States of Disconnect: The China-India Literary Relation in the Twentieth Century, Adhira Mangalagiri (Columbia University Press, January 2023)
States of Disconnect: The China-India Literary Relation in the Twentieth Century, Adhira Mangalagiri (Columbia University Press, January 2023)

In an interconnected world, literature moves through transnational networks, crosses borders, and bridges diverse cultures. In these ways, literature can bring people closer together. Today, as hopes for globalization wane and exclusionary nationalism is on the march, can literature still offer new ways of relating with others? Comparative literature has long been under the spell of circulation, contact, connectivity, and mobility—what if it instead sought out their antitheses?

Everyday Modernism: Architecture and Society in Singapore, Jiat-Hwee Chang, Justin Zhuang, Darren Soh (photos) (NUS Press, November 2022)
Everyday Modernism: Architecture and Society in Singapore, Jiat-Hwee Chang, Justin Zhuang, Darren Soh (photos) (NUS Press, November 2022)

Everyday Modernism is the first comprehensive documentation of Singapore’s modern built environment. Through a lens of social and architectural histories, the book uncovers the many untold stories of the Southeast Asian city-state’s modernization, from the rise of heroic skyscrapers to the spread of utilitarian typologies like the multi-storey car park. It investigates how modernism, through both form and function, radically transformed Singapore and made its inhabitants into modern citizens.

No Quiet Water, Shirley Miller Kamada (Black Rose Writing, January 2023)
No Quiet Water, Shirley Miller Kamada (Black Rose Writing, January 2023)

No Quiet Water follows 10-year-old Fumio and his family as they are forced to leave their home, farm, and their dog Flyer, while they are escorted into an internment camp. Within the harsh conditions of the camps, Fumio learns what it means to endure while discovering a new world of possibility and belonging. When waiting becomes unbearable, Flyer sets out on his own, seeking to rejoin his family.

Have You Eaten Yet: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World, Cheuk Kwan (Pegasus, January 2023)
Have You Eaten Yet: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World, Cheuk Kwan (Pegasus, January 2023)

An eye-opening and soul-nourishing journey through Chinese food around the world. From Cape Town, South Africa, to small-town Saskatchewan, family-run Chinese restaurants are global icons of immigration, community and delicious food. The cultural outposts of far-flung settlers, bringers of dim sum, Peking duck and creative culinary hybrids, Chinese restaurants are a microcosm of greater social forces. They are an insight into time, history, and place.

Material Contradictions in Mao's China, Jennifer Altehenger (ed), Denise Y Ho (ed), (University of Washington Press, December 2022)
Material Contradictions in Mao’s China, Jennifer Altehenger (ed), Denise Y Ho (ed), (University of Washington Press, December 2022)

The growth of markets and consumerism in China’s post-Mao era of political and economic reform is a story familiar to many. By contrast, the Mao period (1949-1976)—rightly framed as a time of scarcity—initially appears to have had little material culture to speak of. Yet people attributed great meaning to materials and objects often precisely because they were rare and difficult to obtain.

Wild Grass and Morning Blossoms Gathered at Dusk, Lu Xun. Eileen J Cheng (trans), Theodore Huters (ed) (Harvard University Press, September 2022)
Wild Grass and Morning Blossoms Gathered at Dusk, Lu Xun, Eileen J Cheng (trans), Theodore Huters (ed) (Harvard University Press, September 2022)

This captivating translation assembles two volumes by Lu Xun, the founder of modern Chinese literature and one of East Asia’s most important thinkers at the turn of the 20th century. Wild Grass and Morning Blossoms Gathered at Dusk represent a pinnacle of achievement alongside Lu Xun’s famed short stories.

Ugandan Agency within China-Africa Relations: President Museveni and China's Foreign Policy in East Africa, Barney Walsh (Bloomsbury Academic, October 2022)
Ugandan Agency within China-Africa Relations: President Museveni and China’s Foreign Policy in East Africa, Barney Walsh (Bloomsbury Academic, October 2022)

In this book, Barney Walsh presents an in-depth study of China’s involvement in East Africa through specific focus on President Museveni of Uganda who has been uniquely influential in utilising China’s presence to shape regional security dynamics in his favour.