China Review International, vol. 18, no. 2 (2011)


Good for Nothing? Jan De Meyer’s Translation of the Tang Text Wunengzi (reviewing Jan De Meyer, Wunengzi Nietskunner: Het taoïsme en de bevrijding van de geest (Wunengzi good for nothing: Taoism and the liberation of the mind))
Reviewed by Carine Defoort, 121

Finding Distinctive Chinese Characteristics in Qing Era Popular Protests (reviewing Ho-fung Hung, Protest with Chinese Characterististics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in Mid-Qing Dynasty)
Reviewed by David D. Buck, 128

Struggle for Democracy: Hong Kong Is Increasingly Mainland-ized (Dalu-hua 大陆化): Taiwan on the Road Toward Hongkong-ization (Xianggang-hua/香港化) (reviewing Sonny Shiu-hing Lo, Competing Chinese Political Visions: Hong Kong versus Beijing on Democracy)
Reviewed by Jung-fang Tsai, 132

Another Installment of a Crucial Translation (reviewing Ssu-ma Ch’ien; William H. Nienhauser Jr., editor; J. Michael Farmer, Enno Giele, Christiane Haupt, Li He, Elisabeth Hsu, William H. Nienhauser Jr., Marc Nürnberger, and Ying Qin, translators, The Grand Scribe’s Records: Volume 9: The Memoirs of Han China, pt. 2.)
Reviewed by Grant Hardy, 159


Robert Ford Campany, Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China
Reviewed by Philip Clart, 163

Sucheng Chan and Madeline Y. Hsu, editors, Chinese Americans and the Politics of Race and Culture; Min Zhou, Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation; David Chuenyan Lai, Chinese Community Leadership: Case Study of Victoria in Canada
Reviewed by Wing Chung Ng, 166

Warren I. Cohen, America’s Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations, fifth edition
Reviewed by Franklin J. Woo, 173

Robert Culp, Articulating Citizenship: Civic Education and Student Politics in Southeastern China, 1912–1940
Reviewed by Jennifer Liu, 179

Kerstin Grothmann, Die Arshe: Arbeitslieder aus dem traditionellen tibetischen Bauhandwerk
Reviewed by Jacob Eyferth, 182

Jonathan Hay, Sensuous Surfaces: The Decorative Object in Early Modern China
Reviewed by Ellen Huang, 185

Loretta Wing Wah Ho, Gay and Lesbian Subculture in Urban China
Reviewed by Lucetta Y. L. Kam, 187

Charles Holcombe, A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-first Century
Reviewed by James A. Anderson, 190

Max Ko-wu Huang, The Meaning of Freedom: Yan Fu and the Origins of Chinese Liberalism
Reviewed by Guy Alitto, 194

Henry Kissinger, On China
Reviewed by Franklin J. Woo, 200

Seung-joon Lee, Gourmets in the Land of Famine: The Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton
Reviewed by Edward Rhoads, 204

Huaiyin Li, Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948–2008
Reviewed by Gregory Veeck, 209

Richard Madsen, Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan
Reviewed by Philip Clart, 214

Christian Meyer, Ritendiskussionen am Hof der nördlichen Song-Dynastie (1034–1093): Zwischen Ritengelehrsamkeit, Machtkampf und intellektuellen Bewegungen
Reviewed by Martin Hofmann, 218

W. John Morgan and Bin Wu, editors, Higher Education Reform in China: Beyond the Expansion
Reviewed by Ruth Hayhoe, 220

Thomas S. Mullaney, Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classifications in Modern China
Reviewed by Chia Ning, 225

William H. Nienhauser Jr., Tang Dynasty Tales: A Guided Reader
Reviewed by Sarah M. Allen, 227

Lucie Olivová and Vibeke Børdahl, editors, Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou
Reviewed by Michael Marmé, 233

Florian C. Reiter, editor, Exorcism in Daoism: A Berlin Symposium
Reviewed by Vincent Goossaert, 235

Jonathan Schwartz and Shawn Shieh, editors, State and Society Responses to Social Welfare Needs in China: Serving the People
Reviewed by Qingwen Xu, 236

Helen F. Siu, editor, Merchants’ Daughters: Women, Commerce, and Regional Culture in South China
Reviewed by Wong Pik-wan and Ka-ming Wu, 240

Elspeth Thomson, Youngho Chang, and Jae-Seung Lee, editors, Energy Conservation in East Asia: Towards Greater Energy Security
Reviewed by Jonathan Harrington, 243

Martin King Whyte, Myth of the Social Volcano: Perception of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China
Reviewed by Alvin Y. So, 247

Martin King Whyte, editor, One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China
Reviewed by Tam Bang Vu, 251

Yang Dongping, editor, The China Environment Yearbook, Volume 5, State of Change: Environmental Governance and Citizens’ Rights
Reviewed by Herman F. Huang, 253

Works Received, 257