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The Failure of China’s “Democratic” Reforms - By Zaijun Yuan

978-0-7391-6694-9 $60.00, Cloth Imprint: Lexington Books October 2011 195pp Size: 6 x 9 Series: Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development Category: China Studies (Government and Politics)

The Book:

In its propaganda, the Chinese Communist Party does not deny the value of “democracy”, but it insists that democracy in China can be only “socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics”. The most essential nature of such “democracy” is that it is under the single-party system and it excludes multi-party politics and competitive elections. In recent years, Chinese democracy has won more support because of achievements the party has made in developing economy. This raises a question: does this political system, even if it is not democratic, deserve applause because it can facilitate economic development? The party also insists that it is democratic. But, is the party’s theory of democracy compatible with western democracy? This book examines five local political reforms. It demonstrates that the four reforms instigated and organised by the party were tightly controlled and manipulated by the party. In the fifth reform, which was motivated from outside the bureaucratic system, the party took drastic measures to repress the political participation of grassroots power. As a result, nearly all independent candidates in the local people’s congress elections failed in their attempts to gain office. This book argues that all five reforms have failed and that none will lead to China’s democratisation in the near future.

The Author:

Zaijun Yuan is a lecturer in Chinese Studies at Monash University, Australia.

Table of Contents:

Contents; Tables and Figures; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: “Direct Elections” for Township Executives; Chapter 3: “Inner-Party Democracy” and the Experiments of Direct Elections for Township Party Secretaries; Chapter 4: Another Form of “Inner-Party Democracy”: The Party Congress Reform; Chapter 5: The Experiments with “Deliberative Democracy”; Chapter 6: A Reform Instigated from the Outside of the Bureaucratic System: Independent Candidates in China’s Local Congress Elections; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index; About the Author

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Yin-Yang

American Perspectives on Living in China

- Edited by Alice Renouf and Mary Beth Ryan-Maher 978-1-4422-1269-5 $65.00, Cloth 978-1-4422-1270-1 $19.95, Paper Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers November 2011 224pp Size: 6 x 9 Category: China Studies (Society, Culture, and Religion)

The Book: China has become one of the largest study and teach-abroad, travel, and business destinations in the world. Yet few books offer a diversity of perspectives and locales for Westerners considering the leap. This unique collection of letters offers a rarely seen, intimate, and refreshingly honest view of living and working in China. Here, ordinary people – college graduates, teachers, professors, engineers, lawyers, computer whizzes, and parents – recount their experiences in venues ranging from classrooms to marketplaces to holy mountains. The writers are genuine participants in the daily life of their adopted country, and woven throughout their correspondence is the compelling theme of outsiders coping in a culture that is vastly foreign to them and the underlying love-hate struggle it engenders. We follow their initial highs; the shift to general discomfort and then to full-blown culture shock; and slowly, the return of a sense of balance, identity, and normalcy; and finally, the decision to return home or stay. Written in a down-to-earth, personal, often humorous, always authentic style, these tales of trials, successes, and failures offer invaluable insight into a country that remains endlessly fascinating to Westerners. The Author: Alice Renouf has been executive director of the Colorado China Council since the late 1970s. Mary Beth Ryan-Maher is a freelance writer who taught in Kunming, China, and co-led the Colorado China Council’s Summer Institute for new teachers in Shanghai.

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Malfunctioning Democracy in Japan Quantitative Analysis in a Civil Society - By Yoshiaki Kobayashi

978-0-7391-4749-8 $70.00, Cloth 978-0-7391-4757-3 $29.95, Paper Imprint: Lexington Books November 2011 232pp Size: 6 x 9 Category: Japanese Studies (International Relations/Foreign)

The Book:

Many advanced countries are facing a shared problem that democracy is not functioning as well as it should. Malfunctioning Democracy in Japan investigates the causes of these problems using Japan as a particular case study. Kobayashi begins with a discussion of the current functionality of democracy in Japan. These first chapters examine whether pledges given by political parties are ever fulfilled, which factors affect campaign pledges given by candidates at each election, and if there are discrepancies between public opinion and party policies. The next sections focus on the behavior of politicians and the behavior of voters. Kobayashi conducts a macro-analysis using aggregate data such as demographic and economic data, and then moves to micro-analysis using individual-level data to clarify precisely which factors determine voting behavior. Part Five approaches the elections which were held after Japan’s political reform, inclusive of the 2009 lower house election which caused significant changes. Kobayashi considers point-of-view of issue voting-voting on the basis of the preference of party policies-and point-of-view of retrospective voting-voting on the basis of the evaluation of government performance. Finally, Malfunctioning Democracy in Japan makes proposals for political reform. Kobayashi’s last chapter turns to the future and discusses positive and possible changes to electoral systems, the registration of campaign pledges, the control over political influence on the public sector, and the eventual eradication of political corruption.

The Author:

Yoshiaki Kobayashi, PhD, is a professor of law and political science at Keio University, Japan.

Table of Contents:

List of Figures; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter One: Introduction; Chapter Two: Party Platforms and Government Expenditures; Chapter Three: Platforms and Voting Behavior; Chapter Four: Electoral Platform Malfunction; Chapter Five: Investigating the Political Rationality Hypothesis; Chapter Six: The Voters’ Response: Macro-analysis; Chapter Seven: The Voters’ Response: Micro-analysis; Chapter Eight: Issue Voting; Chapter Nine: Retrospective Voting; Chapter Ten: Issue Voting and Retrospective Voting in the 2005 and 2009 Elections; Chapter Eleven: A Plan for the Resuscitation of Democracy; Appendix: Politicians’ Career Points; End Notes; Afterword; Bibliography; Index

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China in and beyond the Headlines

- Edited by Timothy B. Weston and Lionel M. Jensen 978-1-4422-0904-6 $99.00, Cloth 978-1-4422-0905-3 $35.00, Paper Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. December 2011 364pp Size: 6 X 9 Category: China Studies (Government and Politics)

The Book:

In the third volume of this popular series, leading experts provide fascinating and unexpected insights into critical issues of culture, economy, politics, and society in today’s China. This world, outside the reach of state control and either misunderstood or unreported in Western media, gains clarity and dimension from the fresh insights of a prominent group of activists, investigative journalists, lawyers, scholars, and travelers, who share a common interest in lessening the profound information gap between China and the rest of the world. In sixteen new essays, they address such key topics as civil society, consumerism, environmental adversity, ethnic tension, the Internet, legal reform, new media and social networking, nationalist tourism, sex and popular culture, as well the costs of urban gigantism to portray the complexity of life in contemporary China - and how, increasingly, it speaks to the everyday experience of the United States.

The Editors:

Timothy B. Weston is associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lionel M. Jensen is associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Gender, Religion, and Migration Pathways of Integration

- Edited by Glenda Tibe Bonifacio and Vivienne SM. Angeles 978-0-7391-3314-9 $37.95, Paper Imprint: Lexington Books August 2011 214pp Size: 6 x 9 Category: Asian Studies (Society, Culture, and Religion)

The Book: Gender, Religion and Migration is the first multidisciplinary collection on the intersection of gender and religion in the integration of different groups of immigrants, migrant workers, youths, and students in host societies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. This book investigates the linkages and tensions between religion and integration from a gendered perspective. By examining the significance of religion in the context of global migrations, the fifteen essays provide new insights and perspectives on the often missed link between the differing ways in which male and female immigrants find meanings of faith-beliefs and religious traditions to belong in foreign lands, even residents’ faith-based activism involving illegal migrants. This dual phenomenon of religion promoting and inhibiting integration is critically examined in the lives of Filipinos, Brazilians, Indians, Polish, Mexicans, Vietnamese, Kenyans, Nigerians, and Middle Eastern peoples. The book also engages various theories on gender, religion and migration and demonstrates the fluidity of gender construction as people cross borders. The Authors: Glenda Tibe Bonifacio is assistant professor of women’s studies at University of Lethbridge. Vivienne S. M. Angeles is assistant professor of religion at La Salle University and co-editor of Identity in Crossroads Civilisations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia.

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Chinese Perceptions of the U.S.

An Exploration of China’s Foreign Policy Motivations - By Biwu Zhang

978-0-7391-7085-4 $70.00, Cloth Imprint: Lexington Books October 2011 266pp Size: 6 x 9 Category: Asian Studies (International Relations/Foreign)

The Book: “China threat” has been one of hotly debated topics since the early 1990s, and this book is an effort to test the China threat thesis. The author argues that a test of the China threat thesis requires addressing two fundamental questions: whether China has the capabilities to challenge the international system and whether China has the motivations to do so. This book will offer a systematic study of China’s foreign policy motivations by resorting to an image approach. The conclusion as to whether China is a status quo or a revisionist country will be reached by exploring how consideration of national interests and how China’s perceptions of key characters of the U.S. affect China’s foreign policy orientation. A summary of the dominant Chinese images of the U.S. will also contribute to understanding China’s motivations. The Author: Biwu Zhang is deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Institute at the School of International Relations, Xiamen University, China. Table of Contents:

Foreword by Richard K. Herrmann; Chapter 1. What are China’s Foreign Policy Motivations?; Chapter 2. Image Study as an Approach to Explore China’s Motivations toward the U.S.; Chapter 3. Chinese Perceptions of Threat from the U.S.; Chapter 4. Chinese Perceptions of Opportunity from the U.S.; Chapter 5. Chinese Perceptions of American Power; Chapter 6. Chinese Perceptions of American Economy; Chapter 7. Chinese Perceptions of American Politics; Chapter 8. Conclusion

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Haiku Poetics in Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Poetry - By Jeffrey Johnson

978-0-7391-4876-1 $70.00, Cloth Imprint: Lexington Books October 2011 261pp Size: 6 x 9 Series: New Studies of Modern Japan

The Book:

This is the first study to examine the historical importance of haiku in theorizing a global poetic, tracing its spread from translations to practice, and following its permutations into diverse modernist avant-garde poetry. While Haiku Poetics is an investigation into the cultural borrowing of haiku, it also documents interpretation and transformation, as even the translators George Aston and Paul-Louis Couchoud moved beyond translation in the acquisition of haiku. This book argues that haiku grew out of a broad Japonisme and was on the cusp of the Modernist transformation of western art, and viewed over the course of the century, haiku would serve as the most important model for Modernist reformers. Furthermore, Haiku Poetics ushers the testimonies of poets and poetic tributes, uncovers allusions and themes in the appropriation, and examines all in the light of the medieval poetics of yūgen, often assumed to have Zen origins. Through a hybrid of Buddhist and avant-garde theories, Haiku Poetics reveals that haiku and its permutations deploy concrete particulars in abrupt juxtaposition to engage the reader’s intuitive apprehension, and suggest via images which must be shaped into allegories. The push to collapse poetry into the act of the perception of objects in the phenomenological world means that this poetry conjures from the unconscious to the physical, and in so doing, evokes greater creative processes. The poets swept up in this haiku revolution that this book examines include Ezra Pound among other Imagists, Paul Eluard among other Surrealists, Fededrico García Lorca, and Guillermo de Torre, among Spanish Últra, Mexicans José Juan Tablada and Octavio Paz, the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges, Brazilian concretists Haroldo de Campos and Pedro Xisto, and the American Beats, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder.

The Author:

Jeffrey Johnson is professor of English language and literature at Daito Bunka University, Japan.

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