Category: Asian

The Ironies of Freedom: Sex, Culture, and Neoliberal by Thu-Huong Nguyen-Vo

By Thu-Huong Nguyen-Vo

Within the overdue Nineteen Eighties, Vietnam joined the worldwide financial system after a long time of battle and relative isolation, demonstrating how a former socialist executive can adapt to worldwide marketplace forces with their neoliberal emphasis on freedom of selection for marketers and shoppers. "The Ironies of Freedom" examines a side of this new marketplace: advertisement intercourse. Nguyen-vo deals an bold research of gender and sophistication conflicts surrounding advertisement intercourse as a website of marketplace freedom, governmental intervention, and depictions in pop culture to argue that those practices demonstrate the paradoxical nature of neo-liberalism.What the case of Vietnam highlights is that governing with present neoliberal globalization may possibly and does take paradoxical varieties, sustained now not via a few vestige from instances previous yet by means of modern stipulations. Of mutual profit to either the neoliberal international economic climate and the ruling social gathering in Vietnam is using empirical wisdom and entrepreneurial and consumer's selection differentially between segments of the inhabitants to supply other forms of labourers and shoppers for the worldwide market.But additionally of mutual profit to either are the police, the legal, and notions of cultural authenticity enabled by way of a ruling social gathering with well-developed technique of coercion from its historical past. The freedom-unfreedom pair in governance creates a rigidity in modes of illustration conducive to a brand new style of sensational social realism in literature and renowned movies just like the 2003 "Bar Girls" approximately girls within the intercourse alternate, replete with nudity, booze, medicines, violence, and death.The motion picture opened in Vietnam with extraordinary field workplace receipts, blazing a path for a commercially workable family movie undefined. Combining tools and theories from the social sciences and arts, Nguyen-vo's research depends upon fieldwork carried out in Ho Chi Minh urban and its neighborhood, in-depth interviews with informants, player statement at chosen websites of sexual trade and governmental intervention, journalistic money owed, and literature and movies. This booklet will entice historians and political scientists of Southeast Asia and to students of gender and sexuality, cultural reviews, postcolonial reviews, and political concept facing neoliberalism. Thu-huong Nguyen-vo is assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures and Asian American experiences on the college of California, l. a..

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Tradition versus Democracy in the South Pacific: Fiji, Tonga by Stephanie Lawson

By Stephanie Lawson

This learn analyzes the ways that political elites use the assumption of "tradition" to legitimize convinced practices and associations. inside of this framework, case experiences specialize in constitutional improvement and the mainly energy in Fiji, the monarchy and the Pro-Democracy circulation in Tonga, and the political concerns surrounding the flow to common suffrage in Western Samoa. The ebook presents a serious method of the political implications of romanticizing non-Western cultural traditions, specially when it comes to democratic improvement.

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Regionalism in Southeast Asia: To Foster the Political Will by Nicholas Tarling

By Nicholas Tarling

Regionalism in Southeast Asia provides the reader with an historic research of Southeast Asia from the distinct perspective of regionalism. Southeast Asian historical past is mostly written from a countrywide viewpoint, which underplays the hyperlinks among neighbouring states and international locations and the results of those bonds at the improvement of regionalism. This innovative book starts by means of defining the that means of 'region' and 'regionalism' after which applies it to classes in heritage in Southeast Asia, how styles of regionalism have shifted via time to the current day. by way of targeting the local standpoint Nicholas Tarling gives an unique therapy of Southeast Asian historical past, its political dynamics and its foreign realtions. Regionalism in Southeast Asia completes a trilogy of books on Southeast Asia via Nicholas Tarling released by means of Routledge, the opposite are Nationalism in Southeast Asia and Imperialism in Southeast Asia.

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Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International by Feng Zhang

By Feng Zhang

Chinese Hegemony: Grand approach and overseas associations in East Asian History joins a speedily starting to be physique of vital literature that mixes background and diplomacy idea to create new views on East Asian political and strategic habit. The ebook explores the strategic and institutional dynamics of diplomacy in East Asian historical past while imperial China was once the undisputed nearby hegemon, focusing extensive on important facets of chinese language hegemony on the time: the grand concepts China and its buddies followed of their strategic interactions, and the foreign associations they engaged in to keep up nearby order—including yet no longer restricted to the tribute system.

Feng Zhang attracts on either chinese language and Western highbrow traditions to strengthen a relational concept of grand technique and basic associations in neighborhood kinfolk. the idea is evaluated with 3 case reviews of Sino-Korean, Sino-Japanese, and Sino-Mongol kin in the course of China's early Ming dynasty—when a kind of Confucian expressive approach used to be an important function of neighborhood kin. He then explores the coverage implications of this relational version for figuring out and interpreting modern China's upward thrust and the altering East Asian order. The booklet indicates a few ancient classes for knowing modern chinese language overseas coverage and considers the opportunity of a extra relational and cooperative chinese language technique within the future.

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Dissent of Nazrul - Poetry and History by Priti Kumar Mitra

By Priti Kumar Mitra

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) got here into prominence in the1920s because the 'Rebel Poet', startling the Indian literary international together with his radical rules and defiant utterances. The Dissent of Nazrul Islam focuses totally on Nazrul's dissent opposed to the British colonial executive in India, the Gandhian non-violent technique of nationwide fight, Islamic fundamentalism and Hindu cultural chauvinism, in addition to the hegemony of Rabindranath Tagore on the earth of Bengali literature. the amount additionally comprises the English translation of a few of Nazrul's verses of dissent and protest, and discusses the context of others. Surveying the literary, political, social, cultural, and highbrow situations that formed Nazrul's rules and activities and his exchanges together with his area, time, and environs, iMitrar illustrates how there opened trade methods of notion and writing.

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Islam on the Move: The Tablighi Jama'at in Southeast Asia by Farish A. Noor

By Farish A. Noor

During this exhaustive exam of the increase and unfold of the Tablighi Jama’at, that is arguably the world’s biggest lay Islamic missionary circulate, Farish Ahmad-Noor presents wide examine at the crew in addition to numerous conversion narratives from Tablighi individuals in a few Asian nations. A key research of an enormous and complicated circulate, this quantity locates the religious framework of the sect within the context of the nationwide and political weather of the international locations during which its fans reside. in addition, Ahmad-Noor analyzes the best way Tablighi fans themselves see the flow, and he lines the way inner and exterior views form the faith. Islam at the stream seeks to create a extra nuanced and variegated portrait of Islam than the reductivist narrative of the faith that grew to become common within the mainstream Western media after the occasions of September eleventh. ** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Roman imperialism by Erskine, Andrew

By Erskine, Andrew

The transformation of Rome from a small imperative Italian city-state into the only Mediterranean superpower has lengthy proved interesting and arguable. At its peak the Roman Empire prolonged from Britain within the North to Libya within the South and from Spain within the West to Syria within the East. It has inspired not just via its volume but in addition via its longevity.
Andrew Erskine examines the path and nature of Roman growth, targeting causes, old and smooth, the influence of Roman rule at the topic and the influence of empire at the imperial energy. most of these subject matters have created a major quantity of dialogue between students, no longer least as the research of Roman imperialism has consistently been knowledgeable by way of modern perceptions of overseas energy relations.
The ebook is split into halves. half I treats the various major concerns in smooth debates approximately Roman imperialism, whereas half II bargains a variety of crucial resource fabric permitting readers to go into those debates themselves

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Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal by Rachel Fell McDermott

By Rachel Fell McDermott

This vivid assortment provides one hundred forty five short Bengali lyric poems devoted to the Hindu goddesses Kali and Uma. those poems-many of that are awarded right here for the 1st time in English translation-were written from the early eighteenth century as much as the modern interval. They signify the original Bengali culture of goddess worship (Saktism) because it built over this era. integrated are 40 poems by means of the main well-known of all Sakta poets, Ramprasad Sen (c.1718-1775) and ten lyrics via the well known 20th-century poet Kaji Najrul Islam. McDermott's lucid creation locations those works of their historic context and exhibits how photographs of the goddesses developed over the centuries. Her full of life translations of those poetic lyrics evoke the fervour and devotion of the fans of Kali and Uma and make clear the historical past and perform of goddess worship.

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Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing by Ian Buruma

By Ian Buruma

Who speaks for China? Is it the outdated males of the politbureau or an activist like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in criminal for writing a democratic manifesto? Is China’s destiny to be discovered amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral crusade in Taiwan or within the maneuvers through which usual citizens of Beijing quietly face up to the authority of the state?These are one of the questions that Ian Buruma poses during this enlightening and infrequently relocating travel of chinese language dissidence. relocating from the quarrelsome exile groups of the U. S. to Singapore and Hong Kong and from persecuted Christians to web “hacktivists,” Buruma captures a complete spectrum of competition to the orthodoxies of the Communist get together. He explores its old antecedents its conflicting notions of freedom and the paradoxical mixture of braveness and cussedness that conjures up its contributors. Panoramic and intimate, stressful and encouraging, undesirable parts is a profound meditation at the issues of nationwide identification and political fight.

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