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. 69, January

A New Thoughtfulness in Contemporary China: Critical Voices in Art and Aesthetics
A New Thoughtfulness in Contemporary China: Critical Voices in Art and Aesthetics, edited by Jörg Huber and Zhao Chuan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011. 232 pp. HK$195.00/US$25.00 (paperback).The cultural viewpoints expressed in these essays,...
Australia and China at 40
Australia and China at 40, edited by James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2012. xii + 244 pp. AU$49.99 (hardcover).Chinas rise has met with mixed reactions internationally and in Australia. One school of thought doubts that this rise will...
Beijing Record: A Physical and Political History of Planning Modern Beijing
Beijing Record: A Physical and Political History of Planning Modern Beijing, by Wang Jun. Singapore: World Scientific, 2011. xxiv + 512 pp. £36.00/ US$58.00 (hardcover).Beijing Record is a historical account of the politicization of urban planning and...
Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China's Capitalist Transformation
Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on Chinas Capitalist Transformation, edited by Scott Kennedy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. xviii + 256 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$22.95 (paperback and eBook).Although Chinas phenomenal...
China and India: Great Power Rivals
China and India: Great Power Rivals, by Mohan Malik. Boulder: FirstForumPress, 2011. xiv + 467 pp. US$79.95 (hardcover).The last decade has seen a proliferation of works on the India-China relationship, arguably beginning with John W. Garver's 2001 seminal...
China, India and the End of Development Models
China, India and the End of Development Models, edited by Xiaoming Huang, Alexander C. Tan and Sekhar Bandyopadhyay. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. xviii + 294 pp. £60.00 (hardcover).This book provides a valuable, scholarly contribution to the...
China's Energy Relations with the Developing World
Chinas Energy Relations with the Developing World, edited by Carrie Liu Currier and Manochehr Dorraj . London: Continuum, 2011. xiv + 221 pp. £17.99/US$29.95 (paperback).The Chinese economy has experienced unprecedented development over the past 30 years....
China's Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization
Chinas Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization, by Roselyn Hsueh. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. xvi + 303 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$35.00 (paperback).A book-length volume on this topic is long overdue. Since DaU Yang's Remaking...
Court Funding and Judicial Corruption in China
ABSTRACTFew empirical studies have established a relationship between court funding and judicial corruption in China. It is widely assumed that inadequate court funding erodes justice through denying access to the "have-nots" giving courts an incentive...
Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person: What Anthropology and Psychiatry Tell Us about China Today
Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person: What Anthropology and Psychiatry Tell us about China Today, by Arthur Kleinman, Yunxiang Yan, Jing Jun, Sing Lee, Everett Zhang, Pan Tianshu, Wu Fei and Guo Jinhua. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011....
Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China
Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China, by Yumin Sheng. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xx + 292 pp. £55.00/ US$85.00 (hardcover).In this book, Yumin Sheng examines how China's integration into the global economy has shaped...
Egalitarian Redistributions of Agricultural Land in China through Community Consensus: Findings from Two Surveys
ABSTRACTMost of China's rural communities have engaged in periodic reallocations of fields in order to re-equalize household landholdings on a per capita basis, despite a national law that prohibits this. The practice of re-equalizing landholdings tells...
Emerging Civil Society in China, 1978-2008
Emerging Civil Society in China, 1978-2008, edited by Wang Ming. Leiden: Brill, 2011. xiv + 397 pp. euro130.00/US$185.00 (hardcover).In this last year, two collections of translated Chinese academic writings on civil society have appeared in print. One...
Enterprising China: Business, Economic, and Legal Developments since 1979
Enterprising China: Business, Economic, and Legal Developments Since 1 979, by Linda Yueh. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 20 1 1 . xvi + 364 pp. £65.00 (hardcover), £24.99 (paperback).This book is a detailed study of the complex relationships between...
Global Chinese Literature: Critical Essays
Global Chinese Literature: Critical Essays, edited by Jing Tsu and David Der-wei Wang. Leiden: Brill, 2010. ? + 231 pp. euro97.00/US$ 137.00 (hard- cover).Since the publication of Shu-mei Shih's Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Artic- ulations across...
Government and Politics in Taiwan
Government and Politics in Taiwan, by Dafydd Fell. London: Routledge, 2011. xviii + 276 pp. £95.00/US$160.00 (hardcover), £23.99/US$42.95 (paperback).Taiwan's Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, edited by Robert Ash, John W. Garver and Penelope...
iChina: The Rise of the Individual in Modern Chinese Society
iChina: The Rise of the Individual in Modern Chinese Society, edited by Mette Halskov Hansen and Rune Svarverud. Copenhagen: NLAS Press, 2010. xx+ 275 pp. £50.00 (hardcover), £18.99 (paperback).Debates about individualism and collectivities have permeated...
In a Sea of Bitterness: Refugees during the Sino-Japanese War
In a Sea of Bitterness: Refugees During the Sino-Japanese War, by R. Keith Schoppa. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2011. 346 pp. US$35.00 (hardcover).No one has written more extensively about Zhejiang Province than Keith Schoppa. From his early...
Judicial Innovation and Local Politics: Judicialization of Administrative Governance in East China
ABSTRACTDrawing on data from a mid-sized city in eastern China, this article examines interactions among the courts, the Party and other administrative agencies. It finds that, caught between unruly administrative agencies and legal rhetoric, the courts...
Learning to Emulate the Wise: The Genesis of Chinese Philosophy as an Academic Discipline in Twentieth-Century China
Learning to Emulate the Wise: The Genesis of Chinese Philosophy as an Academic Discipline in Twentieth-century China, edited by John Makeham. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2012. xvi + 398 pp. US$52.00 (hardcover).Not long ago, 20th-century...
Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy
Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy, by J. Bruce Jacobs. Norwalk: EastBridge, 2008. xx + 350 pp. US$29.95 (paperback).This book is a new edition of Jacobs' previously published Local Politics in a Rural Chinese Cultural Setting:...
Local Religion in North China in the Twentieth Century: The Structure and Organization of Community Rituals and Beliefs
Local Religion in North China in the Twentieth Century: The Structure and Organization of Community Rituals and Beliefs, by Daniel L. Overmyer. Leiden: Brill, 2010. xiv + 219 pp. euro105.00/US$144.00 (hardcover).The publication of Daniel Overmyer s Folk...
Mao's New World: Political Culture in the Early People's Republic
Mao's New World: Political Culture in the Early Peoples Republic, by Chang-tai Hung. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. xvi + 352 pp. US$39.95/£26.50 (hardcover).Chang-tai Hung s study of political culture in China in the 1 950s is rich in detailed...
Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work, and the Making of Inequality in China
Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work, and the Making of Inequality in China, by Eileen Otis. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012. xiv + 213 pp. US$80.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback and eBook).In studies of Chinese labor, most research has...
Negotiating Religion in Modern China: State and Common People in Guangzhou, 1900-1937
Negotiating Religion in Modern China: State and Common People in Guangzhou, 1900-1937, by Shuk-wah Poon. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2011. x + 208 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover).Recent scholarship on state-religion relations in China has highlighted...
Political Economy of the Advancing State: The Case of China's Airlines Reform
ABSTRACTThis article traces the circuitous route of China's airlines industry into the ranks of China's strategic sectors. Although the airlines industry now belongs to a small group of industries characterized by oligopoly among state-owned enterprises,...
Politicized Society: The Long Shadow of Taiwan's One-Party Legacy
Politicized Society: The Long Shadow of Taiwan's One-Party Legacy, by Mikael Mattini. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2011. £50.00/$90.00 (hardcover), £18.99/US$32.00 (paperback).Scholars and students of Taiwan politics and society are often fascinated by the...
Politics and Society in Contemporary China
Politics and Society in Contemporary China, by Elizabeth Freund Larus. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012. xii + 489 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$32.59/AU$49.00 (paperback).For instructors of undergraduate survey courses in contemporary Chinese...
Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan
Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan, by Hans Tao-Ming Huang. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011. viii + 275 pp. HK$395.00/US$50.00 (hardcover), HK$195.00/US$25.00 (paperback).It does not take much to see why Hans Tao-Ming Huang's Queer...
Reluctant Regulators: How the West Created and How China Survived the Global Financial Crisis
Reluctant Regulators: How the West Created and How China Survived the Global Financial Crisis, by Leo F. Goodstadt. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011. xii + 205 pp. HK$295.00/US$40.00 (hardcover).This book considers three "regulatory cultures"...
Same-Same but Different: Chinese Traders' Perspectives on African Labor
ABSTRACTThis article analyzes labor conflicts in Chinese trade businesses in Ghana. After introducing the general situation of Chinese trading companies and the labor market in Ghana, I explore the factors that tend to make Chinese-African employment...
Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China
Small Worh: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China, by John A. Donaldson. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. xvi + 221 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover).This book is about the relationships between economic growth and poverty alleviation....
Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History
Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History, by Petrus Liu. Ithaca: Cornell University East Asia Program, 2012. ? + 264 pp. US$49.00 (hardcover), US$39.00 (paperback).Petrus Liu's research is "the first full-length English-language...
Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China's Japan Policy
Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in Chinas Japan Policy, by James Reilly. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. US$50.00/£34.50 (hardcover), US$39.99/£27.50 (eBook).In his book, Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public...
Sustaining China's Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis
Sustaining Chinas Economic Growth After the Global Financial Crisis, by Nicholas R. Lardy. Washington: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2012. xii + 181 pp. US$21.95 (paperback).This book examines the economic stimulus that China implemented...
Taipei: City of Displacements
Taipei: City of Displacements, by Joseph R. Allen. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011. xvi + 280 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$30.00 (paperback).In this book, the scholar of Chinese literature Joseph R. Allen writes: "everyplace has a history,...
The CCP's Learning System: Thought Unification and Regime Adaptation
ABSTRACTIn an attempt to mold itself into a "learning Party" the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has recently borrowed the theory of the "learning organization" a concept derived from Western management. This article argues that, in the process of molding...
The CEO of the Utopian Project: Deng Xiaoping's Roles and Activities in the Great Leap Forward
ABSTRACTThis article examines how Deng Xiaoping actively participated in, effectively implemented and strictly supervised Mao's notorious Utopian project, the Great Leap Forward, which claimed the lives of tens of millions of Chinese people. The paper...
The Chinese Cinema Book
The Chinese Cinema Book, edited by Song Hwee Lim and JuUan Ward. London: Palgrave MacmiUan, on behalf of the British Film Institute, 2011. x + 218 pp. £55.00 (hardcover), £18.99 (paperback).The Chinese Cinema Book is a very valuable resource for both...
The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China's Collective Past
The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China's Collective Past, by Gail Hershatter. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. xiv + 455 pp. US$49.95/£34.95 (hardcover), US$49.95 (eBook).The Gender of Memory is a work of outstanding scholarship and...
Touches of History: An Entry into "May Fourth" China
Touches of History: An Entry into "May Fourth" China, by Chen Pingyuan, translated by Michel Hockx, with Maria af Sandeberg, Uganda Sze Pui Kwan, Christopher Neil Payne and Christopher Rosenmeier. Leiden: Brill, 201 1. ? + 437 pp. euro133.00/US$ 182.00...
To Your Health! Toasting, Intoxication and Gendered Critique among Banqueting Women
ABSTRACTWomen entered government public health institutions in China in large numbers in the 2000s, thanks to a national professionalization project prioritizing meritocratic recruitment. To their disappointment, one of the consequences of their new...
Women, Gender and Rural Development in China
Women, Gender and Rural Development in China, edited by Tamara Jacka and Sally Sargeson. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 201 1. xii + 271 pp. £79.95 (hardcover).Women musicians who perform for tourists in the ethnic minority regions of Guizhou; women who are...
Young Chinese in Urban China
Young Chinese in Urban China, by Alex Cockain. London: Routledge, 2012. ix + 209 pp. £75.00/US$125.00 (hardcover), also available as an eBook.Young Chinese in Urban China has been written in response to what Cockain sees as simplistic representations...