K. Das. London: Routledge, 2006. xxi + 175 pp. £65.00/US$120.00 (hardcover).The publishing world has been churning out research and popular monographs on China's rise as an economic power for more than...
China Factors: Political Perspectives and Economic Interactions
China Factors: Political Perspectives and Economic Interactions, by Gordon C. K. Cheung. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2007. xii +165 pp. US$49.95 (hardcover).China Factors is an attempt to deal with the interactive relationship within Greater...
China's Brave New World-And Other Tales for Global Times
China's Brave New World-And Other Tales for Global Times, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. Foreword by Vladimir Tismaneanu. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007. xxiv + 210 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover), US$21.95 (paperback).Jeffrey Wasserstrom, who has...
China's Financial Transition at a Crossroads
China's Financial Transition at a Crossroads, edited by Charles W. Calomiris. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. xii + 420 pp. US$39.95/£25.95 (hardcover).This book consists of papers originally presented at workshops held at Tsinghua University...
China's Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia
China's Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia, edited by William W. Keller and Thomas G. Rawski. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007. xii + 284 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover), US$27.95 (paperback).Is China's strategy of promoting "peaceful...
China, the U.S., and Power-Transition Theory: A Critique
China, The U.S., and Power-Transition Theory: A Critique, by Steve Chan. Abingdon: Routledge, 2008. xii + 197 pp. £80.00 (hardcover), £21.99 (paperback).How China will develop as a regional and global power ranks near the top of the issues now shaping...
Chinese Cyber Nationalism: Evolution, Characteristics, and Implications
Chinese Cyber Nationalism: Evolution, Characteristics, and Implications, by Xu Wu. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. xii + 265 pp. US$85.00 (hardcopy).If conferences and recent publications are an indicator, nationalism and the Internet are among the most...
Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War
Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War, by Robert G. Sutter. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. viii + 437 pp. US$79.00/£52.00/ euro81.90 (hardcover), US$32.95/£21.99/euro34.63 (paperback).This is an excellent survey of contemporary...
Chinese in Eastern Europe and Russia: A Middleman Minority in a Transnational Era
Chinese in Eastern Europe and Russia: A Middleman Minority in a Transnational Era, by Pá,l Nyíri. London: Routledge, 2007. xvi + 173 pp. £75.00/US$150.00 (hardcover).This book covers a large field, from the nineteenth- century Chinese migration to Russia...
Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics: Studies in Literature and Visual Culture
Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics: Studies in Literature and Visual Culture, by Sheldon H. Lu. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007. xiv + 264 pp. US$56.00 (hardcover), US$22.00 (paperback).Sheldon Lu's Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics:...
Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China
Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China, edited by Mun S. Ho and Chris P. Nielsen. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007. xviii + 387 pp + CD. US$50.00/£30.95 (hardcover).With rapid economic growth, energy production and...
Conservative Thought in Contemporary China
Conservative Thought in Contemporary China, by Peter Moody. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. 229 pp. US$70.00/?46.00/euro56.70 (hardcover), US$28.95/£18.99/ euro29.91 (paperback).A central hypothesis of this book is that post-1989 reform in China can be...
Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan
Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan, by Richard Madsen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. xxvi + 191 pp. US$55.00/£32.95 (hardcover), US$21. 95/£12.95 (paperback).Richard Madsen's book on the relationship...
Disciplining the State: Virtue, Violence and State-Making in Modern China
Disciplining the State: Virtue, Violence and State-making in Modern China, by Patricia M. Thornton. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University East Asia Center, 2007. xiv + 247 pp. US$39.95 (hardcover).Highlighting China's "fundamental departures from the [Western...
Economic Analysis of Law in China
Economic Analysis of Law in China, edited by Thomas Eger, Michael Faure and Zhang Naigen. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007. xx + 324 pp. £85.00 (hardcover).This book is an exemplary multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional study of contemporary Chinese...
Ethnicity and Urban Life in China: A Comparative Study of Hui Muslims and Han Chinese
Ethnicity and Urban Life in China: A Comparative Study of Hui Muslims and Han Chinese, by Xiaowei Zang. London: Routledge, 2007. xviii +184 pp. £70.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).Ethnicity (minzu) is a major concern in research on contemporary China, yet in...
Ethnicity, Rurality and Status: Hukou and the Institutional and Cultural Determinants of Social Status in Tibet
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)In contemporary China, the rural-urban divide is the most salient dimension of social stratification. The role of ethnicity, regarded as the most important dividing line in many countries, is less clear....
Everyday Modernity in China
Everyday Modernity in China, edited by Madeleine Yue Dong and Joshua Goldstein. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006. viii + 344 pp. US$30.00/?19.95 (paperback).In the introduction to this collection of essays, Joshua Goldstein quotes Harry...
Exploring 'Unseen' Social Capital in Community Participation: Everyday Lives of Poor Mainland Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong
Exploring 'Unseen' Social Capital in Community Participation: Everyday Lives of Poor Mainland Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong, by Sam Wong. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2007. 220 pp. euro29.50 (paperback).This book criticizes influential policy...
Fighting Famine in North China: State, Market, and Environmental Decline
Fighting Famine in North China: State, Market, and Environmental Decline, by Lillian M. Li. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. xxii + 520 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover).For nearly three decades, historians in the West have pointed to state-led faminerelief...
"Four Civilizations" and the Evolution of Post-Mao Chinese Socialist Ideology
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)In the contemporary Chinese streetscape, "civilization" is everywhere. The Chinese rendering of civilization, wenming (...),1 has become ubiquitous on poster and billboard advertising, street-side banners...
How China Grows: Investment, Finance, and Reform
How China Grows: Investment, Finance, and Reform, by James Riedel, Jing Jin and Jian Gao. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. xiv + 208 pp. US$39.95/ £23.95 (hardcover).China's economy has grown at an average rate of roughly 10 per cent annually...
Jingji Xue: The History of the Introduction of Western Economic Ideas into China, 1850-1950
Jingji Xue: The History of the Introduction of Western Economic Ideas into China, 1850-1950, by Paul B. Trescott. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2007. xxiv + 442 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).This important, fascinating and timely book examines...
Keeping Democracy at Bay: Hong Kong and the Challenge of Chinese Political Reform
Keeping Democracy at Bay: Hong Kong and the Challenge of Chinese Political Reform, by Suzanne Pepper. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. x + 448 pp. US$85.00/£56.00/euro88.20 (hardcover), US$39.95/£26.00/euro40.95 (paperback).The Sino-British Joint...
Lies That Bind: Chinese Truth, Other Truths
Lies That Bind: Chinese Truth, Other Truths, by Susan D. Blum. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. viii + 232 pp. US$69.00/£45.00/euro70.88 (hardcover), US$27.95/£17.99/euro28.33 (paperback).Lies that Bind is an insightful book, which explores the...
Macroeconomic Disequilibria and Enterprise Reform: Restructuring the Chinese Oil and Petrochemical Industries in the 1990s
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)In 1993 and 1998, at the beginning and toward the end of Zhu Rongji's tenure as China's economic czar, plummeting global crude oil prices precipitated macroeconomic crises and eroded the profitability...
Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks during the Cold War, 1949-1972
Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks during the Cold War, 1949-1972, by Yafeng Xia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. xviii + 326 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover).In the various discourses about contemporary American foreign policy, much has...
Political Rights in Post-Mao China
Political Rights in Post-Mao China, by Merle Goldman. Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, Inc., 2007. 76 pp. US$10.00 (paperback).This highly accessible and informative booklet is the second entry in the Association for Asian Studies' series "Key...
Provincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China
Provincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China, by Stephen R. Platt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. 278 pp. US$49.95 (hardcover).China is the largest nation on earth-and is also a collection of provinces, some of which have populations...
Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China
Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China, by Eugenia Lean. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. xiv + 290 pp. US$45.00/£29.95 (hardcover).Eugenia Lean's work raises significant issues...
Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memory in Reform China
Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memory in Reform China, edited by Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007. xiv + 330 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).There...
Resettlement in the Three Gorges Project
Resettlement in the Three Gorges Project, by Yan Tan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008. xxxvi + 274 pp. US$49.50 (hardcover).This is a timely, important and informative book about the population resettlement required by the Three Gorges Project...
Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy
Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy, by Bates Gill. Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2007. xii + 267 pp. US$28.95/£17.99 (hardcover).Bates Gill is not the first but is the latest author to examine the broad motivations of what is termed...
Ritual and Music of North China: Shawm Bands in Shanxi
Ritual and Music of North China: Shawm Bands in Shanxi, by Stephen Jones. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. xvi + 132 pp. £27.50/US$54.95 (hardcover).In this short book, Stephen Jones introduces the music and musicians of rural Yanggao County, in northern Shanxi...
Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility
Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility, by Rey Chow. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. xvi + 263 pp. US$69.50/£45.00 (hardcover), US$22.50/£14.50 (paperback).A much-anticipated sequel...
Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949/mediasphere Shanghai:The Aesthetics of Cultural Production
Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949, by Wen-hsin Yeh. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. xiv + 305 pp. US$39.95/£23.95 (hardcover).Mediasphere Shanghai:The Aesthetics of Cultural Production, by...
State, Gender and Uxorilocal Marriage in Contemporary Rural North China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Although patrilocal marriage predominates in rural China, uxorilocal marriage, in which the husband moves to live with his wife's family following marriage, has a long history. This paper examines how...
The Chinese Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour
The Chinese Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour, edited by Barbara Krug and Hans Hendrischke. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007. xvi + 250 pp. £59.95/US$110.00 (hardcover).This edited volume provides a variety of insights into...
The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development: Market Nature, State Nurture
The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development: Market Nature, State Nurture, by Jane Golley. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007. viii + 199 pp. £49.95/US$90.00 (hardcover).China's regional disparities have become a hot topic since the late 1970s. Debates...
The Rise of Agrarian Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Agricultural Modernization, Agribusiness and Collective Land Rights
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Hundreds of thousands of customers crowd into the 370 outlets of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Chinese cities every day. Where does the fast-food giant source the vast amount of chicken to feed such demand?...
The Talented Women of the Zhang Family
The Talented Women of the Zhang Family, by Susan Mann. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. xxi + 322 pp. US$21.95 (paperback).Before the publication of this book, the period from the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth century was uncharted...
Things Modern: Material Culture and Everyday Life in China
Things Modern: Material Culture and Everyday Life in China, by Frank Dikötter. London: Hurst & Company, 2007. xvi + 382 pp. £25.00 (hardcover).This book is a refreshing and beautifully illustrated look at the culture of material objects in late imperial...
Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific
Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations Across the Pacific, by Shu-mei Shih. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. xiv + 243 pp. US$55.00/£35.95 (hardcover), US$21. 95/£l 3.95 (paperback).Shu-mei Shih' s work has long been at the cutting...
Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation
Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation, edited by Ching Kwan Lee. London: Routledge, 2007. xiv + 251 pp. £75.00/US$135.00 (hardcover), £19.99/US$35.95 (paperback).Ching Kwan Lee is a veteran scholar of the sociology of...
Worrying about China: The Language of Chinese Critical Inquiry
Worrying about China: The Language of Chinese Critical Inquiry, by Gloria Davies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. xii + 312 pp. US$39.95 (hardcover).The title of the book, Worrying About China, refers to how Chinese intellectuals continue...