Through the language glass: why the world looks different in other languages / Guy Deutscher
P140 .D475 2010

Linguistics has long shied away from claiming any link between a language and the culture of its speakers: too much simplistic (even bigoted) chatter about the romance of Italian and the goose-stepping orderliness of German has made serious thinkers wary of the entire subject. But now, acclaimed linguist Guy Deutscher has dared to reopen the issue. Can culture influence language—and vice versa? Can different languages lead their speakers to different thoughts? Could our experience of the world depend on whether our language has a word for “blue”?

Challenging the consensus that the fundaments of language are hard-wired in our genes and thus universal, Deutscher argues that the answer to all these questions is—yes. In thrilling fashion, he takes us from Homer to Darwin, from Yale to the Amazon, from how to name the rainbow to why Russian water—a “she”—becomes a “he” once you dip a tea bag into her, demonstrating that language does in fact reflect culture in ways that are anything but trivial. Audacious, delightful, and field-changing, Through the Language Glass is a classic of intellectual discovery. (from publisher)

Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change since the 1980s
DS891 .K538 2011

This book presents a comprehensive examination of the causes of the Japanese economic bubble in the late 1980s and the socio-political consequences of the recent financial collapse.

  • Represents the only book to examine in depth the turmoil of Japan since Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, the Cold War ended, and the economy collapsed
  • Provides an assessment of Japan’s dramatic political revolution of 2009
  • Analyzes how risk has increased in Japan, undermining the sense of security and causing greater disparities in society
  • Assesses Japan’s record on the environment, the consequences of neo-liberal reforms, immigration policies, the aging society, the US alliance, the Imperial family, and the ‘yakuza’ criminal gangs (from publisher)

  

Choreographing Asian America / Yutian Wong.
GV1588.6 .W66 2010

“Choreographing Asian America takes us on an engrossing journey through Asian American dance and politics. Wong makes clear that dance has been woefully neglected in the growing scholarship in Asian American cultural criticism. Moving from the history of the ‘Oriental dancing girl’ to an extended analysis of Vietnamese American performance collective Club O’Noodles to the overbearing popularity of Miss Saigon, she lays out the challenges of writing about dance and performance in corporeal and kinetic terms. At times personal, philosophical, irreverent, and somber, Wong engages the most basic questions of Asian American bodies, movements, representation, desire, and dance.” (Josephine Lee, author of Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage )

  

 

Emmy + Gijs + Aldo / Jan Boelen.
NK1454.Z9 B352 2010X

Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum caused a stir in the 1960s with their aluminium collar and headwear designs; Bakker co-founded Droog Design and the pair’s son, Aldo, is also a successful designer. Accompanying an exhibition in Enkhuizen, Netherlands, and utilising much unpublished material, this book sheds important light on the trio’s designs and personal connections. Jan Boelen examines the relationship between designer and object, a previously overlooked aspect of the three’s work, and demonstrates how different design processes contribute to the three designer’s distinct personalities, as well as their similarities.(from publisher)