Anupam Chander (UC-Davis): The Asian Century? Terence C. Halliday (ABF): Architects of the State: International Financial Institutions and the Reconstruction of States in East Asia. The Chinese Google: Baidu is the search engine of choice for 85 per cent of China’s net users — but what kind of window on the world is it when it claims Tiananmen Square is nothing more than a tourist attraction? From Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, a review essay on Labour, Capitalism and Ideology in Interwar and Wartime Japan; a review of Lost Goddesses: The Denial of Female Power in Cambodian History by Trudy Jacobsen; and a special issue on Gender, Culture and Religion. From Boston Review, a forum on China’s Other Revolution: Missed in all the headlines are the radical political and social changes China has undergone over the past twenty years. An article on Japan and Asia and the implications of an improved relationship. John Quiggin on China's imminent collapse. No man’s island: It’s remote, it’s sparsely populated, it’s also rich with copper, gold, and timber — welcome to West Papua’s war with Indonesia. A review of Unveiling the Whale: Discourses on Whales and Whaling by Arne Kalland and Whaling in Japan: Power, Politics, and Diplomacy by Jun Morikawa. The battle over Zomia: Scholars are enchanted by the notion of this anarchic region in Asia, but how real is it? A review of The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott (and more at Bookforum). How fast can China go? On the heels of its Olympic makeover, China flexes its engineering muscles once again with a $6.64 billion high-speed train that dusts the competition, including America. A review of A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia by Aaron L. Friedberg.
A new issue of Studies in Literature and Language is out. J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): The Rhetorical Possibilities of "Home" in Homeland Security. The Greater Recession: Derek Thompson on how America suffers from a crisis of productivity. Kash Mansori on why Greece, Spain, and Ireland aren’t to blame for Europe’s woes. How to podcast your brain: Audio recordings from a live brain are the most granular measurement possible today — single brain cells. One state, Maine, has sharply reduced prisoners in solitary without a rise in violence — is this the way out of the supermax morass? If you ever find yourself inside Louisiana's Angola prison, Burl Cain will make sure you find Jesus — or regret ever crossing his path. Ratifying women’s rights: Kavita N. Ramdas and Kathleen Kelly Janus on why the U.S. should endorse CEDAW. Kelly Sutton’s new minimalism: For the founder of the Cult of Less, the road to happiness is paved with stuff he used to own. Here are the 5 weirdest things that control the global economy. The introduction to Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes by Avidan Milevsky. A review of The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us by Jeffrey Kluger. Phantom Time: Were the Middle Ages just a historical conspiracy theory? I [heart] Government: With everyone from Rick Perry to Barack Obama bashing Big Gummint, the time has come to defend it. Can you calculate the world's greatest sportsperson? The Journalist and the Spies: Dexter Filkins on the murder of a reporter who exposed Pakistan’s secrets. The even darker side: Could it be that "brand journalism" is just a new-look for PR? Web first, print later: Why some digital news startups are branching into print.
Suzanne A. Kim (Rutgers): The Neutered Parent. Scott Thomas Fitzgibbon (Boston College): Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues. From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on Legal Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Equality, including Alli Leigh Jernow (ICJ): Morality Tales in Comparative Jurisprudence: What the Law Says About Sex; Lynn Wardle (BYU): The Institution of Marriage and Other Domestic Relations; and Arthur S. Leonard (NYLS): The Miraculous Year 2010 in United States' Gay Rights Law: Anomaly or Tipping Point? From The Advocate, we often protest when homophobes insist that same sex marriage will change marriage for straight people too, but in some ways, they’re right — here’s how gay relationships will change the institution, but for the better. The morning after marriage: Should the gay community really be saying “I do”? In praise of promiscuity: As gay marriage becomes the norm, oldsters ask, when did gay life morph into a Jane Austen novel? With marriage expanding in once unimaginable ways, what might the next stage in this evolution be? A review of Why Do Married Men Cheat with Unattractive Women? by Emunah La-Paz. An interview with Frank Zaccari, author of When the Wife Cheats. In real life, a broken marriage is still a painful and damaging ordeal — so how did popular culture go from “Kramer vs. Kramer” to a sitcom called “Happily Divorced”? Here are 5 ways you know it's time to get married. Where does the idea of marriage — monogamous marriage specifically — come from? Anthropologist Laura Fortunato has some answers. Does absence actually make the heart grow fonder? A new book suggests that getting away from each other for prolonged periods of time is good for the health of your marriage. How can we get men to do more at home?