ToC: HJAS 78:1

The latest issue of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies has been published, including several articles and reviews that will be of interest to blog readers.

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HJAS (Vol. 78, No 1) Contents

Editorial Preface

About the Cover

a character created by Ge Zhongxuan 葛中選 as a compound phonetic symbol (ca. 1618)



New Scripts for All Sounds: Cosmology and Universal Phonetic Notation Systems in Late Imperial China

Nathan Vedal

The Art of Reframing the News: Early Meiji Shinbun Nishiki-e in Context

Chelsea Foxwell

From Land Reclamation to Land Grab: Settler Colonialism in Southwest China, 1680–1735

John E. Herman  

The Last Words of Confucius

Michael Hunter


Review Essays

The Natural History of Japanese Colonialism

Angus Lockyer  

Spirituality, Transcendence, and the Circulatory History of Modern Asian Religion

David A. Palmer

Analects for Schoolgirls and Underemployed Warriors: Testing a Cultural History of Confucianism in Japan

David Mervart



Barbara Ambros, Women in Japanese Religions (Heather Blair)


Xiaomei Chen, Staging Chinese Revolution, Theater, Film, and the Afterlives of Propaganda (Rosemary Roberts)


Hilde De Weerdt, Information, Territory, and Networks: The Crisis and Maintenance of Empire in Song China (Charles Hartman)


Jiahong He, Back from the Dead: Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice in China (Matthew H. Sommer)


Minghui Hu, China’s Transition to Modernity: The New Classical Vision of Dai Zhen (Dagmar Schäfer)


Maki Isaka, Onnagata: A Labyrinth Of Gendering In Kabuki Theater; Satoko Shimazaki, Edo Kabuki In Transition: From The Worlds Of The Samurai To The Vengeful Female Ghost (Carolyn Morley)


Christopher M. S. Johns, China and the Church: Chinoiserie in Global Context (Kristina Kleutghen)


Terry F. Kleeman, Celestial Masters: History and Ritual in Early Daoist Communities (Stephen Bokenkamp)


Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Intimate Empire: Collaboration and Colonial Modernity in Korea and Japan (Samuel Perry)


Jianmei Liu, Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature (Mabel Lee)


Michael Lucken, Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryūsei to Miyazaki Hayao (Miryam Sas)


Christopher Rea, The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (Thomas Moran)


Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, China’s Early Mosques (Wei-Cheng Lin)


Travis Workman, Imperial Genus: The Formation and Limits of the Human in Modern Korea and Japan (Michael Kim) 

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