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Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

by Beverley Foulks McGuire

Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning...


The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China

by David Eimer

Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shaghai, China's borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage...


Spells, Images, and Mandalas: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

by Koichi Shinohara

Koichi Shinohara traces the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals from the simple recitation of spells in the fifth century to complex systems involving image worship, mandala initiation, and visualization...


Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer

by Andrew Quintman & Benjamin Bogin

Explore new research on the religious and cultural traditions of the Himalayan Buddhist world.

Over decades, hundreds of American undergraduates spending a semester abroad have been introduced to Tibetan culture...


The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

by Bill Hayton

China’s rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing’s back yard: the South China Sea. For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat...


A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom

by Felix Abt

Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and fascinating situation is interpreted by a true insider.

In 2002, the Swiss power company ABB appointed Felix Abt its country director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur...


Hiroshima Nagasaki

by Paul Ham

In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little...


The Pariah Problem: Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India

by Rupa Viswanath

Once known as “Pariahs,” Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India’s lowest castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and continue to be a source of...


Growing Up in British Malaya and Singapore: A Time of Fireflies and Wild Guavas

by Maurice Baker

Growing Up in British Malaya and Singapore: A Time of Fireflies and Wild Guavas is an autobiography of Maurice Baker's life in Malaya and Singapore from the 1920s to the 1940s. His memoir extends from the earliest...


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Takasue no Musume Sugawara no, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...


The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China

by David Eimer

In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People's Republic of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since then, this idea...


Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757

by Emily Erikson

The English East India Company was one of the most powerful and enduring organizations in history. Between Monopoly and Free Trade locates the source of that success in the innovative policy by which the Company’s...


Medical Technology in Japan: The Politics of Regulation

by Christa Altenstetter

Compared to its American and European counterparts, Japan lags in adopting innovative medical devices and making new treatments and procedures available to its patients. Christa Altenstetter examines the...


Water Management in the Yellow River Basin of China

by Charles Greer

Throughout history the Yellow River, or Huang Ho, has repeatedly broken through its levees to rampage over the densely populated North China Plain. In spite of its importance as the major river of China, little...


A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

by Wendy Law-Yone & David I. Steinberg

Wendy Law-Yone was fifteen at the time of Burma's military coup in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, daredevil proprietor of Rangoon Nation, Burma’s leading postwar English-language daily, she experienced...


Tracking the Tigers: Flying Tiger, OSS and Free Thai Operations in World War II Thailand

by Bob Bergin

An adventure in the discovery of history. When the wreckage of an old warplane is discovered in a remote area of North Thailand, the author’s attempt to identify the aircraft and its mission set him off on...


Vidyasagar: The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian: The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian

by Brian A. Hatcher

This book offers a new interpretation of the life and legacy of the Indian reformer and intellectual, Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar (1820-91).

Drawing upon autobiography, biography, secondary criticism and a range...


The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan: Pastoral Nomadism in Transition

by Thomas J. Barfield

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 focused international attention on this country for the first time in nearly a century. The need for reliable information has only become been greater. Because of their...


The Samurai: Swords, Shoguns and Seppuku

by Ben Hubbard

The true nature of the samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the west. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to...


Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature

by Laura R. Brueck

Writing Resistance is the first close study of the growing body of contemporary Hindi-language Dalit (low caste) literature in India. The Dalit literary movement has had an immense sociopolitical and literary...