Category: Cambria Press

Book Excerpt: “American Ideas of Equality” by Carl L. Bankston III

A fundamental American value, equality is a complex idea that has had different meanings in different eras. Most studies, however, have taken equality as having a single, clear meaning—little considered is how the definition fo equality has been shaped by history. Below, Carl L. Bankston III discusses debates about the definition of equality: The American nation began with debates over...

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 8)

In chapter 8, “Strategic Choices in Defense Force Structure,” Michael Linick discusses the complexities of resourcing national strategy to meet various security demands. Linick writes that “planners deal with tremendous uncertainty” and that the “bridging of ends, ways, and means is often missing or poorly articulated in DoD strategies.” Arguing that planners need to keep four pillars of defense planning...

Book Excerpt: “Queer Taiwanese Literature” by Howard Chiang

As the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia and host the first annual gay pride in the Sinophone Pacific, Taiwan is a historic center of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture. Taiwan also enjoys a wide interest in its stories about queer Taiwanese people, and “Queer Taiwanese Literature “provides a deeper understanding of queer literary history in...

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 7)

In chapter 7, “The Defense Budget Process,” of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Tom McNaugher writes about how the budget process of the Department of Defense. McNaugher says that while the Department of Defense has “funded, over many decades, a remarkably effective military,” it has also funded “a great deal of...

Book Excerpt: “Taking China to the World” by Theodore Huters

The following is an excerpt from Taking China to the World: The Cultural Production of Modernity by Theodore Huters: In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels characterized communism as a specter haunting late-nineteenth-century Europe, one whose leaders tried desperately to exorcise. For the past century of Chinese history, following the the pivotal cultural reform movement named after the...

Book Excerpt: “Sensing the Sinophone” by Astrid Møller-Olsen

Since the 1990s, extensive urbanization in East Asian has created a situation where more people identify themselves as citizens of the city they live in rather than their ancestral village or nation. At the same time, however, this new urban identity has been under attack from the constant threat of urban restructuring. Such rapidly changing cityscapes form environments of urban...

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 3)

In chapter 3, “The Role of Congress in Resourcing National Security,” of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Heidi Demarest examines the role of Congress in resourcing American national security from historic and bureaucratic perspectives. She explains that despite its constitutional role to “provide for the common defense,” Congress faces substantial impediments...

Book Review of “Mo Yan Speaks: Lectures and Speeches by the Nobel Laureate from China”

The following is from a review of Mo Yan Speaks: Lectures and Speeches by the Nobel Laureate from China, the latest from the Nobel laureate (translated by Shiyan Xu) in the Los Angeles Review of Books: His public lectures combine anecdotes from his rural childhood with musings on literary style and namedropping of famous writers (who, with the notable exception...

Book Excerpt: Yü Ying-Shih’s Time at Harvard

A leading authority in the field of Chinese Studies, Professor Yü Ying-shih (Princeton University) received the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity in 2006 and the inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology in 2014. In addition to his monumental scholarly contributions over six decades to the fields of Chinese history, thought, politics, and culture during which...

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 2)

In chapter 2 of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Mark Troutman “reviews the sources of US economic power, describes how the nation has chosen to harness its economic capacity, assesses current vulnerabilities, and makes recommendations for adjustments required to maintain its current place of global preeminence.” Troutman notes: Strategists and policy...

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