David Fedman (Stanford): Japanese Colonial Cartography: Maps, Mapmaking, and the Land Survey in Colonial Korea. Robert Brooks (UNSW): “Asia’s Missing Women” as a Problem in Applied Evolutionary Psychology? Dynasty: Why are so many Asian countries run by families? A place for Asia: Rebecca Liao reviews From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia by Pankaj Mishra (and more). Experts warn that China's apparent claims to other territories could have a long-term impact on relations with its neighbours. Paula Cerni reviews Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad (and more). A look at how China sees a multicultural world. Island nations play China, India: China's new ties with the Maldives, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka sink India's influence over Indian Ocean. The Maoist revolution in India: The basic contradiction is this — in the very heartland of what is often referred to as the “world’s largest democracy” there is also occurring the “world’s largest revolution”. India's current outpouring of anger is unprecedented — can it bring change? Sam Clements on how Japan’s suicidal salarymen are dying for work. Charlie Jones on 5 things nobody tells you about living in Japan.

A new issue of the Cato Institute’s Regulation is out. Lance McMillian (John Marshall): Adultery as Tort. As fresh as a cliche: Paula McGrath reviews Exploding the Creativity Myth: the Computational Foundations of Linguistic Creativity by Tony Veale. How do Armenians feel about Kim Kardashian’s fame? Henry J. Aaron on progressives and the safety net: Conservative extremism has made any talk of entitlement reform verboten on the left — that will ultimately be self-defeating. Jo Taylor reviews The Culture and Politics of Street Gang Memoirs by Josephine Metcalf. From Geocurrents, new discovery or corroboration of old theories: When did Roma leave India? Len Gutkin reviews Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party by Michael Szalay. Noor Tagouri, a 19-year-old college student, wants to become the first Muslim hijabi anchorwoman in America. Tea Party circles in East Tennessee might seem an unlikely environment for launching a Muslim organization — Will Coley, a 31-year-old Tennessee native, Muslim convert and Tea Party activist did just that. Alvin Plantinga reviews Free Will by Sam Harris.

A new issue of the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government is out. Rei S. Sayag and Otto H. Swank (EUR): What to Put on and What to Keep Off the Table? A Politician's Choice of Which Issues to Address. John C. Berg (Suffolk): Issue Suppression and the Crisis of the American Party System: The Cost of Two-Party Duopoly. Rousiley C. M. Maia (Minas Gerais): Deliberative Democracy and Public Sphere Typology. Marco Scalvini reviews Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance by John R. Parkinson. Leaked communications are revealing how power works like never before; revelations of political deal-making beyond the public view make assumptions about democratization look like wishful thinking, writes Ciril Oberstar. Brendan Greeley on the reluctant case for ending the ban on earmarks. The introduction to Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance Through Technology by John O. McGinnis. Nadia Schadlow on why the government needs think tanks and academics. From Government Executive, federal workers say Congress and public do not appreciate them — still, they’re happy with their workplaces, survey finds (and Paul R. Pillar on the abuse of civil servants). It’s time to let government workers sleep on the job.

Simon Glendinning (LSE): The End of the World Designed with Men in Mind. The special Ig Nobel issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now out. From NYRB blog, Peter Singer and Agata Sagan on the death of Aaron Swartz. John Sunyer reviews Say What You Mean: The n+1 Anthology, ed. Christian Lorentzen. With just 29 dominoes, you can take down the Empire State Building (and more). From New York, a special issue on self-help. From Democracy, everyone's fight: A symposium on the new plan to defeat Big Money. Vocal fry and valley girls: Why old men find young women's voices so annoying. If judges aren’t politicians, what are they? Cass R. Sunstein wants to know. From Edge, an interview with Daniel C. Dennett on the normal well-tempered mind. Recent weeks have birthed the strangest strain of commentary: The Republican Party's crazy opinions are President Obama's fault. From the Pennsylvania Gazette, Trey Popp on Home Depot Syndrome, the purple squirrel, and America’s job hunt rabbit hole. Jason Dorrier on forecasting the future: Ray Kurweil, Nate Silver and the market? From Public Eye, you can vote for the worst company of the year.

Dilek Arli Cil (Maltepe): The Relation between Technology and Truth in Heidegger’s The Question Concerning Technology. How science-fiction became posthuman: Ralph Pordzik on anthropocentrism and the other of technology in the works of Wells, Gibson and Atwood. Marcus Wohlsen on tech’s hot new market: The poor. Jane Friedman interviews David Houle, author of Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age and the New Era of Transformation. Farhad Majoo on how the Korean firm Samsung got to be the biggest tech company in the world. Rage Against the Machinima: As the stakes get higher on YouTube, video stars are finding safety and power in numbers. Joel Kotkin on the new places where America's tech future is taking shape. David J. Hill interviews Ray Kurzweil on AI and his new position at Google. Festooned with digital accessories that track everything from his heart rate to his footsteps to his sleep patterns, James Wolcott has plugged into the Quantified Self movement. Made by hand, learned online: To master home-spun skills, tens of thousands of women are signing up for Craftsy's interactive classes. Cade Metz on why hackers are so much funnier than you are.