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The following publications are available at the IAR.

Coordination of International Trade and Human Rights: Research Papers (Free)
Law and Economic Development in China Mainland and Taiwan
  ($25.00)

Nostalgic Journeys: Literary Pilgrimages Between Japan and the West ($24.95)
A Varied Optic: Contemporary Studies in the Ramayana  ($20.00)
The Localized Poverty Reduction in Viet Nam:
Improving the Enabling Environment for Livelihood Enhancement in Rural Areas
  ($25.00)
Globalization and The Asian Economic Crisis:
Indigenous Responses, Coping Strategies, and Governance Reform in Southeast Asia
  ($30.00)
Korea Between Tradition and Modernity:
Selected Papers from the Fourth Pacific and Asian Conference on Korean Studies
  ($40.00) 
Urban and Regional Governance in the Asia Pacific ( $15.00)
Design for the Next Millennium: The C.K. Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research 
(hardcover, $29.95 CDN, softcover, $19.95)

The Cooperative Management of Water Resources in South Asia  ($34.95)
The Empowerment of Asia: Reshaping Global Society
  ($19.95)
Pacific Encounters: The Production of Self and Other  ($19.95)
The Silent Debate: Asian Immigration and Racism in Canada ($24.95)
The World My Mother Gave Me: Asian Women's Perspectives and Perceptions in Literature  ($19.95)

Book prices are quoted in Canadian funds.

To order books and for further
inquiries, please contact iar@interchange.ubc.ca

Coordination of International Trade and Human Rights: Research Papers

Edited by Erika M. Cedillo Corral. 187 pages. Free

Coordination of International Trade and Human Rights:  Research Papers is published by the Institute of Asian Research.  Any part of this book may be reprinted or cited with credit to the source. 

Coordination of International Trade and Human Rights: Research Papers is a series of papers written and researched by MAAPPS students and edited by Erika M. Cedillo Corral. A copy is available here.

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Law and Economic Development in

China Mainland and Taiwan
Edited by Pitman B. Potter. Paperback. 256 pages. $25.00.

Recent policy changes in Mainland China and Taiwan have supported increased reliance on law in management of the economy and society. Increased complexity in socioeconomic and political relations is seen to require norms of formality and objectivity to replace informal and subjective relational norms associated with tradition. This in turn can create increased demands for the institutional and procedural rigor that legal reforms promise. But legal reform is not only about formalizing the rules for socioeconomic and political behavior—local conditions and local values of morality and civility provide important context.
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Nostalgic Journeys:Literary Pilgrimages

Between Japan and the West
Proceedings of a conference held in Vancouver, B.C., September, 1999, in honour of Kinya Tsuruta. Edited by Susan Fisher. Paperback. 194 pages. $24.95.

Nostalgic Journeys examines the themes of nostalgia and exoticism in works by a number of modern authors. Papers on Japanese literature investigate how writers such as Kawabata, Mishima, Oe, and Oba Minako constructed a vision of the West that ultimately deepened their nostalgic attachment to traditional Japan. Papers on Western authors examine representations of Japan in works by Angela Carter, Arthur Waley, and Kazuo Ishiguro. As a collection, Nostalgic Journeys presents an usual opportunity to examine how writers from both sides of the "East/West" divide have constructed the boundaries between Japan and the West, between tradition and modernity.
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Urban and Regional Governance in the Asia Pacific
Edited by John Friedmann, 1999.  Softcover (ISBN 0-88865-177-5), $15.00. 345 pp. 

The selection of papers in this issue stems from a workshop on metropolitan governance in the Asia-Pacific region that was held in Taipei in April 1998.  This was the second workshop involving a group of scholars from major cities of the region.  With a common interest in urban policy, they call themselves the Intercity Network.  The region itself, defined largely by trading patterns, extends from Japan and Korea down the coast of China to Southeast Asia, Australia, and North America.  Overall, it presents what must surely be among the most challenging problems for urban policy in the world today.  The region's cities are enormous in their scale and diversity.  But the abstract vocabulary we commonly use to talk about them--sustainable growth, intercity competition, multicultural cities, metropolitan governance--lacks the conceptual precision and vividness with which to effectively communicate the awesome magnitude and specificity of the underlying realities. 
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The Cooperative Management of Water Resources in South Asia
Edited by Tony Beck, Pablo Bose and Barrie Morrison, 1999.  Softcover (ISBN 0-88865-551-7), $34.95. 345 pp. 

The present volume derives from a highly successful workshop arranged by the University of British Columbia's Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) in December 1997 that brought together UBC and foreign specialists to discuss problems of improving water resource management in South Asia.  The workshop was designed to share knowledge and ideas about what L.K. Joshi calls "the paradigm shift in water management": the change from bureaucratic to cooperative management of water resources by local users in a variety of South Asian contexts.  As the papers reveal, the workshop attracted expertise from various parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal as well as Canada and the U.S.A.  This was a gathering, not only of academics ranging in discipline from anthropology to soil science, but also of consultants, aid experts, government officials and activists from a variety of non-governmental organizations.
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Design for the Next Millennium:
The C.K. Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research
Edited by Eleanor Laquian, 1996. Hardcover (ISBN 0-88865-159-7), $29.95; paperback (ISBN 0-88865-161-9), $19.95. 88 pp. 

Design for the Next Millennium, prepared to mark the official inauguration of the C.K. Choi Building, takes up three themes. The first section of the book, Campus Greening, deals with the design and processes needed to create an environmentally sensitive building. By reducing the need for new materials, incorporating recycling into the building process and creating a low-energy demand building with a self-contained waste removal system, the building represents an important, practical example of how to respond to the challenges of increasing energy demand in the growing mega-urban conurbations of Asia. The second section of the book, Institution Building, deals with the history of the Institute, the fund raising for the expanded Institute and its constituent Centres, new organization and structure and research activities which are focusing on the research into the culture, history and development of Asian societies. The final section of the book, Global Networking, describes how the Institute and the University are pursuing their vision and mandate to internationalize their programs with increasing linkages and joint research projects with institutions in the Asia Pacific region. The book is intended both as a benchmark for the Institute of Asian Research and an agenda for future action. 
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The Empowerment of Asia:
Reshaping Global Society
Essays by Alexander Woodside, Paul M. Evans, Jomo K.S., Edward Seidensticker, Sumit Ganguly, Chong-un Kim, and David S.G. Goodman. 1996. Paperback (ISBN 0-88865-543-6), $19.95. 136 pp. 

The Empowerment of Asia approaches empowerment from different perspectives. It deals with broad components of the empowerment of Asia and presents evidence of its process at a sub-regional level. The authors emphasize the need to critically evaluate the more macro discourse concerning the empowerment of Asia as it actually occurs at the level of national units. 

Papers presented at The Empowerment of Asia: research policies and priorities for the 21st century conference held at the University of British Columbia, 6-7 October 1996.
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The Empowerment of Asia

 
 
Pacific Encounters:
The Production of Self and Other 
Edited by Eva-Marie Kröller, Allan Smith, Joshua Mostow and Robert Kramer.  1997. Paperback (ISBN 0-88865-165-1), $19.95. 217 pp. 

Pacific Encounters, a collection of essays in the history and theory of discourse, contact, exploration and travel is concerned with how travellers, sojourners and immigrants construct the people and places they find abroad. It also considers the ways those observers and the text they produce are themselves constituted by the process of figuration in which they are implicated. The collection is of interest to readers in literary studies, geography, history, political sciences, sociology and anthropology. 
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Pacific Encounters

 
 
The Silent Debate:
Asian Immigration and Racism in Canada 
Edited by Eleanor Laquian, Aprodicio Laquian and Terry McGee.  1998. Paperback (ISBN O-88865-167-8), $24.95. 450 pp. 

The Silent Debate: Asian Immigration and Racism in Canada looks at Asian immigration to Canada, particularly to Vancouver and Toronto, and its socio-economic and political impact on Canadian society. It analyses why Canadians are reticent to address the issues of Asian immigration and racism even though public opinion polls indicate their serious concern over immigration levels and their oppotition to the great number of non-white immigrants accepted into the country. It examines these issues from the receiving as well as the sending countries points of view. In addition, it compares the Canadian experience with those of other countries with a large Asian population such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. 

Some of the world's leading immigration experts from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, wrote the 20 chapters that comprise this book, with a Message from Dr. Hedy Fry, Canada's Minister for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women. The Foreword is by Shirley Chan, Chair of UBC Board of Governors. The papers were presented at the conference on Asian Immigration and Racism in Canada held at UBC in Vancouver, B.C. on 24-27 June 1997. The book is edited by Eleanor Laquian, Aprodicio Laquian and Terry McGee. 
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The Silent Debate: Asian Immigration and Racism in Canada

 
The World My Mother Gave Me: Asian Women's Perspectives and Perceptions in Literature 
Edited by Mandakranta Bose. Paperback, $19.95

The essays in The World My Mother Gave Me study how women from a range of Asian cultures percieve their world as one they have inherited from their mothers and, further, speculate on the implications of these perceptions within an intergenerational matrix. Taking writtings both by and on women as their material, the authors open a multiplicity of texts to critical analyses whereby the uncover the cultural roots of women's relationships with the world they inhabit.
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A Varied Optic: Contemporary Studies in the Ramayana 
Edited by Mandakranta Bose. Paperback, $20

 A Varied Optic is a collection of papers presented at a 1999 conference at the University of British Columbia. This volume covers some of the most important scholarly work in recent times on the great epic of India, the Ramayana. The disciplines represented here are varied, as was the optic of the conference, ranging from textual to performance studies and linking structural, historicist and feminist approaches. Designed as much for the Ramayana scholar as for the lay reader, these essays will go a long way towards explaining the enduring influence of the epic not only in India, the land of its origin, but also in many other cultural domains of Asia. The cover illustration is a photograph of a panel at the Virupaksa temple at Pattadakal in South India, showing episodes from the Ramayana. 
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The Localized Poverty Reduction in Viet Nam: Improving the Enabling Environment for Livelihood Enhancement in Rural Areas 
Edited by Geoffrey B. Hainsworth. Paperback, $25.

This volume reports on a CSEAR research study of rural Vietnam, supported by a Hampton Fund Research Grant, involving seven UBC graduate students and three other PhD students in an extensive study tour in 1997 of the poorest upland and coastal provinces. Findings from the field research were also utilized in a UN report on Human Development in Vietnam: Expanding Choices for the Rural Poor (Hanoi: United Nations, 1998). Three introductory chapters provide a conceptual framework, a review of national policy, and a summary analysis of rural poverty. Nine chapters then report on individual student research findings focusing on microfinance, gender issues, land policy, historical perspectives on poverty relief policies, environmental impact assessment, a critique of forest land policy, and two chapters on sustainable tourism. 
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Globalization and The Asian Economic Crisis: Indigenous Responses, Coping Strategies, and Governance Reform in Southeast Asia 
 Edited by Geoffrey B. Hainsworth. Paperback, $30

 The 34 chapters in this volume were selected from 104 papers presented at the Joint International Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) and the Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies (NWRCSEAS), hosted by the Centre for Southeast Asia Research, October 22-24, 1999. The chosen papers were edited and revised for this publication. Part I contains six historical perspectives on indigenous responses to various types of global intervention; Part II has eight studies of how ethnic minorities have been impacted by external influences and by national assimilation policies; Part III presents twelve analyses of national responses and localized strategies in coping with the Asian crisis; and Part IV provides eight commentaries on subsequent governance reform in selected Southeast Asian nations. This volume and especially the inclusion of papers by distinguished Southeast Asian colleagues is the outcome of a collaborative research project and CSEAR workshop on Surviving the Asian Crisis supported by a generous Hampton Fund Research Grand.
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Korea Between Tradition and Modernity: Selected Papers from the Fourth Pacific and Asian Conference on Korean Studies. 
Edited by Chang Yun-Shik, Donald L. Baker, Hur Nam-lin, and Ross King. Paperback. 408 pages. CAN $40.00 
 

Korea Between Tradition and Modernity consists of 34 chapters selected from papers presented at the Fourth Pacific and Asian Studies Conference on Korean Studies, hosted by the Centre for Korean Research, May 10-12, 1998. It explores (1) the nature of the various historical projects, planned and unplanned, which took place in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the opening of Korea to the West, colonization (19110-1945), industrialization, demographic transition, urbanization, educational expansion, democratization, and the growth of the Christian church; (2) the extent to which these projects helped Korea to break away from the past, and their transformative impacts on the traditional social and cultural structure; (3) the acquisition of modernity and the loss of tradition; (4) the dilemma and crises of modernization; and (5) the differences in modernization experiences between Korea and the West. 
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