New Catalog Now Available Online

The New Books for Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Catalog is now available for download. Our latest catalog features dozens of new and forthcoming titles from UH Press and the publishers we distribute.

The catalog’s striking cover photo of a pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl) is by renowned bird photographer Jack Jeffrey and is taken from Jim Denny’s A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters, available this October.

Free Noli Me Tangere with Purchase of El Filibusterismo

Purchase a paperback copy of El Filibusterismo at the regular price of $26.00 and receive a free copy of its predecessor, Noli Me Tangere. Both ship as a set at no additional cost. To receive your free book, you must reference code “RIZAL” when ordering by phone, email, or online (in the comments box).

Take advantage of this offer to enjoy these two classics of modern Philippine literature!

Small Trees for the Tropical Landscape

Small Trees for the Tropical Landscape, by Fred D. Rauch and Paul R. Weissich, describes and illustrates in full color 129 species and subspecies and 48 named varieties, cultivars, and forms plus 23 hybrids appropriate for the home garden and confined public landscape spaces. The authors have also included a section on “Tailored Small Trees,” large shrubs that are readily transformed into small trees through intelligent, selective pruning. They identify and describe 67 species and subspecies; 40 named varieties, cultivars, and forms; and 21 hybrids that are appropriate for this conversion.

July 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3308-4 / $41.99 (CLOTH)

Also available from the same authors: Plants for Tropical Landscapes: A Gardener’s Guide

MP3 Files Now Available for Gagana Samoa and Fundamental Written Chinese

Accompanying MP3 audio files are now available for download:

Gagana Samoa: A Samoan Language Coursebook, Revised Edition, by Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin at;

Fundamental Written Chinese, by Nora Yao, Margaret Lee, and Robert Sanders, at

Streaming RealAudio files for both books will be available shortly.

The Six Companies and China’s Policy toward Exclusion

The Diplomacy of Nationalism: The Six Companies and China’s Policy toward Exclusion, by Yucheng Qin, is a striking, original portrait of the Chinese Six Companies (Zhonghua huiguan), or Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the most prominent support organization for Chinese immigrants in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century. As a federation of “native-place associations” (huiguan) in California, the Six Companies responded to racist acts and legislation by organizing immigrant communities and employing effective diplomatic strategies against exclusion. Yucheng Qin substantiates recent arguments that Chinese immigrants were resourceful in fighting for their rights and, more importantly, he argues that through the Six Companies they created a political rhetoric and civic agenda that were then officially adopted by Qing court officials, who at first were unprepared for modern diplomacy.

July 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3274-2 / $51.00 (CLOTH)

Ann Shea Bayer in Bookstores and in the News

Ann Shea Bayer, author of Going Against the Grain: When Professionals in Hawai‘i Choose Public Schools Instead of Private Schools, will be signing at two Honolulu bookstores in August:

Borders Ward Center, Saturday, August 15, 2009, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall, Sunday, August 16, 2009, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Dr. Bayer was recently featured in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Photo: Honolulu Star-Bulletin