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1 ABBAS, K. A. 20th March 1977: A Day Like Any Other.
Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi: 1978 0706906101 / 9780706906103 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket has chips and tears. 
A dramatic account of how hundreds of people, including Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, George Fernandes, Sanjhay Gandhi, as well as Janata and Congress Party workers, film stars, prostitutes and smugglers did, felt and thought that crucial day of the outcome of the general elections. 
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2 BURUMA, IAN. Behind The Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters And Other Japanese Cultural Heroes.
Penguin Books, New York: 1985. 0452010543 / 9780452010543 A Meridian Book. Fifth Printing. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
After reading this book, you will never look at Japan and the Japanese in quite the same way again. For you will see Japan as mor than a land of Toyotas, transistors, tea ceremoniew and flower arranging. You will understand it also as a land of people with dreams and fantasies, and a morality and an immorality all their own. Behind The Mask is an exploration of that Japan - as expressed in its pornographic movies and comic books, massage parlors and strip joints; popular TV shows and entertainment idols, and other manifestations of Japanese attitudes and acgtivities in the realm of the psyche and the senses. "A fascinating exploration . . . of Japanese cultue: the fantasy life of the Japanese." - The Washington Post Book World 
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3 CHUN, ALLEN. Forget Chineseness: On The Geopolitics Of Cultural Identification.
State University of New York Press, Albany: 2017. Global Modernity Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Critiques the idea of a Chinese cultural identity and argues that such identities are instead determined by geopolitical and economic forces. Forget Chineseness provides a critical interpretation of not only discourses of Chinese identity—Chineseness—but also of how they have reflected differences between "Chinese" societies, such as in Hong Kong, Taiwan, People's Republic of China, Singapore, and communities overseas. Allen Chun asserts that while identity does have meaning in cultural, representational terms, it is more importantly a product of its embeddedness in specific entanglements of modernity, colonialism, nation-state formation, and globalization. By articulating these processes underlying institutional practices in relation to public mindsets, it is possible to explain various epistemic moments that form the basis for their sociopolitical transformation. From a broader perspective, this should have salient ramifications for prevailing discussions of identity politics. The concept of identity has not only been predicated on flawed notions of ethnicity and culture in the social sciences but it has also been acutely exacerbated by polarizing assumptions that drive our understanding of identity politics. Allen Chun is Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He the author of Unstructuring Chinese Society: The Fictions of Colonial Practice and the Changing Realities of "Land" in the New Territories of Hong Kong. 
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4 HASEGAWA, TSUYOSHI (EDITOR). The Cold War In East Asia, 1945-1991.
Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The Cold War in East Asia studies Asia as a second front in the Cold War, examining how the six powers—the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and North and South Korea—interacted one another and forged the conditions that were distinct from the Cold War in Europe. The contributors are among the foremost historians of the new Cold War history, and this book draws on a wide array of newly available archival information in many languages, with particular strength in the use of Russian and Chinese archival material. The Cold War in East Asia shows how as a second front the Cold War in East Asia influenced the shape of the Cold War's first front—the East-West confrontation centering in Europe—and third front in the developing world. Each chapter, while focused on particular countries and particular timespans, situates its story within a broad overview. And the volume stresses the uniqueness of the region's historical experience and explains how it serves as the background to some of the key conflicts in East Asia today. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is Professor of History at University of California, Santa Barbara. "A studious and scholarly work from many historians and thinkers . . . The Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1991 is a fascinating and scholarly study of the era and its impact that will be felt for many years to come. Highly recommended."—Midwest Book Review "This edited volume provides a wealth of new information coming from fresh research in Japanese, American, East European, U.S., and Chinese archival and primary sources. This is an important contribution to the state of the field."—Christopher Goscha, Associate Professor of History at University of Quebec at Montreal "There is, clearly, a real need for a book of this sort and it will doubtless be welcomed by scholars in all of those fields, as well as international/diplomatic historians more broadly and area specialists and comparativists in Political Science."—Robert McMahon, Professor of History at Ohio State University 
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5 LIN, MA & JAAP VAN BRAKEL. Fundamentals Of Comparative And Intercultural Philosophy.
State University of New York Press, Albany: 2016. SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large. This innovative book explores the preconditions necessary for intercultural and comparative philosophy. Philosophical practices that involve at least two different traditions with no common heritage and whose languages have very different grammatical structure, such as Indo-Germanic languages and classical Chinese, are a particular focus. Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel look at the necessary and not-so-necessary conditions of possibility of interpretation, comparison, and other forms of interaction and how we can speak of similarities and differences in this context. The authors posit that it is necessary to dissolve the question of universalism versus relativism by replacing the ideal language paradigm with a paradigm of family resemblances and that it is not necessary to share a common language to engage in comparison. Numerous case studies are presented, including many comparisons of Western and Chinese concepts. Lin Ma is Associate Professor of the School of Philosophy at the Renmin University of China and the author of Heidegger on East-West Dialogue: Anticipating the Event. Jaap van Brakel is Professor Emeritus in the Higher Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven and the author of Philosophy of Chemistry: Between the Manifest and the Scientific Image. Table of Contents: 1. Preliminaries—Philosophy and Language Do We Need a Universal Notion of Philosophy? Language (Preliminaries) Linguistic Relativism 2. The Troubled Water of the Ideal Language Paradigm Specters of the Ideal Language Paradigm Are There Universals? 3. Universalism and Relativism Similarities of Universalism and Relativism Case Study of Color in View of Relativism versus Universalism The Preconditions of Scientific Knowledge 4. Family Resemblance and De- essentialization (De-)essentialization of Language and Meaning Family Resemblance Family Resemblance across Traditions 5. No Need to Speak the Same Language The NNSSL- Principle First Contacts The Treaty of Waitangi "A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs" NNSSL and No Need for a Shared World Either? 6. Conceptual Schemes and Forms of Life Conceptual Schemes Form(s) of Life Similarities and Differences 7. Varieties of Intercultural Philosophy Terminology Heidegger's Asian Connection Interkulturelle Philosophie Ethnophilosophy Comparative Philosophy: Science, Pragmatism, or Anti-philosophy? Variations of World Philosophy The Geyi Method 8. Constraints in the Era of Globalization Center- Periphery Forces Standardization and Regimentation of Languages "Cattle Colors" Transcendental Pretence Qing versus Emotion(s) Globalization Makes the Past Inaccessible Be(ing) 9. Interpretation Models Theories of Interpretation XYZ-Model of Interpretation and Comparison Underdetermination of Interpretation 10. Necessary Preconditions for Interpretation Principles of Interpretation Quasi-Universals FR- Extension Final Necessary Preconditions of Interpretation Truth and Rightness 
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6 LIN, MA & JAAP VAN BRAKEL. Fundamentals Of Comparative And Intercultural Philosophy.
State University of New York Press, Albany: 2016. SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large. This innovative book explores the preconditions necessary for intercultural and comparative philosophy. Philosophical practices that involve at least two different traditions with no common heritage and whose languages have very different grammatical structure, such as Indo-Germanic languages and classical Chinese, are a particular focus. Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel look at the necessary and not-so-necessary conditions of possibility of interpretation, comparison, and other forms of interaction and how we can speak of similarities and differences in this context. The authors posit that it is necessary to dissolve the question of universalism versus relativism by replacing the ideal language paradigm with a paradigm of family resemblances and that it is not necessary to share a common language to engage in comparison. Numerous case studies are presented, including many comparisons of Western and Chinese concepts. Lin Ma is Associate Professor of the School of Philosophy at the Renmin University of China and the author of Heidegger on East-West Dialogue: Anticipating the Event. Jaap van Brakel is Professor Emeritus in the Higher Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven and the author of Philosophy of Chemistry: Between the Manifest and the Scientific Image. Table of Contents: 1. Preliminaries—Philosophy and Language Do We Need a Universal Notion of Philosophy? Language (Preliminaries) Linguistic Relativism 2. The Troubled Water of the Ideal Language Paradigm Specters of the Ideal Language Paradigm Are There Universals? 3. Universalism and Relativism Similarities of Universalism and Relativism Case Study of Color in View of Relativism versus Universalism The Preconditions of Scientific Knowledge 4. Family Resemblance and De- essentialization (De-)essentialization of Language and Meaning Family Resemblance Family Resemblance across Traditions 5. No Need to Speak the Same Language The NNSSL- Principle First Contacts The Treaty of Waitangi "A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs" NNSSL and No Need for a Shared World Either? 6. Conceptual Schemes and Forms of Life Conceptual Schemes Form(s) of Life Similarities and Differences 7. Varieties of Intercultural Philosophy Terminology Heidegger's Asian Connection Interkulturelle Philosophie Ethnophilosophy Comparative Philosophy: Science, Pragmatism, or Anti-philosophy? Variations of World Philosophy The Geyi Method 8. Constraints in the Era of Globalization Center- Periphery Forces Standardization and Regimentation of Languages "Cattle Colors" Transcendental Pretence Qing versus Emotion(s) Globalization Makes the Past Inaccessible Be(ing) 9. Interpretation Models Theories of Interpretation XYZ-Model of Interpretation and Comparison Underdetermination of Interpretation 10. Necessary Preconditions for Interpretation Principles of Interpretation Quasi-Universals FR- Extension Final Necessary Preconditions of Interpretation Truth and Rightness 
Price: 85.50 USD
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7 MYRDAL, JAN; KESSLE, GUN (PHOTOGRAPHER). China Notebook 1975-78.
Liberator Press, Chicago: 1979. 093072058X / 9780930720582 s Softcover. Good condition. 
"Perhaps the greatest value of this book is its understanding of the deep underlying continuities in China's ongoing revolution and modern transformation...[Myrdal's] knowledge of the country is intimate and profound." - John Service, Secretary of U.S. Embassy in Chungking during World War II. 
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8 MYRDAL, JAN; KESSLE, GUN (PHOTOGRAPHER). China Notebook 1975-78.
Liberator Press, Chicago: 093072058X / 9780930720582 Second Printing. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
"Perhaps the greatest value of this book is its understanding of the deep underlying continuities in China's ongoing revolution and modern transformation...[Myrdal's] knowledge of the country is intimate and profound." - John Service, Secretary of U.S. Embassy in Chungking during World War II. 
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