Cambria Press author Wendy Larson (AAS 2017 speech)

Cambria Press author Wendy Larson (University of Oregon) spoke about her new book Zhang Yimou: Globalization and the Subject of Culture at the Cambria Press reception. This book is in the Cambria Press Sinophone World Series headed by Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania) and the Cambria Press Contemporary Global Performing Arts Series headed by Professor John Clum (Duke University).

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Cambria Press author Wendy Larson publication Zhang Yimou

Below is a transcript of Professor Wendy Larson’s speech:

“I have been working on this book for ten years. When I first thinking about writing on Zhang Yimou, it was because of the film Hero. As you probably know, the film was extremely controversial. It came out and was widely criticized as being an apology for an authoritarian government as well as many other bad things. As I watched the film, I felt that it was more complicated than that, and I thought that wasn’t quite fair. So that got me into thinking about Zhang Yimou. I had done a little writing on him in the past. So I wrote an article about Hero with a different kind of argument and got a bit of a reaction–Nick Kaldis wrote a response–and I wrote a counter-response. But my idea at the time was to look at the way in which literature and film theorized the position of culture in China–not Chinese culture; that is not to say Chinese culture versus Western culture, or something like that, but rather how culture is structurally working at a time of transformation and crisis in China when there is a lot of pressures from globalization, from consumerism and capitalism, and there’s just rapid change in the information society going on. So, originally, at first I thought I would put Zhang Yimou in there as one person that I will look at. And then I thought I was so tired from doing the book before that, where I looked at so many filmmakers and authors. So I thought maybe I’ll just focus on one, and that will make it easier. [Hahaha] So I did focus on one, but it didn’t make it easier. The choice wasn’t that easy, but I looked at Zhang Yimou’s films and I felt that about half of them, maybe three-quarters of them, could work within my argument. So what I did really is not an auteur-type of study; it is not a study of Zhang Yimou that is going to give you his whole history, his biographical information, his every single film–it is not a survey. It’s really an argument about the way that the films are in themselves a kind of investigation into the way culture is working in China.

There are two questions I often get, so I’ll answer them now. Number 1: Have you met Zhang Yimou? The answer is no. I have not met Zhang Yimou, and that’s on purpose because I feel compromised when I personally know the subjects of my study and I think it is an unconscious thing that I slightly back away from perhaps some of the things I want to say. And that may just be me; it’s not every single person that falls into that kind of trap.

And the second question is: Do you like all of Zhang Yimou’s films? The answer is no. But I like enough of his films, which I think are interesting and I think sometimes they have gotten a bad rap. I’ve had many arguments about this, and that has of course brought out the contrarian in me, and I’m happy to argue about what the films are doing.

So, finally, I just want to say that I am really to be pleased to be able to publish with an independent academic press, and I want to thank Toni Tan and Victor Mair and everyone else who has worked who has worked on this. A lot of people worked very hard on this. I’m very impressed with the speed and quality of the work, and I’m really happy to have published with Cambria Press. Thank you.”

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Zhang Yimou has the reputation for being one of the most famous filmmakers of China, as well as one of the most controversial. Despite his stature among Chinese film directors, Zhang Yimou has not yet been the subject of a book-length treatment in English. Film professors who teach his films only have access to a relatively small corpus of articles and book chapters published over some twenty-five years. This book is the first attempt to remedy that situation by laying out not simply a biographical or empirical study, but a polemical argument that counters some of the critical trends in the interpretation of Zhang’s films. In this first critical study of films by Zhang Yimou in English, Wendy Larson plumbs the larger field of debate to suggest thought-provoking ways of thinking about the films and their relationship to Chinese culture. This is an important book for film scholars and for scholars of Chinese culture and history.

Title: Zhang Yimou: Globalization and the Subject of Culture
Author: Wendy Larson
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979756
440 pp.  |   2017   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979756.cfm

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Victor H. Mair, general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, is the 2014 RMMLA Keynote Speaker

Victor Mair

Victor H. Mair, the famous Sinologist at the University of Pennsylvania and general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, is the 2014 RMMLA keynote speaker. Unquestionably one of the greatest scholars in Asian studies, Victor H. Mair could earn this widely recognized status based on his scholarly accomplishments in the last decade alone. His vast number of scholarly works, which cover such dazzling breadths and depths (from Sinology to the Tarim mummies), are influential and renowned. His RMMLA keynote which will address the impact of information technology on the study of language and literature is not to be missed.

Be sure to get the flier with the special 30% RMMLA  and visit the Cambria book exhibit to browse the Cambria titles, including Victor Mair’s award-winning book, Sacred Display, and the special compilation of his earlier works, China and Beyond.

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Modern Poetry in China – RMMLA 2014 Book Highlight

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Cambria Press Highlight: Modern Poetry in China by Paul Manfredi

Modern Poetry in China by Paul Manfredi will be on display in the 2014 RMMLA book exhibit this week.  Dr. Manfredi (professor of Chinese studies at Pacific Lutheran University) will be chairing the RMMLA session on Chinese poetry this Friday.

Watch Dr. Manfredi’s discussion of his book and check out his China Avant Garde blog.

This book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Victor H. Mair, who will be the keynote speaker for the RMMLA.

Director Toni Tan will also be a speaker at the 2014 RMMLA special publishing seminar, “From Proposal to Publication.”

Be sure to get the  flier with the special 30% RMMLA discount on all titles.

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AAS 2014 Book Highlight: Modern Poetry in China by Paul Manfredi

Cambria Press academic publisher Modern poetry China Paul Manfredi

“[B]y actually looking at the poetry one arrives at an alternative poetics, one that is not so rigidly structured by dichotomies of ancient/modern, word/image, not to mention China/West. Bringing
this alternative poetics into view requires looking not only at different media but also across media, bridging the gap that is created in the modern historical configurations of artistic expression. In some cases such a bridge is presented in the media of a single figure. By and large, though, the modern’s engagement with one medium or the other tends to be situated differently, which is to say that many who engage in innovative poetics occupy different cultural space with regard to their visual work. This is why recent trends in Chinese poetry and art circles are so notable, because they represent a confluence of aesthetic engagement in the contemporary world, one China has rarely seen for the past century or so.”  – Paul Manfredi, Modern Poetry in China: A Visual-Verbal Dynamic

This book will be on display at Cambria Press booth #302 (right in front of the exhibit hall entrance)

at the 2014 Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference in Philadelphia,
but you don’t have to wait–read more now through the Cambria Free Preview.

*This book is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series (general editor: Victor H. Mair).
MEET THE SERIES EDITOR! Dr. Victor Mair will be speaking at the AAS book launch session (room 407) on Friday (March 28) at 7:30 p.m. and introducing this book.

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

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Cambria Press Series Editor Victor Mair & Editorial Board Member David Wang – Speakers at Prague Symposium on Chinese Culture

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Victor Mair and David Der-wei Wang – “Uncertain Boundaries, Fluid Concepts, Changing Imagination,” the symposium dedicated to current issues in the study of Chinese culture

Cambria Press author and series editor Victor Mair and editorial board member David Der-wei Wang (Cambria Sinophone World Series) were in Prague as speakers for “Uncertain Boundaries, Fluid Concepts, Changing Imagination,” the symposium dedicated to current issues in the study of Chinese culture. This symposium was organized by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation International Sinological Center at Charles University and the Inter-University Center for Sinology, Harvard University.

David Der-wei Wang chaired and led many of the discussions, while Victor Mair’s gave a keynote address “Sinology, Chinese Studies, Orientalism, and Beyond: The Role of Language Technologies,” which was on how the study of Chinese history and culture have changed dramatically during the past century and more, from philologically oriented textual explications to regional studies investigations.  With the advent of the widescale application of computer analyses to the humanities and social sciences, a new age of research has begun, one that is based heavily on empirical evidence and quantifiable data.  The challenge now is to determine how to avoid falling into the trap of pure descriptivism, while yet striving for precision and accuracy.  Much depends upon the sophistication with which programs are designed and the successful development of creative interpretational strategies.

*Don’t miss this Thursday’s Sinophone roundtable session with Victor Mair!

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ISA 2013 Book Highlights: Rave Reviews for Cambria Press Titles!

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Cambria Press ISA 2013 San Francisco

The following titles by Cambria Press in international studies are being highlighted for the 2013 International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference in San Francisco (click on links for more details):

The Political and Economic Sustainability of Health Care in Canada: Private-Sector Involvement in the Federal Provincial Health Care System by Howard A. Palley, Marie-Pascale Pomey, and Owen B. Adams (“A rare contribution—a most welcome addition to scholarly works in this field.” – Publius: The Journal of Federalism)

Forgotten Partnership Redux: Canada-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century by Greg Anderson and Christopher Sands (“Certainly as useful as its predecessor … fitting tribute to Charles Doran.” – British Journal of Canadian Studies)

North Korea Demystified by Han S. Park with Regan Damron and Jonathan Polk (“This volume does indeed deliver according to its title … I strongly recommend this book!” – Johan Galtung, Alternative Nobel Prize Winner and founder of TRANSCEND International)

Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline by Peter Matanle and Anthony Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group (“A very important book … very substantial and a must read” – Asian Anthropologist)

Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad: Negotiating Identities in a Global World by Nobuko Adachi (“Much to commend.” – The Journal of American-East Asian Relations)

Africans in China: A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications on Africa-China Relations by Adams Bodomo (“Essential reading for scholars’! – The China Quarterly)

Democratization in Confucian East Asia: Citizen Politics in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam by Zhengxu Wang (“Clearly presented and succinctly argued.”– East Asia)

Islam and Democratization in Asia by Shiping Hua (“Suitable and useful for scholars, political commentators, students, and teachers of the field alike.” – Islam and Muslim Societies)

On China By India: From Civilization to Nation-State by Chih-yu Shih, Swaran Singh, and Reena Marwah (“Our understanding of China is greatly enriched by new insights that this broader vision yields.” – Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University)

Doing Archival Research in Political Science by Scott Frisch, Douglas Harris, Sean Q Kelly, and David C. W. Parker (“Excellent, timely, and cogently written.” – Dr. Raymond Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; former historian, U. S. House of Representatives; and past president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress)

SPECIAL ISA PROMOTIONS–30% off for libraries until April 30 + $40 only for ANY title  for booth sales!

1) A 30% discount is being provided for ISA members and their institutions until April 30, 2013. Use web coupon code NobelGXJ. Libraries can use this too. You can also pick up a book list and order form at the Cambria Press booth (#214). An online version of the booklist will be available at www.cambriapress.com

2) A booth sale special—$40 on ANY title for purchases made at the Cambria Press booth (#214) in the ISA exhibit hall! See Cambria Press coupon on ISA website!

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AAS 2013 Book Highlights: Outstanding Reviews for Cambria Press Titles!

Africans in China, North Korea, Ban Gu, and the shrinking population of Japan are just a few of the fascinating topics covered in the highlighted Cambria Press titles.
Africans in China, North Korea, Ban Gu, and the shrinking population of Japan are just a few of the fascinating topics covered in the highlighted Cambria Press titles.

In addition to the titles in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, the following titles in Asian Studies are being highlighted for the 2013 Asian Studies Association (AAS) annual conference in San Diego (click on links for more details):

Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair (Winner of the the Sarasvati Award for Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology)

Africans in China: A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications on Africa-China Relations by Adams Bodomo (“Essential reading for scholars’! – The China Quarterly)

Power and Politics in Tenth-Century China: The Former Shu Regime by Hongjie Wang (“Admirably straightforward … good place to start thinking about the rest of China during the Five Dynasties period.” – Journal of Asian Studies)

The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters: The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi by Daan Pan (“An extremely rewarding read … far surpasses any previous English-language study of the subject.” – Journal of Asian Studies)

North Korea Demystified by Han S. Park with Regan Damron and Jonathan Polk (“This volume does indeed deliver according to its title … I strongly recommend this book!” – Johan Galtung, Alternative Nobel Prize Winner and founder of TRANSCEND International)

Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline by Peter Matanle and Anthony Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group (“A very important book … very substantial and a must read” – Asian Anthropologist)

Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad: Negotiating Identities in a Global World by Nobuko Adachi (“Much to commend.” – The Journal of American-East Asian Relations)

Democratization in Confucian East Asia: Citizen Politics in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam by Zhengxu Wang (“Clearly presented and succinctly argued.”– East Asia)

Islam and Democratization in Asia by Shiping Hua (“Suitable and useful for scholars, political commentators, students, and teachers of the field alike.” – Islam and Muslim Societies)

Music in Ancient China: An Archaeological and Art Historical Study of Strings, Winds, and Drums during the Eastern Zhou and Han Periods (770 BCE-220 CE) by Ingrid Furniss (Winner of the Nicolas Bessaraboff Prize)

Archaeoastronomy in East Asia: Historical Observational Records of Comets and Meteor Showers from China, Japan, and Korea by David Pankenier, Zhentao Xu, and Yaotiao Jiang (“Spectacular … an important source of data and inspiration.” – Journal for the History of Astronomy)

Ban Gu’s History of Early China by Anthony E. Clark (“The author has paved the way for future studies of Chinese political culture and historiography, and for this we are indebted to him.” – Journal of the American Oriental Society)

Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber by Liu Zaifu (translated by Shu Yunzhong) (“A delightful, fascinating, and enlightening reading.” – China Review International)

On China By India: From Civilization to Nation-State by Chih-yu Shih, Swaran Singh, and Reena Marwah (“Our understanding of China is greatly enriched by new insights that this broader vision yields.” – Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University)

SPECIAL AAS PROMOTION!

1) A 30% discount is being provided for AAS members and their institutions until April 30, 2013. Use web coupon code NobelGXJ. Libraries can use this too. You can also pick up a book list and order form at the Cambria Press booth (#201). An online version of the booklist will be made available soon too.

2) A booth sale special—$40 on ALL titles for purchases made at the Cambria Press booth (#201) in the AAS exhibit hall!

3) A lucky draw will be held for a complimentary copy of Gao Xingjian’s latest book (Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation) signed by Gao Xingjian himself!

To enter this draw, all you need to do is drop off your business card at the Cambria Press booth (#201) at the AAS exhibit hall!

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