Book Giveaway! Association for Asian Studies 2020

What better way to kick-off #AAS2020 than with a book giveaway! Check out the books below, and try your luck at winning one by entering our conference drawing.

To enter, complete all required fields in the form at the bottom of this post by midnight on Tuesday, March 31. 

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A Cultural Biography

Brian R. Dott

A learned as well as lively book with many surprises. How chile peppers came to China from the New World just starts a story involving taste, regionalism, adaptation, and folklore. Chiles were key to Chinese cuisine’s subtlety and variety, and not just in Sichuan and Hunan either.

~Paul Freedman, author of Food: The History of Taste and Ten Restaurants That Changed America

Brian R. Dott explores how the non-native chile went from obscurity to ubiquity in China, influencing not just cuisine but also medicine, language, and cultural identity. The Chile Pepper in China sheds new light on the piquant cultural impact of a potent plant and raises broader questions regarding notions of authenticity in cuisine.

Public Intellectual Debate from Contemporary China

Edited by Timothy Cheek, David Ownby, and Joshua A. Fogel

A joint effort by scholars with stellar track records, this collection is a valuable and timely contribution to the literature on Chinese thought and politics. It allows readers outside the country a unique chance to eavesdrop on and appreciate the stakes in the spirited debates that continue among Chinese intellectuals.

~Jeffrey Wasserstrom, coauthor of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know

Voices from the Chinese Century brings together a selection of essays from representative leading thinkers that open a window into public debate in China today on fundamental questions of China and the world—past, present, and future. The voices in this volume include figures from each of China’s main intellectual clusters.

Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record

Sandra Fahy

An exhaustive and important account of the human rights abuses that the Kim regime has inflicted on the North Korean people over decades, from the quotidian to the horrific. With her deep knowledge and her anthropological approach, augmented by her obvious compassion for the victims of this regime, Sandra Fahy has provided the basis for one day holding Kim Jong Un to account. A must-read.

~Anna Fifield, author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un

North Korea’s human rights violations are unparalleled in the contemporary world. In Dying for Rights, Sandra Fahy provides the definitive account of the abuses committed by the North Korean state, domestically and internationally, from its founding to the present.

Religion, China, and the Formation of the Nation-State

Michael J. Walsh

As an anatomy of sacralization, territorialization, and violence, Stating the Sacred illuminates state formation in China through brilliant exposition, dwelling in vivid details, historical depths, and current controversies, but also through uncovering brutal truths of state formation in the modern world. This book is a major contribution to our understanding of how the sacred works in the modern and how the modern works the sacred.

~David Chidester, author of Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion

This work offers a novel approach to nation-state formation, arguing that its most critical element is how the state sacralizes the nation. Focusing primarily on China, Michael J. Walsh argues that the foundational role of the sacred makes all nation-states religious states.

Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan

Jeffrey W. Alexander
In Japan, beer has been known, since the 1960s, as the “beverage of the masses,” and whisky culture has roots stretching back to the 1950s. Meanwhile, methamphetamine was first developed in Japan and came to be sold commercially by the 1940s, and the country has also experimented with homegrown hangover drugs. By combining studies on each of these products and marketplaces, Drinking Bomb and Shooting Meth explores the efforts of those who brewed, distilled, synthesized, and marketed Western alcohol and innovative pharmaceuticals.

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