Studies on Asia


Vol. Series , 1, No. 1, Spring

Editorial Foreword
With a new editorial team, this issue opens a new phase in the history of Studies on Asia, an interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, a regional chapter of the world's largest scholarly organization in the field,...
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Book and Print Culture in Pre-Modern China **
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Studies of the history of the book in China are multifaceted and now, thankfully, quite numerous. The best general introduction is a lengthy essay by Cynthia Brokaw.1 Since I cannot do justice to all...
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Experience of Print in Everyday Life in Imperial China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)My talk is based on the key idea of a conference on the history of "nonbook publishing" that I organized in 2014 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.1 As Professor Hegel has noted, recent...
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Gender Equality and the Practice of Virtue in the Samguk Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) in Comparison with the Lienü Zhuan (Biographies of Virtuous Women) *
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The earliest extant record of Korean women in Korean historiography traces back to the Samguk sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms ..., 1145).1 Sporadically included in sections of chronicles and biographies...
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The Autobiography of Wakita Kyubei: Samurai Military Service and Recognition in Seventeenth-Century Japan
Shortly before his death, Wakita Kyubei (c. 1585-1660), a samurai of the Kaga Domain, dictated a memoir of his life and accomplishments. His was a unique story; born the son of a Korean ruling class family ( yangban), he was kidnapped as a boy and raised...
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The Dojinkai and the Promotion of Japanese Modernity in China, 1902-1937
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Japan's relations with the world were in transition at the turn of the twentieth century. Having in quick succession experienced the high of victory in the Sino-Japanese War in 1895 and the shame of the...
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I Want to Go Far Away: Discover Japan and Japanese Identity Tourism in the 1970s
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Japan of 1970 was caught at the convergence point of two cresting socio-political waves. From one direction surged the optimism of a decade of high-speed economic growth propelled by involvement in...
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Palm Leaf Manuscripts of the Cham People in Vietnam *
The records of the Champa civilization, which was located in central Vietnam, go as far back as the second century (192). The Cham were profoundly influenced by Indian civilization and Islam. Although Champa culture remained vibrant until around 1832,...
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Silent Voices, Untold Stories: Women Domestic Workers in Pakistan and Their Struggle for Empowerment
Silent Voices, Untold Stories: Women Domestic Workers in Pakistan and Their Struggle for Empowerment. By Ayesha Shahid. Karachi and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. xxiii, 247 pages.Silent Voices, Untold Stories by Ayesha Shahid is a groundbreaking...
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Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN
Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN. By Andrew A. Wiest. New York: New York University Press, 2008. xviii, 350 pages.Transcending well-established narratives about extensively-researched topics like the Vietnam War can pose a significant...
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Asianists in the Midwest: Nancy Abelmann (1959-2016)
Nancy Abelmann(1959-2016)As a leading American anthropologist of Korea, Nancy Abelmann produced eight books and numerous articles which examined South Korean social movements, education, family, youth, women, media, as well as the lives of Korean Americans...
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Consumption in China: How China's New Consumer Ideology Is Shaping the Nation
Consumption in China: How China's New Consumer Ideology Is Shaping the Nation. By LiAnne Yu. Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2014. xi, 207 pages.In less than a generation, China transformed from stark socialist scarcity to conspicuous consumption wonderland,...
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No. 1, March

What Is So Healthy about Healthy Realism? the Representation of Female Madness in Bai Jingrui's Lonely Seventeen (1967)
IntroductionAfter the KMT government's withdrawal to Taiwan in 1949, all the state-owned film companies had served as the propaganda machine for the KMT's anti-communist campaign and economic reforms. However, with the growing popularity of Hong Kong...
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Social and Political Criticism in Japanese Literature: Hayama Yoshiki's Proletarian Literature and Kenzaburo Oe's View of the Young Postwar Generation
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThis paper is dedicated to the analysis of two stories from different Japanese writers: (1) "Letter found in a Cement-Barrel" (semento-daru no naka no tegami ...1, published in 1926 by Hayama Yoshiki...
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