Tag: Sinophone

Book Excerpt: “Decadence in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture” by Hongjian Wang

European Decadence, a controversial artistic movement that flourished mainly in late-nineteenth-century France and Britain, has inspired several generations of Chinese writers and literary scholars since it was introduced to China in the early 1920s. Translated into Chinese as tuifei, which has strong hedonistic and pessimistic connotations, the concept of Decadence has proven instrumental in multiple waves of cultural rebellion, but has also...

Forthcoming: “Memory in Folk Epics of China” by Anne E. McLaren

In pre-contemporary China, folk epics performed at village level helped create a sense of regional as opposed to national identity. This is the first book-length study in the West on the folk epics of the Han Chinese people, who are the majority population of China. These folk epics provide an unparalleled resource for understanding the importance of “the local” in...

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 Review: “Insects in Chinese Literature” by Wilt Idema

“Insects in Chinese Literature will appeal to many audiences: entomologists and insect lovers will find it delightful, while specialists in Chinese literature will appreciate the copious notes and careful documentation of each text’s provenance. The works included will enrich both the Chinese and the comparative literature classroom. Quirky and eclectic, this anthology is full of unexpected charms. … the translations of...

12 Acclaimed Books on Taiwan Literature and Film

On October 10, President Tsai Ing-wen noted in her National Day address the record performance of Taiwan’s athletes, noting “We had waited so long for that moment, for Taiwan’s achievements, Taiwan’s confidence, and Taiwan’s courage to be seen and appreciated by the world.” This is not just in the athletic arena but in other areas such as arts and culture as...

#WorldPoetryDay2021 Highlight: Writing Poetry, Surviving War

On #WorldPoetryDay2021, we are delighted to feature this photo of Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS) member Professor Yugen Wang (University of Oregon) with his #newbook Writing Poetry, Surviving War: The Works of Refugee Scholar-Official Chen Yuyi (1090–1139), which is being showcased at our #AAS2021 virtual booth. This book is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Victor H. Mair (University...

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