Defining space in urban China

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Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements
edited by Stefan Al

2014 | 216 pages | 300 color illustrations
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-4756-2 | $28.00
Not for sale in East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand
Published in association with Hong Kong University Press

 

Villages in the City argues for the value of urban villages as places. To reveal their qualities, a series of drawings and photographs uncover the immense concentration of social life in their dense structures, and provide a peek into residents’ homes and daily lives. Essays by a number of experts give a deeper understanding on the topic, and help imagine how reinstating the focus on the village could lead to a richer, more variegated pathway of urbanization.

 

 

Indonesian language learning text and audio now available in three volumes

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Indonesian Grammar in Context: Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia
written by Ellen Rafferty, Molly Burns, and Shintia Argazali-Thomas

2014 | 264 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3575-0 | $32.00
Published in association with NUS Press

 

The three volume text, Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia: A Grammar Practice Text, offers a communicative approach to the learning of the basic grammatical structures of Indonesian. Students become engaged in task-based activities set in life-like situations as they read, write and speak Indonesian. A set of online recordings of the opening segments reinforces the grammatical form as the student listens to the dialogue or text in a natural discourse setting. In addition, cultural notes at the end of the lessons allow the student to explore the relationship between language use and socio-cultural values and customs.

Audio files for this volume may be downloaded in MP3 format at http://www.indonesiantextbooks.wisc.edu

 

Chinese painter Qi Baishi, new volume and exhibit at Honolulu Museum of Art

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Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi
written by Britta Erickson, Craig Yee, and Jung Ying Tsao

2014 | 144 pages, 109 color illustrations
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-4766-1 | $38.00
Published in association with Marquand Books and the Mozhai Foundation

Buy-Now-Button

Coinciding with today’s opening of Qi Baishi’s work at the Honolulu Museum of Art, UH Press is releasing an impressive new volume filled with color illustrations of his work.

Born into a poor farming family and coming of age during China’s century of civil strife, Qi Baishi transformed the elite brush art of China’s literati scholars into a universal art form appreciated by people of all social backgrounds. His distinctly modern art language breaks through class and cultural barriers through use of expressive “carved” brushwork, juxtaposition of vibrant colors against deep and rich ink tones, poetic economy in form and composition, and choice of emotionally resonant subject matter. For these reasons, Qi Baishi’s art is the ideal gateway through which art lovers of any class or culture can learn about the millenia-old tradition of Chinese brush painting.

The exhibition closes on January 25, 2015.

National cinema and utopic vision in Chinese film

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Remaking Chinese Cinema: Through the Prism of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Hollywood
written by Yiman Wang

2013 | 232 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5107-1 | $27.00
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3607-8 | $49.00
Critical Interventions

“Yiman Wang establishes new paradigms for studying Chinese cinema. Tracing how films were adapted and remade across borders from the 1930s to the present, the book demonstrates the strong bonds among film industries in the Pacific rim, and especially among Chinese-speaking countries. Wang contributes to the cutting-edge field of Sinophone studies, which challenges the notion of cinemas defined by the nation-state. Wang brings rare expertise as she straddles China studies and film studies, drawing on theories of national formation and film reception. The book relies on rich archival research in China, Hong Kong, and the U.S. and should be read by all interested in the transnational circulation of words and images.” —Yomi Braester, University of Washington

Buddhist networks amid political transition

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From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China
written by Gareth Fisher

2014 | 301 pages | 13 illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3966-6 | $50.00
Topics in Contemporary Buddhism

 

“From Comrades to Bodhisattvas reveals for the first time an important and rapidly developing aspect of Chinese religiosity—the rise of lay Buddhism, which takes place in the cracks of China’s strict system of religious control. Nothing in the current literature on Buddhism or on religion in China is comparable to Fisher’s important contribution. His fascinating findings include, for example, showing how a ‘karmic’ morality offers an alternative for people unhappy with the more utilitarian morality of connection-building that characterizes much of life in Beijing. Other sections show counter-intuitively how a nostalgia for some of the ideals of the Maoist period—a sense of community, a commitment to a kind of egalitarian fairness for all, a broadly shared sense of thrift and poverty—can combine with Buddhist ideals to create a critique of the current system.” —Robert P. Weller, Boston University