New Book Tuesday! Becoming Guanyin and more!
Our weekly list of new books is now available!
Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China
Yuhang Li examines how lay Buddhist women in late imperial China forged a connection with the subject of their devotion, arguing that women used their own bodies to echo that of Guanyin. She combines empirical research with theoretical insights from both art history and Buddhist studies.
New In Paper!
Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang
Unrest in China’s West
Edited by Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle
Despite a decade of rapid economic development, China’s western borderlands have experienced a wave of ethnic unrest not seen since the 1950s. Through on-the-ground interviews and firsthand observations, this volume creates an invaluable record of the conflicts and protests as they have unfolded—the most extensive chronicle of events to date.
Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China
Howard Chiang traces the genealogy of sexual knowledge in China from the demise of eunuchism to the emergence of transsexuality, showing its role in the formation of Chinese modernity. Theoretically sophisticated and far-reaching, After Eunuchs is an innovative contribution to the history and philosophy of science and queer and Sinophone studies.
South Korea at the Crossroads
Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers
Scott A. Snyder
This work examines fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions—and a prescription—for the future. Pairing a historical perspective with a shrewd understanding of today’s political landscape, Scott A. Snyder contends that South Korea’s best strategy remains a robust alliance with the United States.