[Cha Review of Books and Films] Call for Reviewers

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We are now making plans for the December 2019 issue (also our Twelfth Anniversary Issue) and 2020 issues of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. If you would like to review one of the following titles for us, please send an email to editors@asiancha.com to discuss more. If you have a book you’d like us to review, please also write to us. We also welcome suggestions for books to review in the journal. Please read our recent reviews HERE.

NOTE: Cha is an Asia-focused literary publication. 

The list below is constantly updated. The new titles will be added to the top, while books that have been ‘taken’ will be moved to the second part of the list and remain there until a review of it is published.


Floral Mutter (out in March)
By Ya Shi, translated from the Chinese by Nick Admussen [LINK]

Three Asian Divas: Women, Art and Culture In Shiraz, Delhi and Yangzhou
By David Chaffetz [LINK]

This Side of Heaven (out in March 2020)
By Cyril Wong

A Fickle and Restless Weapon (out in June)
By Jason Erik Lundberg

The Appearing Demos: Hong Kong During and After the Umbrella Movement
By Pang Lai-kwan

Home Remedies 
By Xuan Juliana Wang [LINK]

▣ Expat Taxes
By David Perry [LINK]

The Changing Room
By Zhai Yongming, translated from Chinese by Andrea Lingenfelter [LINK]

Chinese Poetry and Translation: Rights and Wrongs
Edited by Maghiel van Crevel and Lucas Klein

Remapping the Sinophone: The Cultural Production of Chinese-Language Cinema in Singapore and Malaya before and during the Cold War
By Wai-Siam Hee

Emperor Qianlong’s Hidden Treasures Reconsidering the Collection of the Qing Imperial Household
By Nicole T. C. Chiang

Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten
By Travis S. K. Kong

Maoist Laughter
Edited by Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath

Utopia and Utopianism in the Contemporary Chinese Context: Texts, Ideas, Spaces
Edited by David Der-wei Wang, Angela Ki Che Leung, and Zhang Yinde

Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes
By John Wei

In the Ruins of the Japanese Empire: Imperial Violence, State Destruction, and the Reordering of Modern East Asia
Edited by Barak Kushner and Andrew Levidis

Lens on China: Intermediate and Advanced Readings on Film for Learning Chinese (影像中国:现代汉语中高级电影读本)
By Jing Wang and Xi Tian

The Unruly New Territories Small Houses, Ancestral Estates, Illegal Structures, and Other Customary Land Practices of Rural Hong Kong
By Malcolm Merry

Chinese Diaspora Charity and the Cantonese Pacific, 1850–1949
Edited by John Fitzgerald and Hon-ming Yip

American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan
By Elisheva A. Perelman

The Politics of Higher Education The Imperial University in Northern Song China
By Chu Ming-kin

A Sensational Encounter with High Socialist China
By Paul G. Pickowicz [LINK: http://bit.ly/2MNL1ca]

The Japanese Discovery of Chinese Fiction: The Water Margin and the Making of a National Canon 
By William C. Hedberg [LINK: http://bit.ly/2MNL1ca]

The Original Meaning of the Yijing: Commentary on the Scripture of Change
By Zhu Xi, translated and edited by Joseph A. Adler [LINK: http://bit.ly/2NcFMSi]

▣ Translating Chinese Art and Modern Literature
Edited by Yifeng Sun and Chris Song [LINK: http://bit.ly/2FBlMpI]

The Politics and Poetics of Authenticity: A Cultural Genealogy of Sinhala Nationalism
By Harshana Rambukwella [LINK: http://bit.ly/2OdlH1Y%5D

Professor Su Jing’an in His Later Years
By Dong Jun, translated from Chinese by Sid Gulinck

The Road Home
By Ai Wei, translated from Chinese by Alice Xin Liu

The Postman
By Bi Yu, translated from Chinese by Jesse Field

Fleeing Xinhe Street
By Zhe Gui, translated from Chinese by Ana Padilla Fornieles

The Debt Collector
By Wang Shou, translated from Chinese by John Frederick Franz

The Slightest Chance

By Paul Letters [LINK: http://bit.ly/2kj1vxz%5D

Great Leaps: Finding home in a changing China
By Colin Thomas Flahive [LINK: http://bit.ly/2kiQqfP%5D


Forty Nights
By Chris Thrall [LINK: http://bit.ly/2kiQqfP]

October Dedications (十月的獻詩)
By Mang Ke, translated from Chinese by Lucas Klein, Yibing Huang and Jonathan Stalling [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

Flash Cards (便条集)
By Yu Jian, translated from Chinese by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust (我幾乎看到滾滾塵埃)
By Yu Xiang, translated from Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

Double Shadow (重影)
By Ouyang Jianghe, translated from Chinese by Austin Woerner [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

Wind Says (風在說)
By Bai Hua, translated from Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

A Phone Call from Dalian (来自大连的电话)
By Han Dong, translated from Chinese by Nicky Harman, Maghiel van Crevel, Yu Yan Chen, Naikan Tao, Tony Prince & Michael Day [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

Something Crosses My Mind (有甚么在我心里一过)
By Wang Xiaoni, translated from Chinese by Eleanor Goodman [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

Nine Dragon Island
By Eleanor Goodman [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Gj7VUX]

Ancient Enmity
An anthology and a poetry chapbook boxset from the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong (IPNHK) 2017

[Information about the anthology: http://bit.l2oxLp1K]
[Information about the boxset: http://bit.ly/2t0CXg9]

The History of the Adventures of Vivi and Vera
By Dung Kai-cheung, translated into English by Yau Wai-ping [LINK: http://bit.ly/2X7Tnhk]

The Assassin Hou Hsiao-hsien’s World of Tang China (刺客聶隱娘:侯孝賢的大唐中國)
Edited by Peng Hsiao-yen [LINK: http://bit.ly/2xOoCmB]

A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day (中國—藝術—現代性:二十世紀初至今的中華視覺藝術)
By David Clark [LINK: http://bit.ly/2NUnIA2]

Popular Memories of the Mao Era: From Critical Debate to Reassessing History (毛時代的民間記憶:從批判性辯論到歷史的再評價)
Edited by Sebastian Veg [LINK: http://bit.ly/2LnZ094]

Tharlo: Short Story and Film Script 
By Pema Tseden, translated into English by Jessica Yeung, also with a critical introduction by Jessica Yeung and Wai-ping Yau. [LINK: http://bit.ly/2XNkWfI]

Premodern Korean Literary Prose: An Anthology
Edited by Michael J. Pettid, Gregory N. Evon, and Chan Park
This anthology presents new translations of Korean prose works from the tenth to the nineteenth century. [LINK: http://bit.ly/2HNFmOX]

The Tale of Cho Ung: A Classic of Vengeance, Loyalty, and Romance
Translated by Sookja Cho
One of the most widely read and beloved stories of Chosŏn Korea, offering a glimpse into the vernacular and popular literature of the late Chosŏn period, exemplifying the types of stories and heroes that were favoured by its reading public. [LINK: http://bit.ly/2CJBafl]

Sell Your Bones
By Reid Mitchell [LINK: http://bit.ly/2NShuAF]

The Best Asian Short Stories
Edited by Monideepa Sahu [LINK: http://bit.ly/2XY0tK2%5D

B-sides and Backslides: 1986-2018
By Felix Cheong [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Ma9qsF%5D

▣ Raising China’s Revolutionaries: Modernizing Childhood for Cosmopolitan Nationalists and Liberated Comrades, 1920s-1950s
By Margaret Mih Tillman [LINK: http://bit.ly/2JGeWU8]

Art Critique: Selected Writings of K. B. Goel
Edited by Shruti Parthasarathy. Foreword by Geeta Kapur [Link: http://bit.ly/2SbD2WG]

The Cultural Economy of Land: Rural Bengal, Circa 1860–1940
By Suhita Sinha Roy. Edited by Mallarika Sinha Roy [Link: http://bit.ly/2rNwvWG]

Common Life: Drawings and Poems
Ho Chee Lick (artist) and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng (poet) [LINK: http://bit.ly/2K1QN7A%5D

Indelible City
By Chew Yi Wei [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Ob5P04%5D

Rain Tree
By Mahita Vas [LINK: http://bit.ly/2GojXwF%5D

China Sketchbook
By Chip Dameron [LINK: http://bit.ly/2Lzwxxa%5D

Non Sequitur Syndrome
By Goro Takano [LINK: http://bit.ly/2M4iLlr%5D

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(a partial list)

◉ [Reviewer: Ronald Torrance] Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China by Margaret Hillenbrand
◉ [Reviewer: Andrea Lingenfelter] Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China by Margaret Hillenbrand
◉ [Reviewer: Andrea Lingenfelter] Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China by Margaret Hillenbrand
◉ [Reviewer: Daniel Garrett] Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China by Margaret Hillenbrand
◉ [Reviewer: Garfield Chow]  City On Fire by Antony Dapiran
◉ [Reviewer: Gagandeep Singh]  City On Fire by Antony Dapiran
◉ [Reviewer: David W. Landrum] My Village: Selected Poems 1972-2014 by Wu Sheng, translated into English by John Balcom
◉ [Reviewer: Emma Zhang]  Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang
◉ [Reviewer: Ruth Hsu] Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement by Ming-sho Ho
◉ [Reviewer: Mike Cormack] The Flock of Ba-Hui and Other Stories by Oobmab and translated by Arthur Meursault and Akira
◉ [Reviewer: Dragoș Ilca] Chinese Spring by Christopher New
◉ [Reviewer: Liam Beale] Unfree Speech by Jason Y. Ng and Joshua Wong
◉ [Reviewer: Jennifer Anne Eagleton] Unfree Speech by Jason Y. Ng and Joshua Wong
◉ [Reviewer: Aoife Cantrill] Manchukuo Perspectives Transnational Approaches to Literary Production edited by Annika A. Culver and Norman Smith
◉ [Reviewer: Paul Fox] A Couple of Soles: A Comic Play from Seventeenth-Century China by Li Yu, translated from the Chinese by Jing Shen and Robert E. Hegel
◉ [Reviewer: Kinyuan Ho] The Good Day I Died: The Near-death Experience of a Harvard Divinity Student by Desmond Kon

◉ [Reviewer: Susan Blumberg-Kason] Du Juan’s The Shenzhen Experiment
◉ [Reviewer: Susan Blumberg-Kason] Ian Johnson’s The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao
◉ [Reviewer: Simon Cartledge] A City Mismanaged: Hong Kong’s Struggle for Survival by Leo F. Goodstadt
◉ [Reviewer: Axel Dessein] We Have Been Harmonised: Life in China’s Surveillance State by Kai Strittmatter
◉ [Reviewer: Sascha Brooksbank] Stories of the Sahara by Sanmao, translated from the Chinese by Mike Fu
◉ [Reviewer: Sam Sherwood-Hale] China Eastern Railway by Han Bo, translated from the Chinese by David Perry
◉ [Reviewer:
Susan Blumberg-Kason] Long Peace Street: A Walk in Modern China by Jonathan Chatwin
◉ [Reviewer: David Perry] Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out by Haun Saussy
◉ [Reviewer: David Perry] Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems of Xi Chuan by Xi Chuan, translated from Chinese by Lucas Klein
◉ [Reviewer: Oliver Farry] The Making of Macau’s Fusion Cuisine From Family Table to World Stage by Annabel Jackson
◉ [Reviewer: Oliver Farry] Whampoa and the Canton Trade: Life and Death in a Chinese Port, 1700–1842 by Paul A. Van Dyke
◉ [Reviewer: Jennifer Wong] The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet by James Griffiths
◉ [Reviewer: Jonathan Chatwin] Chinese Grammatology: Script Revolution and Literary Modernity, 1916–1958 by Yurou Zhong
◉ [Reviewer: Angela Qian] 
Beauty in the Age of Empire: Japan, Egypt, and the Global History of Aesthetic Education by Raja Adal
◉ [Reviewer: Michael Tsang] Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics by Amy L. Atchison and Shauna L. Shames
◉ [Reviewer: Andrea Lingenfelter] Fu Ping by Wong Anyi, translated from Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
◉ [Reviewer: Andrea Lingenfelter] Without: Stories of Lack and Longing by Michele Koh Morollo
◉ [Reviewer: Andrea Lingenfelter] Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside by Quincy Carroll

◉ [Reviewer: Vincenz Serrano] Make It The Same by Jacob Edmond
◉ [Reviewer: Jennifer Anne Eagleton] Invisibility Cloak by Ge Fei, translated into English by Canaan Morse
◉ [Reviewer: Ilaria Maria Sala] The Unworthy Scholar from Pingjiang: 
Republican-Era Martial Arts Fiction by John Christopher Hamm
◉ [Reviewer: Ilaria Maria Sala] Languages, Scripts, and Chinese Texts in East Asia by Peter Francis Kornicki
◉ [Reviewer: Zeny May D. Recidoro] A History of Cultic Images in China: The Domestic Statuary of Hunan by Alain Arrault, translated by Lina Verchery
◉ [Reviewer: Angela Elwood] 
An Empire of Touch: Women’s Political Labor and the Fabrication of East Bengal by Poulomi Saha
◉ [Reviewer: Lydia Kwa] A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India by Patton E. Burchett
◉ [Reviewer: Tiffani Ren] Stranded Nation: White Australia in an Asian Region by David Walker
◉ [Reviewer: Stephanie Studzinski] 
Common Life: Drawings and Poems by Ho Chee Lick and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng and Put Your Hand in Mine by Elaine Woo
◉ [Reviewer: Joshua Bird] 17A Keong Saik Road by Charmaine Leung

◉ [Reviewer: Carolyn Lau] Weeds by Lu Xun, translated by Matt Turner
◉ [Multiple reviewers] Xi Jinping: The Backlash by Richard McGregor
◉ [Reviewer: Ash Dean] Canyon in the Body (身体里的峡谷) by Lan Lan, translated from Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain
◉ [Reviewer: Cameron White] Screening Communities Negotiating Narratives of Empire, Nation, and the Cold War in Hong Kong Cinema (把社群搬上銀幕:香港電影對帝國主義、民族與冷戰的多元論述) by Jing Jing Chang
◉ [Reviewer: Keerthi Purushothaman] Storey by Clara Chow

◉ [Reviewer: Kate Rogers] China Dream by Ma Jian
◉ [Reviewer: Roland Torrance] The Lives Between Us by Juliet Conlin
◉ [Reviewer: Aaron Chan] Too Too Too Too by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
◉ [Reviewer: Jordan Smith] Away With Words by Henrik Hoeg
◉ [Reviewer: Lucas Klein] Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher
◉ [Reviewer: Daryl Lim Wei Jie]  The Organization of Distance: Poetry, Translation, Chineseness by Lucas Klein
◉ [Reviewer: Daryl Lim Wei Jie] Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire by Matthew W. King
◉ [Reviewer: Daryl Lim Wei Jie] Minjian: The Rise of China’s Grassroots Intellectuals by Sebastian Veg

◉ [Reviewer: Dasom Yang] A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and Sino–North Korean Relations, 1949–1976 by Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia
◉ [Reviewer: Jona Ray] Cast Out and Other Stories by Sucharita Dutta-Asane