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The Association for Asian Studies
Annual Conference

March 26-29 | Chicago, Illinois

Contact our Acquisitions Editors:
Pamela Kelley: pkelley@hawaii.edu and Stephanie Chun: chuns@hawaii.edu

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Society for Cinema & Media Studies

March 25-29 | Montreal, Quebec

Contact Acquisitions Editor Pamela Kelley: pkelley@hawaii.edu

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You can also find us in the Pacific Northwest:

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March 25-28 | Portland, Oregon

Contact Digital Publishing Manager Trond Knutsen: tknutsen@hawaii.edu

New Hawai‘i Titles Now Available in our Store!

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Hawai‘i’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things!
Marion CosteIllustrated by Rena Elmanis
48 pages | illustrated | A Latitude 20 Book
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3962-8 | $14.99

Hawaiian Plant LifeVegetation and Flora
Robert J. Gustafson, Derral R. Herbst, and Philip W. Rundel
336 pages | 870 illustrations
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3710-5 | $65.00

North Shore Place NamesKahuku to Kaena
John R. K. Clark

344 pages | 17 illustrations | A Latitude 20 Book
Paper | 978-0-8248-3930-7 | $25.00

Secrets of Diamond HeadA History and Trail Guide
Denby Fawcett
116 pages, 107 illustrations | Distributed for Denby Fawcett
Paper | 978-0-615-88129-4 | $20.00

Līhu‘eRoot and Branch of a Hawai‘i Town
Pat L. Griffin
384 pages | 322 black & white illustrations | Distributed for the Kauai Historical Society
Cloth | 978-0-9703293-9-4 | $35.00

Spring Talks by Hawai‘i Authors

Wahine VolleyballThursday, March 19, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
UH women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji and coauthor Ann Miller share the backstory of their collaboration on Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team, at Kuykendall 410, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Their talk is part of the Brown Bag Biography series sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research. UH Mānoa Bookstore will have books available for purchase and signing at the talk. For more information, click here for the event flyer. [Apologies for the late timing of this announcement.]
If you missed it earlier, read the terrific HONOLULU Magazine feature that ran in the November 2014 issue.
North Shore Place Names
Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Author John R. K. Clark presents an illustrated lecture on the fascinating stories and historical nuggets from his newest book, North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka‘ena. The free event is sponsored by the Hawaiian Historical Society but will take place at Kapi’olani Community College cafeteria (Hale ‘Ōhi’a). For details, including parking instructions, see the HHS description.
The March issue of Ka Wai Ola published an insightful story on how Clark researched his book using OHA’s Papakilo database of Hawaiian-language newspapers from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.
Call Me CaptainSaturday, March 21, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“Ocean Watch” columnist Susan Scott will be at the Ko‘olau Writers Workshop to conduct one of the sessions on creative nonfiction. She recently returned from a successful West Coast speaking tour for her newest book, Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea.
If it’s too late to register for the workshop, check out the Sunday feature (this version ran later in the Mercury News) that resulted from her tour—it appeared not only in California but re-ran in dailies in Pennsylvania.

25% Off Sale | Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Goes Viral in Wall Street Journal

Purchase Hokusai’s Great Wave for 25% OFF in our Online Store

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From The Wall Street Journal

How Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Went Viral

“The Great Wave,” Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print from the early 1830s, may be the most famous artwork in Japanese history, and its popularity isn’t cresting anytime soon.

The image of a wave towering over Mount Fuji is the subject of a new book and recent exhibits in Paris and Berlin. It is on view in a show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and another major display is expected at the British Museum in 2017. Starting April 5, the piece takes a starring role in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s largest ever exhibition of Japanese prints.

The artwork exists in that rare stratosphere of images that are both instantly recognizable and internationally famous. “The Great Wave” has gone viral over time, first circulating the old-fashioned way—via traders and tall ships in the 19th century. Since then, the woodcut has been called an inspiration for Claude Debussy’s orchestral work, “La Mer,” and appears in poetry and prose by Rainer Maria Rilke, Pearl S. Buck and Hari Kunzru. Levi’s and Patagonia used it in marketing campaigns. It has been preserved in cyberspace as a Google Doodle and an emoji.

“There is no work of nonwestern art that has a comparable level of recognition,” said Christine Guth, author of “Hokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon” released this year. Ms. Guth, who is acting head of the history of design program at London’s Royal College of Art, said the print has been used to symbolize everything from economic power to military threats to natural disaster: “An image that originated in Japan took on a life of its own.”

Sarah Thompson, the MFA show’s curator, said the museum was the first in the world to stage a Hokusai exhibit in the early 1890s.

The show in Boston, which runs until early August, features more than 230 works from Hokusai’s seven-decade career, including illustrated printed books, a long screen painting and paper dioramas. The exhibit, six years in the making, is built on works entirely from the MFA’s collection. It just finished a multicity tour in Japan.

“The Great Wave”— formally titled “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” from the Hokusai series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”—adorns marketing for the Boston show. Inside the exhibit, though, visitors will have to look for it. The work, about the size of a piece of legal paper, will be grouped with the series of Mount Fuji prints.

The image is a mix of east and west—a blending of techniques that Hokusai picked up from Japanese artists and his own knowledge of European prints. The woodblock depicts Mount Fuji, a hallowed place in Japan, but pushes the peak deep into the distance using western perspective. The wave was printed on Japanese mulberry paper but marked by a color new to Japan—a vibrant Prussian blue created from synthetic dye in Germany.

The work was fairly accessible to the Japanese—one scholar has said it went for the price of a large bowl of noodle soup—while the snobbish view of prints inside the country made it easier for the series to travel abroad.


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

January 2015 | 272 pages | 70 color illustrations, 5 black & white
Paper ISBN 978-0-8248-3960-4 | $20.00 $15.00
Cloth ISBN 978-0-8248-3959-8 | $57.00 $42.75

Join us in Washington, D.C. | American Society for Environmental History 2015 Conferences

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Join us in Washington, DC for the
American Society for Environmental History 2015 Conference
March  18-22, 2015 | Find Additional Info Here

Schedule a meeting with one of our acquisitions editors: nlittle@hawaii.edu


 

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Coping with Calamity: 
Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949, Jiayan Zhang
Paper | 978-0-8248-4104-1 | 28 illustrations | $27.00

Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai`i, Carol A. MacLennan
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3949-9 | 21 illustrations, 4 maps | $39.00

Coming April 2015
Hawaii’s Scenic RoadsPaving the Way for Tourism in the Islands, Dawn E. Duensing
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3928-4 | 30 illustrations, 7 maps | $42.00

 

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Coming June 2015
Changing Chinese CitiesThe Potentials of Field Urbanism, Renée Y. Chow
Cloth | 978-0-8248-5383-9 | 82 maps and architectural drawings, 33 photographs | $34.00

Coming April 2015
From King Cane to the Last Sugar MillAgricultural Technology and the Making of Hawaii’s Premier CropC. Allan Jones and Robert V. Osgood
Cloth | 978-0-8248-4000-6 | 29 illustrations, 27 tables | $45.00

Sea of OpportunityThe Japanese Pioneers of the Fishing Industry in Hawaii, Manako Ogawa
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3961-1 | 30 illustrations, 10 maps | $39.00