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. 59, January

Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia
Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia, by John Fitzgerald. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2007. xiv + 289 pp. AU$44.95 (paperback).Analysis of Chinese settlement in Australia has normally followed a simple path-arrived in...
Boss Christians: The Business of Religion in the "Wenzhou Model" of Christian Revival
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)In the last quarter-century the southeast coastal city of Wenzhou has become the largest urban Christian center in China. Popularly known as "China's Jerusalem" {Zhongguo de Yelusaleng ...), Wenzhou is...
Charting China's Future: Political, Social, and International Dimensions
Charting China's Future: Political, Social, and International Dimensions, edited by Jae Ho Chung. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. xii + 213 pp. US$75.00 (hardcover), US$32.95 (paperback).This book, described by its editor as "a serious exercise...
China and Globalization: The Social, Economic and Political Transformation of Chinese Society
China and Globalization: The Social, Economic and Political Transformation of Chinese Society, by Doug Guthrie. New York: Routledge, 2006. xii + 398 pp. US$85.00/£70.00 (hardcover), US$24.95/£13.99 (paperback).Doug Guthrie's China and Globalization is...
China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Joshua Eisenman, Eric Heginbotham and Derek Mitchell. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2007. xxiv + 232 pp. US$79.95 (hardcover), US$29.95 (paperback).Global public opinion...
China and the Global Energy Crisis: Development and Prospects for China's Oil and Natural Gas
China and the Global Energy Crisis: Development and Prospects for China's Oil and Natural Gas, by Tatsu Kambara and Christopher Howe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007. xvi + 143 pp. £49.00/US$85.00 (hardcover).Triggered by its rapid economic development...
China's Domestic Private Firms: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Management and Performance
China's Domestic Private Firms: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Management and Performance, edited by Anne S. Tsui, Yanjie Bian and Leonard Cheng. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2006. x + 342 pp. US$99.95 (hardcover), US$39.95 (paperback).As many countries...
China's Psychiatric Inquisition: Dissent, Psychiatry and the Law in Post-1949 China
China's Psychiatric Inquisition: Dissent, Psychiatry and the Law in Post-1949 China, by Robin Munro. London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2006. xxiv + 366 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).Robin Munro's book on the political abuse of psychiatry in China...
China's Reforms and International Political Economy
China's Reforms and International Political Economy, edited by David Zweig and Chen Zhimin. London: Routledge, 2007. xxii + 234 pp. £75.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).This book focuses on the interaction of China's economic reforms with international political...
Chinese Transnational Networks
Chinese Transnational Networks, edited by Tan Chee-Beng. London: Routledge, 2007. xii + 214 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).This thought-provoking collection of essays offers a nuanced reading into the relationship between China and the "Chinese of different...
Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China
Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China, by Timothy Brook. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007. xiv + 288 pp. US$18.95/£12.95/euro17.50 (paperback).Timothy Brook has produced a superb book about the vexed problem of collaboration....
Disorganizing China: Counter-Bureaucracy and the Decline of Socialism
Disorganizing China: Counter-Bureaucracy and the Decline of Socialism, by Eddy U. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. xviii + 276 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).Eddy U sets out to demonstrate that China during the Mao Zedong era was not too bureaucratic,...
Doing Fieldwork in China
Doing Fieldwork in China, edited by Maria Heimer and Stig Thogersen. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2006. xii + 322 pp. £14.99 (paperback).This volume is only the second to focus on field experiences in the People's Republic of China and provides a timely update...
Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China
Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China, by David Faure. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. xvi + 464 pp. US$50.00 (hardcover).David Faure's rich and maddening magnum opus brings together new research and material published over...
Employment of Women in Chinese Cultures: Half the Sky
Employment of Women in Chinese Cultures: Half the Sky, edited by Cherlyn Skromme Granrose. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005. xii + 205 pp. £49.95/US$76.50 (hardcover).This volume compares women's careers and employment in four different national systems...
Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang
Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, by James A. Millward. London: Hurst & Company, 2007. xxii + 440 pp. £25.00 (hardcover).Eurasian Crossroads is a survey history of Xinjiang, from prehistoric times to the present, but it is very much written...
From Local Experiments to National Policy: The Origins of China's Distinctive Policy Process
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)To explain the capability of China's Party-state to generate institutional and policy innovations for economic reform and to adapt to a rapidly changing economic...
Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation
Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation, by Liu Jieyu. London: Routledge, 2007. xiv + 178 pp. £70.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).Based on the life histories of 33 laid-off women workers in Nanjing, this book studies the gendered...
Governance of Biodiversity Conservation in China and Taiwan
Governance of Biodiversity Conservation in China and Taiwan, by Gerald A. McBeath and Tse-Kang Leng. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006. x + 242 pp. £65.00/US$99.00 (hardcover).This book adopts a comparative politics approach to the study of institutional...
Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China
Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China, edited by Elizabeth J. Perry and Merle Goldman. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. xii + 402 pp. US$24.95/£38.96/euro55.30 (paperback).It is frequently argued that China has changed economically...
Human Security and the Chinese State: Historical Transformations and the Modern Quest for Sovereignty
Human Security and the Chinese State: Historical Transformations and the Modern Quest for Sovereignty, by Robert E. Bedeski. London: Routledge, 2007. xiv + 190 pp. £70.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).The primary aim of Robert Bedeski's book is to analyze the...
Imagined Enemies: China Prepares for Uncertain War
Imagined Enemies: China Prepares for Uncertain War, by John Wilson Lewis and Xue Litai. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. xvi + 362 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover).Imagined Enemies is the latest in a series of books by John Wilson Lewis and Xue Litai...
Interfirm Relations under Late Industrialization in China: The Supplier System in the Motorcycle Industry
Interfirm Relations under Late Industrialization in China: The Supplier System in the Motorcycle Industry, by Moriki Ohara. Chiba: Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, 2006. x + 154 pp. ¥2,900 (hardcover).Moriki Ohara...
Japan and China in the World Political Economy
Japan and China in the World Political Economy, edited by Saadia M. Pekkanen and Kellee S. Tsai. Foreword by Ezra F. Vogel. London: Routledge, 2005. xxii + 245 pp. £65.00 (hardcover).The premise of this collection, which draws together a percipient group...
Journalists' Reflections on China's Future
China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power, by Rob Gifford. New York: Random House, 2007.The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression, by James Mann. New York: Viking Press, 2007.The rate and pace of China's unparalleled...
Lhasa: Streets with Memories
Lhasa: Streets with Memories, by Robert Barnett. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. xlii + 219 pp. US$24.50/£16.00 (hardcover).Robert Barnett was in Lhasa during the 1987 protests, witnessing their lethal suppression firsthand. This book is built...
Managing God's Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), 1888-1952
Managing God's Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), 1888-1952, by Dong Wang. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. xiv + 210 pp. US$85.00 (hardcover), US$34.95 (paperback).Before 1952 there were eighteen...
New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination
New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination, by Michael Keane, Anthony Y. H. Fung and Albert Moran. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007. viii + 220 pp. HK$395.00/US$59.50 (hardcover), HK$175.00/US$27.95 (paperback).When...
Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship, and the Modern Chinese State
Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship, and the Modern Chinese State, by Elizabeth J. Perry. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. xii + 359 pp. US$39.95 (hardcover).This excellent and readable book, written from archives in Shanghai,...
Paying for Progress in China: Public Finance, Human Welfare and Changing Patterns of Inequality
Paying for Progress in China: Public Finance, Human Welfare and Changing Patterns of Inequality, edited by Vivienne Shue and Christine Wong. London: Routledge, 2007. xii + 195 pp. £70.00/US$125.00 (hardcover).In this timely and well-crafted set of essays,...
Peasants and Revolution in Rural China: Rural Political Change in the North China Plain and the Yangzi Delta, 1850-1949
Peasants and Revolution in Rural China: Rural Political Change in the North China Plain and the Yangzi Delta, 1850-1949, by Chang Liu. London; New York: Routledge, 2007. xiv + 258 pp. £80.00/US$145.00 (hardcover).Until the late 1980s the history of Communist...
Playing to the World's Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV
Playing to the World's Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV, by Michael Curtin. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007. xii + 341 pp. US$60/£35.00 (hardcover), US$24.95/£14.95 (paperback).This is an important...
Political Development in Hong Kong: State, Political Society, and Civil Society
Political Development in Hong Kong: State, Political Society, and Civil Society, by Ma Ngok. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007. xii + 305 pp. US$65.00/HK$450.00 (hardcover), US$27.95/HK$195.00 (paperback).This book is an attempt to bridge the...
Power, Entitlement and Social Practice
Power, Entitlement and Social Practice, by Xiyi Huang. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2007. xxviii + 276 pp. US$45.00 (hardcover).The central theme of Huang's monograph, based on research conducted in North China in the late 90s, is the changing...
Qigong Fever: Body, Science and Utopia in China
Qigong Fever: Body, Science and Utopia in China, by David A. Palmer. London: C. Hurst & Co., 2007. xii + 356 pp. £25.00 (hardcover).Qigong Fever is a welcome addition to the surprisingly thin collection of academic writings on qigong, a traditional...
Religious Diversity and Public Religion in China
Religious Diversity and Public Religion in China, by Zhibin Xie. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. viii + 160 pp. £45.00 (hardcover).Zhibin Xie has written an ambitious and commendable book that makes a timely contribution to academic discussions about religion...
Remaking Chinese Urban Form: Modernity, Scarcity and Space, 1949-2005
Remaking Chinese Urban Form: Modernity, Scarcity and Space, 1949-2005, by Duanfang Lu. London: Routledge, 2006. xii + 204 pp. £65.00/US$115.00 (hardcover).The fundamental merit of this book is the emphasis on the renegotiation and increasing fluidity...
Representing Corporate Culture in China: Official, Academic and Corporate Perspectives
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Over the past two decades, and particularly since China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, there has been an explosion of interest in the concept of "corporate culture" (qiye wenhua ...) among...
Revolution in the Highlands: China's Jinggangshan Base Area
Revolution in the Highlands: China's Jinggangshan Base Area, by Stephen C. Averill. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. xxxii + 451 pp. US$69.00 (hardcover).To those who may think that the history of the early Communist rural revolution has little...
Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950
Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950, by Haiyan Lee. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007. xiv + 364 pp. US$60.00 (hardcover).Basing her study on the claim that the modern subject is a sentimental subject, Haiyan Lee...
SARS in China: Prelude to Pandemic?
SARS in China: Prelude to Pandemic?, edited by Arthur Kleinman and James L. Watson. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2005. xii + 244 pp. US$50.00 (hardcover), US$19.95 (paperback).This book is the result of a transdisciplinary conference on SARS...
Saving the Nation: Economic Modernity in Republican China
Saving the Nation: Economic Modernity in Republican China, by Margherita Zanasi. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2006. xii + 320 pp. US$55.00/£35.00 (hardcover).This book examines economic policies and their implementation in the Nanjing Decade. Economic...
Social Conflicts and Modes of Action in China
(ProQuest-CSA LLC: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Chinese society today is characterized by the coexistence of numerous social conflicts and social stability. This coexistence reveals the resilience of the Chinese political system.1 A resilient...
Taiwan and Post-Communist Europe: Shopping for Allies
Taiwan and Post-Communist Europe: Shopping for Allies, by Czeslaw Tubilewicz. London: Routledge, 2007. xiv + 242 pp. £75.00/US$135.00 (hardcover).This is the first in-depth study of Taiwan's "flexible", economic diplomatic offensives on post-Communist...
The Boxers, China, and the World
The Boxers, China, and the World, edited by Robert Bickers and R. G. Tiedemann. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. xxviii + 231 pp. US$75.00/£49.00/euro77.18 (hardcover), US$28.95/£18.99/euro29.91 (paperback).This is an important book, representing...
The End of the Maoist Era: Chinese Politics during the Twilight of the Cultural Revolution, 1972-1976
The End of the Maoist Era: Chinese Politics During the Twilight of the Cultural Revolution, 1972-1976, by Frederick C. Teiwes and Warren Sun. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2007. xxii + 705 pp. US$98.95 (hardcover).Complexity was the hallmark of élite politics...
The Making and Selling of Post-Mao Beijing
The Making and Selling of Post-Mao Beijing, by Anne-Marie Broudehoux. New York: Routledge, 2004. x + 270 pp. US$105.00/£57.50 (hardcover).This fascinating book offers a thought-provoking case study of global consumerism as a dominant ideology, focusing...
The SARS Epidemic: Challenges to China's Crisis Management
The SARS Epidemic: Challenges to China's Crisis Management, edited by John Wong and Zheng Yongnian. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2004. viii + 226 pp. US$58.00/£35.00 (hardcover).This book represents one of the first attempts to analyze the SARS outbreak...
The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, edited by Zhang Zhen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. x + 447 pp. US$94.95 (hardcover), US$26.95 (paperback).These...
Transforming East Asia: The Evolution of Regional Economic Integration
Transforming East Asia: The Evolution of Regional Economic Integration, by Naoko Munakata. Tokyo: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry; Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2006. xx + 258 pp. US$24.05/£14.99 (paperback).In Transforming...
Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine: An Ethnographic Account from Contemporary China
Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine: An Ethnographic Account from Contemporary China, by Yanhua Zhang. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. xiv + 191 pp. US$75.50 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Transforming Emotions with Chinese...
Two Kinds of Truth: Stories and Reportage from China
Two Kinds of Truth: Stories and Reportage from China, by Liu Binyan, edited by Perry Link. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. xiv + 304 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover), US$21.95 (paperback).The name of Liu Binyan will be very familiar to anyone who...
Weiquan (Rights Protection) Lawyering in an Authoritarian State: Building a Culture of Public-Interest Lawyering
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)One of the boldest initiatives in the PRC during the last decade has been the reform of the legal profession. A little over a decade ago, all lawyers were civil servants, but now the PRC has a rapidly...
Where Empires Collided: Russian and Soviet Relations with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau
Where Empires Collided: Russian and Soviet Relations with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, by Michael Share. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2007. xxiv + 376 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover).Michael Share's study traces the course of Tsarist Russian, Soviet...
Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China's Territorial Integrity
Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China's Territorial Integrity, by Alan M. Wachman. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2007. xviii + 253 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Alan Wachman has written an important and stimulating book....
Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History
Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History, edited by David Der-Wei Wang and Carlos Rohas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. x + 412 pp. US$89.95 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).Editor Carlos Rojas' introduction to this anthology provides an excellent...

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