La plata y el Pacífico China, Hispanoamérica y el nacimiento de la globalización, 1565-1815, Peter Gordon, Juan José Morales (Siruela, June 2022)
La plata y el Pacífico: China, Hispanoamérica y el nacimiento de la globalización, 1565-1815, Peter Gordon, Juan José Morales (Siruela, June 2022)

The Spanish translation of The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815—the story of the Manila Galleon—with a new introduction by Elvira Roca Barea: “It explains to us not only what it meant in the past but what it still means today to understand the present and even the future of relations between East and West, and very especially, China’s relationship with Latin America.”

China's Millennial Digital Generation: Conversations with Balinghou (Post-1980s) Indie Filmmakers, Karen Ma (Long River, June 2022)
China’s Millennial Digital Generation: Conversations with Balinghou (Post-1980s) Indie Filmmakers, Karen Ma (Long River, June 2022)

The US-based independent film scholar and movie critic specializing in Chinese cinema, Karen Ma’s most recent work takes the form of creative and inspiring interviews with 7 young Chinese film directors, revealing new trends that are not fully acknowledged in Western scholarship. Many balinghou (born in post-1980s) filmmakers are grassroots artists from smaller towns or in rural China not formally trained at film academies.

Akira Kurosawa and Modern Japan, David A Conrad (McFarland, April 2022)
Akira Kurosawa and Modern Japan, David A Conrad (McFarland, April 2022)

The samurai films of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa are set in the past, but they tell us much about the present, as do his crime stories, romances, medical dramas, and arthouse films. His movies are beloved for their timeless protagonists and haunting vistas of old Japan, but we haven’t yet fully grasped everything they can teach us about modern Japan. Kurosawa’s directorial career began in 1943 and ended in 1993, spanning 50 of Japan’s most transformative years, and his movies evolved as Japan redefined and reinvented itself over that time.

Water Thicker Than Blood: A Memoir of a Post-Internment Childhood, George Uba (Temple University Press, June 2022)
Water Thicker Than Blood: A Memoir of a Post-Internment Childhood, George Uba (Temple University Press, June 2022)

In Water Thicker Than Blood, poet and professor George Uba traces his life as a Japanese American born in the late 1940s, a period of insidious anti-Japanese racism, even following the wartime incarceration of 120,000 Japanese, two-thirds of whom were American-born citizens. His beautiful, impressionistic memoir chronicles how he, like many Sansei (and Nisei) across the United States, grappled with dislocation and trauma, while seeking acceptance and belonging.

The Substance of Fiction: Literary Objects in China, 1550–1775, Sophie Volpp (Columbia University Press, June 2022)
The Substance of Fiction: Literary Objects in China, 1550–1775, Sophie Volpp (Columbia University Press, June 2022)

Do the portrayals of objects in literary texts represent historical evidence about the material culture of the past? Or are things in books more than things in the world? Sophie Volpp considers fictional objects of the late Ming and Qing that defy being read as illustrative of historical things. Instead, she argues, fictional objects are often signs of fictionality themselves, calling attention to the nature of the relationship between literature and materiality.

Ethical Encounters: Transnational Feminism, Human Rights, and War Cinema in Bangladesh, Elora Halim Chowdhury (Temple University Press, June 2022)
Ethical Encounters: Transnational Feminism, Human Rights, and War Cinema in Bangladesh, Elora Halim Chowdhury (Temple University Press, June 2022)

Ethical Encounters is an exploration of the intersection of feminism, human rights, and memory to illuminate how visual practices of recollecting violent legacies in Bangladeshi cinema can conjure a global cinematic imagination for the advancement of humanity.

Beethoven in Beijing: Stories from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Historic Journey to China, Jennifer Lin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (foreword) (Temple University Press, May 2022)
Beethoven in Beijing: Stories from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Historic Journey to China, Jennifer Lin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (foreword) (Temple University Press, May 2022)

In 1973, Western music was banned in the People’s Republic of China. But in a remarkable breakthrough cultural exchange, the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted a tour of closed-off China, becoming the first American orchestra to visit the communist nation. Jennifer Lin’s Beethoven in Beijing: Stories from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Historic Journey to China, provides a fabulous photo-rich oral history of this boundary-breaking series of concerts the orchestra performed under famed conductor Eugene Ormandy.