Visual and Material Cultures of Ming China

Empire of Great Brightness: Visual and Material Culture of Ming China, 1368–1644, by Craig Clunas, is an innovative and accessible history of a high point in Chinese culture, seen through the riches of its images and objects. Not a simple emperor-by-emperor history, it instead introduces the reader to themes that provide stimulating and original points of entry to the culture of China: to ideas of motion and rest, to the position occupied by writing and objects featuring writing; to ideas about pleasure, about violence and ageing.

Craig Clunas is the author of Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China and Elegant Debts: The Social Art of Wen Zhengming, both published by University of Hawai‘i Press.

August 2007 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3149-3 / $59.00 (CLOTH)

Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan

Since the mid-1990s Taiwanese artists have been responsible for shaping much of the international contemporary art scene, yet studies on modern Taiwanese art published outside of Taiwan are scarce. The nine essays collected in Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan, edited by Yuko Kikuchi, present different perspectives on Taiwanese visual culture and landscape during the Japanese colonial period (1895–1945), focusing variously on travel writings, Western and Japanese/Oriental-style paintings, architecture, aboriginal material culture, and crafts.

August 2007 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3050-2 / $60.00 (CLOTH)

Hydrological Science in Hawaii Symposium

The Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawai‘i, will host a symposium on the state of hydrological science in the Islands on Friday, August 13, 2007. The half-day event is open to the public and will be held at the Manoa campus’ Marine Science Building, Room 114, from 8:30 a.m.

The symposium is inspired by Hydrology of the Hawaiian Islands, written by L. Stephen Lau and John Mink and published by University of Hawai‘i Press in October 2006. The book provides a basic understanding of hydrology for the general reader and more in-depth discussion for those familiar with the discipline. The goal of the symposium is to bring together people who work or study in the field of hydrology in all its aspects, review the history of Hawaiian hydrology, and discuss topics for future development.