From “Guozhuang Trading Houses and Tibetan Middlemen in Dartsedo, the ‘Shanghai of Tibet'” in this issue. Photograph of Chu-nyi Barpa achak khapa (Ch. Qiujia guozhuang) taken by Sun Mingjing, 1944.
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review volume 5, number 2 is now available and features the following articles.
Frontier Tibet: Trade and Boundaries of Authority in Kham
- Introduction to “Frontier Tibet: Trade and Boundaries of Authority in Kham” by Stephane Gros
- “To Control Tibet, First Pacify Kham”: Trade Routes and “Official Routes” (Guandao) in Easternmost Kham by Partrick Booz
- Construction Work and Wages at the Dergé Printing House in the Eighteenth Century by Remi Chaix
- Guozhuang Trading Houses and Tibetan Middlemen in Dartsedo, the “Shanghai of Tibet” by Yudru Tsomu
- Victorianizing Guangxu: Arresting Flows, Minting Coins, and
Exerting Authority in Early Twentieth-Century Kham by Scott Relyea
- Tricks of the Trade: Debt and Imposed Sovereignty in Southernmost Kham in the Nineteenth to Twentieth Centuries by Stephane Gros
- Memory Politics at Work in a Gyalrong Revolt in the Early Twentieth Century by Jinba Tenzin
- Afterword: Why Kham? Why Borderlands? Coordinating New
Research Programs for Asia by C. Patterson Giersch
Tiles from the proposed version of reformed mahjong mentioned in “The Game People Played” by Maggie Greene in this issue. From the right, tiles include government types, classes of citizens, countries, continents, oceans, and technology.
Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review volume 5, number 1 is now available and features the following articles:
- The Game People Played: Mahjong in Modern Chinese Society and Culture by Maggie Greene
- The Afterlives of An Chunggŭn in Republican China: From Sinocentric Appropriation to a Rupture in Nationalism by Inhye Han
- Against the Nihilism of Suffering and Death: Richard E.K. Kim and His Works by Jooyeon Rhee
- Street Theater and Subject Formation in Wartime China: Toward a New Form of Public Art by Xiaobing Tang
- Domesticating Hybridity: Straits Chinese Cultural Heritage Projects in Malaysia and Singapore by Karen M. Teoh
- A Russian Radical and East Asia in the Early Twentieth Century: Sudzilovsky, China, and Japan by Vladimir Tikhonov (Pak Noja)
- Imagining Urban Community: Contested Geographies and Parallax Urban Dreams on Cheju Island, South Korea by Tommy Tran
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.
(De)Memorializing the Korean War: A Critical Intervention
Guest Editor Suzy Kim (Rutgers University), 1
The purpose of this special issue is twofold: first, to engage in a critical intervention into the memorialization of the Korean War among the chief participants—the two Koreas, the United States, and China—to disrupt monolithic understandings of its origins, consequences, and experiences; and second, to do so as a necessary step toward reconciliation by placing divergent public memorials in conversation with one another.
Stories and Histories from the China-Vietnam Border
Guest Hue-Tam Ho Tai (Harvard University), 315
In keeping with the mission of Cross-Currents, I have selected four articles for this issue whose common trait is their focus on the border between China and Vietnam. I am deliberately eschewing the term “borderland” to describe the area they cover, as one article, by Robert J. Antony, concerns life on the water and piracy. The other articles, however, fit neatly into the category of borderland studies.
The Globalization of K-pop: Local and Transnational Articulations of South Korean Popular Music
Guest Editor John Lie (University of California, Berkeley), 1
The global pop-music sensation of 2012 was Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” I am not sure if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the sheer proliferation of downloads and impersonations, copycat videos and parodic performances—the very constitution of virality—established K-pop (South Korean popular music) as a global pop culture phenomenon. … It is one thing to acknowledge the immense popularity of “Gangnam Style,” but would it be wise to see this as a harbinger of a larger phenomenon—namely, the globalization of South Korean popular culture?
Urban Chinese Living
Guest Editor Wen-hsin Yeh (University of California, Berkeley), 211
“Urban Chinese Living” speaks to a vibrant field of research in recent years. The essays grouped here examine aspects of Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They build on what we know of these cities in history and expand on the conception of the city as a particular site of discourse formation.