Korean Studies, vol. 39 (2015)


Korean Tea Bowls (Kōrai chawan) and Japanese Wabicha: A Story of Acculturation in Premodern Northeast Asia
Nam-lin Hur, 1

For more than two centuries from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth century, one particular item dominated the fashion of wabicha, a form of tea ceremony, in Japan: tea bowls obtained from Korea, commonly called Kōrai chawan (高麗茶碗), or Korean tea bowls. Korean tea bowls held the key to the evolving aesthetic of wabicha, which was highly refined by Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591) and inherited by other eminent tea masters in Tokugawa Japan. Despite their prominence in the world of wabicha, Korean tea bowls have not often been studied. This article traces the cultural trajectory of Korean tea bowls from the perspective of trade and piracy, border-crossing cultural flow, classification, and acculturation. It then explores the question of what made Korean tea bowls so popular in the world of Japanese wabicha by focusing on four factors: the culture of the upper-class samurai, tea, and Zen Buddhism; the exoticism of Korean tea bowls; commercialism and political power; and the household profession of tea masters. Korean tea bowls, which symbolized the beauty of wabicha, served as a catalyst for a move away from a Chinese-centered aesthetics of tea culture in medieval times and toward a Japan-centered aesthetics of tea culture from the mid-eighteenth century onward.

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Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 35 (2015)

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Moving Forward
Thomas Cattoi and Carol Anderson, vii

Multiple Religious Belonging

Deep Listening and Virtuous Friendship: Spiritual Care in the Context of Religious Multiplicity
Duane R. Bidwell, 3

Like an Elephant Pricked by a Thorn: Buddhist Meditation Instructions as a Door to Deep Listening
Willa B. Miller, 15

Reflections on Jewish and Christian Encounters with Buddhism
Harold Kasimow, 21

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China Review International, vol. 20, no. 1-2 (2013)

Early Chinese Political Thought as Conversation
Eirik Lang Harris, 1

From None but Self Expect Applause
Shiamin Kwa, 7

Viable Social Identities in a Shifting Cultural Landscape
William Jankowiak, 16

Identity Research, Conjectured Study
Grant Shen, 18

Playing the Language Game in China: On Perry Link’s: An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics
Paul G. Pickowicz, 31

To Thrive, Survive, and Prosper as an Ordinary Urbanite
William Jankowiak, 38

Jin Yuelin: Formidable, Formative Philosopher of Twentieth-Century China
Kirill Ole Thompson, 40

Manchu Archives and Studies on Frontier and Ethnic Groups in Qing Dynasty ed. by Uyunbilig
reviewed by Chia Ning, 47

Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Life World by C. Fred Blake
reviewed by Michael Saso, 51

The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature ed. by Kang-I Sun Chang and Stephen Owen
reviewed by Giovanni Vitiello, 54

Walmart in China ed. by Anita Chan
reviewed by Maria N. DaCosta, 60

Representations of China in British Children’s Fiction, 1851–1911 by Shih-Wen Chen
reviewed by Erica Hateley, 64

Bound to Emancipate: Working Women and Urban Citizenship in Early Twentieth-Century China and Hong Kong by Angelina Chin
reviewed by Jing Jing Chang, 69

Being in the World: Dialogue and Cosmopolis by Fred Dallmayr
reviewed by Franklin J. Woo, 71

The Classic of Changes in Cultural Context: A Textual Archaeology of the Yi jing by Scott Davis
reviewed by Stephen Field, 75

The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for World Community by Wm. Theodore de Bary, and: Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security by Denny Roy
reviewed by Franklin J. Woo, 80

The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought ed. by Carine Defoort and Nicolas Standaert
reviewed by Ian Johnston, 87

Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History ed. by T. J. Hinrichs and Linda L. Barnes
reviewed by John Welden, 92

Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China by Wen Hua
reviewed by William Jankowiak, 94

Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan by Hans Tao-Ming Huang
reviewed by Howard Chiang, 97

In the Land of the Eastern Queendom: The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border by Tenzin Jinba
reviewed by Maria Jaschok, 99

Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation by Barry C. Keenan
reviewed by Tze-ki Hon, 103

Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche ed. by Andrew Kipnis
reviewed by Emily Baum, 106

Women’s Poetry of Late Imperial China: Transforming the Inner Chambers by Xiaorong Li
reviewed by Nanxiu Qian, 109

Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History by Kathleen López
reviewed by Ignacio López-Calvo, 112

Fighting for Breath: Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village by Anna Lora-Wainwright
reviewed by Emily Baum, 118

Bing: From Farmer’s Son to Magistrate in Han China by Michael Loewe 
reviewed by Liang Cai, 122

A Mission under Duress: The Nanjing Massacre and Post-Massacre Social Conditions Documented by American Diplomats by Suping Lu, and: A Dark Page in History: The Nanjing Massacre and Post-Massacre Social Conditions Recorded in British Diplomatic Dispatches, Admiralty Documents, and U.S. Naval Intelligence Reports by Suping Lu
reviewed by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, 125

The Lahu Minority in Southwest China: A Response to Ethnic Marginalization on the Frontier by Jianxiong Ma
reviewed by Ann Maxwell Hill, 133

A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture by Barbara Mittler
reviewed by Bonnie S. McDougall, 136

Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution ed. by Alfreda Murck
reviewed by Richard King, 143

Will China Democratize? ed. by Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner
reviewed by Franklin J. Woo, 145

China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell
reviewed by Christopher A. Ford

Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture by Cynthia Ning and John S. Montanaro
reviewed by Chen-Hui Tsai, 158

A Comprehensive Manchu-English Dictionary by Jerry Norman
reviewed by Stephen Wadley, 162

Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China by Martin J. Powers
reviewed by Ian M. Sullivan, 166

Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema by Peter C. Pugsley
reviewed by Julia Keblinska, 170

China’s Sent-Down Generation: Public Administration and the Legacies of Mao’s Rustication Program by Helena K. Rene, and: The Lost Generation: The Rustication of China’s Educated Youth (1968–1980) by Michel Bonnin
reviewed by Yihong Pan, 175

The Chinese in Mexico 1882–1940 by Robert Chao Romero, and: Making the Chinese Mexican: Global Migration, Localism, and Exclusions in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands by Grace Peña Delgado, and: Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland 1910–1960 by Julia María Schiavone Camacho
Ignacio López-Calvo, 180

Zhan Guo Qin Han shiqi de xuepai wenti yanjiu by Li Rui
reviewed by Ting-mien Lee, 192

China Goes Global: The Partial Power by David Shambaugh
reviewed by Franklin J. Woo, 196

An Unfinished Republic: Leading by Word and Deed in Modern China by David Strand
reviewed by Fabio Lanza, 203

Literature the People Love: Reading Chinese Texts from the Early Maoist Period (1949–1966) by Krista Van Fleit Hang
reviewed by Bonnie S. McDougall, 206

Empire and Identity in Guizhou: Local Resistance to Qing Expansion by Jodi L. Weinstein
reviewed by Lei Duan, 208

Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China by Yingjin Zhang
reviewed by Haomin Gong, 212

After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War by Shen Zhihua and Li Danhui
reviewed by Deborah Kaple, 217

Humans, Beasts, and Ghosts: Stories and Essays by Qian Zhongshu
reviewed by Eileen J. Cheng, 220

Works Received, 224

Philosophy East and West, vol. 66, no. 1 (2016)

In the introduction to this issue, Arindam Chakrabarti writes:

It is not a semantic accident that four key notions of social ethics are also key concepts of theater. These are the concepts of character, playing a part/role, performance, and acting. Of course, one could object that there is a touch of pun in this claim: A character in a drama is not quite the same as good or bad character in a virtue ethics; acting in theater is mere play-acting, whereas acting in social and personal life is serious business. But the distinction between play and serious business does not mean that the former is any less important than the latter.

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The Contemporary Pacific, vol. 28 no. 1 (2016)

Birds With Skymirrors (2010). Photo by Sebastian Bolesch, featured in The Contemporary Pacific Vol. 28 No. 1. Concept, design, choreography, and direction by Lemi Ponifasio.

This issue of The Contemporary Pacific features a dialogue on Pacific Studies from both Lea Lani Kinikini Kauvaka and Terence Wesley-Smith, political reviews on Micronesia and Polynesia, the work of artist Lemi Ponifasio, and the following articles:

  • Local Norms and Truth Telling: Examining Experienced Incompatibilities within Truth Commissions of Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste by Holly L. Guthrey
  • Multidimensional, Gender-Sensitive Poverty Measurement: Perspectives from Fiji by Priya Chattier
  • Musical Melanesianism: Imagining and Expressing Regional Identity and Solidarity in Popular Song and Video by Michael Webb
  • Cartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black Cat by Sudesh Mishra

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The Contemporary PacificAbout the Journal

The Contemporary Pacific provides a publication venue for interdisciplinary work in Pacific studies with the aim of providing informed discussion of contemporary issues in the Pacific Islands region.


Single issue sales and annual subscriptions for both individuals and institutions available here.


Submissions must be original works not previously published and not under consideration or scheduled for publication by another publisher. Manuscripts should be 8,000 to 10,000 words, or no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including references. Find submission guidelines here.

Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 49

Hawaiian Journal of History 49

A Japanese woman with child, Pu‘unēnē, Maui from the issue article “Issei Women and Work: Washerwomen, Prostitutes, Midwives, and Barbers.”
Photographer Ray Jerome Baker. Courtesy Hawai‘i State Archives.

Past histories of the Japanese experience in the Islands have emphasized “the reticent and subservient picture bride and the hard-working, silent plantation field laborer,” writes Kelli Y. Nakamura in her article “Issei Women and Work: Washerwomen, Prostitutes, Midwives, and Barbers.” While authentic enough, these characterizations are simplistic and fail to portray the wide range of activities performed by Issei women, according to Nakamura.

Economic conditions enabled many Issei women use their skills as domestic workers to extend their influence outside the family sphere and create economic opportunities beyond the agricultural fields. Many found opportunities in traditional “women’s work,” such as laundering, cooking, and sewing. Others were active as midwives and barbers, two professions that were dominated by Japanese women, and some even out-earned men by working as prostitutes. According to Nakamura, these women rendered key services in the development of Hawai‘i’s economy, though their contributions have been overshadowed by the stereotype of the passive picture bride and industrious but silent field laborer.

Nakamura’s article is in good company with the articles and book reviews that make up this volume of the Hawaiian Journal of History. Other featured articles include:

  • Race, Power, and the Dilemma of Democracy: Hawai‘i’s First Territorial Legislature, 1901 by Ronald Williams Jr.
  • The Copied Hymns of John Young by Ralph Thomas Kam
  • The Last Illness and Death of Hawai‘i’s King Kalākaua: A New Historical/Clinical Perspective by John F. McDemott MD, Zitta Cup Choy and Anthony P.S. Guerrero MD
  • Buffalo Soldiers at Kīlauea, 1915–1917 by Martha Hoverson
  • Remembering Lili‘uokalani: Coverage of the Death of the Last Queen of Hawai‘i by Hawai‘i’s English-Language Establishment Press and American Newspapers by Douglas v. Askman
  • Genevieve Taggard: The Hawaiian Background to a Radical Poet by Anne Hammond
  • Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes of the Bonin Archipelago by Scott Kramer and Hanae Kurihara Kramer

Find the full text of the issue at Project MUSE

Hawaiian Journal of History 49About the Journal

Published annually since 1967, the Journal presents original articles on the history of Hawai‘i, Polynesia, and the Pacific area as well as book reviews and an annual bibliography of publications related to Island history.


Individuals may receive the journal by joining the Hawaiian Historical Society.


The HJH welcomes scholarly submissions from all writers. See the Guidelines for Contributors.

You can also read more about this issue at the Hawaiian Historical Society’s website.

Cross-Currents, vol. 4, no. 2 (2015)

Cross-Currents (4#2) is now available on Project Muse.

Governing Marriage Migrations: Perspectives from Mainland China and Taiwan

Elena Barabantseva, Antonia Chao, and Biao Xiang, 405

Cross-border migration for the purpose of marriage is on the rise, and at present it constitutes one of the most common forms of long-term international mobility in East Asia. This special issue of Cross-Currents analyzes marriage migration in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan as a subject of governance. The articles included here demonstrate that marriage migration has attracted considerable policy attention and public anxiety not because it is about “marriage” or “migration” per se, but because it is perceived to be inseparable from a wide range of other issues, such as sexual morality, family norms, national identity, and border security. In particular, the long-lasting social relationships marriage migration creates and the role of marriage migrants (the vast majority of whom are women) in rearing the next generation of the state’s sovereign subjects tie marriage migration to state security concerns. Popular anxieties about marriage migration are often based on projections into the future rather than observations about the present reality. On one hand, the fact that marriage migration is deeply embedded in myriad social institutions and relations that cannot be dealt with in isolation causes a projection-based mode of governance; on the other hand, it renders transnational marriage particularly hard to govern, which further exacerbates anxiety. But this should not be seen as a failure in public policy. The articles in this special issue argue that such projections, imaginations, and self-perpetuating anxieties are important parts of how nationhood is constructed in the current era. As such, marriage migration as a subject of governance provides us with a special angle to examine how politics works in subtle and sometimes invisible ways on local, national, and transnational levels.

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