New UHP titles on Mongolia history launch at University of Cambridge


EVENT | Book Release


Join authors Chris Kaplonski and Franck Billé at the University of Cambridge Book Launch for the launch of their new titles from University of Hawaii Press, The Lama Question and Sinophobia. For more information, go to the University of Cambridge website.

Visit our website for more information on these titles.


Sinophobia: Anxiety, Violence, and the Making of Mongolian Identity

Franck Billé
272 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3982-6 | $57.00

Sinophobia is a compelling, lucid, and enormously insightful account of recent anti-Chinese sentiment in Mongolia, and its findings should resonate broadly across both Asian and Eurasian studies. Throughout, Billé combines careful ethnography and instructive analyses of affect, language, desire, and anxiety. The result is a truly novel synthesis, an important contribution to social and cultural theories of violence.” —Douglas Rogers, Yale University


The Lama Question: Violence, Sovereignty, and Exception in Early Socialist Mongolia
Christopher Kaplonski

280 pages | 6 illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3856-0 | $54.00

“This innovative book is the first to investigate state violence in early socialist Mongolia. Through his penetrating study of archives and personal memories, Kaplonski provides an extraordinary account of the brutal repression of Buddhism, along with a new critical argument about how such state interventions can be interpreted. This book is a must for all those interested in the modern history of Inner Asia.” —Caroline Humphrey, King’s College, University of Cambridge

Debut Fiction: The Blind Writer by Sameer Pandya

NEW RELEASE


PandyaCOVER1.inddThe Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella
by Sameer Pandya
February 2015 | 216 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8284-3958-1 | $50.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8284-4798-2 | $25.00
Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies

This collection gathers together the title novella along with five short pieces that follow the lives of first- and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California. The characters share a similar sensibility: a sense that immigration is a distant memory, yet an experience that continues to shape the decisions they make in subtle and surprising ways as they go about the complicated business of everyday living.

“Sameer Pandya’s stories are fine-tuned and precise, and carry an emotional load that breaks open inside us in ways that are, by turns, delicate and explosive.” —Gretel Ehrlich, author of The Solace of Open Spaces and Facing the Wave

“Pandya writes with grace and authority about characters revealed to us through their fears and dreams, mistakes and successes, longing and regrets.” —Keith Scribner, Oregon State University

Caodaism’s “Outrageous Syncretism” Incorporates Chinese, Buddhist, and Western Religions

NEW RELEASE


Hoskins-DivineEyeThe Divine Eye and the Diaspora: Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism
by Janet Alison Hoskins
February 2015 | 308 pages | 8 color and 17 b&w illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4004-4 | $65.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5140-8 | $32.00

Caodaism is a new religion born in Vietnam during the struggles of decolonization, shattered and spatially dispersed by cold war conflicts, and now reshaping the goals of its four million followers. Colorful and strikingly eclectic, Caodaism forces us to reconsider how anthropologists study religious mixtures in postcolonial settings. Its dynamics challenge the unconscious Eurocentrism of our notions of how religions are bounded and conceptualized.

“This examination of the Caodai religious movement is easily the most comprehensive and sympathetic study yet prepared on what is surely the most fascinating yet also the most misunderstood of Vietnam’s ‘new’ (colonial and postcolonial) religions. The work engages critically with existing interpretations of the Caodai faith and ventures a new interpretation of its emergence as a reflexive re-synthesis of Vietnamese religious traditions—a self-defensive re-articulation of identity—in the context of colonial cultural and political domination, frustrated nationalism, diasporic dispersal, and transnational globalism. . . . In the hands of the author, this engaging, complex, and big-hearted Vietnamese religion at last has gained the sensitive and capable treatment it deserves.” —Philip Taylor, The Australian National University

UH Press at the College Art Association Annual Conference, February 11–14 in New York

University of Hawai‘i Press is exhibiting at the College Art Association annual conference this week, February 11–14, at the Hilton New York to showcase new and recent titles from our latest Fall and Spring catalogs. Please visit us at exhibit booth 1404 where UHP director Michael Duckworth will be available to discuss our titles and publishing program.

Highlights from our display include:

Guth-Hokusai'sGreatWaveHokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon
by Christine Guth

272 pages | 70 color and 5 black & white illustrations
Paper | 978-0-8248-3960-4 | $20.00
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3959-8 | $57.00

TheMcCausland-MongulCentury Mongol Century: Visual Cultures of Yuan China, 1271–1368
by Shane McCausland

288 pages, 162 illustrations, 141 in color
Cloth | 978-0-8248-5145-3 | $65.00
Published in association with Reaktion Books
For sale only in the United States and Canada

Davis-PartnersinPrintPartners in Print: Artistic Collaboration and the Ukiyo-e Market
by Julie Nelson Davis

264 pages, 101 color illustrations
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3938-3 | $50.00

Reynolds-AllegoriesAllegories of Time and Space: Japanese Identity in Photography and Architecture
by Jonathan M. Reynolds

328 pages | 23 color and 60 black & white illustrations
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3924-6 | $45.00

Booth visitors can take advantage of the conference offer of a 20% discount and free shipping in the U.S. Free shipping applies only to orders placed at the conference.

Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014 Announced

Earlier this month, Choice, the official publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, announced their annual list of Outstanding Academic Titles reviewed in the magazine during the previous year. The list represents less than ten percent of 7,300+ books and other media titles reviewed by Choice during 2014. We are pleased to have the following UH Press books recognized for their excellence:

Sears-mockup4.inddSituated Testimonies: Dread and Enchantment in an Indonesian Literary Archive
by Laurie J. Sears

“Drawing on contemporary psychoanalytic scholarship, Sears has produced an important study on trauma, memory, and the mediated power of language. She shows how close readings of colonial and postcolonial literature can be, indeed must be, part of the historical archive.” —Choice (February 2014)

Rujivacharakul_front1-UHP.inddArchitecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History
edited by Vimalin Rujivacharakul, H. Hazel Hahn, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen
Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture
Published in association with Hong Kong University Press

“This is an ambitious historiographical intervention into architectural/art historical accounts of ‘Asia.’ In contrast to studies that take the continent’s boundaries as cartographically or ontologically given, this volume emphasizes how Asia has been constructed and produced since the early modern period. . . . A valuable resource for specialists in art history, architectural history, anthropology, history, geography, religion, cultural studies, and Asian studies.” —Choice (September 2014)

Zhuangzi: Text and Context by Livia Kohn and distributed by UH Press for Three Pines Press, was also recognized as a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title.