Collection : Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

The Weatherhead East Asia Institute is Columbia University's center for research, publication, and teaching on modern and contemporary East Asia regions. The Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute were inaugurated in 1962 to bring to a wider public the results of significant new research in the field.

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The Battle for Fortune
State-Led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China
Charlene Makley
In a deeply ethnographic appraisal, based on years of in situ research, The Battle for Fortune looks at the rising stakes of Tibetans’ encounters with Chinese state-led development projects in the early 2000s. The book builds upon anthropology’s qualitative approach to personhood, power and space to rethink the premises and consequences of...



Resurrecting Nagasaki
Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives
Chad R. Diehl
In Resurrecting Nagasaki, Chad R. Diehl examines the reconstruction of Nagasaki City after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945. Diehl illuminates the genesis of narratives surrounding the bombing by following the people and groups who contributed to the city's rise from the ashes and shaped its postwar image in Japan and the world. Municipal...



Promiscuous Media
Film and Visual Culture in Imperial Japan, 1926-1945
Hikari Hori
In Promiscuous Media, Hikari Hori makes a compelling case that the visual culture of Showa-era Japan articulated urgent issues of modernity rather than serving as a simple expression of nationalism. Hori makes clear that the Japanese cinema of the time was in fact almost wholly built on a foundation of Russian and British film theory as well as...



Samurai to Soldier
Remaking Military Service in Nineteenth-Century Japan
D. Colin Jaundrill
In Samurai to Soldier, D. Colin Jaundrill traces the radical changes to Japanese military institutions, as well as the consequences of military reforms in his accounts of the Boshin War (1868–1869) and the Satsuma Rebellions of 1877. He shows how pre-1868 developments laid the foundations for the army that would secure Japan's Asian empire.



Accidental Activists
Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea
Celeste L. Arrington
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to understand why not.



The Fascist Effect
Japan and Italy, 1915–1952
Reto Hofmann
Reto Hofmann uncovers the ideological links between the fascist governments and cultures of Japan and Italy, shedding light on the formation of fascism's global history.



Casualties of History
Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War
Lee K. Pennington
In Casualties of History, Lee K. Pennington relates for the first time in English the experiences of Japanese wounded soldiers and disabled veterans of Japan's "long" Second World War (from 1937 to 1945).



Taming Tibet
Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development
Emily T. Yeh
Yeh examines how Chinese development projects in Tibet served to consolidate state space and power.



Tyranny of the Weak
North Korea and the World, 1950–1992
Charles K. Armstrong
From the Korean War to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, this book shows how, despite its objective weakness, North Korea has managed for much of its history to deal with the outside world to maximum advantage.



Imperial Eclipse
Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945
Yukiko Koshiro
Yukiko Koshiro reassesses the role that Eurasia played in Japan's diplomatic and military thinking from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of the war.



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