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Beyond Tradition and Modernity

Gender, Genre, and Cosmopolitanism in Late Qing China

Edited by Grace Fong, Nanxiu Qian and Harriet Zurndorfer

Beyond Tradition and Modernity is a collection of original essays which considers the complexities behind the dramatic changes generated in China during the last decades of the nineteenth and the first decades of the twentieth century. As men and women literally-or metaphorically- crossed into new geographical worlds, they came to express their understanding of the expanding universe in a variety of ways which cannot be neatly labeled either traditional or modern. The contributors to this volume demonstrate how the creativity of these writers marked a new moment in historical and literary practices transcending this usual binary and simple teleology. Their essays expose how the ethnographic, literary, and educational projects of these men and women gave voice to new ideals and ideas that reflect the changing boundaries of gender at this time.

The China Environment Yearbook, Volume 1 (2005)

Crisis and Breakthrough of China's Environment


Edited by Congjie Liang and Dongping Yang

China’s environmental problems and ecological crises are still considerable. Pollution and ecological deterioration are becoming worse, while the booming economy and rising population are adding to the pressure. Will the PRC be able to avoid the traditional route of industrialization and embark on the path of sustainable development?

Friends of Nature is China’s first environmental NGO, and their first environmental yearbook deals with the year 2005, the year of the Songhua River toxic spill crisis, the bird flu attacks, but also of a number of governmental and local initiatives to begin to tackle the increasing pressure on the environment. Here are the voices of experts and witnesses from the PRC itself describing and commenting upon the environment and protection measures in China in 2005, from the public perspective.

Global Chinese Literature

Critical Essays


Edited by Jing Tsu and David Der-wei Wang

This path-breaking collection of critical essays introduces a diverse range of approaches to open up the field of modern Chinese literature to new cross-regional, local, and global analyses. Each of the ten essays deals with a particular conceptual problem or case study of different locations and modalities of Chinese-language, or Sinophone, production. From language to music, literature to popular culture, minority politics to internal diaspora, theories of sinography to China's quest for the Nobel Prize, this volume brings together leading and new voices in the study of Chinese literature from a variety of comparative and intranational perspectives. Contributors include scholars from Asia, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. It is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in contemporary China and the global politics of Sinophone literature.

``This thought-provoking anthology has opened up many fascinating questions. Although its intended readership is scholars from literary studies, anyone who is interested in the interplay between language, ethnicity and identity should not miss it.``
Zhengdao Ye, The Australian National University


Edited by Yanjie Bian, Kwok-bun Chan and Tak-sing Cheung

Social Transformations in Chinese Societies is the offi cial annual of The Hong Kong Sociological Association. It publishes articles of original research that addresses theoretical, methodological, or substantive issues of sociological significance about social transformations in Chinese societies. The focus is mainly on Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, the Mainland, Singapore, and Chinese overseas.

Shu-Yi Wang

and negotiating power due to social capitals, gender, and family status. Similarly, Xidang village in Tibet challenged the institutional categories of cultural and natural heritage by UNESCO , when local activities were ignored under the restricted division and the local voice was suppressed for the

Strangers at Home

History and Subjectivity among the Chinese Communities of West Kalimantan, Indonesia


Yew-Foong Hui

This is an ethno-historical study of Chinese from West Kalimantan, Indonesia that, unlike other Chinese Diasporic studies, takes its departure from the “away” position. The study aims to interrogate how, where, and in what terms “home” is defined for the stranger. Through examining historical events such as the Japanese Occupation, the repatriation of overseas Chinese to China, and ethnic and state violence in West Kalimantan, this study highlights the plight of the Chinese as political orphans in search of a home that eludes them, whether in Indonesia or China. Through a rich array of different kinds of data, including oral histories and memoirs of the Communist underground, this book offers novel perspectives on the role of history in subject formation.

Suchandra Ghosh

delineates the multiple voices on conversion. Missionaries considered the low-caste Hindus and tribes external to and oppressed under Hinduism and, hence, believed that it is their moral duty to civilise the tribes. Pentecostals believe in Spirit Worship that befits the indigenous tribal cosmology and belief

Being Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong

Institutions, Action and Power

Kerry J. Kennedy, Kin Loon Wong and Hoi-Yu Ng

seekers and their support communities, but particularly the latter. It will highlight multiple voices who have direct experience with the environment of asylum seekers as they seek social protection. Finally, an attempt will be made to suggest an alternative theoretical framing that captures and reflects

Publish or Perish in Social Science?

Tension, Challenges and Opportunities for Chinese Academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Jinjin Lu

. Face-to-face interviews, lasting approximately 30 minutes were conducted with the help of research assistants, using a small-sized audio voice recorder or an MP 3 device. The audio voice files were then uploaded onto a password-protected computer, and transcribed by the researcher. Transcriptions were

Jenny Chesters

] to trust one another.” Although the citizens of Western democracies have regular opportunities to voice their displeasure with the performance of their governments and elect opposition parties into government, the citizens of East Asia/ South Eat Asia are constrained in their ability to change their