New UHP titles on Mongolia history launch at University of Cambridge


EVENT | Book Release


Join authors Chris Kaplonski and Franck Billé at the University of Cambridge Book Launch for the launch of their new titles from University of Hawaii Press, The Lama Question and Sinophobia. For more information, go to the University of Cambridge website.

Visit our website for more information on these titles.


Sinophobia: Anxiety, Violence, and the Making of Mongolian Identity

Franck Billé
272 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3982-6 | $57.00

Sinophobia is a compelling, lucid, and enormously insightful account of recent anti-Chinese sentiment in Mongolia, and its findings should resonate broadly across both Asian and Eurasian studies. Throughout, Billé combines careful ethnography and instructive analyses of affect, language, desire, and anxiety. The result is a truly novel synthesis, an important contribution to social and cultural theories of violence.” —Douglas Rogers, Yale University


The Lama Question: Violence, Sovereignty, and Exception in Early Socialist Mongolia
Christopher Kaplonski

280 pages | 6 illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3856-0 | $54.00

“This innovative book is the first to investigate state violence in early socialist Mongolia. Through his penetrating study of archives and personal memories, Kaplonski provides an extraordinary account of the brutal repression of Buddhism, along with a new critical argument about how such state interventions can be interpreted. This book is a must for all those interested in the modern history of Inner Asia.” —Caroline Humphrey, King’s College, University of Cambridge

A closer look at the orangutan’s history

cribbWildManEVENT | Book Signing
6pm / Thursday, June 5 / Asia Bookroom (Australia)


Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan
written by Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

2014 | 328 pages | 55 illustrations, 2 maps
Cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8248-3714-3 | $54.00

 

“The orangutan population is plummeting with the destruction of their habitat for unsustainable land uses that is only benefiting a greedy few. To save them the more we can tell people about how important the orangutan and their forest habitat is, including telling their cultural history, the more chance we will have of saving the orangutan.” —Leif Cocks, founder of The Orangutan Project

Wild Man from Borneo offers the first comprehensive history of the human-orangutan encounter. Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abused ever since it was first brought to the attention of Europeans in the seventeenth century. The red ape has engaged the interest of scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public at large in a bewildering array of guises that have by no means been exclusively zoological or ecological. One reason for such a long-term engagement with a being found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra is that, like its fellow great apes, the orangutan stands on that most uncomfortable dividing line between human and animal, existing, for us, on what has been called “the dangerous edge of the garden of nature.”

RSVP by the 4th of Jun by phone (+61 (0)2 6251 5191) or email Asia Room. Admission by donation to the Orangutan Project.