Southeast Review of Asian Studies

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Articles from Vol. 30, Annual

A Culture in Decline: The Mississippi Delta Chinese
John Thornell documents the history of Chinese settlers in the Mississippi Delta in this scholarly note, quoting from, among other sources, interviews carried out in 2000 as part of an oral history project funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council....
Ambiguous and Amiss: Li Shangyin's Poetry and Its Interpretations
One striking feature of Li Shangyin's [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (ca. 812-58) poetry is its ambiguity, which has fascinated and frustrated generations of critics and scholars, giving rise to widely divergent interpretations. Through an analysis...
Asia in World History: Notes on Pedagogical Scholarship
After discussing high school and undergraduate students' problematic perceptions toward world history, Lucien Ellington describes four pedagogical works that can help students better understand the role of Asia in history--and that can help instructors...
Chains of Elusiveness: Buson and Kito's "Momosumomo" Haikai Sequences
"Momosumomo" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Peaches and plums) is a collection of haikai PM linked-verse sequences composed in 1780 by Yosa Buson [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1716-83) and his main disciple, Takai Kito [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE...
Contagion: Thinking about Cholera in Nineteenth-Century Burma
In this scholarly note, Peter Coclanis utilizes fragmentary evidence relating to an outbreak of cholera in Burma in the early 1840s to open up a discussion about issues relating to narrativity and historical method more generally. Introducing...
Digital Music Success in China: Suggested Guidelines for Foreign Firms
In this scholarly note, nine guidelines are recommended to foreign firms seeking to sell digital music in China as firms attempt to access one of the fastest-growing and most significant country markets for entertainment product sales in the world....
Early Modern Chinese Reactions to Western Missionary Iconography
Although most recent scholarship related to Western imperialism in late Imperial China has centered on conflicts surrounding the Boxer Uprising (1899-1900), this study explores earlier modes of religious representation that contributed to those...
Editor's Note
The Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS) continues to evolve and to become increasingly representative of the high-quality scholarship produced by members of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS). This volume...
Ezra Pound's Poetic Mirror and the "China Cantos": The Healing of the West
Of all non-Asian figures in twentieth-century American literature, Ezra Pound (1885-1972) had the most overt relation to China. Pound made Confucianism an integral part of his project of rethinking the future of the West and committed himself to...
Founding a Scholarly Journal for the Southeast Conference
In this invited essay, Howard Federspiel, the founding editor of the journal that today is the Southeast Review of Asian Studies, reflects on the journal's 1979 origins. Origins of the Annals of the Southeast Conference The predecessor journal...
Jack London's Influential Role as an Observer of Early Modern Asia
For his novels and short stories, Jack London (1876-1916) is regarded as one of America's most popular writers. Less known today is the fact that he was also an astute observer of East Asian politics, societies, and peoples. Working as a journalist...
Minutes of the 47th Annual Business Meeting
Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina Saturday, January 19, 2008 These preliminary minutes are subject to approval at the 48TH Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia....
Placing "Qinghai Studies" in the Field of China and Inner Asia
In this scholarly note, Chia Ning argues for the creation of a field of Qinghai [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] studies to recognize the unique historical and cultural contributions of present-day Qinghai Province, China, a multiethnic region in...
Sheikhs and Samurai: Leon Roches and the French Imperial Project
Although largely unknown today, French diplomat Leon Roches (1809-1901) had a lengthy career in service that delineated the shape of French imperial interests during the nineteenth century. He served during the formation of French control over North...
Sustainability of India's Welfare System in the Context of Globalization: A Comparative Study of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu
In the globalization--welfare debate, the key questions are whether and how welfare states sustain themselves in the face of increasing international capital mobility and national competitiveness. This article situates the Indian case within the...
The Consolidation of Place and Punishment in Seventeenth-Century Japan: Kanazawa Prisons and Criminal Justice
In this scholarly note, based on archival research carried out for his doctoral dissertation, David Nelson examines the use-and eventual discontinuance-of several methods of capital punishment in seventeenth-century Kanazawa, Japan. The Consolidation...
The Dissonance between Culture and Intellectual Property in China
In this scholarly note, Jessica Gisclair explores various complexities of culture and jurisprudence with respect to intellectual property rights in China. This piece provides a useful supplement to Howard H. Cochran Jr. and David J. Moser's suggestions...
The Relationship between Sufis and Inner Asian Ruling Elites
Sufism flourished during the thirteenth century in the Middle East and Central Asia. The Mongol conquests have been given much credit, at least for the spread of Sufism, since Sufis immigrated--as did many others--to safer regions to avoid the destruction...
The Tian Zu Hui (Natural Foot Society): Christian Women in China and the Fight against Footbinding
In this scholarly note, Brent Whitefield suggests that the Christian missionary-led campaign against footbinding in late nineteenth-century China missed the opportunity to create a connection between the Gospel and the ethics of abolition: women...
The Tower of Power's Finest Hour: Stupa Construction and Veneration in the Lotus Sutra
The Saddharmapundarika Sutra , also known as the Lotus Sutra, has a marked devotional orientation, with much of the devotionalism centering on the building of stupas, or Buddhist burial mounds. This article examines several important passages in...
Welcome from the SEC/AAS President
I welcome you to the thirtieth volume of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies (SERAS). In its original manifestation as the Annals of the Southeast Conference, the journal recorded the proceedings of a small regional conference and served as a...