In Memoriam – Ronald T. Takaki (1939-2009)

Author and activist Ronald T. Takaki was a pioneer in the field of ethnic studies. The Hawai‘i-born scholar established UC Berkeley’s Ph.D. program in ethnic studies and wrote several significant histories about blacks, Asians, Latinos, and other marginalized Americans.

Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face Now in Paperback

Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China,
by Christine Mollier, is now available in paperback. The book is a recent recipient of the Prix Stanislas Julien, a prestigious prize from the French academic society Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, which recognizes Western-language scholarship on the Asian humanities.

“In Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face, Christine Mollier undertakes five detailed case studies, each one illuminating a different dimension of the ritual, iconographic, and scriptural interactions of Buddhists and Taoists in medieval China. Mollier does not simply assert that these traditions influenced one another; she reveals in breathtaking detail the wide array of techniques used by Buddhists and Taoists as they appropriated and transformed the texts and icons of their rivals. . . . Mollier’s work in this volume is brilliant. She deftly navigates through manuscripts, canonical texts, archaeological remains, and art-historical evidence. . . . Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face is an exhilarating display of Sinological erudition.” —H-Buddhism

May 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3411-1 / $20.00 (PAPER)

Beijing Opera Costumes Short-listed for Costume Society of America Award

Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture,
by Alexandra B. Bonds, was short-listed for this year’s Milla Davenport Publication Award from the
Costume Society of America. The award is given “to a published book or exhibition catalog that makes a significant contribution to the study of costume, reflects original thought and exceptional creativity, and draws on appropriate research methods and techniques.”

The journal Theatre Design & Technology called Beijing Opera Costumes “one of the most useful costume books on Beijing (Jingju) opera in the English language. . . . Alexandra Bonds has done a huge service to those who strive to learn more about twentieth- and twenty-first-century Jingju style and how it came to be. It is a beautifully detailed book that historians and novices alike will find invaluable.”

Jon Davidann at Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Aviation Museum Theater

Hawai’i Pacific University professor Jon Davidann will hold a presentation at Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Aviation Museum Theater on Saturday, June 6, 2009, 2:00–4:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 7, 2009, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The presentation, entitled “From Perry to Pearl Harbor,” will trace the history of war in the Pacific from Admiral Perry’s arrival in Japan in 1853 to December 7, 1941. Dr. Davidann is the editor of Hawai`i at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War, published this year by University of Hawai`i Press.

Call 808-441-1000 by June 3 for reservations. Attendance is free with paid admission to the Museum. For more information, click here.

UH Press 30% Off and Free Shipping Sale

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UH Press Authors at the 2009 Ka Palapala Award Ceremony

Jon Van Dyke (right) receiving one of three awards for Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai‘i?

Carlos Andrade with Maenette Benham, dean of the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, UHM

Jon Van Dyke (second from left) and his wife, Sherry Broder, with Divorce with Decency author Brad Coates and his wife, Sachi Braden

For more on the 2009 Ka Palapala Awards, view our 13 May 2009 post below.