Featured art in the new issue of The Contemporary Pacific by Selwyn Muru: On 9 June 2017, 135 years after government troops invaded and violently decimated the Māori settlement of Parihaka (and at the time this issue of the journal was about to go to press), a Crown apology was finally offered to the people of Parihaka. The gesture is more than symbolic: an additional deed of reconciliation, legacy statement, ongoing relationship agreements with local and national government, a development fund, and legislation are being put in place to ensure that the Crown’s commitment is legally binding. Parihaka Papakainga Trust Chair Puna Wano-Bryant’s declaration of a “new dawn” echoed sentiments expressed at the time of Parihaka’s founding. The cover image depicts two important prophets, peacemakers, and leaders of nonviolent resistance in this story: Te Whiti o Rongomai, who helped establish Parihaka with Tohu Kakahi, and their colleague Riwha Titokowaru, who was blind in one eye, and who was arguably “the best general New Zealand has ever produced” (James Belich, in Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand).
This issue of The Contemporary Pacific features a dialogue, “Losing Oceania to the Pacific and the World,” political reviews, the work of artist Selwyn Muru, book and media reviews, and the following articles:
- Climate Change and the Imagining of Migration: Emerging Discourses on Kiribati’s Land Purchase in Fiji by Elfriede Hermann and Wolfgang Kempf
- Charting Pacific (Studies) Waters: Evidence of Teaching and Learning by Teresia K. Teaiwa
Jaya Daronde, Relationship, oil on canvas. From Caste Life Narratives, Visual Representation, and Protected Ignorance in this issue. Copyright and reproduced courtesy of the artist.
Life narratives ranging from autobiographies and biographies to blogs and pictorial art have historically played a vital role in both the affirmation as well as interrogation of caste identities. However, serious study of life narratives in relationship to caste is still relatively underdeveloped. The scholarship on caste (or the varna-jati complex) is vast, as is the study of life narratives as a genre—it is the conjunction of the two that especially merits sustained scrutiny. The study of caste is animated by a Critical Caste Studies that takes its bearing from Dalit Studies, a lively area of scholarly endeavor in recent years, in order to explore diverse phenomena within the varna-jati complex. The scrutiny of life narratives in conjunction with caste promises to expand the scope of inquiry into life narratives by bringing new cultural contexts into the discussion and by enabling the formulation of new theoretical questions of genre. Such an investigation contributes to the study of caste by directing attention to fresh archives and by making available for analysis in powerful ways questions of identity. The critical work of studying caste in conjunction with life narratives is most pertinent with regard to India but includes the South Asian diaspora as well as other countries such as Japan.
Trans-Humanities volume 10 issue 2 features the following scholarly works:
SF, An Aesthetics of Thought Experiments Exploring Otherness: With a Focus on Stanislaw Lem’s SF Solaris (1961)
by Do-Hoon Bok
Connection Between the Worlds Reorganized into New Media: Focused on Dramaworld
by Soohwan Kang
An Institutional Approach to the Reception of Nam June Paik in French Art Museums During the 1970s: Contexts, Characteristics, and Meanings
by Ilmin Nah
Temporary Autonomous Zone and a Subject Outside the Law
by Jongju Park
A Study on the Rights of Returnees and the Return of Soviet Koreans in Sakhalin Through Difficulty at Remaining Life Written by In Muhak
by Namseok Kim
Reading Lord Jim Based on Slavoj Žižek’s “Fantasy” and “Spectre”
by Sunhee Jung
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This quarter’s journal of comparative Eastern and Western philosophies includes the following scholarly works:
The Strong Case for Vegetarianism in Pātañjala Yoga
by Jonathan Dickstein
Heidegger and Mullā Sadrā on the Meaning of Metaphysics
by Muhammad U. Faruque
The Prescriptive Dialectics of Li 禮 and Yi 義 in the Lienü zhuan 列女傳
by César Guarde-Pazo
Sūksma and the Clear and Distinct Light: The Path to Epistemic Enhancement in Yogic and Cartesian Meditation
by Gary Jaeger
Map of Koryŏ dynasty, from Koryŏ: An Introduction in this issue.
This year’s issue of Korean Studies includes a special section focusing on the middle kingdom Koryŏ.
Koryŏ, Korea’s middle kingdom in that it is lodged between Silla and Chosŏn, is the least studied era of Korea’s history. And yet it offers intriguing insights into Korea’s long tradition as the Koryŏ state participated actively in international events while at the same time building internal institutions in response to its own unique experiences. The collection of papers that follows introduces both these international and domestic themes, providing a nuanced understanding of both Koryŏ and Korea.
–Edward J. Shultz, Koryŏ: An Introduction
Timeline of Koryŏ dynasty in its chronological context from Koryŏ: An Introduction in this issue.
Koryŏ: An Introduction
Edward J. Shultz
Early Koryŏ Political Institutions and the International Expansion of Tang and Song Institutions
Jae Woo Park (Pak Chaeu)
Interstate Relations in East Asia and Medical Exchanges in the Late Eleventh Century and Early Twelfth Century
Oongseok Chai (Ungso˘k Ch’ae)
Koryŏ ’s Trade with the Outer World
Kang Hahn Lee (Yi Kanghan) Continue reading
This issue of China Review International: A Journal of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in Chinese Studies opens with one feature and includes 15 reviews.
Herself an Autobiographer: Writing Women’s Self-Representation in the Qing (Reviewing Binbin Yang, Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories) Reviewed by Xu Ma
Sarah Allan, The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China, reviewed by Paul R. Goldin
Paul Bevan, A Modern Miscellany: Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei’s Circle, and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926–1938, reviewed by Hal Swindall
Susanne Bregnbæk, Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China’s Top University Students, reviewed by Chongmin Yang Continue reading
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The U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal number 51 is a special issue commemorating the journal’s 50 previous issues.
We are honored to publish the fifty-first issue of the U.S.–Japan Women’s Journal (USJWJ)—complete with special features to commemorate the previous fifty issues—and to launch a new phase in our history. Founded in 1988, USJWJ is the world’s oldest scholarly journal devoted to the study of gender and Japan. We are a peer-reviewed, biannual publication, available in print and online, that promotes scholarly exchange on social, cultural, political, and economic issues. We encourage comparative study among Japan, the United States, and other countries, and feature articles about women’s lived experiences and media representations. Our mission is to foster the work of young researchers and to ensure that the achievements of established scholars are not forgotten.
— Alisa Freedman,
Editor’s Note [Free to Access on MUSE]
It features the following scholarly works including:
- Building a Feminist Scholarly Community: Fifty-One Issues of U.S.–Japan Women’s Journal [Free to Access on MUSE]
by Jan Bardsley
- The Benefits and Lessons of Two Decades with U.S.–Japan Women’s Journal
by Sally A. Hastings
- Maiden Martyr for “New Japan”: The 1960 Ampo and the Rhetoric of the Other Michiko
by Hiroko Hirakawa
- Image-Makers and Victims: The Croissant Syndrome and Yellow Cabs
by Aki Hirota
- Nagai Michiko and Ariyoshi Sawako Rewrite the Taikō
by Susan Westhafer Furukawa
- Right Here, Right Here
by Shibasaki Tomoka
- Shibasaki Tomoka’s Literature of Location
by Kendall Heitzman
- Heisei Murasaki: What Women Poets Have Found during Japan’s Lost Decades
by Jordan A. Y. Smith