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. 66, July

Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China's Reform Era
Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China's Reform Era, by Teresa Wright. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010. x + 253 pp. US$70.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).The apparent resilience and durability of the Chinese Communist...
Agricultural Modernization and State Capacity in China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Liberalization measures over the 1980s and '90s led to what are often described in China as fragmented (san ...), small-scale (xiao ...) and weak (ruo ...) agricultural structures. In response, all reform-era...
Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change
Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change, by Jie Chen and Bruce J. Dickson. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. xii + 220 pp. US$45.00/£33.95/euro40.50 (hardcover).Jie Chen and Bruce J. Dickson have produced...
Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War
Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War, by Carole McGranahan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. xx + 307 pp. US$84.95 (hardcover), US$23.95 (paperback).Carole McGranahan' s Arrested Histories is a valid attempt to place...
Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966-76
Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966-76, edited by Richard King. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. xii + 282 pp. HK$ 195.00/ US$28.00 (paperback).The growing critical importance and market status of Chinese art makes this multi-disciplinary...
China and the Global Environment: Learning from the Past, Anticipating the Future
China and the Global Environment: Learning from the Past, Anticipating the Future, by Katherine Morton. Double Bay: Lowy Institute for International Policy, 2009. xii + 154 pp. AU$20.00 + AU$5.00 postage (hardcover); .pdf download free.The relationship...
China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. xxii + 164 pp. US$74.00/ £45.00 (hardcover), US$16.95/£9.99 (paperback).Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and prolific historian...
China's New Economic Policy under Hua Guofeng: Party Consensus and Party Myths
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)At the 1958 Chengdu conference Deng Xiaoping emphasized that economic policy was a matter of methodology, of jumping high to grab the fruit. In this, his mindset was close to Mao's ... In the reform period,...
Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957-) (CD-ROM)
Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957-) (CD-ROM), edited by the Editorial Board of the Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign CD-ROM Database. Hong Kong: Universities Service Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010. US$1,300.This wonderful...
Chinese Economic Development and the Environment
Chinese Economic Development and the Environment, by Shunsuke Managi and Shinji Kaneko. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009. xiv + 332 pp. £79.95/ US$140.00 (hardcover), also available as an eBook.China has experienced spectacular economic growth over the...
Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China
Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China, by Robin Visser. Durham: Duke University, 2010. ? + 362 pp. US$89.95 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Robin Visser' s book is a fast-paced tour de force through the urban visual...
Civilizing Missions: International Religious Agencies in China
Civilizing Missions: International Religious Agencies in China, by Miwa Hirono. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. xvi + 262 pp. £50.00 (hardcover); also available as an eBook for library subscriptions.Based on extensive field work in southwest and...
Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents
Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents, edited by Wu Hung, with the assistance of Peggy Wang. New York: The Museum of Modem Art, New York, 2010. xvi + 455 pp. US$40.00 (paperback).Western understandings of the trajectory of Chinese art following...
Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies
Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies, edited by Alan Carlson, Mary E. Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal and Melanie Manion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xii + 315 pp. £60.00/US$99.00 (hardcover), £19.99/US29.99...
Corporate Governance and Financial Reform in China's Transition Economy
Corporate Governance and Financial Reform in China's Transition Economy, by Jing Leng. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009. xvi + 304 pp. HK$390.00/US$52.50 (hardcover), HK$220.00/US$29.95 (paperback).The improvement of corporate governance in...
Cosmologies of Credit: Transnational Mobility and the Politics of Destination in China
Cosmologies of Credit: Transnational Mobility and the Politics of Destination in China, by Julie Y. Chu. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. xiv + 343 pp. US$89.95 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Julie Chu' s ambitious ethnography provides a captivating...
Cultivating Global Citizens: Population in the Rise of China
Cultivating Global Citizens: Population in the Rise of China, by Susan Greenhalgh. [The Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures 2008.] Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. xviii + 138 pp. US$29.95 (hardcover).It is over a quarter of a century since Susan...
Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive
Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive, by Simon N. M. Young and Richard Cullen. (A Study Commissioned by Civic Exchange). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. xviii + 254 pp. HK$295.00/US$38.00 (hardcover).This is one of two books produced by...
Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers: Violence and Clandestine Trade in the Greater China Seas
Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers: Violence and Clandestine Trade in the Greater China Seas, edited by Robert J. Antony. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. xvi + 201 pp. HK$295.00/US$45.00 (hardcover).This book attempts to examine the dynamics...
Gated Communities in China: Class, Privilege and the Moral Politics of the Good Life
Gated Communities in China: Class, Privilege and the Moral Politics of the Good Life, by Choon-Piew Pow. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009. [x] + 214 pp. £75.00/ US$125.00 (hardcover).Gated Communities in China contributes to urban studies from perspectives...
In Search of Paradise: Middle-Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis
In Search of Paradise: Middle-Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis, by Li Zhang. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. xvi + 248 pp. US$79.95/£49.95 (hardcover), US$23 .95/£ 14.95 (paperback).In the midst of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the then...
Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism
Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism, edited by David Bandurski and Martin Hala. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. vi + 184 pp. HK$350.00/US$45.00 (hardcover), HK$175.00/ US$25.00 (paperback).Since...
Learning to Serve: Urban Youth, Vocational Schools and New Class Formations in China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)It's early afternoon, the middle of the week, early spring, 2008. Although I am perched on a low stool at the far back of a large classroom in the Nanjing Infrastructure Vocational Secondary School, I...
Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China
Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-era China, by Xueping Zhong. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2010. ? + 219 pp. US$57.00 (hardcover), US$27.00 (paperback).Since the early 1990s, Chinese...
Mao's Forgotten Successor: The Political Career of Hua Guofeng
Mao's Forgotten Successor: The Political Career of Hua Guofeng, by Robert Weatherly. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. xi + 203 pp. £57.50 (hardcover).The death of Hua Guofeng in 2008 and what would have been his 90th birthday in 20 1 1 elicited...
Mobility and Cultural Authority in Contemporary China
Mobility and Cultural Authority in Contemporary China, by Pal Nyiri. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010. 231 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover), US$25.00 (paperback).In this well-researched and readable book, Pal Nyiri argues that mobility is a central...
Politics in China: An Introduction
Politics in China: An Introduction, edited by William A. Joseph. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. xviii + 437 pp. US$99.00 (hardcover), US$39.95 (paperback).This 437-page book, available in paperback as well as hardcover, is both a useful "introduction"...
Reciprocity, Social Support Networks and Social Creativity in a Chinese Village
Guanxi or Li Shang Wanglai? Reciprocity, Social Support Networks and Social Creativity in a Chinese Village, by Xiangqun Chang. Taipei: Airiti Press, 2001. 634 pp. NT$1000/US$35.00 (paperback).It is an ambitious plan: Chang intends to apply the Chinese...
Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy
Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy, by Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2010. xiv + 292 pp. US$36.95 (hardcover).This book examines the rise of China's sea power as...
Regime Inclusion and the Resilience of Authoritarianism: The Local People's Political Consultative Conference in Post-Mao Chinese Politics
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Conventional wisdom holds that authoritarian regimes are inherently fragile, due to their lack of political legitimacy and excessive reliance on state coercion. The recent unrest in Tunisia and Egypt seems...
Shanghai: China's Gateway to Modernity
Shanghai: China's Gateway to Modernity, by Marie-Claire Bergère, translated by Janet Lloyd. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. xxii + 497 pp. US$80.00 (hardcover), US$29.95 (paperback).Do cities have destinies? Shanghai doyenne Marie-Claire Bergère...
SITES OF HORROR: MAO'S GREAT FAMINE/Response
Mao 's Great Famine: The History of China 's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962, by Frank Dikötter. London: Bloomsbury, 2010. xvi + 420 pp. £25.00 (hardcover).For many elderly peasants living in Central China and Sichuan Province, the famine of...
Spectacle and Sacrifice: The Ritual Foundations of Village Life in North China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Spectacle and Sacrifice: The Ritual Foundations of Village Life in North China, by David Johnson. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. xiv + 390 pp. US$49.95 (hardcover).Twenty years after his...
State and Society: Responses to Social Welfare Needs in China: Serving the People
State and Society: Responses to Social Welfare Needs in China: Serving the People, edited by Jonathan Schwartz and Shawn Shi eh. London: Routledge, 2009. xvi + 196 pp. £75 .00/US$ 125.00 (hardcover).The dramatic growth of China's market economy has been...
The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa
The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, by Deborah Brautigam. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. xvi + 397 pp. £18.99 (hardcover).A WikiLeaks-released 2010 diplomatic cable from the US consul general in Lagos related that US Assistant...
The Great Image Has No Form, or on the Nonobject through Painting
The Great Image Has No Form, or On the Nonobject Through Painting, by François Jullien, translated by Jane Marie Todd. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. xxiv + 263 pp. US$48.00/£33.00 (hardcover).The Great Image Has No Form is the latest book...
The Great Migration: Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia
The Great Migration: Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia, edited by Xin Meng and Chris Manning with Li Shi and Tadjuddin Noer Effendi. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010. xvi + 262 pp. £69.95/US$ 125.00 (hardcover).The Great Migration: Rural-Urban...
The Maoist Urban State and Crisis: Comparing Disaster Management in the Great Tianjin Flood in 1963 and the Great Leap Forward Famine
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)On 13 August 1963, 20,000 Tianjin residents were repairing a section of flood walls protecting the city from the massive deluge that had been pouring in for the previous two weeks. Suddenly, a pushcart...
The Politics of Land Development in Urbanizing China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)George C. S. Lin, Developing China: Land, Politics and Social Conditions. London: Routledge, 2009. 343 pp. US$145.00/£85.00 (hardcover and eBook), US$47.95/£24.99 (paperback).You-Tien Hsing, The Great...
The Politics of Rural Reform in China: State Policy and Village Predicament in the Early 2000s
The Politics of Rural Reform in China: State Policy and Village Predicament in the Early 2000s, by Christian Göbel. London: Routledge, 2010. xiv + 215 pp. £75.00/US$130.00 (hardcover).Since the late 1990s much attention has been given by the central...
The Public Sector in Hong Kong: Government; Policy; People
The Public Sector in Hong Kong: Government; Policy; People, by Ian Scott. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. xiv + 395 pp. HK$225.00/ US$29.95 (paperback).Like much of his earlier work, Professor Ian Scott's new book, The Public Sector in Hong...
The Transition Study of Postsocialist China: An Ethnographic Study of a Model Community
The Transition Study of Postsocialist China: An Ethnographic Study of a Model Community, by Wing-Chung Ho. Singapore: World Scientific, 2010. xvi + 265 pp. US$77.00/£53.00 (hardcover), US$100.00 (eBook).The making and un-making of the socialist subject...
Tradition Revival with Socialist Characteristics: Propaganda Storytelling Turned Spiritual Service in Rural Yan'an
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)At around eight o'clock in the evening on 13 July 2004, residents of Heijiawa Village, an impoverished rural community east of Yan'an City in China's northcentral Shaanxi Province, gathered at their leader's...
Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong
Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, by Christine Loh. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. xii + 360 pp. HK$275.00/ US$35.00 (hardcover).Christine Loh' s highly readable book is a timely account of the role of the Chinese...
Working-Class Network Society: Communication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China
Working-class Network Society: Communication Technology and the Information Have-less in Urban China, by Jack Linchuan Qiu. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, 2009. xvi + 303 pp. US$37.00/£27.95 (hardcover).China's internet has been the focus of worldwide...
Xijiao Cun: Yige Huabei Nongzhuang De Lishi Bianqian (Xijiao Village: The Historical Transformation of a Rural Community in Northern China)
Xijiao cun: yige huabei nongzhuang de lishi bianqian (Xijiao Village: The Historical Transformation of a Rural Community in Northern China), by Hao Zhidong and Hao Zhigang. Macau: University of Macau, 2009. xxxiv + 359 pp. MOP 120.00 (paperback).This...
Xin Faxian De Zhou Enlai (the Newly Discovered Thou Enlai)
Xin faxian de Zhou Enlai (The Newly Discovered Thou Enlai), by Sima Qingyang and Ouyang Longmen. Carle Place: Mirror Books, 2009. 2 vols. 1123 pp. (539 + 584). HK$219.00/US$52.00 (paperback).Around the tomb-sweeping festival of 1976, some one to two...