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Newly Arrived Books (December 2013)

The newly arrived books in the library are now on display.

A list of books received in the past 40 days (continuously updated)

Recommended materials by the library staff from newly arrived books:

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1. The Japanese ethos: a study of national character / Yasuoka Masahiro
Honolulu Foundation, 2013

An English translation of Nihon Seishin no Kenkyu, written by Yasuoka Masahiro, who was an influential thinker in Japanese military, government and financial circles from the Taisho to the Showa era.

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2. Xavier’s Legacies: Catholicism in modern Japanese culture / Kevin M. Doak
UBC Press, 2011

This book discusses the history and cultural influence of Catholicism in Japan from the Meiji era, focusing on prominent writers, scientists, and diplomats of those days.

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3. Regionalizing culture: the political economy of Japanese popular culture in Asia / Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin
University of Hawai’i Press, 2013

The author discusses the influence of Japan’s popular culture on Asia from the political and economic point of view.

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4. The economy-security nexus in Northeast Asia / edited by T.J. Pempel
Routledge, 2013

Analyses of international relations in Northeast Asia, especially Japan, China, South Korea, and North Korea, paying particular attention to the interaction of security and economics.

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5. Youth, society and mobile media in Asia / edited by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson and Damien Spry
Routledge, 2010

This book examines the influence of mobile media technology in the lives of young people in East and North Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia, addressing important questions of social identity, well-being, participation and exclusion.

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6. Wind bands and cultural identity in Japanese schools / David G. Hebert
Springer, 2012

This well-researched volume tells the story of music education in Japan and of the wind band contest organized by the All-Japan Band Association. It examines the contest from a range of perspectives, including those of policy makers, adjudicators, conductors and young musicians.

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7. Nagai Kafū’s Occidentalism: defining the Japanese self / Rachel Hutchinson
State University of New York Press, 2011

The author examines how a great writer, Nagai Kafū (1879-1959), having experienced life in France and the United States, solved the dilemma of the coexistence of modernization and Japan’s identity.

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