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. 64, July

A Culture of Violence: The Labor Subcontracting System and Collective Action by Construction Workers in Post-Socialist China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The glamorous skylines of Shanghai and Beijing today seem to crystallize Chinese dreams of modernity and global status. ' These modem cityscapes, however, are underpinned by a construction industry steeped...
A History of the Modern Chinese Army
A History of the Modern Chinese Army, by Xiaobing Li. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009. xvi + 413 pp. US$39.95 (hardcover), US$27.95 (paperback).How did the PLA transform itself from a peasant army in the late 1940s into the professional...
China 2020: How Western Businesses Can-And Should-Influence Social and Political Change in the Coming Decade
China 2020: How Western Businesses Can-and Should-Influence Social and Political Change in the Coming Decade, by Michael A. Santoro. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009. xvi + 162 pp. US$21.95/£1 1.95 (hardcover).The impact of economic engagement...
China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence
China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, by Sophie Richardson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. xii + 332 pp. US$50.00/£34.50 (hardcover).Sophie Richardson argues in her study of Sino-Cambodian relations that the Five...
China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores
China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores, by R. Evan Ellis. Boulder: Lyme Rienner, 2009. xiv + 329 pp. US$68.00 (hardcover), US$24.50 (paperback).The book is subtitled The Whats and Wherefores, and Ellis explains in his first chapter that his...
China's Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950
China's Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950, edited by Daniel H. Bays and Ellen Widmer. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. xiv + 405 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).China's Christian Colleges fills an important...
China's Great Economic Transformation
China's Great Economic Transformation, edited by Loren Brandt and Thomas G. Rawski. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. xxii + 906 pp. £80.00/US$175.00 (hardcover), £40.00/US$70.00 (paperback), US$60.00 (eBook).Last year's news is older for...
China: The Pessoptimist Nation
China: The Pessoptimist Nation, by William A. Callahan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. xxvii + 262 pages. £25.00 (hardcover).William Callahan's study addresses the perplexing ambiguity at the heart of China's self image, and the image it projects...
China with a Cut: Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music
China with a Cut: Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music, by Jeroen de Kloet. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010. 255 pp. euro42.00 (paperback).As Jeroen de Kloet points out in his introduction, most of the English language scholarship...
Chinese Capitalisms: Historical Emergence and Political Implications
Chinese Capitalisms: Historical Emergence and Political Implications, edited by Yin-wah Chu. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. xiv + 248 pp. £57.50 (hardcover).Chinese Capitalisms addresses three major issues emerging from theories of economic sociology...
Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power and Politics
Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power and Politics, by Robert S. Ross. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009. ? + 331 pp. £85.00/US$170.00 (hardcover), £23.99/US$41.95 (paperback).This collection of articles and essays provides an insightful analysis of key...
Chinese Utopianism: A Comparative Study of Reformist Thought with Japan and Russia, 1898-1997
Chinese Utopianism: A Comparative Study of Reformist Thought with Japan and Russia, 1898-1997, by Shiping Hua. Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. xviii + 186 pp. US$35.00 (hardcover).In his latest of many...
Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China
Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China, by Yingjin Zhang. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2010. xii + 257 pp. US$49.00 (hardcover).This engaging work integrates Professor Zhang's earlier essays on contemporary Chinese cinema. In...
Collaborative Colonial Power: The Making of the Hong Kong Chinese
Collaborative Colonial Power: The Making of the Hong Kong Chinese, by Law Wing Sang. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009. xii + 262 pp. HK$350.00/US$45.00 (hardcover), HK$195.00/US$25.00 (paperback).During the 1980s and early 1990s, it was sometimes...
Communist Multiculturalism: Ethnic Revival in Southwest China
Communist Multiculturalism: Ethnic Revival in Southwest China, by Susan K. McCarthy. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press, 2009. xviii + 226 pp. US$70.00/£54.00 (hardcover), US$25.00/£17.99 (paperback).Communist Multiculturalism is the latest...
Communities, Crime and Social Capital in Contemporary China
Communities, Crime and Social Capital in Contemporary China, by Lena Y. Zhong. Cullompton: Willan Publishing, 2009. xviii + 277 pp. £40.00/US$69.95 (hardcover).Lena Y. Zhong is presented as one of "a new generation of Chinese criminologists, trained...
Consumption, Class Formation and Sexuality: Reading Men's Lifestyle Magazines in China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This study examines the construction of consumerist middle-class masculinities in postsocialist China by focusing on a new form of popular culture and consumerism, men's lifestyle magazines. Although...
Creating Wealth and Poverty in Postsocialist China
Creating Wealth and Poverty in Postsocialist China, edited by Deborah S. Davis and Feng Wang. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. xvi + 293 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).The cardinal concern of Davis and Wang's edited book is...
East River Column: Hong Kong Guerillas in the Second World War and After
East River Column: Hong Kong Guerillas in the Second World War and After, by Chan Sui-jeung. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009. xvi + 1 82 pp. HK$250.00/US$34.50 (hardcover).The East River Column was a Communist-led resistance group in the...
Eugenic Birth and Fetal Education: The Friction between Lineage Enhancement and Premarital Testing among Rural Households in Mainland China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Family planning, abortion and eugenic birth have long been contested issues in China. Abortion was prohibited during the late Qing dynasty but accepted in 1953, when it was justified in the interest of...
Factions and Spoils: Examining Political Behavior within the Local State in China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)While students of Chinese politics have long been interested in the impact of fiscal and administrative decentralization on patterns of governance in China, few have examined the impact of decentralization...
Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy
Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy, by Tai Ming Cheung. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009. xvi + 279 pp. US$39.95/ £20.50 (hardcover).The mantra at IMD, the business school where I reside, is that "strategic effectiveness...
Government and Policy-Making Reform in China: The Implications of Governing Capacity
Government and Policy-Making Reform in China: The Implications of Governing Capacity, by Bill K. P. Chou. London: Routledge, 2009. xiv + 167 pp. £75.00/ US$125.00 (hardcover).During the 1980s, China experienced a steady decline in the policy-making authority...
Heroes of China's Great Leap Forward: Two Stories
Heroes of China's Great Leap Forward: Two Stories, edited by Richard King. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2010. 132 pp. US$15.00 (paperback).Recent research on the Great Leap Forward is mostly focused on the destructive and traumatic famine that...
Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots
Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots, by Gary Ka-wai Cheung. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009. viii + 241 pp. HK$195.00/US$25.00 (paperback).The year 2007 saw a number of events commemorating and evaluating the 40th anniversary of the 1967...
Inequality and Public Policy in China
Inequality and Public Policy in China, edited by Björn A. Gustafsson, Li Shi and Terry Sicular. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. xviii + 364 pp. £50.00/US$90.00 (hardcover), US$72.00 (eBook).This is a rigorous and well-executed book by leading...
Judicial Review of Environmental Administrative Decisions: Has It Changed the Behavior of Government Agencies?
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The promulgation of the Administrative Litigation Law (ALL) in 1989 was widely hailed as an historical milestone in China's legal development.1 The law's primary intent is to empower citizens to curb...
Land Expropriation and the Gender Politics of Citizenship in the Urban Frontier
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Taxes, fees and profits from the sale of expropriated rural land have become a major source of revenue and investment capital for municipal governments in China.1 To village collective organizations powerless...
Making Religion, Making the State: The Politics of Religion in Modern China
Making Religion, Making the State: The Politics of Religion in Modern China, edited by Yoshiko Ashiwa and David L. Wank. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. ? + 294 pp. US$70 (hardcover), US$24.95 (paperback).In recent years the policies and principles...
Other-Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine through Transnational Frames
Other-Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine Through Transnational Frames, by Mei Zhan. Durham; London: Duke University Press, 2009. xiv + 240 pp. US$79.95 (hardcover), US$22.95 (paperback).In this complex study of a difficult and relatively unexplored subject,...
Playing the Market Reform Card: The Changing Patterns of Political Struggle in China's Electric Power Sector
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Since its reform and opening, China has impressed the world with a relatively successful transition to a market economy. A number of sectors, however, are still struggling to operate according to market...
Politische Partizipation Und Regimelegitimität in der VR China. Band I: Der Urbane Raum
Politische Partizipation und Regimelegitimität in der VR China. Band I: Der urbane Raum (Political Participation and Régime Legitimacy in the PRC. Vol. I: Urban China), by Thomas Heberer and Gunter Schubert. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften,...
Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China
Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China, by Tiantian Zheng. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 293 pp. US$22.50 (paperback).Red Lights is an impassioned and highly personal ethnography of the karaoke sex entertainment...
Rights Consciousness and Rules Consciousness in Contemporary China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Rights claims by ordinary people in reform-era China have taken many different forms. Workers claim a right to "labor and subsistence", pensioners claim the "sacred right not to have to labor", and migrant...
Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate: Memories of Empire in a New Global Context
Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate: Memories of Empire in a New Global Context, by Charles Horner. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009. xvi + 224 pp. US$34.95 (hardcover).This interesting book is a collection of reflections upon China's present...
Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity
Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity, edited by Xiangming Chen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. xxvi + 267 pp. US$25.00 (paperback).Shanghai Rising is a timely book both in how it brings together...
States' Gains, Labor's Losses: China, France, and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980-2000
States' Gains, Labor's Losses: China, France, and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980-2000, by Dorothy J. Solinger. Ithaca; London: Cornell University Press, 2009. xviii + 245 pp. US$45.00/£30.50 (hardcover).Dorothy Solinger has substantially advanced...
The Ambivalence of National Imagination: Defining "The Taiwanese" in China, 1931-1941
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)When did we become "a people"? When did we stop being one? Or are we in the process of becoming one?1In March 2000, just two days before Taiwan's presidential election, China's then Premier Zhu Rongji...
The Cultural Revolution Warfare at Beijing's Universities
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION WARFARE AT BEIJING'S UNIVERSITIES Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement, by Andrew G. Walder. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. xvi + 400 pp. US$39.95/£29.95/...
The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation
The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation, by Prasenjit Duara. London: Routledge, 2009. xii + 253 pp. £85.00/US$170.00 (hardcover), £21.99/ US$31.95 (paperback).In The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation, Prasenjit Duara proposes...
The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online
The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online, by Guobin Yang. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. xviii + 302 pp. US$29.50/£20.50 (hardcover).In this useful and interesting study, the author shows how online activism enables "new...
The Rise of China and India: A New Asian Drama
The Rise of China and India: A New Asian Drama, by Lam Peng Er and Lim Tai Wei. Singapore: World Scientific, 2009. viii + 169 pp. US$80.00 (hardcover).The Rise of China and India is yet another addition to the growing body of work on how India and China...
The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy
The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy, by Minqi Li. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008. xx + 208 pp. US$1 6/95 (paperback).Minqi Li's book, as he himself admits, is more about the "Demise of the Global Capitalist System"...
The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society
The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society, by Bryan Tilt. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. xviii +192 pp. US$89.50/£62.00 (hardcover), US$29.50/£20.50 (paperback).Bryan Tilt's remarkable monograph...
Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008
Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008, by Huaiyin Li. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. xviii + 402 pp. US$65.00 (hardcover).Village China under Socialism and Reform can be read, on one level, as the recent history...
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