Caodaism’s “Outrageous Syncretism” Incorporates Chinese, Buddhist, and Western Religions

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Hoskins-DivineEyeThe Divine Eye and the Diaspora: Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism
by Janet Alison Hoskins
February 2015 | 308 pages | 8 color and 17 b&w illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4004-4 | $65.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5140-8 | $32.00

Caodaism is a new religion born in Vietnam during the struggles of decolonization, shattered and spatially dispersed by cold war conflicts, and now reshaping the goals of its four million followers. Colorful and strikingly eclectic, Caodaism forces us to reconsider how anthropologists study religious mixtures in postcolonial settings. Its dynamics challenge the unconscious Eurocentrism of our notions of how religions are bounded and conceptualized.

“This examination of the Caodai religious movement is easily the most comprehensive and sympathetic study yet prepared on what is surely the most fascinating yet also the most misunderstood of Vietnam’s ‘new’ (colonial and postcolonial) religions. The work engages critically with existing interpretations of the Caodai faith and ventures a new interpretation of its emergence as a reflexive re-synthesis of Vietnamese religious traditions—a self-defensive re-articulation of identity—in the context of colonial cultural and political domination, frustrated nationalism, diasporic dispersal, and transnational globalism. . . . In the hands of the author, this engaging, complex, and big-hearted Vietnamese religion at last has gained the sensitive and capable treatment it deserves.” —Philip Taylor, The Australian National University

Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014 Announced

Earlier this month, Choice, the official publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, announced their annual list of Outstanding Academic Titles reviewed in the magazine during the previous year. The list represents less than ten percent of 7,300+ books and other media titles reviewed by Choice during 2014. We are pleased to have the following UH Press books recognized for their excellence:

Sears-mockup4.inddSituated Testimonies: Dread and Enchantment in an Indonesian Literary Archive
by Laurie J. Sears

“Drawing on contemporary psychoanalytic scholarship, Sears has produced an important study on trauma, memory, and the mediated power of language. She shows how close readings of colonial and postcolonial literature can be, indeed must be, part of the historical archive.” —Choice (February 2014)

Rujivacharakul_front1-UHP.inddArchitecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History
edited by Vimalin Rujivacharakul, H. Hazel Hahn, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen
Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture
Published in association with Hong Kong University Press

“This is an ambitious historiographical intervention into architectural/art historical accounts of ‘Asia.’ In contrast to studies that take the continent’s boundaries as cartographically or ontologically given, this volume emphasizes how Asia has been constructed and produced since the early modern period. . . . A valuable resource for specialists in art history, architectural history, anthropology, history, geography, religion, cultural studies, and Asian studies.” —Choice (September 2014)

Zhuangzi: Text and Context by Livia Kohn and distributed by UH Press for Three Pines Press, was also recognized as a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title.

Indonesian language learning text and audio now available in three volumes

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Indonesian Grammar in Context: Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia
written by Ellen Rafferty, Molly Burns, and Shintia Argazali-Thomas

2014 | 264 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3575-0 | $32.00
Published in association with NUS Press

 

The three volume text, Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia: A Grammar Practice Text, offers a communicative approach to the learning of the basic grammatical structures of Indonesian. Students become engaged in task-based activities set in life-like situations as they read, write and speak Indonesian. A set of online recordings of the opening segments reinforces the grammatical form as the student listens to the dialogue or text in a natural discourse setting. In addition, cultural notes at the end of the lessons allow the student to explore the relationship between language use and socio-cultural values and customs.

Audio files for this volume may be downloaded in MP3 format at http://www.indonesiantextbooks.wisc.edu

 

Singapore poems, essays, and fiction

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Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore
edited by Frank Stewart; guest edited by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

2014 | 240 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-4797-5 | $20.00
Manoa Journal

The summer 2014 issue of MANOA Journal features work by over two dozen writers and translators. Images in the issue come from several sources: the British Library, National Archives of Singapore, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Singapore, and contemporary photographers Nina Papiorek, Salvador Manaois III, Peter Marlow, and Stuart Franklin. Fiona Sze-Lorrain served as guest editor.

Find more information on the Starry Island blog.

 

 

Charismatic power, excess, and collapse in Thailand’s northern capital

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Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanity, and the Ruins of Progress in Chiang Mai
written by Andrew Alan Johnson

2014 | 208 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3939-0 | $55.00
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3882-2 | $36.00
Not for sale in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory
Published in association with Silkworm Books

“A farang observer with a wry sense of humor, an eye for detail, and a feel for history, Drew Johnson has given us a fascinating study of “progress” in contemporary Chiang Mai. Johnson shows why spirit mediums are as necessary as modern architects for preserving the unique identity and ensuring the future prosperity of this ancient city in Thailand’s north.” —Tony Day