Cambria Press Publication Review: Opening to China

Congratulations to Professor Charlotte Furth on the outstanding review of her book, Opening to China: A Memoir of Normalization, 1981–1982, by China Review International.

Modern Chinese History

The review notes that

For those who saw China at this time, this book is a touching reminder of the tentativeness of the whole affair – how Americans and Chinese alike were desperate to meet and get to know each other – and how difficult that was in reality – as cultural gaps and political realities loomed in the background of every encounter.

It further adds that:

Opening to China tells us also about the life of one of our most important China scholars, and through that life we see the growth and maturation of the field of modern Chinese history in the twentieth century. … this book about her time there informs us about the fraught nature of public diplomacy. …those interested in this key period of relations between the United States and China will find in this book a detailed and evocative picture of the personal side of public diplomacy. At the same time, it is a jolly good read.

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Cambria Press Publication Review: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World

Congratulations to Professor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) on the outstanding review of her book African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World by H-Net Reviews. The book review states:

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Examining systems of oppression, representation, and acculturation, this book offers alternative ways of understanding and privileging African legacies in Brazil. Essentially, this interdisciplinary text challenges systems of racism and calls for the preservation,
presentation, and proliferation of African legacies in Brazil. … this book examines the systematic suppression of black and African-centered arts, bodies, religious practices, cultural norms, and sociopolitical traditions in Brazil. Chartering new perspectives, scholars uncover archival mysteries, museum practices, hidden histories, and places of historic trauma. This collection also reveals communal legacies of resistance and empowerment in the lives and practices of all Brazilian people. Read the rest of the review.

Title: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World
Authors: Ana Lucia Araujo
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604978926
428 pp.  |   2015   |   Hardback & E-book
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#BookReview of CONTEMPORARY #CHICANA LITERATURE by journal Contemporary Women’s Writing

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“The strengths of Herrera’s work are undeniable.” – Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford)

Cambria Press is pleased to announce that Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script has been reviewed in the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (published by Oxford University Press), and we congratulate Dr. Cristina Herrera on the outstanding book review.

The review states that “The strengths of Herrera’s work are undeniable. She offers insightful and nuanced interpretations of selected canonical Chicana writers […] focused on the interlocking structure of discriminatory discourses of classism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Indeed, her discussion of queer Chicana motherhood and patriarchal heterosexism […] offers a very productive model for critically embedding queer representations of sexual and gender formation in the context of allied ‘straight’ texts. […] Herrera questions in important ways the matrix of discursive oppression that has historically shaped Chicana identities, while illuminating the potential for empowerment in creative rewritings of this script.”

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The works which Dr. Herrera discusses are (along with brief descriptions) include:

  • Denise Chavez’s Face of Angel (1994): Described by Publishers Weekly as “an updated Pilgrim’s Progress with a Chicana feminist twist” where “there is never a dull moment in this rich polyphonic novel.”
  • Ana Castillo’s The Guardians (2007): the book section of praises this “fifth novel [by] the award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist, [which] continues to mine history and make metaphors, fixing her critical eye on the treacherous divide between Mexico and the United States and the psychological and physical fallout of the illegal movement of humans, drugs, and money between Mexico and the so-called Land of Gold just beyond its northern border.
  • Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo (2002): The Guardian describes this book as “a densely worked generational saga structured as a triptych linked by the voice of Celaya” that portrays “traditional Mexican femininity, in which girls are invisible until they become women, marry and procreate, whereupon they return to invisibility. In addition to the showing difficulties for Mexican women in contemporary America, it also “finds an echo in the simultaneous frustrations of being immigrants, working class, the wrong color and poor.”
  • Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings (2003): The description from states that this is about a Chicano working-class family living in California during the 1960s in which the protagonist her family and God in order to find her identity, sexuality and freedom.
  • Melinda Palacio’s Ocotillo Dreams (2011): From’ s description : “Set in Chandler, Arizona, during the city’s infamous 1997 migrant sweeps, this riveting tale brings to life the social issues that arise from border policy and economic inequity.” Publishers Weekly states that this book “reveals a vibrantly painted desert culture of fragile beauty and uncompromising harshness.”

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AAS 2014 Conference: Sanchita Saxena’s Speech on Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka!

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Cambria Press author Sanchita Saxena discusses her research on the labor behind the global textiles and garments industries.

#AAS2014 Book Launch – Watch Dr. Sanchita Saxena (UC Berkeley) speak about her book, Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries

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Check out the 2014 Cambria Press Asian studies catalog and download the booklist for your librarian.

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Excellent Cambria Press Book Review! Journal of American-East Asian Relations finds “much to commend” in Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad!

Cambria Press congratulates Professor Nobuko Adachi on the excellent book review of Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad: Negotiating Identities in a Global World by the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.

The review states that there ismuch to commend. In addition to its contribution to the literature on immigration and transnationalism, its highly accessible style and detailed bibliography make it an ideal introduction to the subject, for both undergraduates and the generally interested layperson.”

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This book can be seen at the Cambria Press booth at the next Asian Studies Association (AAS) conference in San Diego in March and at the Cambria Press booth at the next International Studies Association (ISA) convention in San Francisco in April.

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title. Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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