Polylocality in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Cinema, Space, and Polylocality
In Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China, prominent China film scholar Yingjin Zhang proposes “polylocality” as a new conceptual framework for investigating the shifting spaces of contemporary Chinese cinema in the age of globalization. Questioning the national cinema paradigm, Zhang calls for comparative studies of underdeveloped areas beyond the imperative of transnationalism.

This book is the inaugural volume in the Critical Interventions series.

October 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3337-4 / $49.00 (CLOTH)

Turning Adversity into Success

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Bright Triumphs from Dark Hours
The dark hours: They occur when we find things spiraling out of control, when we feel most vulnerable and incapable of finding a solution. In a world often turned dark and cold, more and more people seem to be trapped in nightmarish circumstances. Americans, the world’s optimists, when faced with an intractable situation, are taught to believe that through hardwork and will power they can “beat the odds.” Yet, according to David Heenan, keeping one’s nose to the grindstone may actually make things worse. Bright Triumphs From Dark Hours: Turning Adversity into Success examines the lives of ten extraordinary people who overcame great adversity in their personal or professional lives by applying winning strategies that guided them out of the darkness of near-defeat and into the light of success.

“David Heenan’s fascinating stories of overcoming adversity make Bright Triumphs both a timely and inspiring read.” —Spencer Johnson, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Who Moved My Cheese? and Peaks and Valleys

November 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3430-2 / $25.00 (CLOTH)

New from Albert Wendt: The Adventures of Vela

The Adventures of Vela
“We are the remembered cord that stretches across the abyss of all that we’ve forgotten,” sang Vela.

Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela, the Samoan song maker, poet, and storyteller—Vela, who was so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa. Follow Vela down through centuries as he encounters the single-minded society of the Tagata-Nei and the Smellocracy of Olfact and recounts the stories of Lady Nafanua, the fearless warrior queen, before whom travelling chroniclers still bow down today.

The Adventures of Vela, by Albert Wendt, is a Pacific epic.

The Adventures of Vela is a tour de force that drives you to reconsider not only relations between the divine and the earthly, the dominated and the domiant, and the teller and the told, but also how narrative can sing its heart out.” —The Listener

October 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3420-3 / $26.00 (PAPER)

Imperial-Way Zen Talk and Book Signing

Imperial-Way ZenChristopher Ives, author of Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics, will give a talk and sign copies of his book at the Brookline Booksmith (279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA; 617-566-6660) on Thursday, November 12, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Art as Politics Wins AJCU Award

Art as PoliticsArt as Politics: Re-Crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia, by Kathleen M. Adams, has been awarded the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in the Social Sciences:

“This book is quite rare because it combines sophisticated interdisciplinary analysis, extensive firsthand field research, and a narrative that is both compelling and delightful to read. . . . Adams’ understanding of the complex effects of global tourism on indigenous cultures is even further amplified by her reflections about how anthropology itself is far from a neutral actor in this process. Her stories about how the various elements of Toraja society try to get her to validate their own identity and status struggles wonderfully balance academic theories with personal experience. This is not only social science at its best but it is written with the emotion and insight of excellent literature.”

Book Launch and Reading for Talking Hawaii’s Story

Talking StoryA book launch and reading for Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People, edited by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto, Warren S. Nishimoto, and Cynthia A. Oshiro, is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2009, 2:00-3:30 pm, at the School of Architecture Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. The reading will be directed and produced by Aloha Shorts. Light refreshments and free on-campus parking will be available.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Oral History, the Center for Biographical Research, and the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. For more information, contact the Center for Oral History (phone: 956-6259 or email: wnishimo@hawaii.edu) or the Center for Biographical Research (phone: 956-3774 or email: biograph@hawaii.edu).

Talking Hawai‘i’s Story is published by University of Hawai‘i Press for the Center for Oral History and Center for Biographical Research.