[Library] Newly Arrived Books (December 2014)

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. Online @ Asia Pacific : mobile, social and locative media in the Asia-Pacific / Larissa Hjorth, Michael Arnold
(Asia’s Transformations ; Asia com ; 7)
Routledge, 2013

This book describes six case studies ― Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Manila, Singapore and Melbourne ― and offers new insights into specific issues pertaining to mobile media in each city. It explicates a variety of socialities, mobilities and immobilities across technological, geographic and psychological spaces through a range of economic, socio-cultural and linguistic differences.

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2. An inoffensive rearmament : the making of the postwar Japanese Army / Col. Frank Kowalski ; edited and annotated by Robert D. Eldridge
Naval Institute Press, 2013

An edited English version of a memoir by Col. Frank Kowalski, former deputy chief of civil affairs in Japan and chief of staff for the American military advisory group, originally published in Japanese. The book describes the details of the founding of the National Policy Reserve, the predecessor of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force today. It also contains annotations and preface (including a short biography of Col. Kowalski) by the editor.

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3. Refining nature in modern Japanese literature : the life and art of Shiga Naoya / Nanyan Guo
(AsiaWorld / series editor, Mark Selden) (Nichibunken monograph series, v. 15)
Lexington Books, 2014

This book examines the literature of Shiga Naoya, focusing in particular on his nature-inspired writings. The author discusses how he created vivid images of nature that became famous and still linger in Japanese people’s minds. The influences he received from earlier writers in Japan and abroad are examined.

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