Stone Masters: Power Encounters in Mainland Southeast Asia, Holly High (ed.) (NUS Press, May 2022)
Stone Masters: Power Encounters in Mainland Southeast Asia, Holly High (ed.) (NUS Press, May 2022)

Stones and those who speak for and to them are an important focus of animist religious practice in Southeast Asia, sometimes integrated into world religions, and sometimes not. This book features city pillars, statues, megaliths, termite mounds, mountains, rocks found in forests, and stones that have been moved to shrines, as well as the territorial cults which can form around them.

The Musha Incident: A Reader on the Indigenous Uprising in Colonial Taiwan, Michael Berry (Columbia University Press, May 2022)
The Musha Incident: A Reader on the Indigenous Uprising in Colonial Taiwan, Michael Berry (Columbia University Press, May 2022)

On October 27, 1930, members of six Taiwanese indigenous groups ambushed the Japanese attendees of an athletic competition at the Musha Elementary School, killing 134. The uprising came as a shock to Japanese colonial authorities, whose response was swift and brutal. Heavy artillery and battalions of troops assaulted the region, spraying a wide area with banned poison gas. The Seediq from Mhebu, who led the uprising, were brought to the brink of genocide.

Science and Religion in India: Beyond Disenchantment, Renny Thomas (Routledge, December 2021)
Science and Religion in India: Beyond Disenchantment, Renny Thomas (Routledge, December 2021)

This book provides an in-depth ethnographic study of science and religion in the context of South Asia, giving voice to Indian scientists and shedding valuable light on their engagement with religion. Drawing on biographical, autobiographical, historical, and ethnographic material, the volume focuses on scientists’ religious life and practices, and the variety of ways in which they express them.

The Culture of Language in Ming China:  Sound, Script, and the Redefinition of Boundaries of Knowledge, Nathan Vedal (Columbia University Press, April 2022)
The Culture of Language in Ming China: Sound, Script, and the Redefinition of Boundaries of Knowledge, Nathan Vedal (Columbia University Press, April 2022)

The scholarly culture of Ming dynasty China (1368-1644) is often seen as prioritizing philosophy over concrete textual study. Nathan Vedal uncovers the preoccupation among Ming thinkers with specialized linguistic learning, a field typically associated with the intellectual revolution of the eighteenth century. He explores the collaboration of Confucian classicists and Buddhist monks, opera librettists and cosmological theorists, who joined forces in the pursuit of a universal theory of language.

Listening to Clay Conversations with Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Artists, Alice North, Halsey North, Louise Allison Cort (Monacelli, June 2022)
Listening to Clay: Conversations with Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Artists, Alice North, Halsey North, Louise Allison Cort (Monacelli, June 2022)

The first book to tell the stories of the most revered living Japanese ceramists of the century in their own words, tracing the evolution of modern and contemporary craft and art in Japan, and the artists’ considerable influence, which far transcends national borders.

The Paper Republic Guide to  Contemporary Chinese Literature (Paper Republic, March 2022)
The Paper Republic Guide to Contemporary Chinese Literature (Paper Republic, March 2022)

Paper Republic’s definitive guide to contemporary Chinese literature in translation features detailed biographical entries covering almost 100 of the most important writers working in the Chinese language today, from Anni Baby to Zhang Yueran, by way of Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan.

Behind the Kaiju Curtain: A Journey Onto Japan’s Biggest Film Sets, Norman England (Awai Books, November 2021)
Behind the Kaiju Curtain: A Journey Onto Japan’s Biggest Film Sets, Norman England (Awai Books, November 2021)

This is the first and only book in English to take you on a deep dive into the Japanese film industry. You will join well-known directors, cast, and staff for tales of backroom set dealings. The author’s own unlikely story starts with joining the Japanese crew on a George Romero-directed TV commercial shot in Los Angeles. Afterward, in Tokyo, Norman England learns to navigate the sets of giant monster icons Gamera and Godzilla. The book concludes with the premiere of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. This diary from the front lines is essential reading for Japanese cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers everywhere.