The Emotio9780190498818ns in Early Chinese Philosophy, by Curie Virág (Oxford University Press, 2017)
In China, the debate over the moral status of emotions began around the fourth century BCE, when early philosophers first began to invoke psychological categories such as the mind (xin), human nature (xing), and emotions (qing) to explain the sources of ethical authority and the foundations of knowledge about the world. Although some thinkers during this period proposed that human emotions and desires were temporary physiological disturbances in the mind caused by the impact of things in the world, this was not the account that would eventually gain currency. The consensus among those thinkers who would come to be recognized as the foundational figures of the Confucian and Daoist philosophical traditions was that the emotions represented the underlying, dispositional constitution of a person, and that they embodied the patterned workings of the cosmos itself.

Curie Virág sets out to explain why the emotions were such a central preoccupation among early thinkers, situating the entire debate within developments in conceptions of the self, the cosmos, and the political order. She shows that the mainstream account of emotions as patterned reality emerged as part of a major conceptual shift towards the recognition of natural reality as intelligible, orderly, and coherent. The mainstream account of emotions helped to summon the very idea of the human being as a universal category and to establish the cognitive and practical agency of human beings. This book, the first intensive study of the subject, traces the genealogy of these early Chinese philosophical conceptions and examines their crucial role in the formation of ethical, political and cultural values in China.

Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes, by Lisa Yoneyama
(Duke University Press, 2016)
Lisa Yoneyama argues that the efforts intensifying since the 1990s to bring justice to the victims of Japanese military and colonial violence have generated what she calls a “transborder redress culture.” A product of failed post-World War II transitional justice that left many colonial legacies intact, this culture both contests and reiterates the complex transwar and transpacific entanglements that have sustained the Cold War unredressability and illegibility of certain violences. By linking justice to the effects of American geopolitical hegemony, and by deploying a conjunctive cultural critique–of “comfort women” redress efforts, state-sponsored apologies and amnesties, Asian American involvement in redress cases, the ongoing effects of the U.S. occupation of Japan and Okinawa, Japanese atrocities in China, and battles over WWII memories–Yoneyama helps illuminate how redress culture across Asia and the Pacific has the potential to bring powerful new and challenging perspectives on American exceptionalism, militarized security, justice, sovereignty, forgiveness, and decolonization.

The Rhetoric of Photography in Modern Japanese Literature: Materiality of the Visual Register as Narrated by Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Abe Kōbō, Horie Toshiyuki and Kanai Mieko, by Atsuko Sakaki (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015)
In The Rhetoric of Photography in Modern Japanese Literature, Atsuko Sakaki closely examines photography-inspired texts by four Japanese novelists: Tanizaki Jun’ichirō (1886-1965), Abe Kōbō (1924-93), Horie Toshiyuki (b. 1964) and Kanai Mieko (b. 1947). As connoisseurs, practitioners or critics of this visual medium, these authors look beyond photographs’ status as images that document and verify empirical incidents and existences, articulating instead the physical process of photographic production and photographs’ material presence in human lives. This book offers insight into the engagement with photography in Japanese literary texts as a means of bringing forgotten subject-object dynamics to light. It calls for a fundamental reconfiguration of the parameters of modern print culture and its presumption of the transparency of agents of representation.


Publications by EAS Faculty Members
(Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.)

Cazdyn, Eric. The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness. (Duke University Press, 2012)
— et al. Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism. (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
— The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan. (Duke University Press, 2002)
Feng, Linda. City of Marvel and Transformation: Chang’an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China. (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015)
Kawashima, Ken.
The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan. (Duke University Press, 2009)
Keirstead, ThomasThe Geography of Power in Medieval Japan. (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1992)
Ko, K., Youngmi Cho, and Ross King trans. Doing Foreign Language. (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008)
Liu, JohannaFrontières de l’art, frontières de l’esthétique, co-edited with Yolaine Escande, Paris (2008)
 Musique et herméneutique. Etude sur le sens du langage musical, Taipei (2001)
— Difference and Praxis – A Study of Contemporary Philosophy of Art, Taipei (2001)
Meng, YueShanghai and the Edges of Empires. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
— History and Narrative. Shanxi (Shangxi Renmin Press, 1992)
Poole, Janet. When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea. (Columbia University Press, 2014)
— Translated Yi T’aejun. Eastern Sentiments (Weatherhead Books on Asia). (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)
Rupprecht, Hsiao-wei WangLanguage through Literature: An Advanced Reader of Contemporary Chinese short Stories. (Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2010)
— Departure and Return: Chang Hen-shui and the Chinese Narrative Tradition. (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Company, 1988)
Sakaki, Atsuko. The Rhetoric of Photography in Modern Japanese Literature: Materiality of the Visual Register as Narrated by Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Abe Kōbō, Horie Toshiyuki and Kanai Mieko. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015)
Obsessions with the Sino-Japanese Polarity in Japanese Literature. (Hawaii: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2005)
Recontextualizing Texts: Narrative Performance in Modern Japanese Fiction (Harvard East Asian Monographs). (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999)
and Yumiko Kurahashi. The Woman with the Flying Head and Other Stories by Kurahashi Yumiko. (New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1998)
Sanders, Graham.
 Words Well Put: Visions of Poetic Competence in the Chinese Tradition. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006)
— Translated Shen Fu. Six Records of a Floating Life. (Cambridge, Mass.: Hackett Publishing Company, Sep 2011)
Schmid, AndreKorea Between Empires, 1895-1919. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002)
— and Timothy Brook. Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities. (MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000)
Shen, Vincent. From Matteo Ricci to Heidegger-An intercultural view of interaction philosophy East and West in an Intercultural Context. (Taipei: Commercial Press, 2014)
Generosity to the Other, Chinese Culture, Christianity and Strangification. (Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004)
Technology and Culture. (Taipei: Open University Press, 2003)
Confucianism, Taoism and Constructive Realism. (Vienna: Vienna University Press, 1994)
Disenchantment of the World: Impact of Science and Technology on Culture. (China Times, 1984)
After Physics: The Development of Metaphysics. (Taipei: Newton Press, 1987)
Virág, Curie. The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy. (Oxford University Press, 2017)
Wu, Yiching.
 The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis. (Harvard University Press, 2014)
Yoneyama, Lisa. Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes. (Duke University Press, 2016)
— War, Violence, Redress: Politics of Multiculturalism. (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2003).
— White, and Fujitani, eds., Perilous Memories: Asia-Pacific War(s). (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001)
— Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory. (University of California Press, 1999)