Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity, Lee Kah-Wee (NUS Press, December 2018)
Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity, Lee Kah-Wee (NUS Press, December 2018)

Las Vegas in Singapore looks at the collision of the histories of Singapore and Las Vegas in the form of Marina Bay Sands, one of Singapore’s two Integrated Resorts.

Where I Have Never Been: Migration, Melancholia, and Memory in Asian American Narratives of Return , Patricia P Chu (Temple University Press, January 2019)
Where I Have Never Been: Migration, Melancholia, and Memory in Asian American Narratives of Return , Patricia P Chu (Temple University Press, January 2019)

In researching accounts of diasporic Chinese offspring who returned to their parents’ ancestral country, author Patricia Chu learned that she was not alone in the experience of growing up in America with an abstract affinity to an ancestral homeland and community. The bittersweet emotions she had are shared in Asian American literature that depicts migration-related melancholia, contests official histories, and portrays Asian American families as flexible and transpacific.

From Confinement to Containment: Japanese/American Arts during the Early Cold War, Edward Tang (Temple University Press, February 2019)
From Confinement to Containment: Japanese/American Arts during the Early Cold War, Edward Tang (Temple University Press, February 2019)

During the early part of the Cold War, Japan emerged as a model ally, and Japanese Americans were seen as a model minority. From Confinement to Containment examines the work of four Japanese and Japanese/American artists and writers during this period: the novelist Hanama Tasaki, the actor Yamaguchi Yoshiko, the painter Henry Sugimoto, and the children’s author Yoshiko Uchida. The backgrounds of the four figures reveal a mixing of nationalities, a borrowing of cultures, and a combination of domestic and overseas interests.

Inseparable across Lifetimes: The Lives and Love Letters of the Tibetan Visionaries Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo Holly Gayley (trans) (Shambhala, February 2019)
Inseparable across Lifetimes:
The Lives and Love Letters of the Tibetan Visionaries Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo
Holly Gayley (trans) (Shambhala, February 2019)

Professor Holly Gayley offers a full translation of the tantric love letters between Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tare Lhamo, two Buddhist lamas who worked to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture in the wake of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Old Hong Kong Photos and the Tales They Tell, Volume 2, David Bellis (Gwulo, December 2018)
Old Hong Kong Photos and the Tales They Tell, Volume 2, David Bellis (Gwulo, December 2018)

The ARB reviewer of Volume 1 of Old Hong Kong Photos and the Tales They Tell wrote “Let’s hope the next one comes out soon.” As requested, Volume 2 is now available, with a new selection from David Bellis’s collection of old Hong Kong photos.

Korea: The Impossible Country, Daniel Tudor (Tuttle, November 2018)
Korea: The Impossible Country, Daniel Tudor (Tuttle, November 2018)

In just fifty years, South Korea has transformed itself from a failed state, ruined and partitioned by war and decades of colonial rule, into an economic powerhouse and a democracy that serves as a model for other countries. How was it able to achieve this with no natural resources and a tradition of authoritarian rule? Who are the Koreans and how did they accomplish this second Asian miracle?