Cambria Press Publication Excerpt by the Association of Asian Studies (AAS)

Read the #AsiaNow piece from the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS) about Professor Charlotte Furth’s new book Opening to China, which Ian Johnson, Beijing correspondent for The New York Times, and author of “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao,” praises because

“Charlotte Furth’s memoir provides a window into a China that few of us can remember or even believe possible: a country that was not the economic and political powerhouse of today, but a hesitant, slightly paranoid society emerging from decades of being closed-off to the outside world. As one of the rare witnesses to this crucial transition, Professor Furth takes us into the life of China’s most important university, showing the struggle to accept her group of visiting scholars–a microcosm for the debate in China at the time over whether the country really should open up. Written honestly and candidly, this memoir will be of interest to scholars of US-China engagement but also to general readers eager to see how much China has changed over the past decades.”

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Cambria Press author Charlotte Furth (AAS 2017 speech)

Cambria Press author Charlotte Furth (University of Southern California) spoke about her new book Opening to China: A Memoir of Normalization, 1981–1982 at the Cambria Press  reception.

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at the Cambria Press reception

Cambria Press author Charlotte Furth publication Opening to China

Below is a transcript of Professor Charlotte Furth’s speech:

“Many of you here may not even remember what it was like to study China during the Cold War, when we could not go there.  But I began my teaching career in the mid-1960s, at its height.  PRC was hidden behind the Bamboo Curtain.  Taiwan and Hong Kong didn’t really count… You then can imagine  how we responded to Nixon’s visit to China in 1972.  Thrilled!  The decade that followed was one of  very tentative rapprochement and  limited travel, via delegations approved by PRC authorities.  Think  “socialist tourism”  two week guided tours, itineraries chosen by our hosts. .   Nonetheless, we all schemed to get a place on a delegation—and then we wondered what on earth we had seen (1970s were  the height of the cultural revolution as it turned out).

Then in 1979  President Carter negotiated full diplomatic relations.  Among the changes: a full  American diplomatic mission in Beijing, some Western journalists could be posted there, a few big banks set up shop, and the Fulbright program  of  international exchange of scholars and  teachers, suspended since 1950, was resumed.

And I wangled a year in Beijing as a Fulbright teacher.  Why and how the Chinese authorities choose a historian of China to teach young Chinese scholars about America is a curious story. The details are in the memoir, but it is one of many that show how uncertain PCR leaders were  about the new relationship between  us Americans and the Chinese—and also about the future direction of their own country.  My students weren’t ordinary university students: they were mostly young and a few middle-aged scholars— products of education in Mao’s China.  All one way or another had assignments to teach college-level English.  They came to Beijing from all over the nation.  Of course they were woefully unprepared: torn between curiosity about the outside world and anxiety about their own futures.  But their lives were an amazing window into the revolutions history.

So the memoir is the story of our mutual encounter.  I’d left my husband and daughter to embark on this adventure alone—and I wrote in detail about daily life in letters home—so  much detail that my husband complained that I didn’t seem to miss him. It was true…I knew the letters would be a record of an unusual experience..and I also knew when I came home in 1982 that I wasn’t ready to write about it all.  Thirty five years later, you have it. I am glad I  lived long enough to do this!”

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Based on Professor Furth’s detailed notes and letters home at the time, this book evokes the unique atmosphere of expectation and frustration that characterized the first years of normalization. This book is a valuable account for specialists on Sino-American relations and on the formative years of the generation of Chinese who lead the People’s Republic of China today. It is also a fascinating read for anyone who wants to explore the pleasures and perils of Chinese and American struggles to understand one another.

Title: Opening to China: A Memoir of Normalization, 1981–1982
Author: Charlotte Furth
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979848
158 pp.  |   2017   |   Paper & E-book
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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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Cambria Press New Book from the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania)!

NEW from the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania)!

“This book represents the future of Asian studies. A thoroughly transcultural perspective that characterizes the volume sheds new lights on issues that have been studied only within the framework of East Asian modern nation states. At the same time, it demonstrates how immediately relevant the same issues are to the studies of other areas of Asia and beyond. A must for anyone who aims at introducing innovations into area studies across diverse academic disciplines.” — Ryuichi Abe, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Harvard University

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NEW! China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings and Inter-Regional Connections (Dorothy C. Wong and Gustav Heldt )

This comprehensive tome consists of 21 chapters  and examines China’s contacts with neighboring cultures in Central, South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia, as well as contacts among those cultures from the beginning of the Common Era to the tenth century and beyond. The format is oversized with 444 pages and includes 157 images, many of which are in color. It is beautifully presented.

The contributors are noted experts from a breadth of disciplines, making this a unique interdisciplinary book and a valuable resource for students, scholars, and researchers, especially those engaged in comparative approaches to the history and culture of Medieaval Eurasia at large.

Order China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period today and recommend it to your colleagues and librarians!

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AAS 2014 Conference was the best ever for Cambria Press!


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The Cambria Press booth at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) 2014 annual conference

With many thanks to the outstanding staff  of the Association of Asian Studies (especially Robyn Jones and Shilpa Karecha), the AAS 2014 annual conference in Philadelphia was the best ever for Cambria Press!

Having a prime location in the front of the AAS exhibit hall made the Cambria Press booth a popular destination. All Chinese Literature Today (CLT) issues and Cambria bags were snapped up by the second day.

The Cambria booth was not the only thing that was hard to miss; many people had the nicest comments about the Cambria Press’s outside back cover on the AAS  program, as well as the Asian studies catalog (which were taken very quickly along with the booklist).

The Cambria book launch session was a busy and very successful one which took place in a full room. It worked very well for authors to present their books and talk about their research to scholars across the disciplines in Asian studies. Videos will be posted soon, so stay tuned for updates!

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AAS 2014 Book Highlight! The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka

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“Advances the understanding and provides much new data about this genre of literature and its impact on Chinese religion and culture.”     – Lewis Lancaster, University of California, Berkeley

Praise for The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography:

“Highly recommended for scholars and students studying Buddhism, history of the Chinese book, and comparative religion.” – Jiang Wu, University of Arizona

“This highly accessible book is not only helpful to the nonspecialists in Buddhism but also to Buddhist scholars who are interested in how and why differing versions of the Buddhist canon came into existence.” – Rita M. Gross, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

An excerpt from The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography:
Buddhist catalogs in China developed under the influence of a rich tradition of cataloging the Confucian classics and Chinese national literature, a tradition that started long before Buddhist scriptures were first translated into Chinese. Beginning with the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE), book cataloging came to be viewed as a highly respectable field of knowledge and a task worthy of the most distinguished historians. Particularly, under the influence of two historians, Liu Xiang (79–8 BCE) and Ban Gu (32–92 CE), knowledge about books both lost and preserved, dynasties under whose rule books were written, and the lives of their authors became indispensable information—knowledge believed to have contributed to the advancement of civilization itself. … During the second half of the fourth century, when Buddhist scholars in China began seriously examining the authenticity of their scriptural canon, they did not simply address the problems of its translation; they aimed to elevate its sociocultural status to the heights that the Confucian classics had enjoyed for centuries before the first Chinese translations of Buddhist teachings were produced.

This book has been published just in time for the AAS and 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.

MEET THE AUTHOR! Dr. Storch will be speaking at the AAS book launch session (room 407) on Friday (March 28) at 7:30 p.m.

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

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AHA 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. – Great meeting authors, even better letting them know about glowing book reviews!

Cambria Press academic publisher Eli Alberts History Daoism Yao China AHA

Cambria Press author Eli Alberts

Cambria Press started off 2014 on an incredibly positive note at the 2014 American Historical Association (#AHA2014) annual meeting. One of the biggest highlights at conferences is meeting our authors, and it is even better when we get to speak them in person about the glowing journal reviews their books have earned!

Eli Alberts’s book, A History of Daoism and the Yao People of South China, has been praised by Asian Anthropology for being ” truly delightful … the first book that combines Chinese, Japanese and Western perspectives on the study of Yao identity and religion … an excellent example of the study of ethnic relations.” Asian Ethnology also commends that book for being “a pioneering book.”

This book will be on display again at the 2014 Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference in Philadelphia, but you don’t have to wait–read it online now!

Cambria Press is offering a 40% discount on all hardcover titles for the AHA. Please use coupon code AHA2014; the offer is valid until Feb 14, 2014. Librarians can use this code too, so please pass this on to them! Download the Cambria Press history catalog and booklist.

Check out our e-book rentals too: Cambria monographs have excellent chapter readings for undergraduate and graduate classes–avoid the hassle of textbook orders and simply assign a book chapter (or more) to students for the week’s reading for only $8.99!

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