Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon: Refractions across the Transpacific, Clara Iwasaki (Cambria, December 2020)
Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon: Refractions across the Transpacific, Clara Iwasaki (Cambria, December 2020)

The texts that are examined in this study move in and out of different languages or are multilingual in their origins. Texts and authors do not move randomly; rather, they follow routes shaped by the history of contact between different nations of the transpacific.

Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea: Between Genealogical Time and the Domestic Everyday, Ksenia Chizhova (Columbia University Press, January 2021)
Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea: Between Genealogical Time and the Domestic Everyday, Ksenia Chizhova (Columbia University Press, January 2021)

The lineage novel flourished in Korea from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. These vast works unfold genealogically, tracing the lives of several generations. New storylines, often written by different authors, follow the lives of the descendants of the original protagonists, offering encyclopedic accounts of domestic life cycles and relationships. Elite women transcribed these texts—which span tens and even hundreds of volumes—in exquisite vernacular calligraphy and transmitted them through generations in their families.

In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty, Muḥammad Ṣadiq Kashghari, David Brophy (trans), Columbia University Press (January 2021)
In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty, Muḥammad Ṣadiq Kashghari, David Brophy (trans), Columbia University Press (January 2021)

In the first half of the 18th century, rival dynasties of Naqshbandi Sufi shaykhs vied for influence in the Tarim Basin, part of present-day Xinjiang. In the 1750s, the collapse of the Junghar Mongol state gave one branch of this family an opportunity to assert their independence in the oasis cities of Kashgar and Yarkand. Others sided with the armies of the Qing dynasty, which were massing on the frontiers to invade. The ensuing conflict saw the region incorporated into the expanding Qing imperium.

Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration, Shirley Ann Higuchi (University of Wisconsin Press, October 2020)
Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration, Shirley Ann Higuchi (University of Wisconsin Press, October 2020)

As children, Shirley Ann Higuchi and her brothers knew Heart Mountain only as the place their parents met, imagining it as a great Stardust Ballroom in rural Wyoming. As they grew older, they would come to recognize the name as a source of great sadness and shame for their older family members, part of the generation of Japanese Americans forced into the hastily built concentration camp in the aftermath of Executive Order 9066.

My Heart Sutra: A World in 260 Characters, Frederik L Schodt (Stone Bridge Press, December 2020)
My Heart Sutra: A World in 260 Characters, Frederik L Schodt (Stone Bridge Press, December 2020)

The Heart Sutra, beloved by millions in East Asia for over 1,400 years, is used as solace, protection, and a gateway to another mode of thinking. Schodt realized that it could also be his entry into a world of faith.