Coordinating history through East Asia’s maps // China, Korea, and Japan revealed

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NEW RELEASE


Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps
written by Richard A. Pegg

2014 | 140 pages | 130 color illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4765-4 | $40.00
Published in association with MacLean Collection

 

Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps is focused on a group of maps from the MacLean Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of maps. Included are are eighteenth and nineteenth-century maps from the late Qing dynasty in China, the Joseon dynasty in Korea and the Edo and Meiji periods in Japan illustrating late traditions in the region’s history. This book provides some of the particular practices and relationships between text and image in East Asian map making that are unique in world cartography. Often particular map making characteristics are not recognized as unique within their own cultural contexts, and so it is only through the process of comparing and contrasting that these qualities emerge. This survey of selected maps proves extremely useful in revealing certain similarities and distinctive differences in the representations of space, both real and imagined, in early modern cartographic traditions of China, Korea and Japan.

Expressions of place through adornment in Australia and New Zealand

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A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand: Place and Adornment
written by Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray

2014 | 248 pages | 228 color illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4687-9 | $50.00
Published in association with David Bateman Ltd
Not for sale in New Zealand

 

“While connections in contemporary jewellery practice have been identified from time to time between Australia and New Zealand, this book is the first to investigate in detail their shared influences and values and evolving expressions of place and identity. Informative and at times provocative, Place and Adornment provides both a history and a valuable platform for thinking about contemporary jewellery from Australasia in an international forum.” —Dr. Grace Cochrane, AM, independent curator, writer, consultant.

“A wonderful contribution to a brilliant field, this book is an unexpected and welcome breakthrough. Packed with information, images and insights, its crucial innovation is to consider contemporary jewellery from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, neighbouring countries with very different cultural histories.” —Julie Ewington, Head of Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery

Enlightened phrasing in Zen Buddhist learning

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Zen Koans
written by Steven Heine

2014 | 206 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3974-1 | $17.00
Cloth (Print on Demand) | ISBN 978-0-8248-3973-4 | $48.00
Dimensions of Asian Spirituality

 

In this compact volume, Steven Heine, who has written extensively on Zen Buddhism and koans, introduces and analyzes the classic background of texts and rites and explores the contemporary significance of koans to illuminate the full implications of this ongoing tradition. He delves deeply into the inner structure of koan literature to uncover and interpret profound levels of metaphorical significance. At the same time, he takes the reader beyond the veil of vagueness and inscrutability to an understanding of how koan writings have been used in pre-modern East Asia and are coming to be evoked and implemented in modern American practice of Zen.

 

Indigenous Author Anita Heiss to Speak on September 10 at UH-Mānoa

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AUTHOR EVENT


Writer and activist Anita Heiss, a well-known advocate for indigenous education in Australia and one of the leading Aboriginal Australians involved in a highly controversial legal case related to Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act, will give a public talk on Wednesday, September 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at George Hall Room 227 on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. Her presentation will be based on her recent memoir, Am I Black Enough for You?, which tells her story of growing up with an Aborigine mother and Austrian father and charts the development of her activist consciousness, including her involvement in the case. She describes and examines her experiences as a modern woman in a country where ethnic and racial identity politics plays a significant role.

The free event is presented by University of Hawai‘i Press and UH Mānoa Department of Ethnic Studies, with cosponsors Center for Pacific Island Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, and Center for Biographical Research. On-campus parking is available for $6 (after 4 p.m.) or free street parking may be available. Click on the image to read the flyer and see the UH calendar for more details.

Food diaspora, translations of home for Asians and Asian Americans

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NEW RELEASE | First in Paper


Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA
written by Robert Ji-Song Ku

2014 | 304 pages | 18 illustrations
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3997-0 | $28.00
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3921-5 | $42.00
Food in Asia and the Pacific

In Dubious Gastronomy, Ku contends that dubious foods like California rolls, Chinese take-out, American-made kimchi, dogmeat, monosodium glutamate, and SPAM (to name a few) share a spiritual fellowship with Asians in the United States in that the Asian presence, be it culinary or corporeal, is often considered watered-down, counterfeit, or debased manifestations of the “real thing.”  By exploring the other side of what is prescriptively understood as proper Asian gastronomy, Ku suggests that Asian cultural expressions occurring in places such as Los Angeles, Honolulu, New York City, and even Baton Rouge are no less critical to understanding the meaning of Asian food—and, by extension, Asian people—than culinary expressions that took place in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai centuries ago.