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TOC: Journal of Chinese Humanities, 3.2 Special Issue (2017)

The latest issue of Journal of Chinese Humanities now available! Below, please find the table of contents and see the link for more information:


Volume 3, Historical Memory and Changing Paradigms, 2017

ISSN: 2352-1333

E-ISSN: 2352-1341

A tribute to Kavita Datla, 1975-2017, by Dr. Karuna Mantena

Dr Karuna Mantena of Yale University has composed the following tribute to Dr Kavita Datla.

Kavita Datla (b. April 23, 1975) passed away on July 22, 2017 in her home in Northampton MA, surrounded by family.  She had been bravely battling a rare and aggressive cancer since the fall of 2014.  

Position, Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities, Leiden University

For details, see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55209

Leiden University, LIAS
Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities

Leiden University is hiring a postdoctoral fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities to join the ERC-funded Open Philology project

Potential candidates should familiarize themselves with the project through the proposal, which can be found here: http://leidenuniv.academia.edu/JASilk

Position, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Middlebury College

For details, see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55052

Middlebury College
Assistant Professor of Chinese

The Greenberg-Starr Department of Chinese Language and Literature invites applicants for a full-time tenure track position in Chinese literary and/or cultural studies (any historical period, any discipline) and Chinese language beginning fall 2018.

Website: http://www.middlebury.edu
Posting Date: 08/01/2017
Closing Date 10/30/2017


Subscribe to H-Asia: Reviews

Recent Reviews

Lakshmi Subramaniam
Johan Mathew

Mathew on Subramaniam, 'The Sovereign and the Pirate: Ordering Maritime Subjects in India's Western Littoral'

Lakshmi Subramaniam. The Sovereign and the Pirate: Ordering Maritime Subjects in India's Western Littoral. New Delhi: Oxford University Press (India), 2016. 296 pp. $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-946704-4.

Reviewed by Johan Mathew (Rutgers University)
Published on H-Asia (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

Piracy and Sovereignty in the Indian Ocean

Pamela D. McElwee
Nga Dao

Dao on McElwee, 'Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam'

Pamela D. McElwee. Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016. 312 pp. $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-295-99548-9.

Reviewed by Nga Dao (York University)
Published on H-Asia (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

Environmental Governance in Vietnam

Anjali Nerlekar
Madhuri Deshmukh

Deshmukh on Nerlekar, 'Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture'

Anjali Nerlekar. Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture. FlashPoints Series. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016. xix + 292 pp. $99.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8101-3274-0; $34.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8101-3273-3.

Reviewed by Madhuri Deshmukh (Oakton Community College)
Published on H-Asia (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

Recent Threads

Distribution rights for "Comrades: Almost a Love Story"

I am hoping to screen this 1996 Peter Chan film starring Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai as part of a feature film series about migration.

Can anyone advise me regarding what company holds distribution rights and the best way to contact them for permission?  This is intended to be an educational event with no charge to participants.

My thanks in advance!  

Madeline Hsu

The University of Texas at Austin


Workshop on ‘Meiji Japan in Global History’ @ SOAS University of London on 8 September 2018, public welcome

‘Meiji Japan in Global History’

Date: 8 September 2017Time: 10:00 AM to  5:00 PM

Venue: SOAS University of London, Main College Buildings, Russell Square Room: 116

Type of Event: Publication Workshop



Catherine L Phipps, University of Memphis

Christopher Gerteis, SOAS University of London


New Articles of Interest in the Pacific Historical Review (86.3, August 2017)

The Pacific Historical Review recently published the following articles that may interest H-ASIA list subscribers:

- “‘Into the Dark Cold I Go, the Rain Gently Falling’: Hawai’i Island Incarceration,” by Kelly Y. Nakamura

- “From Memory Making to Money Making? Japanese Travel Writers’ Impressions of Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Southwestern Pacific Islands Battle Sites, 1962-2007,” by Ryota Nishino