Education About Asia Request for Book and Film Reviews

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Call for Papers
February 23, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content.


Our office has received five total books and films about India, China, and Asia / Comparative World History. Please see the entries below for brief descriptions that appear with each book or film.


Book and film essay reviews should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words. Book and film reviews should be approximately 500 to 800 words.  


If you are interested in any one of these titles, please respond with a one to two paragraph request indicating why you feel you are well positioned to write the essay or the review to EAA Editor Lucien Ellington at If you are selected to write a review or essay, please keep in mind that it is important to include at least a paragraph, or in the case of an essay review at least two paragraphs, indicating why the book or film is particularly useful (or not applicable) for undergraduate and or high school survey level classes. 


If you want your review to be considered for the spring 2019 issue of EAA, please send the review to our office by on or before February 23, 2019. If you are selected as a reviewer, our office will send you a copy of the book or film to review in early January.



Around India with a Movie Camera

By Sandhya Suri

Icarus Films, 2017

72 minutes

Using FBI National Archive footage from 1899 to 1947, the film explores not only the people and places of over 70 years ago, but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past.


Six Acres and a Third: The classic Nineteenth-Century Novel about Colonial India

By Fakir Mohan Senpati

University of California Press, 2005

217 pages

This sly and humorous novel by Fakir moan Senpati- one of the pioneering spirits of modern Indian Literature and an early activist in the fight against the destruction of native Indian languages- is both a literary work and a historical document. Six Acres and a Third provides a unique “view from below” of Indian village life under colonial rule.




Dead Souls

By Wang Bing

Icarus films, 2018

495 minutes (3 Discs)

In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

Deemed "ultra-rightists" in the Communist Party's Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, prisoners starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. Directed by Wang Bing (Fengming), one of the most important Chinese artists and documentarians working today, Dead Souls invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure, and what became their destiny.


The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom

By John Pomfret

Picador Publishing

638 pages

A remarkable history of the two-centuries-old relationship between the United States and China, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, memoirs, government documents, and contemporary news reports, John Pomfret reconstructs the surprising, tragic, and marvelous ways Americans and Chinese have engaged with one another through the centuries.


Asia / Comparative World History


The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate

By T.K.Nakagaki

169 pages

The swastika has been used for over three thousand years by billions of people in many cultures and religions—including Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism—as an auspicious symbol of the sun and good fortune. Hitler's device is in fact a "hooked cross." Rev. Nakagaki's book explains how and why these symbols got confused, and offers a path to peace, understanding, and reconciliation.


Contact Info: 

Lucien Ellington

UC Foundation Professor of Education

Director: Asia Program/Center for Reflective Citizenship

Editor: Education About Asia

305A Hunter Hall, Dept. 2222

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Phone (423) 425-2118

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