China in a Global WWII: A Reading List

Between memory and reality there are awkward discrepancies...

Eileen Chang

Beginning in the late 1980s, much work has been done in China and in the UK and the USA to account more fully for China’s role in WWII. Much of that history remains traditional in its approach, recounting battles, tracing international relations, and narrating personal conflicts. By examining the writings of poets, dramatists, and authors, by analysing the work of painters, cartoonists, musicians, and film makers, and by studying the many works of history and other forms of scholarship written in the period, the Summer Institute China in a Global World War Two sought to recover the intellectual vitality and creativity of the period, providing a spur to less politicised and ideological readings of China’s wartime past as well as to a proper accounting of the role of the humanities in (and at) war. The following reading list was inspired by discussions at the Institute, which took place on 3 – 14 July 2017 at CRASSH. As indicated below, some of the books were written or edited by the Institute’s participants.

China in a Global World War Two: Recommended Reading (in English)

Eileen Chang
Love in a Fallen City
Lust, Caution
Discussion at the Institute 

Seung-joon Lee (Institute Participant)
Gourmets in the Land of Famine: the Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton
Discussion at the Institute 

Stephen MacKinnon (Institute Participant)
– Scars of War: The Impact of Warfare on Modern China
– Wuhan, 1938: War, Refugees and the Making of Modern China  

Micah S. Muscolino (Institute Participant)
– The Ecology of War in China: Henan Province, the Yellow River, and Beyond,
– Fishing Wars and Environmental Change in Late Imperial and Modern China

Mingwei Song (Institute Participant)
Young China: National Rejuvenation and the Bildungsroman, 1900–1959 
Discussion at the Institute 

Hans van de Ven (Institute Convenor)
– The Battle for China 
Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China
Negotiation China’s Destiny in WWII

Shuge Wei (Institute Participant)
News under Fire: China’s Propaganda against Japan in the English-Language Press, 1928–1941
Discussion at the Institute  

Wen-Hsin Yeh (Institute Convenor)
– The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China,
Provincial Passages: Culture, Space, and the Origins of Chinese Communism,
– Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China,

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Videos from the Institute: 

China in a Global WWII: Convenors in Conversation
Musical Moment: A performance by Joshua Howard and Yan Xu

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We are grateful for the support of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholary Exchange (CCKF). If you'd like to learn more about the Institute and its aims, please click here. 


Posted: Tuesday 18 July 2017

Contributor: CRASSH News