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The Origins of Leftwing Cinema in China, 1932-37

The Origins of Leftwing Cinema in China, 1932-37

1st Edition

By Vivian Shen
July 27, 2012

This book takes a cultural studies approach to analyze and account for the ways in which related to film, literature, cultural production, ideology, social change and modernity were in raised in the leftwing film movement of the 1930s....

We Are Not Garbage! The Homeless Movement in Tokyo, 1994-2002

We Are Not Garbage!: The Homeless Movement in Tokyo, 1994-2002

1st Edition

By Miki Hasegawa
April 29, 2009

This book offers a full history of a homeless movement in Tokyo that lasted nearly a decade. It shows how homeless people and their external supporters in the city combined their scarce resources to generate and sustain the movement. The study advocates a more nuanced analysis of movement gains to ...

Indonesian Education Teachers, Schools, and Central Bureaucracy

Indonesian Education: Teachers, Schools, and Central Bureaucracy

1st Edition

By Christopher Bjork
September 10, 2012

Indonesian Education: Teachers, Schools, and Central Authority, the first published study of life inside Indonesian schools, explores the role that classroom teachers' behavior and locates their actions within the broader cultures of education and government in Indonesia....

Pitfall or Panacea The Irony of U.S. Power in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

Pitfall or Panacea: The Irony of U.S. Power in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

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By Yoneyuki Sugita
September 10, 2012

The main purpose of this book is to shed light on the limitations of the American hegemony in occupied Japan. Previous studies share the assumption that the United States was in a near-monopoly position to shape the postwar development in Japan as well as in the Asia-Pacific region. The book goes ...

A Path Toward Gender Equality State Feminism in Japan

A Path Toward Gender Equality: State Feminism in Japan

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By Yoshie Kobayashi
July 27, 2012

The first study of state feminism in a non-western nation state, this volume focuses on the activities and roles of the Women's Bureau of the Ministry of Labor in post-World War II Japan. While state feminism theory possesses a strong capability to examine state-society relationships in terms of ...

American Women Missionaries at Kobe College, 1873-1909

American Women Missionaries at Kobe College, 1873-1909

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By Noriko Kawamura Ishii
July 27, 2012

This study examines one aspect of American women's professionalization and the implications of the cross-cultural dialogue between American woman missionaries and Japanese students and supporters at Kobe College between 1873 and 1909....

Words Kill Calling for the Destruction of 'Class Enemies' in China, 1949-1953

Words Kill: Calling for the Destruction of 'Class Enemies' in China, 1949-1953

1st Edition

By Cheng-Chih Wang
July 26, 2012

When Communist revolutionaries seized control of Mainland China in 1949, they faced enormous challenges of state and nation building. China occupied a vast territory, had a huge and poorly integrated population and suffered from a woefully backward economy. Building a Socialist Chinese state ...

Cooperation over Conflict The Women's Movement and the State in Postwar Japan

Cooperation over Conflict: The Women's Movement and the State in Postwar Japan

1st Edition

By Miriam Murase
April 30, 2012

Japan's postwar transformation has been hailed as nothing short of a miracle. Yet, in the midst of massive social, economic, political, and cultural change, gender inequality persists at remarkably high levels. The paradox of Japan's progress against the persistence of gender inequality raises the ...

Workers' Democracy in China's Transition from State Socialism

Workers' Democracy in China's Transition from State Socialism

1st Edition

By Stephen E. Philion
April 10, 2012

This fascinating book is among the first to examine state workers’ protests against privatization in China. Philion discusses how Chinese state enterprise workers have engaged a discourse of ‘workers democracy’ in the process of struggle with the new social relations of work that are engendered by ...

The Changing Chinese Legal System, 1978-Present Centralization of Power and Rationalization of the Legal System

The Changing Chinese Legal System, 1978-Present: Centralization of Power and Rationalization of the Legal System

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By Bin Liang
February 23, 2012

This groundbreaking book examines the changing Chinese legal system since 1978. In addition to historical analyses of changes at the economic, political-legal, and social levels, Liang gives special attention to crime and punishment functions of the legal system, and the current judicial ...

Making Music in Japan’s Underground The Tokyo Hardcore Scene

Making Music in Japan’s Underground: The Tokyo Hardcore Scene

1st Edition

By Jennifer Milioto Matsue
July 29, 2011

Grounded in the fields of Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Popular Music Studies, and Japanese Studies, this book explores the underground Tokyo hardcore scene, ultimately asking what play as resistance through performance of the scene tells us about Japanese society in general. Matsue highlights the...

A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953 - 1973

A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953 - 1973

1st Edition

By Jayson Makoto Chun
April 29, 2009

This book offers a history of Japanese television audiences and the popular media culture that television helped to spawn. In a comparatively short period, the television industry helped to reconstruct not only postwar Japanese popular culture, but also the Japanese social and political landscape. ...

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