Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

Carl H. Nightingale, Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (University of Chicago Press, 2012). When we think of segregation, what often comes to mind is apartheid South Africa, or the American South in the age of Jim Crow—two societies fundamentally premised on the concept of the separation of the races. But as Carl H. […]

Arena Journal 37/38 (2012). Introduction John Hinkson, ‘Why settler colonialism?’. Time Edward Cavanagh, ‘History, time and the indigenist critique’. Elizabeth Strakosch and Alissa Macoun, ‘The vanishing endpoint of settler colonialism’. Sarah Maddison, ‘Seven generations behind: Representing native nations’. Bodies Mary O’Dowd, ‘Embodying the Australian nation and silencing history’. Gaia Giuliani, ‘The colour lines of settler […]

Sung-ta Liu, ‘Settler urban legacies: A case study of Taipei City’, Cities (in press, 2012): Similar to a colonial state, a settler state is governed by an outside regime. In comparison with conventional colonists, however, the settler rulers regard the settled land as their homeland, rather than just a land with exploitable resources. To secure […]

Wayne E. Lee (ed.), Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World (NYU Press, 2011).  The early modern period (c. 1500–1800) of world history is characterized by the establishment and aggressive expansion of European empires, and warfare between imperial powers and indigenous peoples was a central component of the […]

Jun Uchida, Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876–1945 (Harvard University Press, 2011). Between 1876 and 1945, thousands of Japanese civilians—merchants, traders, prostitutes, journalists, teachers, and adventurers—left their homeland for a new life on the Korean peninsula. Although most migrants were guided primarily by personal profit and only secondarily by national interest, their […]

Hiroko Matsuda, ‘Becoming Japanese in the Colony: Okinawan Migrants in Colonial Taiwan’, Cultural Studies (advanced, July 2012). This article examines how the dichotomy of the colonizer/colonized was elastic, but sustained by people’s everyday existence in the Japanese colony by examining experiences of Okinawan migrants in colonial Taiwan. While Taiwanese struggled to become ‘Japanese’ by mastering […]

We are interested in papers that address the following broad topics and themes:  • The political economy of land grabbing • The discourse and contested meaning of “empty lands”, “unoccupied lands” or “underused lands”  • The role of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds (notably from Europe and the Gulf States), private equity funds as well […]

James Belich, ‘Review: Jerry H. Bentley (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of World History’, English Historical Review (2012). Relevant extract (but the review is worth canvassing in its entirety, absolutely): Duara’s decision to exclude settler colonialism from his ‘modern imperialism’ is also problematic. The hard fact is that three and one-third (Russian Asia) of the world’s […]

Ian W. Campbell, ‘Settlement promoted, settlement contested: the Shcherbina Expedition of 1896–1903’, Central Asian Survey 30, 3-4 (2011). The Shcherbina Expedition of 1896–1903 was the Russian Empire’s most concerted effort to gather the data necessary to facilitate peasant settlers’ migration to its largely nomadic steppe oblasts. Although this expedition was a massive exercise of imperial […]

Shu-mei Shih, ‘The Concept of the Sinophone’, PMLA 126, 3 (2011). Sinophone studies — conceived as the study of Sinitic- language cultures on the margins of geopolitical nation-states and their hegemonic productions — locates its objects of attention at the conjuncture of China’s internal colonialism and Sinophone communities everywhere immigrants from China have settled. Sinophone […]