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. 52, July

Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia
Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia, by Dee Mack Williams. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002. xvi + 251 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).Official policies promote fencing in order to...
Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: The Twentieth Century 1912-2000 / Choosing Revolution: Chinese Women Soldiers on the Long March
Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: The Twentieth Century 1912-2000, edited by Lily Xiao Hong Lee. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2003. xxxiii + 762 pp. US$109.95 (hardcover).Choosing Revolution: Chinese Women Soldiers on the Long March, by Helen Praeger...
Building a New China in Cinema: The Chinese Left-Wing Cinema Movement, 1932-1937
Building a New China in Cinema: The Chinese Left-wing Cinema Movement, 1932-1937, by Laikwan Pang. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002. xvi + 278 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$29.95 (paperback).Studies of pre-1949 Shanghai cultural life...
Changing Church and State Relations in Hong Kong, 1950-2000
Changing Church and State Relations in Hong Kong, 1950-2000, by Beatrice Leung and Shun-hing Chan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2003. xviii + 230 pp. HK$180/US$24.95 (paperback).This book is part of a series that seeks to situate "Hong Kong...
China after Jiang
China after Jiang, edited by Gang Lin and Xiaobo Hu. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2003. x + 161 pp. US$35.00 (hardcover), US$16.95 (paperback).This admirably concise volume contains five fine essays that go beyond the details of the succession...
China and the Knowledge Economy: Seizing the 21st Century
China and the Knowledge Economy: Seizing the 21st Century, by Carl J. Dahlman and Jean-Eric Aubert. Washington: The World Bank, 2001. xxvi + 170 pp. US$25.00 (paperback).The 1990s witnessed rapid economic growth. But this was achieved despite thorny...
China and the World Trading System: Entering the New Millennium
China and the World Trading System: Entering the New Millennium, edited by Deborah Z. Cass, Brett G. Williams and George Barker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xxiv + 443 pages. US$90.00 (hardcover).China's accession to the World Trade...
China at the Crossroads
China at the Crossroads, by Peter Nolan. Cambridge: Polity, 2003. x + 209 pp. £50.00 (hardcover), £16.99 (paperback).This is a very readable book, full of interesting historical information on China, extensive literature references to works by Confucius,...
China in the WTO: The Birth of a New Catching-Up Strategy
China in the WTO: The Birth of a New Catching-Up Strategy, edited by Carlos A. Magarinos, Long Yongtu and Francisco C. Sercovich. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan and United Nations Industrial Development Organization, 2002. xvi + 189 pp.£50.00 (hardcover).This...
China's Economic Development and Democratization
China's Economic Development and Democratization, by Yanlai Wang. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003. xiv + 253 pp. £49.95 (hardcover).This book is based on the author's PhD. Unfortunately, it still reflects its origins as a thesis-most notably in the introduction,...
China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Master Narratives and Post-Mao Counternarratives
China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Master Narratives and Post-Mao Counternarratives, edited by Woei Lien Chong. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. xix + 410 pp. US$80.00 (hardcover), US$34.95 (paperback).This volume explores the tension...
China since 1919-Revolution and Reform: A Sourcebook
China since 1919-Revolution and Reform: A Sourcebook, by Alan Lawrance. London: Routledge, 2003. xxvi + 285 pp. US$90.00/£55.00 (hardcover), US$28.95/£17.99 (paperback).This is a useful book of readings covering aspects of China's domestic history from...
China's International Relations in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Paradigm Shifts
China's International Relations in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Paradigm Shifts, edited by Weixing Hu, Gerald Chan and Daojiong Zha. Lanham: University Press of America, 2000. xii + 231 pp. US$56.00 (hardcover), US$36.50 (paperback).Why does China behave...
China's New Politics
China's New Politics, edited by François Godement. Paris: Centre asie ifri, Institut français des relations internationales, 2003. 169 pp. euro12 (paperback).This publication derives from a workshop at the French Institute of International Relations...
China's Revolutions and Intergenerational Relations
China's Revolutions and Intergenerational Relations, edited by Martin King Whyte. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2003. xvi + 319 pp. US$60.00/£37.50 (hardcover).This edited book is an important landmark in studies of aging, the family and...
China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity
China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity, by Sheldon H. Lu. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. xv + 321 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover), US$22.95 (paperback).China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity is basically a collection...
China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past
China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past, by Paul A. Cohen. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. xii + 226 pp. £70.00 (hardcover), £18.99 (paperback).This book showcases Paul Cohen's personal engagement with China's modern history and his reflections...
Chinese Foreign Policy: Pragmatism and Strategic Behavior
Chinese Foreign Policy: Pragmatism and Strategic Behavior, edited by Suisheng Zhao. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2003. xiv + 336 pp. US$78.95 (hardcover), $26.95 (paperback).This edited book is a valuable addition to the existing literature. It examines the...
Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953
Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953, by Susan L. Glosser. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. xxi + 275 pp. US$49.95 (hardcover).Many Chinese intellectuals struggling to define their nation's identity in the first half of the twentieth...
Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953
Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953, by Susan L. Glosser. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. xxi + 275 pp. US$49.95 (hardcover).Many Chinese intellectuals struggling to define their nation's identity in the first half of the twentieth...
Civil Society and the Anatomy of a Rural Ngo*
More than 230,000 non-governmental organizations have been officially registered in China in the quarter century since the onset of post-Mao reforms.1 Involved in a wide range of socioeconomic activities and issues, such organizations represent an important...
Confucianism for the Modern World
Confucianism for the Modern World, edited by Daniel A. Bell and Hahm Chaibong. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xiv + 383 pp. US$80.00 (hardcover), A$59.95/US$26.00 (paperback).This book grew out of a project on "Confucian democracy" that...
Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950
Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950. By Odd Arne Westad. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003. 413 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).This is an important and ambitious book. Odd Arne Westad's goal is "to look at the...
Democratization and Welfare State Development in Taiwan
Democratization and Welfare State Development in Taiwan, by Christian Aspalter. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002. xii + 171 pp. £39.95 (hardcover).This book tackles an innovative topic on contemporary Taiwan: the relationship between political democracy and...
East Asian Capitalism: Conflicts, Growth and Crisis
East Asian Capitalism: Conflicts, Growth and Crisis, edited by Luigi Tomba. Milan: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, 2002. xliii + 524 pp. euro85.00 (hardcover).The Asian miracle during the 1980s and 1990s and the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98...
Engineering the State: The Huai River and Reconstruction in Nationalist China, 1927-1937
Engineering the State: The Huai River and Reconstruction in Nationalist China, 1927-1937, by David A. Pietz. New York: Routledge, 2002. xix + 142 pp. £45.00 (hardcover).The state's role in damming, diverting and draining water is an important theme in...
Feelings of Justice in the Chinese Community of Macau: An Inquiry
Feelings of Justice in the Chinese Community of Macau: An Inquiry, edited by Antonio Manuel Hespanha. Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2003. 253 pp. US$28.00/euro14.70 (paperback).Much less international attention and scholarly interest has been...
From Leninist Discipline to Socialist Legalism: Peng Zhen on Law and Political Authority in the PRC
From Leninist Discipline to Socialist Legalism: Peng Zhen on Law and Political Authority in the PRC, by Pitman B. Potter. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003. xi + 259 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).Pitman Potter has written a major work on Peng Zhen,...
Guangdong: Preparing for the WTO Challenge
Guangdong: Preparing for the WTO Challenge, edited by Joseph Y. S. Cheng. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2003. viii + 370 pp. US$39.00 (hardcover).We have not had such a comprehensive volume as this on Guangdong Province's economy since the...
How Far across the River?: Chinese Policy Reform at the Millennium
How Far Across the River?: Chinese Policy Reform at the Millennium, edited by Nicholas C. Hope, Dennis Tao Yang and Mu Yang Li. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003. xxii + 510 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).The articles in this book emerged from a conference...
Inklings of Democracy in China
Inklings of Democracy in China, by Suzanne Ogden. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2002. ? + 430 pp. $49.50/£31.95/euro45.60 (hardcover), US$19.95/£12.95/euro18.50 (paperback).This work is a comprehensive account of China's limited liberal...
Innovation, Technology Policy and Regional Development: Evidence from China and Australia
Innovation, Technology Policy and Regional Development: Evidence from China and Australia, edited by Tim Turpin, Liu Xuelin, Sam Garrett-Jones and Peter Burns. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2002. xvi + 232 pp. £59.00/US$90.00 (hardcover).With globalization,...
Is Taiwan Chinese? the Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities
Is Taiwan Chinese? The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities, by Melissa J. Brown. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. xviii + 333 pp. US$60.00/£39.95 (hardback), US$24.95/£16.95 (paperback).In Is Taiwan Chinese?,...
Legal Mobilization by Trade Unions: The Case of Shanghai*
China's economic reform has brought waves of labor disputes between workers and management over a wide range of issues, from job contracts, wages, benefits, pensions and unemployment compensation to working conditions.1 The majority of the disputes are...
Living with Separation in China: Anthropological Accounts
Living with Separation in China: Anthropological Accounts, edited by Charles Stafford. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. xii + 191 pp. £60.00 (hardcover).As is pointed out in Charles Stafford's excellent introduction to this book, separation takes many...
Local Government and Politics in China: Challenges from Below
Local Government and Politics in China: Challenges from Below, by Yang Zhong. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2004. x + 230 pp. US$69.95 (hardcover), US$25.95 (paperback).Yang Zhong's book focuses on institutional arrangements, policy implementation and officials'...
Making the Foreign Serve China: Managing Foreigners in the People's Republic
Making the Foreign Serve China: Managing Foreigners in the People's Republic, by Anne-Marie Brady. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. xvi + 287 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Mao Zedong famously exhorted his followers to "use the...
Maritime Security between China and Southeast Asia: Conflict and Cooperation in the Making of Regional Order
Maritime Security Between China and Southeast Asia: Conflict and Cooperation in the Making of Regional Order, by Liselotte Odgaard. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002. x + 296 pp. US$79.95/£46.50 (hardcover).This book on the disputes over the Spratly Islands covers...
Moral Politics in a South Chinese Village: Responsibility, Reciprocity, and Resistance
Moral Politics in a South Chinese Village: Responsibility, Reciprocity, and Resistance, by Hok Bun Ku. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003. xxiii + 287 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$31.95 (paperback).Hok Bun Ku was born and raised in Hong Kong, but when...
Mutual Empowerment of State and Peasantry: Village Self-Government in Rural China
Mutual Empowerment of State and Peasantry: Village Self-Government in Rural China, by Xu Wang. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2003. xii + 212 pp. US$49.00 (hardcover).This book reviews the debates over the significance of China's village elections...
No Exit? the Origin and Evolution of U.S. Policy toward China 1945-1950
No Exit? The Origin and Evolution of U.S. Policy toward China 1945-1950, by Zi Zhongyun. Translated by Zhang Ciyun and Jia Yanli. Norwalk: EastBridge, 2003. xxii + 335 pp. US$34.95 (hardcover), US$22.95 (paperback).Zi Zhongyun is a brilliant scholar...
One China, Many Paths
One China, Many Paths, edited by Chaohua Wang. London: Verso, 2003. 288 pp. £16.00/US$27.00 (hardcover).Wang Chaohua, who as a graduate student in 1989 played an important part in the Tiananmen movement, presents a panorama of Chinese intellectual trends...
Patterns of Temporary Labor Migration of Rural Women from Anhui and Sichuan*
The migration of women, long neglected in studies of mobility,1 has finally come to the forefront during the last decade. This same decade has witnessed what is recognized as the largest peacetime migration in human history, the movement of rural Chinese...
Politics in China: Moving Frontiers
Politics in China: Moving Frontiers, edited by Françoise Mengin and Jean-Louis Rocca. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. xxviii + 261 pp. £40.00/A$123.00 (hardcover).The two editors, Françoise Mengin and Jean-Louis Rocca, have compiled a book that is...
Professionalizing Research in Post-Mao China: The System Reform Institute and Policy Making
Professionalizing Research in Post-Mao China: The System Reform Institute and Policy Making, by Catharine Keyset. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2003. xxi + 234 pp. US$69.95 (hardcover).This book was published fully 18 years after the establishment of the Chinese...
Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change
Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change, by Bruce J. Dickson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ? + 187pp. £45.00 (hardcover), £16.95 (paperback).In November 2002, after years of controversy,...
Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer's Odyssey through the Cultural Revolution
Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer's Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution, by Li Zhensheng. Edited by Robert Pledge. Li Zhensheng's text adapted from interviews by Jacques Menasche. Additional text by Jacques Menasche. Introduction by...
Religion in China Today
Religion in China Today, edited by Daniel L. Overmyer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. viii + 235 pp. US$24.99 (paperback).This volume from The China Quarterly will serve as a useful desk reference for those interested in the relationship...
Selling China: Foreign Direct Investment during the Reform Era
Selling China: Foreign Direct Investment during the Reform Era, by Yasheng Huang. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xx + 383 pp. A$140.00 (hardcover).Nearly every year for the last decade China has sucked in more foreign direct investment...
Social Policy Reform in Hong Kong and Shanghai: A Tale of Two Cities
Social Policy Reform in Hong Kong and Shanghai: A Tale of Two Cities, edited by Linda Wong, Lynn T. White and Shixun Gui. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2004. xix + 292 pp. US$69.95 (hardcover).Social policy reform is not new to China. In the first half of the...
Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service
Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese secret Service, by Frederick Wakeman Jr. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. xxii + 650 pp. US$75.00/£49.95 (hardcover).This work is an important contribution to the political history of Republican China....
Sustainable Development in Rural China: Farmer Innovation and Self-Organisation in Marginal Areas
Sustainable Development in Rural China: Farmer Innovation and Self-organisation in Marginal Areas, by Bin Wu. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. xvi + 184 pp. US$114.95/£65.00 (hardcover).The rapid increase in productivity and standards of living in China's...
Taiwan's Modernization: Americanization and Modernizing Confucian Manifestations
Taiwan's Modernization: Americanization and Modernizing Confucian Manifestations, by Wei-Bin Zhang. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2003. x + 224 pp. US$38.00 (hardcover).This is a book that did not need to be written. Despite the author's intent...
The Chinese Cultural Revolution Reconsidered: Beyond Purge and Holocaust
The Chinese Cultural Revolution Reconsidered: Beyond Purge and Holocaust, edited by Kam-yee Law. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. xi + 290 pp. £55.00 (hardcover).Kam-yee Law's book offers the strengths and weaknesses one often encounters...
The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility, and Identity / beyond China: Migrating Identities
The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility, and Identity, edited by Laurence J. C. Ma and Carolyn Cartier. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. viii + 400 pp. US$80.00 (hardcover), US$34.95 (paperback).Beyond China: Migrating Identities, edited...
The Chinese Women's Movement between State and Market
The Chinese Women's Movement Between State and Market, by Ellen R. Judd. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002. xii + 216 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover), US$19.95 (paperback).This book is a significant contribution to the study of the women's movement...
The Dianshizhai Pictorial: Shanghai Urban Life, 1884-1898
The Dianshizhai Pictorial: Shanghai Urban Life, 1884-1898, by Ye Xiaoqing. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2003. viii + 249 pp. US$50.00/£31.00 (paperback).The title and subtitle of the book well describe its dual and somewhat ambiguous...
The Internal Politics of an Urban Chinese Work Community: A Case Study of Employee Influence on Decision-Making at a State-Owned Factory*
As the economic reforms have unfolded, China's economy has become a patchwork of very different patterns. In industry, for example, some state-owned enterprises have fired large numbers of employees as a coiporate strategy, either because the firm is...
Understanding the Political Culture of Hong Kong: The Paradox of Activism and Depoliticization
Understanding the Political Culture of Hong Kong: The Paradox of Activism and Depoliticization, by Lam Wai-Man. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2004. xxviii + 292 pp. US$72.95 (hardcover), US$27.95 (paperback).Hong Kong's people have often been described as politically...
U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Policies, Prospects, and Possibilities
U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Policies, Prospects, and Possibilities, edited by Christopher Marsh and June Teufel Dreyer. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2003. xvi + 179 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).A fundamental question...
Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China
Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China, by Stevan Harrell. Washington: University of Washington Press, 2002. xii + 370 pp. US$50.00 (hardcover).This is an important book. After years of writing papers on China's ethnic minorities that often focused...
Women through the Lens: Gender and Nation in a Century of Chinese Cinema
Women Through the Lens: Gender and Nation in a Century of Chinese Cinema, by Shuqin Cui. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2003. xxvi + 304 pp. US$39.00 (hardcover).The mid-1980s high tide of feminist film studies highlighted gender as a central...
Working until You Drop: The Elderly of Rural China
In developing countries, aging is in many ways more difficult than in developed countries. In order simply to maintain the same standard of living as they age, people must rely on pensions, their savings and/or their children or other relatives. However,...
Wuli De Bianjie: 21 Shiji Qianqi Wushuang Chongtu Zhongde Guoji Fa Wenti Yanjiu
Wuli de bianjie: 21 shiji qianqi wushuang chongtu zhongde guoji fa wenti yanjiu (Constraints on the Use of Armed Force: Research into Questions of International Law Concerning Armed Conflict in the Early Part of the 21st Century), edited by Sheng Hongsheng,...
Zhongguo Nongmin Diaocha
Zhongguo nongmin diaocha (An Investigative Report on the Chinese Peasantry), by Chen Guidi and Chun Tao. Beijing: Renmin Wenxue Chubanshe, 2004. 460 pp. RMB 24.During the past few years two Chinese-language books on rural China have had a considerable...
Zhou Enlai Wannian
Zhou Enlai wannian (Zhou Enlai's Later Years), by Gao Wenqian. Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 2003. 615 pp. HK$129.00 (paperback).Since its publication in April 2003, this book has attracted enormous interest in the field of Chinese Communist Party history....

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