Asia Center Publications Program Issues New Titles

The Asia Center Publications Program has recently released several new titles of note.

In Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan, Miya Mizuta Lippit engages the fields of art history, literature, and cultural studies, seeking to understand how the “beautiful woman” (bijin) emerged as a symbol of Japanese culture during the Meiji period (1868–1912).

For over a century, voting has been a surprisingly common political activity in China. Joshua Hill’s Voting as a Rite: A History of Elections in Modern China examines China’s experiments with elections from the perspective of intellectual and cultural history.

Prasenjit Duara’s and Elizabeth Perry’s edited volume, Beyond Regimes: China and India Compared  explores the transnational and subnational forces that have shaped these Asian giants in contemporary times. The book focuses on four intersecting topics: labor relations; legal reform and rights protest; public goods provision; and transnational migration and investment.

Finally, in Shrines to Living Men in the Ming Political Cosmos, author Sarah Schneewind examines the Chinese practice in Ming times of constructing “living shrines” as acts of gratitude to local officials for performing their duties well. Premortem shrine rhetoric stressed the role of commoners, who embraced the opportunity by initiating many living shrines. This institutionalized political voice for commoners expands the scholarly understanding of “public opinion” in late imperial China, aligning it with the efficacy of deities.

These and other titles published by the Asia Center’s Publication Program are available for purchase through Harvard University Press.


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