UHP in Berkeley, CA | Bay Area Book Festival

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Indoor/Outdoor Free Festival

June 6-7 | Downtown Berkeley’s Art District, CA
Find more information here.
Drop by our booth for a great discount on some of our most popular titles!

The Blind WriterCall me Captain Marathon Japan Changing Chinese Cities
216 pages
Paper | 978-0-8248-4798-2 | $25.00
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3958-1 | $50.00
Sameer Pandya will be a presenter at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference on Monday, June 8. For more info, click here.

Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea
Susan Scott

336 pages
Paper | 978-0-8248-3981-9 | $19.99

Marathon Japan: Distance Racing and Civic Culture
Thomas R. H. Havens

240 pages
Cloth | 978-0-8248-4101-0 | $47.00

Changing Chinese Cities: The Potentials of Field Urbanism
Renee Y. Chow

224 pages
Cloth | 978-0-8248-5383-9 | $45.00

New Titles in History and Politics from UHP!

Being Political  9780824839826  9780824838560

The Lama Question: Violence, Sovereignty, and Exception in Early Socialist Mongolia
Christopher Kaplonski
280 pages
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3856-0 | $54.00

Sinophobia: Anxiety, Violence, and the Making of Mongolian Identity
Franck Bille
272 pages

Cloth | 978-0-8248-3982-6 | $57.00

Being Political: Leadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands
Jack Corbett
256 pages | Topics in the Contemporary Pacific
Cloth | 978-0-8248-4102-7 | $54.00


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Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change: The Mongols and Their Eurasian Predecessors
Edited by Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran
360 pages | Perspectives on the Global Past
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3978-9 | $54.00

Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos
Simon Creak

352 pages | Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3889-8 | $54.00

Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania
Diana Looser
328 pages | Pacific Islands Monograph #28

Cloth | 978-0-8248-3976-5 | $55.00



New Titles in Religion from UHP!


The Halo of Golden LightImperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Asuka Sango
304 pages
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3986-4 | $54.00

Saving BuddhismThe Impermanence of Religion in Colonial Burma

Alicia Turner
240 pages | Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3937-6 | $54.00

Building a Heaven on EarthReligion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea

Albert L. Park
320 pages
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3965-9 | $56.00

Practicing ScriptureA Lay Buddhist Movement in Later Imperial China

Economy, Urbanism, and Sociology | New Titles from UHP



PDX / Montreal / Chicago | Find UHP this week!

EXHIBITS | This Week


The Association for Asian Studies
Annual Conference

March 26-29 | Chicago, Illinois

Contact our Acquisitions Editors:
Pamela Kelley: pkelley@hawaii.edu and Stephanie Chun: chuns@hawaii.edu



Society for Cinema & Media Studies

March 25-29 | Montreal, Quebec

Contact Acquisitions Editor Pamela Kelley: pkelley@hawaii.edu


You can also find us in the Pacific Northwest:

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March 25-28 | Portland, Oregon

Contact Digital Publishing Manager Trond Knutsen: tknutsen@hawaii.edu

25% Off Sale | Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Goes Viral in Wall Street Journal

Purchase Hokusai’s Great Wave for 25% OFF in our Online Store



From The Wall Street Journal

How Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Went Viral

“The Great Wave,” Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print from the early 1830s, may be the most famous artwork in Japanese history, and its popularity isn’t cresting anytime soon.

The image of a wave towering over Mount Fuji is the subject of a new book and recent exhibits in Paris and Berlin. It is on view in a show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and another major display is expected at the British Museum in 2017. Starting April 5, the piece takes a starring role in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s largest ever exhibition of Japanese prints.

The artwork exists in that rare stratosphere of images that are both instantly recognizable and internationally famous. “The Great Wave” has gone viral over time, first circulating the old-fashioned way—via traders and tall ships in the 19th century. Since then, the woodcut has been called an inspiration for Claude Debussy’s orchestral work, “La Mer,” and appears in poetry and prose by Rainer Maria Rilke, Pearl S. Buck and Hari Kunzru. Levi’s and Patagonia used it in marketing campaigns. It has been preserved in cyberspace as a Google Doodle and an emoji.

“There is no work of nonwestern art that has a comparable level of recognition,” said Christine Guth, author of “Hokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon” released this year. Ms. Guth, who is acting head of the history of design program at London’s Royal College of Art, said the print has been used to symbolize everything from economic power to military threats to natural disaster: “An image that originated in Japan took on a life of its own.”

Sarah Thompson, the MFA show’s curator, said the museum was the first in the world to stage a Hokusai exhibit in the early 1890s.

The show in Boston, which runs until early August, features more than 230 works from Hokusai’s seven-decade career, including illustrated printed books, a long screen painting and paper dioramas. The exhibit, six years in the making, is built on works entirely from the MFA’s collection. It just finished a multicity tour in Japan.

“The Great Wave”— formally titled “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” from the Hokusai series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”—adorns marketing for the Boston show. Inside the exhibit, though, visitors will have to look for it. The work, about the size of a piece of legal paper, will be grouped with the series of Mount Fuji prints.

The image is a mix of east and west—a blending of techniques that Hokusai picked up from Japanese artists and his own knowledge of European prints. The woodblock depicts Mount Fuji, a hallowed place in Japan, but pushes the peak deep into the distance using western perspective. The wave was printed on Japanese mulberry paper but marked by a color new to Japan—a vibrant Prussian blue created from synthetic dye in Germany.

The work was fairly accessible to the Japanese—one scholar has said it went for the price of a large bowl of noodle soup—while the snobbish view of prints inside the country made it easier for the series to travel abroad.



Hokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon
by Christine Guth

January 2015 | 272 pages | 70 color illustrations, 5 black & white
Paper ISBN 978-0-8248-3960-4 | $20.00 $15.00
Cloth ISBN 978-0-8248-3959-8 | $57.00 $42.75