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H-ASIA ****************************** From: email@example.com Kegan Paul International Established in 1871, Kegan Paul, has made a distinguished and continuing contribution to publishing on Asia and the Far East. Last year it published Kegan Paul _A Victorian Imprint_ by Professor Leslie Howsam of the Department of History, University of Windsor, Canada (ISBN 0 7103 0605 9). Subtitled, __Publishers, Books and Cultural History_, it is a notable contribution to the scholarly discipline known as the history of the book. It is a detailed study of the establishment and growth of a Victorian publisher, and illustrates the way in which publishers acted as important gatekeepers in their culture by mediating between authors and readers, by selecting those texts that appeared in print, and by creating the physical formats in which they became familiar. The work exemplifies the way in which the history of an imprint can illuminate the cultural history of its time and place. The book was independently researched by Professor Howsan from the Kegan Paul Archive at University College, London and the Kegan Paul Archive on microfilm held at the centre for Library Research. New Publications on Asia Already Published. _Early Chinese Medical Literature_ (ISBN 0 7103 0582 6) by Professor Donald Harper, University of Chicago Discovered in 1973, in the richest cache of ancient manuscripts ever unearthed in China, the seven medical manuscripts from Mawangdui Tomb 3 in Changsha, Hunan Province, are certain to transform the study of early Chinese medicine. The manuscripts we buried in 168 BC along with their owner, a man who belonged to the local elite. To judge from the manuscript corpus, he was a man of education and a patron of physicians, philosophers and other learned specialists. The medical manuscripts reveal for the first time the breadth of medical knowledge in third and early- second century BC China. Some of the texts written on the manuscripts bring to light the antecedents to medical theories contained in the _Huangdi neijing_ (Inner Canon of the Yellow Thearch), the oldest received classic of Chinese medicine (dated to the first century BC). Other texts document hitherto unknown medical theories and practices in early China. The latter category includes recipe manuals for the treatment of ailments and for the routine practice of macrobiotic teachings of legendary practitioners. There is also unprecedented documentation of magic in the medical manuscripts, of the use of incantations, rituals, and charms to treat ailments and to serve other human needs. To be Published in February 2000. _Property Rights and Economic Development in Southeast Asia and Oceania_, (ISBN 0 7103 0641 5) edited by Dr. Toon van Meijl, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies of the University of Nijmegan; and Professor Franz von Benda- Beckmann, the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. This book provides a critical analysis of the widespread assumption that the formalisation and standardisation of property rights through state legislation has a positive impact on economic development. It is based on anthropological case studies of land and natural resources rights in Southeast Asia and Oceania. These suggest that the economic impact of the formalisation of property rights is not necessarily positive, certainly not for all categories of people. They also suggest that state reform of property rights do not necessarily eliminate the conditions of legal pluralism, but rather add new legal structures to an already complex constellation of property rights and duties. Based on this approach, the contributions to this book show how different people and institutions attribute different meanings to the various components of property relationships, and how they use them as resources in their everyday lives and social struggles. To be Published February 2000. _Tibetan Border Worlds_ (ISBN 0 7103 0592 3) by Dr. Wim van Spengen, the Social-Geographical Institute, University of Amsterdam. This interdisciplinary study is the outcome of a journey through lands but dimly known and books long shelved for posterity. In this innovative work, the first geohistorical analysis of a Himalayan community, Wim can Spengen explores both the area under investigation, and the wider subject of the place of regional geography within the larger geographical discipline. He argues for a historicizng regional geography, maintaining that geography has much to gain by a regional point of view in which the historical experience of social groups is thoroughly embedded. In Tibetan Border Worlds, van Spengen combines history , geography and ethnology and interweaves levels of analysis to set a new standard for writing regional geography based both on fieldwork and on an exhaustive survey of the literature, in an approach that is very much informed by Annaliste ideas of structural history, particularly the geohistory of Braudel. The focus of the study is the Tibetan and Tibetanized border population in the little known Himalayan high-valley of Nyishang in West Central Nepal close to the Tibetan border. There, a group of traders have greatly extended their external relations over the past century in the form of long-distance trade ventures, thereby thoroughly changing the internal condition of socio-economic organisation in their home district. The object of the study is to establish whether larger geohistorical processes of structural change may be conceptualised in such a way as to link structuration at the level of the localised social group to the dynamics of the wider regional setting The approach includes the geographical analysis of culture, a sorely neglected theme in modern studies. Among the subjects dealt with are the geopolitics of Tibet, Tibet as a culture region, the monastic imperative, the traditional barter complex, the ecclesiastical state and trade, the decay of traditional valley life, and the Golden Triangle and Indo- China. To be Published March 2000 _A Soup for the Qan_ (ISBN 0 7103 0583 4) by Paul D. Buell, Eugene N. Anderson and Charles Perry In the tradition of Edward Schafer and Berthold Laufer, this is an elegant and scholarly study of a remarkable text which brings to life a long vanished civilisation, and adds to our understanding of practices and concerns which are still of fundamental importance to us today. In 1330, the Mongol Emperor Tuy-temur of China - a descendant of Qubilai-qan - was presented with a dictary manual the Yin-shan Cheng-yao or _Proper and Essential Things for the Emperorís Food and Drink_ written by the imperial dictary physician Hu Szu-hui. Since Hu's primary interest and charge was the medical aspect of nutrition, always a central focus in the Chinese world, much of the book is an account of the medical values of foods and recipes, in terms of medieval Chinese nutritional therapy. Containing both prescriptions for life and health and instructions for the preparation of court delicacies, it describes the cuisine of the era in great detail, disclosing the long-term Chinese assimilation of foreign foods and foodways, and the effects on China of conquest and rule by foreigners with only limited interest in Chinese culture. Food and foodways are sensitive barometers of material and social conditions, revealing change in process and cultural interactions in unique ways. This edition includes a reproduction of the compete text of the Yin-shan Cheng-yao based primarily upon the 1456 Ming edition but also including surviving fragments from the Yuan Dynasty original. For the first time, it is presented here in full English translation, and also in facsimile Chinese, along with the textís many woodcut illustrations. A full English translation, and also in facsimile Chinese, along with the textual, anthropological and culinary points of vie, giving the historical and cultural context and a detailed study of the text with sections on Turko-Islamic Influences including Islamic materia dietica and medica and the Chinese Framework, including the social context of Yin-shan Cheng-yao foodways. A special feature is a section on how the recipes in the book can be adapted for cooking today. Whether it is read as a work of history or of anthropology, a translation, a culinary resource or medical manual, this is an exceptional work, one that makes a highly important contribution to many fields. Two major works to be Published in March 2000 _The Lankavatara Sutra_ (ISBN 0 7103 0600 8) and _Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra_ (ISBN 0 7103 0601 6) both by D. T. Suzuki. _The Lankavatara Sutra_ A text of basic importance, the Mahayana Buddhist Lankavatara Sutra (c.400AD) contains the fundamental principles of Mahayana and is famous for its exposition of the Mind-only doctrine of Vignana-vada. Accompanied by elaborate notes and critical apparatus, Suzukiís translation is the definitive English version of this intricate Sanskrit text. _Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra_ Daisetz Suzuki discusses the influence of the Landavatara Sutra in the expression of Zen ideas. He examines the legends that Bodhidharma, the supposed founder of Zen in China, took with him only the Lanka text, and that Bodhidharma was only one in a line of teachers of the Lanka Sutra in China. Suzuki explores the fundamental these of the sutra - the acceptance of the Void, the career or the Bodhisattva, and the unreality of perception. To be Published in April 2000. _Negotiating Identity in Contemporary Japan_ (ISBN 0 7103 0651 2) by Dr. Ching Lin Pang, The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. The problem of Japanese Identity has been the core object of study in the discourse of Japanese culture (Nihonbunkaron). This work investigates changes in the Japanese ethnonational identity, as an outcome of the interplay among different processes in the transnational cultural flow, through a case study of the kikokushijo or "returnees" - Japanese youngsters, the children of expatriate parents, who spend a significant part of their life abroad, and are socialised in a different way to their Japanese students in the reintegration process into the school environment in particular, and into Japanese society in general. Forthcoming titles from Kegan Paul May 2000 _Beyond Common Sense: Negotiating Construction of Sexuality and Gender in Contemporary Japan_ (ISBN 0 7103 0593 1) by Dr. Wim Lunsing Dr. Lunsing, Associate Research Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Copenhagen _Material Culture in Japanese Society_ by John Clammer at Sophia University, Japan and Michael Ashkenazi, at Gyosei International College (ISBN 0 7103 0507) Back in Print _Japans Struggle with Internationalism_ by Ian Nish (ISBN 0 7103 0437 4) _Enterprise Unionism in Japan_ by Hirosuke Kawanishi (ISBN 0 7103 0341 6) _Social Stratification in Contemporary Japan_ by Kenji Kosaka (ISBN 0 7103 0467 6) _Diversity in Japanese Culture and Language_ by G. MacDonald and J. C. Maher (ISBN 0 7103 0477 3) To place book orders please send requests to: Order Processing John Wiley & Sons Southern Cross Trading Estate 1 Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis West Sussex PO22 9SA England Tel: (01243) 779 777 Fax: (01243) 820 250 Internet: www.wiley.co.uk Proposals for publication should be submitted to: Peter Hopkins, Chairman and Managing Director Kegan Paul International Ltd. P.O. Box 256 121 Bedford Court Mansions Bedford Avenue London WC1B 3SW England Tel: (0171) 580 5511 Fax: (0171) 436 0899 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.demon.co.uk/keganpau/ ********************************************** To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: email@example.com To unsubscribe send your message to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the message: unsub h-asia H-Asia Web Site: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~asia/