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Nature, Environment and Culture in East Asia

The Challenge of Climate Change


Edited by Carmen Meinert

Since in the current global environmental and climate crisis East Asia will play a major role in negotiating solutions, it is vital to understand East Asian cultural variations in approaching and solving environmental challenges in the past, present, and future. The interdisciplinary volume Nature, Environment and Culture in East Asia. The Challenge of Climate Change, edited by Carmen Meinert, explores how cultural patterns and ideas have shaped a specific understanding of nature, how local and regional cultures develop(ed) coping strategies to adapt to environmental and climatic changes in the past and in the present and how various institutions and representatives might introduce their ideas and agendas in future environmental and climate policies on national levels and in international negotiating systems.

Global Hakka

Hakka Identity in the Remaking


Jessieca Leo

In Global Hakka: Hakka Identity in the Remaking Jessieca Leo offers a needed update on Hakka history and a reassessment of Hakka identity in the global and transnational contexts. Leo gives fresh insights into concepts such as ethnicity, identity, Han, Chineseness, overseas Chinese, and migration in relation to Hakka identity.

Globalization, transnationalism, deterritorialization and migration drive the rapid transformation and reformation of Hakka identity to the point of no return. Dehakkalization through cultural adaptation or genetic transfer has created an elastic identity in the global Hakka and different kinds of Hakka communities around the world.

Jessieca Leo convincingly shows that the concept of ‘being Hakka’ in the twenty-first century is better referred to as Hakkaness – a quality determined by lifestyle and personal choices.

"Among the Chinese, tradition long resisted the idea of migration. In practice, however, there were many layers of adaptation to different circumstances. The Hakka have been exceptional in having always been conscious of their migratory successes. This book explores with great sensitivity how Hakka history outside China influences the way they respond to the new global environment. Combining careful scholarship with self-discovery, Jessieca Leo captures the processes by which one group of Chinese became migrants who consider migration as normal. Her fascinating and original work takes the study of the Hakka to a higher level and offers fresh insights for understanding how other migratory Chinese are transforming tradition today."
Professor Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore


Rustam Shukurov

In The Byzantine Turks, 1204–1461 Rustam Shukurov offers an account of the Turkic minority in Late Byzantium including the Nicaean, Palaiologan, and Grand Komnenian empires. The demography of the Byzantine Turks and the legal and cultural aspects of their entrance into Greek society are discussed in detail. Greek and Turkish bilingualism of Byzantine Turks and Tourkophonia among Greeks were distinctive features of Byzantine society of the time. Basing his arguments upon linguistic, social, and cultural evidence found in a wide range of Greek, Latin, and Oriental sources, Rustam Shukurov convincingly demonstrates how Oriental influences on Byzantine life led to crucial transformations in Byzantine mentality, culture, and political life. The study is supplemented with an etymological lexicon of Oriental names and words in Byzantine Greek.


G. Anthony Keddie

translations of Q in this chapter are my adaptations of Fleddermann 2005. In a number of instances, however, I have preferred the reconstruction and/or translation of the International Q Project (Robinson et al. 2000, as well as the accompanying Documenta Q editions where available and pertinent). I have

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

opening, on the open edges of the sides, and (again) on the ends of the sleeves. Some of these additions look early therefore, others as if some adaptation was made to prolong the garment’s life: it seems these relics were used after they were retrieved from the grave. Müller-Christensen, Sigrid, textile

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

_[i], classical poem to accompany a star map, originally by Aratus, Greek poet third century BC and/or later versions based on this Aratea , the hexameter poem Phaenomena , which (inaccurately) described the constellations and other heavenly bodies, was composed to accompany a star map. It is a verse adaptation

A Virtual Chinatown

The Diasporic Mediasphere of Chinese Migrants in New Zealand


Phoebe H. Li

What role does diasporic Chinese media play in the process of Chinese migrants' adaptation to their new home country? With China's rise, to what extent has the expansion of its "soft power" swayed the changing identities of the Chinese overseas? A Virtual Chinatown provides a timely and original analysis to answer such questions.

Using a media and communication studies approach to investigate the reciprocal relationship between Chinese-language media and the Chinese migrant community in New Zealand, Phoebe Li goes beyond conventional scholarship on the Chinese Diaspora as practised by social historians, anthropologists and demographers. Written in an accessible and reader-friendly manner, this book will also appeal to academics and students with interests in other transnational communities, alternative media, and minority politics.

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

medieval Fashion fashion. The bodice is not of the tight, laced kind shown in art, but it is close-fitting in relation to the very full skirt, and the sleeves are both inset and tightly buttoned. Though, as Robin Netherton has shown, the cutting of the gores is an adaptation of earlier medieval techniques