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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Vol. 5, No. 1, March

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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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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Vol. 4, No. 2, October

Asian Model Minorities outside of the United States: New Perspectives and New Frontiers
IntroductionThere are three articles in this second issue of Studies on Asia that provide new perspectives and present new frontiers for interrogating the model minority stereotype. This scholarly work is incredibly important, especially since the myth...
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The Transpacific Origins of the "Model Minority" Myth of Japanese Americans
IntroductionConstruction of the "model minority" myth as it was affixed to Japanese Americans began soon after the first Japanese immigrants arrived to the United States. This impulse to tailor the image of Nikkeijin, or people of Japanese ancestry,...
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Japanese Brazilians: A Positive Ethnic Minority in a Racial Democracy
IntroductionToday Brazil is home to about one and half million people of Japanese descendant.1 This number makes Brazil home to the largest Japanese diaspora in the world. The ancestors of today's Japanese Brazilians came in the early twentieth century....
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Do All Asians Look Alike?: Asian Canadians as Model Minorities
There are rich Chinese and Koreans in Tos Angeles. But many others are doing menialjobs for low pay. For the most part, the Chinese you see in California are not the typical ones you see in Vancouver (Canada), the ones who are buying up the big houses.Edward...
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The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success
Nicholas D. Hartlep. The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success. Information Age Publishing, 2013. 300 pp. (ISBN 9781623963583)When looking at race-based research, typicallyyou are presented with literature that examines the inequalities...
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Precarious Japan
Anne Allison. Precarious Japan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. 248pp. (ISBN: 9780822355625)Relentless in its examination of "the collapse of mundane everydayness" (2) in Japan since the late twentieth-century, Anne Allison's Precarious Japan offers...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, March

Asian (American) Model Minorities
This first issue, in a multivolume special themed series dedicated to exploring the model minority stereotype, intends to broaden the discussion and increase the depth of scholarly study on the model minority stereotype of Asians. Instead of conceptualizing...
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"Model Minority" or Potential Terrorist? Affective Economies, Rhetorics of Silence & the Murder of Sunando Sen
There is no binary division to be made between what one says and what one does not say; we must try to determine the different ways of not saying such things. . . . There is not one but many silences, and they are an integral part of the strategies that...
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Korean Newcomer Youth's Experiences of Racial Marginalization and Internalization of the Model Minority Myth
BackgroundThe Korean population in the United States has been growing fast in recent years. There are approximately 1.7 million Korean descents residing in the United States, comprising 10 percent of the total Asian population in the U.S. 1 This group...
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Young Elite Asian Americans and the Model Minority Stereotype: The Nativity Effect
IntroductionThe contemporary roots of the model minority stereotype date back to William Petersen's use of the term to describe Japanese American upward mobility in the early 1960s.1 Shortly afterward, immigration laws underwent significant change. Prominent...
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Modern Em(body)ments of the Model Minority in South Korea
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I know of no literature on the Asian model minority stereotype that exclusively examines, in a South Korean context, how Korean culture perpetuates the stereotype through a specific, troubling practice:...
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Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts
Haruo Shirane. Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 311 pp. (ISBN 9780231152808)Haruo Shirane's Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons is a work of impressive scope,...
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Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1598
D.Ostrowski. Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural influences on the steppe frontier, 1304-1598, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998 (ISBN 2804738272)There are three prevailing views on the development of Muscovite political institutions and...
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Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific
Sharon T. Lacey. Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, 2013. 282 pp. (ISBN 9781574415254)Many readers of military history are familiar with the strategy of island hopping in the Pacific...
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Shengtang Shitan Yanjiu [Studies on the High Tang Poetry Circles]
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Yuan Xingpei ... and Ding Fang ..., Shengtang shitan yanjiu [Studies on the High Tang Poetry Circles] ... Beijing: Peking University Press, 2012, 334pp. (ISBN 978-7-301-20271-5/I.2443)As pointed out by...
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Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
William Gould. ReligionandConflictin ModernSouthAsia. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 344 pp. (ISBN 978-1-107- 02921-7)South Asia, in all its religious and political heterogeneity, has been portrayed from a comparative historical vantage...
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