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Four Masters of Chinese Storytelling: Full-length Repertoires of Yangzhou Storytelling on Video

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Vibeke Børdahl, Fei Li & Huang Ying (eds) 2004 This volume has its origins in the project ‘Large-scale Registration of Chinese Storytelling’, which involved the recording on film of 360 hours of performances by the four masters of Yangzhou storytelling, Dai Buzhang, Fei Zhengliang, Gao Zaihua and Ren Jitang. Four sets of these films have […]

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Internet, Governance and Democracy: Democratic Transitions from Asian and European Perspectives

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Compiled by Jens Hoff 2006 Insights from leading specialists in Internet studies allow unique comparative perspectives on the use of the Internet and its importance for political processes. The book aims at an understanding of the challenges of democratic transitions that the Internet poses in both Asia and Europe, using Denmark as an example of […]

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The Power of Ideas: Intellectual Input and Political Change in East and Southeast Asia

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Claudia Derichs & Thomas Heberer (eds) 2011 The traditional approach to studying the politics of a region is to focus on events, personalities, issues – the mechanics of the political process. What this volume looks to do is to step back and examine ideas and visions, as well as those who articulate them and/or put […]

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From Monobank to Commercial Banking: Financial Sector Reforms in Vietnam

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Jens Kovsted, John Rand & Finn Tarp 2004 This study analyses the difficulties and problems encountered in transforming the Vietnamese financial sector from one subordinate to government objectives and goals to an autonomous sector guided by market forces and competitive pressures. Here, the history of financial sector liberalization is traced and close attention paid to […]

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Trade and Society in the Straits of Melaka: Dutch Melaka and English Penang, 1780-1830

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Nordin Hussin 2006 This pioneering work from a member of Malaysia’s new generation of historians is a tale of two very different cities, the one with a trading heritage dating back centuries, the other a new creation spawned by the declining fortunes of the once mighty Dutch East India Company. Melaka was an important commercial […]

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Japanese Education and the Cram School Business: Functions, Challenges and Perspectives of the Juku

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Marie Højlund Roesgaard 2006 Cram schools (in Japanese called juku) are often mentioned in passing as a phenomenon functioning mainly to exacerbate competition and pressure on children, but no thorough study has been carried out of their function and types. It is the author’s intention to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of this feature […]

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Private Academies of Chinese Learning in Meiji Japan: The Decline and Transformation of the Kangaku Juku

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Margaret Mehl 2003 The establishment of a national education system soon after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 is recognized as a significant factor in Japan’s modernization, hence research on education is concentrated on the state system. However, this development did not mean the disappearance of the juku, the private academies which were so much a […]

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Kinship and Food in South East Asia

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Monica Janowski & Fiona Kerlogue (eds) 2011 Food has an important role in establishing and structuring social and kin relations in Southeast Asian societies. For this reason, there is growing interest within anthropology in understanding how the production, processing and consumption of food is one important basis for the construction of ties of relatedness, so-called […]

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The Thaksinization of Thailand

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Duncan McCargo & Ukrist Pathmanand 2011 The 1997 economic crisis ended two decades of pluralism in Thai politics and helped create the conditions for the landslide election victory in January 2001 of Thaksin Shinawatra, a fabulously wealthy telecommunications magnate often compared with Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. Prime minister Thaksin has since exercised an extra-ordinary degree […]

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Politics, Culture and Self: East Asian and North European Attitudes

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Geir Helgesen & Soren Risbjerg Thomsen (eds) 2011 Globalization may be undermining Kipling’s assertion that “East is East and West is West” but arguably this is more in the realms of technological advances and consumer behaviour than in political culture. In the latter arena, much is still made of the contrasts between Eastern culture (characterized […]

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