More Hawaiian Surfing News

Clark on Creativity ShowHawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past author John Clark will be a guest on The Creativity Salon, hosted by Neil Tepper on ‘Olelo Channel 52. The program “celebrates the creative arts and the art of living a creative life” in Hawai‘i. The episode airs Friday, August 19, at 8pm HST and repeats on August 23 and 30 at 12:30pm HST. It streams live during those times at and will be archived at the show’s website. **Viewers will be invited to email the show to enter a drawing for a free, autographed copy of Hawaiian Surfing. Watch the show for details!

Hawaiian Surfing was also recently reviewed in MidWeek by Hawai‘i sportscaster Ron Mizutani, who calls the book:

“One of the most remarkable references I’ve ever seen and one that will be used by generations to come. The Hawaiian-English dictionary of surfing terms and Waikiki place names related to surfing reveal Clark’s true love for the sport. You will be amazed by what he has gathered.”

Photo: John Clark (left) and Neil Tepper. (Courtesy of The Creativity Salon)

New Edition of Hawaii (The Big Island) Map

Map of Hawaii, 8th EditionThe wait is over! The 8th edition of the Map of Hawai‘i (The Big Island), part of James A. Bier’s authoritative series, Reference Maps of the Islands of Hawai‘i, is available.

Some features of the Big Island map:
— detailed network of roads;
— large-scale inset maps of towns;
— points of interest and historical importance, both natural and cultural;
— hiking trails, parks, and beaches;
— waterfalls, peaks, and ridges (with altitudes) and many other natural features;
— more than 2,200 place-names, with index;
— Hawaiian words spelled with all accent marks (an exclusive feature).

August 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3439-5 / $4.95

New in The World of East Asia Series

Remote HomelandRemote Homeland, Recovered Borderland: Manchus, Manchoukuo, and Manchuria, 1907-1985, by Shao Dan, addresses a long-ignored issue in the existing studies of community construction: How does the past failure of an ethnic people to maintain sovereignty over their homeland influence their contemporary reconfigurations of ethnic and national identities? To answer this question, Shao focuses on the Manzus, the second largest non-Han group in contemporary China, whose cultural and historical ancestors, the Manchus, ruled China from 1644 to 1912. Based on deep and rigorous empirical research, Shao analyzes the major forces responsible for the transformation of Manchu identity from the ruling group of the Qing empire to the minority of minorities in China today: the de-territorialization and provincialization of Manchuria in the late Qing, the remaking of national borders and ethnic boundaries during the Sino-Japanese contestation over Manchuria, and the power of the state to re-categorize borderland populations and ascribe ethnic identity in post-Qing republican states.

“This is a valuable study of a little known and important subject. Theauthor analyzes the changes in ethnic identity of the peoples ofManchuria during the early twentieth century, focusing on the way thatexternal interventions and political changes reconfigured classifications of this territory and its inhabitants. Using abundantprimary source materials and judicious reference to leading theorists ofnationalism and ethnicity, the author makes an important contributionto studies of ethnicity, imperialism, national identity, and stateformation in Modern China.” —Rana Mitter, Institute for Chinese Studies,University of Oxford

The World of East Asia
August 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3445-6 / $55.00 (CLOTH)

Remembering the Kanji App Now at iTunes

KLEAR AppRemembering the Kanji, a new flashcard and review app, complements the bestselling kanji texts Remembering the Kanji 1 and Remembering the Kanji 2, by James W. Heisig. Review more than 2,000 kanji anytime, anywhere on your mobile device. The customizable, easy-to-use app is $9.99 at the iTunes Store.

Here are a few of the app’s noteworthy features:
—Create your own study lists and generate flashcards for review;
—Save notes on your own imaginative mnemonic stories for each kanji;
—Learn the stroke order of each kanji with animated diagrams;
—Learn the pronunciations of each kanji in Remembering the Kanji 1 and 2 and learn the readings of kanji combination words (jukugo);
—Look up the meaning of primitive elements quickly;
—Look up kanji by stroke number;
—Search for key words and find the kanji you want in an instant.

Matashichi Oishi Featured on NHK

Last weekend Matashichi Oishi, author of The Day the Sun Rose in the West: Bikini, the Lucky Dragon, and I, attended a conference of the Japan Congress against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs in Fukushima, where the Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is located. Oishi talked with residents and shared his experiences as a survivor of the U.S.’ 1954 nuclear tests in the Pacific. NHK news program “Japan 7 Days” coverage of Oishi’s Fukushima visit will be broadcast this weekend on NHK World TV and BS1 in Japan and will stream live at the NHK World TV website. After August 10, the program will be uploaded and viewable under “Recent Stories.” Visit for program times and details.

Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook Now Available in Paperback

Japanese Philosophy
Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook, edited by James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo, is now available in paperback.

From a July 2011 blog post: In 1980 Thomas Kasulis (then assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i) dreamed of putting together an anthology focused directly on Japanese philosophical thought. Thirty-one years later, Kasulis and fellow editors James Heisig and John Maraldo have produced what will be an essential reference for English readers interested in traditional or contemporary Japanese culture and the way it has shaped and been shaped by its great thinkers over the centuries. The story behind the Sourcebook’s development, which involved dozens of scholars from around the world, can be found in the Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture Bulletin 35 (2011).

August 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3618-4 / $35.00 (PAPER)