New Catalog Available: Asian Studies 2011

Asian Studies 2011
The UH Press Asian Studies 2011 catalog is now available! To view the 2.3M PDF, click on the catalog cover image to the left.

Highlights include:
* A richly illustrated work that examines the coalescing of Chinese traditional architecture and the Beaux-Arts school (Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts)
* The first sustained effort in English to discuss Japan’s post-Meiji visual revolution (Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000)
* A look at the shojo manga (girls’ comics) industry as a site of cultural storytelling (Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shojo Manga)
* A new edition of a popular textbook on learning kanji (Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters, Sixth Edition)
* New titles in the series Dimensions of Asian Spirituality (Karma); (Sikhism); (Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation)
* A nuanced study and English translation of the first written transcription of Ainu oral narratives by an ethnic Ainu (Ainu Spirits Singing: The Living World of Chiri Yukie’s Ainu Shin’yoshu)
* A compelling, firsthand account by a Japanese fisherman of the Bikini nuclear test and its aftermath (The Day the Sun Rose in the West: Bikini, the Lucky Dragon, and I)
* New titles in the series Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory (Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma); (Luc Xi: Prostitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi)

Spring Break 2011 Schedule

As part of the University of Hawai‘i’s Green Days initiative, University of Hawai‘i Press will be closed March 21-25, 2011. The Press will reopen on Monday, March 28, 2011. Mahalo for your support!

Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawaii

Waves of ResistanceSurfing has been a significant sport and cultural practice in Hawai‘i for more than 1,500 years. In the last century, facing increased marginalization on land, many Native Hawaiians have found refuge, autonomy, and identity in the waves. In Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawaii, Isaiah Walker argues that throughout the twentieth century Hawaiian surfers have successfully resisted colonial encroachment in the po‘ina nalu (surf zone).

“The po‘ina nalu is a significant space where Hawaiian men exercised their cultural, territorial, social, and political prerogatives. The story of their resistance to the inundation of Hawai‘i by European, American, and other invasions is one that has long awaited a good telling. This work provides context and details underlying a theater of contestation not previously addressed by scholars, giving voice to an aspect of Hawaiian resistance deserving attention.” —Carlos Andrade, associate professor and director, Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai‘i

February 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3547-7 / $24.99 (PAPER),

New Title in the Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications Series

Saek-EnglishSaek, a Northern Tai language spoken in villages in Nakhon Phanom province on the border of Northeast Thailand and Laos, is noted for its unique phonological features within the Tai language family. This lexicon, originally compiled by the late Tai linguist William J. Gedney in the 1970s and organized by rhyme, highlights those characteristics that identify the older generation of Saek speakers. Because of these features, linguists believe that Saek will play an important role in the reconstruction of the proto-language of the Tai family. To make the lexicon more accessible, an English-Saek section has been added, something that does not appear in other treatments of Saek.

February 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3538-5 / $35.00 (PAPER)
Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication #37