Praise for Our Books


Frank Abe, coeditor of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy is interviewed by BBC World Service

From Publishers Weekly: “This comprehensive overview is a valuable primer with wide appeal to readers interested in renewable energy, climate change, and the ever-shifting strategies of energy corporations.” Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro by Sarah Cox (distributed for UBC Press)

In The New York Times, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses No-No Boy by John Okada and America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan, describing the authors as “iconic Asian-American writers” whose “genius” was “unrecognized in its day.”

Choice reviews The Jewish Bible by David Stern: “In this excellent volume Stern expertly and elegantly combines traditional knowledge of the written Bible from scroll to digital text with a mastery of a far more recent approach, the history of the book, or material history. . . . A book that scholars will savor and students will appreciate. Essential.”


America Is in the Heart / Carlos Bulosan
Discussing her debut novel, America Is Not the Heart, Elaine Castillo says, “Essentially, growing up, ‘America Is In The Heart’ by Carlos Bulosan was the kind of foundational text for a Filipino-American. It’s read in ethnic studies, it’s required reading in American history. It was meaningful for me—it was the first book I saw anyone from Pangasinan depicted. But whenever I saw the title, ‘America Is In The Heart,’ I would always have that little joke to myself that ‘America is NOT the heart,’ so eventually I went there, I knew I would write something with that title.” (ABS-CBN News, 4/23/18). The New York Times Book Review (5/2/18) also mentions Bulosan’s memoir in their review of Castillo’s novel.

American Indian Business / Edited by Deanna M. Kennedy, et al.
“The experiences and learnings it contains are relevant to any Indigenous person or community operating or looking at establishing a business. The book is also valuable to non-Indigenous people as it will help them understand the barriers and challenges faced by American Indians (and Indigenous people more broadly) in developing business enterprises and viable economies in their communities. . . . An extremely valuable resource. . . . This book highlights how Indigenous knowledge is part of the philosophy of economic development in American Indian communities.”—Sara Jane Hudson, Transmotion

Bhupen Khakhar / Edited by Chris Dercon and Nada Raza
Featured in a round-up of books on Indian modernism The Artblog

Bike Battles / James Longhurst
Interviewed on Crosscut/KCTS 9’s "Mossback’s Northwest with Knute Berger”

Black Women in Sequence / Deborah Whaley
“One of the first book-length works to deal specifically with the construction and experience of black women in sequential art. . . . Whaley considers the creation and consumption of sequential media by black women, often erased from conversations about fan culture. . . . An extraordinarily ambitious work.”—Joshua Abraham Kopin, American Literature

Breaching the Peace / Sarah Cox (distributed for UBC Press)
“This comprehensive overview is a valuable primer with wide appeal to readers interested in renewable energy, climate change, and the ever-shifting strategies of energy corporations”—Publishers Weekly

Bringing Whales Ashore / Jakobina Arch
“What is the real history of whaling in Japan? Is it first and foremost a story about the continuation of a centuries old cultural tradition? And how likely is it that the whaling Japan continues to do in the name of scientific research under IWC rules will validate a long-standing dedication to the sustainable use of whales for food? . . . Jakobina Arch . . . provide[s] for the first time convincing answers to these and other questions in Bringing Whales Ashore.”—Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith, Environment, Law, and History (blog)

Author interview: Whitman Wire

Buddhism Illuminated / San San May and Jana Igunma
Featured in
The International Examiner

Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia / Edited by Pál Nyíri and Danielle Tan
“Each [essay] offers a compelling case study that highlights how everyday interactions and local relationships are rewriting the region at diverse scales, from the Greater Mekong Subregion to border towns. Scholars of China and Southeast Asia will welcome this diverse collection on how money and people from China are shaping the region.”—Choice

“Addresses a gap in the literature and provides empirical proof of the fluidity of ‘Chineseness.’”—Chih-yu Shih, Pacific Affairs

Citizen 13660 / Miné Okubo
“A keystone autobiographical work of Asian-American literature.”—Madeleine Han, The Nation

Confucian Image Politics / Ying Zhang
“Students and scholars of Chinese history, culture, and literature, as well as comparative historians, will benefit so much from the insights and information abundant in this study, not only because it is a well-researched scholarly monograph, but also because the author has so many fascinating stories to tell about this tumultuous period in Chinese history.”—Martin W. Huang, Ming Studies

“Zhang’s great strength is in finding new angles from which to tell the story of the late Ming . . . as well as strategic uses of the vernacular never before explored in a systematic way.”—Katherine Carlitz, The Journal of Asian Studies

Defending Giants / Darren F. Speece
“Speece has crafted a well-written and insightful account of the power of grassroots activism on the North Coast, and shows that the Redwood Wars’ influence reached well beyond Headwaters Forest. Activists, land managers, and environmental historians will enjoy and learn much from Speece’s in-depth study.”—Casey Huegel,
Federal History

Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War / Noriko Kawamura
“A well-balanced analysis of the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War, drawing on previously unavailable primary sources. . . . Kawamura does a fine job of describing Emperor Hirohito’s complex positions and his historical situation.”—Takeshi Suzuki, Pacific Affairs

Forests Are Gold / Pamela McElwee
“A wonderful and timely addition to the literature on political ecology. . . . In presenting the dilemmas and projects of forest conservation over the last century, she convincingly demonstrates that if forests can and do act beyond humans, the generativity of these activities is lost on those who seek to more efficiently administer them.”—Nikhil Anand, American Ethnologist

Forgery and Impersonation in Imperial China / Mark McNicholas
“The book is a valuable resource for specialists in Chinese history and law, as well as for those who are new to these fields. . . . engaging, sensitive, and thought provoking. The case studies are engrossing and are accompanied by provocative insights into the law and society of late Imperial China. The book is accessible to students, who will be intrigued by the crime narratives but also will appeal to specialists, because of its valuable contribution to the legal historiography of the Qing dynasty.”—Nancy Park, The Historian

The Gender of Caste / Charu Gupta
“Adds to overall Dalit and global feminist scholarship a rich and dense analysis of texts and contexts to unpack the “biopolitics of caste.” It is an engaging example of interdisciplinary work focused on close readings of print and popular culture representations from colonial India, including present-day representations, that construct, contest, revise, and influence narratives of gender and caste.”—Veena Deo, The Journal of Asian Studies

“An excellent contribution that brings forward scholarly discussions on gender, caste, and the role of print media in the formation of publics, highlighting the necessity for intersectional approaches in the study of Indian history. It provides an accessible entrance into the subject that would work well in graduate seminars and professional contexts and could equally contribute to transregional conversations on the role of gender and class in revisionist historical studies.”—Claire C. Robison, Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Gombrich among the Egyptians and Other Essays in the History of Art / Robert Bagley (distributed for Lucia | Marquand)
“Indeed [Bagley’s] accessible prose enables us to appreciate the beautifully illustrated art of a variety of cultures in a book that is definitely an aesthetic object in itself.”—Susan Bush, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Heaven in Conflict / Anthony E. Clark
“Takes readers back to one of the most catastrophic episodes of the Boxer uprising: the Taiyuan massacre. He dissects the violence and the resistance to examine the religious and cultural beliefs on both sides. . . . Women, both the Franciscan sisters and their counterparts, the local Red Lanterns, are an integral part of the story.”—Ji Li, Twentieth-Century China

Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories / Binbin Yang
“As another achievement in telling Herstory, Binbin Yang’s book illuminates a new direction in the study of women’s literature in late imperial China.”—Yu Zhang, Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR)

The Hope of Another Spring / Barbara Johns
“Altogether beautiful . . . strikingly testifies to the oft-stated judgment that a picture is worth a thousand words.”—Arthur A. Hansen, Nichi Bei Weekly; syndicated in Discover Nikkei

Imperial Bandits / Bradley Camp Davis
“Essential reading for anyone interested in nineteenth-century Vietnamese history or French colonialism in Vietnam.”—Kathlene Baldanza, Journal of Vietnamese Studies

“Excellent. . . . a welcome study because of its focus on the late nineteenth-century Sino-Southeast Asian borderlands, a time period and region that deserves more good studies like this one. . . . Should be read widely by those interested in East and Southeast Asia.”—C. Patterson Giersch, Journal of Chinese History

Imperial Illusions / Kristina Kleutghen
“An invaluable addition to the ongoing conversation to globalize Chinese art history. . . . [Kleutghen’s] most important contribution is to return the scenic illusion paintings to their original space and treat them as part of the architecture, and whenever possible to excavate their original placement and to recreate the spaces to which they once belonged, feats which have not always been successfully achieved by her predecessors.”—William Ma, China Review International

In the Circle of White Stones / Gillian Tan
“Tan's curiosity about pastoral culture and language is obvious in her reported observations and experiences. . . . The author's use of detail could not have been imagined, but only have come from lived experience. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed reading In the Circle of White Stones and its depiction of the reality of a Tibetan herding way of life.”—Konchok Gelek, Asian Highlands Perspectives

The Jewish Bible / David Stern “In this excellent volume Stern expertly and elegantly combines traditional knowledge of the written Bible from scroll to digital text with a mastery of a far more recent approach, the history of the book, or material history. . . . A book that scholars will savor and students will appreciate. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.”— Choice

Author interview, Jewish History Matters
Author interview, Jewish Review of Books

John Okada / Edited by Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung
Frank Abe interview, BBC World Service

Mediating Islam / Janet Steele
“A richly-layered overview of the journalistic landscape in Malaysia and Indonesia.”—Peter Gordon, Asian Review of Books

Michael C. Spafford: Epic Works / Bruce Guenther (distributed for Lucia |Marquand)
Feature articles in The Seattle Times and Seattle Magazine
Interview on KUOW’s The Record with former Spafford student Barbara Earl Thomas

The Nature of California / Sarah D. Wald “Forcefully written and prodigiously researched. . . . I love this book. . . . I found this book absolutely fascinating—but really, I think anyone would.”—Margaret R. Ellsberg, Branding Irons (The Los Angeles Corral of Westerners)

Network Sovereignty / Marisa Elena Duarte
“A significant contribution to the fields of information science and Indigenous studies. It will have a significant impact on the way research is done in both fields and hopefully beyond.”—David Gaertner, H-Net Reviews / H-AmIndian

The New Way / Tâm T. T. Ngô
“Represents a great achievement as the summation of extensive independent fieldwork on a topic that is essentially the convergence of three “politically sensitive” topics in Vietnam: religious change, ethnic politics, and transnational groups. Ngô has become the first academic to publish English-language research about this topic based on ethnographic methods”—Seb Rumsby, Southeast Asian Studies

“This book on the conversion of the Vietnamese Hmong is important because, to an extent, the history of modern Vietnam is a history of contending with Christianity. . . . Ngô argues that beginning in the 1980s the Vietnamese Hmong, disillusioned by broken promises and oppressive developmental policies, have seized Protestantism as a route to empowerment and modernity.”—Mai Na M. Lee, Pacific Affairs

North / Edited by Julie Decker
“North isn't a comprehensive book about the entirety of Alaska, but it might be the most inclusive one yet.”—David James, Daily News-Miner

Nuclear Reactions / Edited by James W. Feldman
“The environmental elements in many of the documents give the book fresh perspectives, along with more familiar ones. . . . Instead of simply including transcribed documents, each piece includes pertinent discussion questions for students, centered on Feldman’s themes. The inclusion of such questions throughout the volume is one of the strengths of this text as a teaching tool. The documents speak to themes in history of science, environmental studies, and beyond.”—Anna Elizabeth Dvorak, Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society

Picturing India / John McAleer
“Well written and beautifully illustrated. . . . This volume will be an informative and pleasurable exploration for anyone interested in the East India Company and its impact in India and Britain. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.”—Choice (Community College Recommendation)

Reporting for China / Pál Nyíri
“The first extensive, systematic study of Chinese journalists who work as foreign correspondents for Chinese audiences. . . . A must-read for those interested in the machinations of Chinese politics and the Chinese state. . . . A fine example of how anthropologists study the media . . . valuable not just for anthropologists but also for scholars and students in the fields of media, communications, and journalism.”—Wanning Sun, The China Journal

“As the pioneering work in this field, Nyiri’s vibrant and important book opens up a lot of new questions about China’s global media expansion and soft power attempts. It spearheads an exciting new direction in the analysis of Chinese media and cultural studies.”—Maria Repnikova, China Review International

Rural China on the Eve of Revolution / G. William Skinner; Edited by Stevan Harrell and William Lavely
This book deserves to be read by all students of twentieth-century rural China, in particular those with an interest in Sichuan. . . . Skinner’s acute observations and his strong sympathy for the people he studied (a sympathy which they apparently returned) remain a model almost seventy years after the fact.”—Jacob Eyferth, Pacific Affairs

Rural Origins, City Lives / Roberta Zavoretti
“Does what good ethnography should do: it brings us into the grounded, life worlds of others in a way that forces us to question our broader assumptions and the categories that those assumptions are based on. That alone makes it a worthwhile and rewarding book.”—Tim Oakes, China Review International

Seawomen of Iceland / Margaret Willson
“What if a certain working demographic had disappeared from memory? . . . Willson is repeatedly told that women do not work at sea—except that archives and real lives attest that women actually do. . . . Seawomen of Iceland is about tough work and tougher weather, about fishing through changing socioeconomic currents, and about the subtle—and not-so-subtle—roles gender plays in working lives.”—Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins, Anthropology of Work Review

“A wonderfully detailed and lovingly crafted study of Icelandic women at sea through the ages. Willson . . . explore[s] not only why so many women fished and participated in maritime labour, especially in the past, but also to ask why this knowledge remains hidden and marginalized.”—Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen, NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research

Siri Gerrard, Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift (Norwegian language review)

Sensitive Space / Jason Cons
“Cons . . . allows his rich ethnographic material to reveal the complexities of postcolonial sovereignty, insecurity, and precarity. The result is a highly readable, theoretically acute, and sharply insightful work.”
—Sankaran Krishna, The Journal of Asian Studies

Smell Detectives / Melanie Kiechle
“A brilliant, entertaining book informed by careful archival research. Supplemented by fascinating illustrations, the book navigates a rich and eclectic archive that is frequently obscured when historians overemphasize the perspectives of health experts and government officials.”—Hsuan L. Hsu, Journal of Historical Geography

The Social Life of Inkstones / Dorothy Ko
“Engrossing. . . . The University of Washington Press has produced a fascinating contribution to the study of the art and aesthetics of writing in China, and to the cultural history of the Qing. Dorothy Ko is a talented scholar, but she is also a most alluring writer, and I look forward to reading her other books.”—Simon Wickhamsmith,

Sonny Assu / Sonny Assu
“Assu’s art leaps from medium to medium and includes graphic art, carvings, prints, photography and combinations of each.”—Carl Segerstrom, High Country News

“Attractive and effective”—Portia Priegert, Galleries West

The Spokane River / Edited by Paul Lindholdt
Feature story, The Spokesman-Review
Feature story and author interview, The Inlander
Feature story and author interview, The Easterner
Author editorial, The Easterner

Symptoms of an Unruly Age / Rivi Handler-Spitz
“Handler-Spitz sets herself two discrete tasks: to describe societies that were undergoing critical, parallel changes; and to justify the comparative approach itself. . . . As Handler-Spitz makes clear, simply recognizing the parallels can safeguard us from inappropriately narrow, single-culture- specific notions of causality.”—Katherine Carlitz, The Journal of Asian Studies

Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets / Translated by Wilt Idema
“Exhibiting the deft touch of an experienced translator, Idema has rendered these women’s compositions into exquisite yet accessible language. . . . challenges us to confront and rethink many of the preconceived notions and categories that we have used to analyze topics regarding gender and ethnicity, potentially opening the door for new exciting research in these fields.”—Bingyu Zheng, China Review International

Unlikely Alliances / Zoltán Grossman
“The breadth of Grossman’s work is impressive and laudable, melding history, law, and ethnography. . . . A useful text for thinking about coalition building. . . Well worth a read.”—John Gamber, Transmotion

“Provides a useful guide for building alliances against environmentally destructive projects and evaluating what strategies have been successful, and which ones have not worked so well, in defending rural land, resources and cultures.”—Al Gedicks, Race & Class

Uplake / Ana Maria Spagna
“Like her stories of swimming, hiking, flying, running, and driving, this collection is a moving—in more than one sense of the word—meditation. It is her exploration, and ours, of how to find the way through. On how, in the long days but short years of living, to have a life of wonder.”—Arielle Silver, Brevity

Writing the South Seas / Brian C. Bernards
“What permeates this entire volume is a maritime vocabulary representing not only the physical passages of people across the seas but, more important, the consequent traversals occurring in the realm of culture, language, and literature as Chinese immigrants adapt to a new environment. The result is a rich tapestry of writings that embody the experiential gamut of Chinese immigrants physically uprooted from their place of ancestry but unfailingly re-visioning a world amidst the changes.”—Dinah Roma, Southeast Asian Studies

Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan / Translated by Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, and David Schaberg
Interview with translators, #AsiaNow