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Asian Studies

Currently, this subject guide primarily focuses on East Asia, and covers resources for the study of various social and humanities aspects (e.g. languages, literature, economics, history, politics, cultures...) of China, Japan, and Korea. Resources marked

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Japanese Studies Faculty

David Fedman

(co-editor) Forces of Nature : New Perspectives on Korean Environments.. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023. Available online

“Becoming One: Religion, Development, and Environmentalism in a Japanese NGO in Myanmar by Chika Watanabe (review).” The Journal of Japanese studies 47.2 (2021): 506–510. Available online

Seeds of Control : Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea  / David Fedman. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020. Langson Library SD235.K6 F43 2020; also available online.

(first author) “Hotly Debated Ice: Scholar Alpinism and the Great Glacier Controversy in Modern Japan.” Historical studies in the natural sciences 49.3 (2019): 273–299. Available online

“Wartime Forestry and the ‘Low Temperature Lifestyle’ in Late Colonial Korea, 1937–1945.” The Journal of Asian studies 77.2 (2018): 333–350. Available online.

“The Ondol Problem and the Politics of Forest Conservation in Colonial Korea.” Journal of Korean studies (Seattle, Wash. : 1979) 23.1 (2018): 25–64.Available online

“A New Order in the Asia-Pacific,” in Kären Wigen, Cary Karacas, and Sugimoto Fumiko, eds., Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2016, 182-185. Langson Library GA1241 .C37 2016

“Mapping Armageddon: The Cartography of Ruin in Occupied Japan,” The Portolan Journal of the Washington Map Society Vol. 92 (2015): 7-29. available online

"The Optics of Urban Ruination: Toward an Archaeological Approach to the Photography of the Japan Air Raids," Journal of Urban History, Vol. 40, No. 5 (2014): 959-984. Available online.

"A Cartographic Fade to Black: Mapping the Destruction of Urban Japan during World War II," Journal of Historical Geography, vol.38 no.3 (2012): 306-328. Available online.

"Triangulating Chōsen: Maps, Mapmaking, and the Land Survey in Colonial Korea," Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2012): 205-234. Available online.

"Japanese colonial cartography: maps, mapmaking, and the land survey in colonial Koreaz"  Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol.52, No.4 (2012). Available online.

"Mounting Modernization: Itakura Katsunobu, the Hokkaido University Alpine Club and Mountaineering in Pre-War Japan," Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2009). Available online.

Susan Klein

Dancing the Dharma : Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater  / Susan Blakeley Klein. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center, 2021. Langson Library ; PN2924.5.N6 K525 2021

"Noh, Shakespeare, and pedagogy in Kurosawa's Kumonosujō (Throne of Blood) " In: Bourdaghs, Michael; Long, Hoyt; Jackson, Reginald, eds. Performance and Japanese literature. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2014. viii, 219p. (PAJLS: Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, volume 15, summer 2014) : 49-57. On order

“Esotericism in noh commentaries and plays: Konparu Zenchiku's Meishuku shu and Kakitsubata” In: Scheid, Bernhard; Teeuwen, Mark, eds. The culture of secrecy in Japanese religion. London; New York: Routledge, 2006. xvii, 397p. 229-254. Langson Library BL2211.S32 C85 2006

“Turning damsel flowers to lotus blossoms: Ominameshi and medieval commentaries” In: Smethurst, Mae J.; Laffin, Christina, eds. The Noh ominameshi: a flower viewed from many directions. Ithaca, N.Y.: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2003. xxvi, 332p. (Cornell East Asia series, no.118) 47-87. Langson Library DS501 .C676 no.118

“Wild words and syncretic deities: kyogen kigo and honji suijaku in medieval literary allegories” In: Teeuwen, Mark; Rambelli, Fabio, eds. Buddhas and kami in Japan: honji suijaku as a combinatory paradigm. London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. ix, 371p. 177-203. Langson Library BL2222.23 .B83 2003

“Down the primrose path: Ariwara no Narihira as love god in medieval poetic commentaries and noh theater.” In: Sekine, Eiji, ed. Japanese poeticity and narrativity revisited. West Lafayette, Ind.: Association for Japanese Literary Studies, Purdue University, 2003. vi, 344p. (PAJLS: Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, vol.4) 115-137. Langson Library PL700 .P76 v.4

Allegories of Desire: The Esoteric Literary Commentaries of Medieval Japan (Harvard University Press, 2003). Langson Library PL728.A2 K54 2002

"Fujiwara Tameaki" In Steven D. Carter (ed.) Medieval Japanese Writers, a volume in the series Dictionary of Literary Biography (1999). Langson Reference PN451 .D537 v.203 

"A Translation of Ise monogatari zuinô (The Essence of The Tales of Ise)," Monumenta Nipponica 53:1 (Spring 1998). Available online

"Allegories of Desire: Poetry and Eroticism in Ise monogatari zuinô," Monumenta Nipponica 52:4:441-465(Winter 1997). Available online

Dances divine and demonic : Japan's performing arts : an exhibit in the Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery, UC Irvine Main Library, Fall 1997 (checklist). Irvine, Calif. : The UCI Libraries, 1997 Langson Library Special Collections Reference  LD781.I7 U35 no. 2

"Woman as Serpent: The Demonic Feminine in the Noh Play Dôjôji" in Religious Reflections on the Human Body, edited by Jane Marie Law, (Indiana University Press, 1995). Langson Library BL604.B64 R45 1995

“When the moon strikes the bell: desire and enlightenment in the Noh play Dojoji”. Journal of Japanese Studies (Seattle) 17, no.2 (Sum 1991) 291-322. Available online

Ankoku buto: the premodern and postmodern influences on the dance of utter darkness", Ithaca, N.Y.: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 1988 101p. Langson Library GV1783.2 .K54 1988

“Kakitsubata (The iris).” In: Brazell, Karen; Gabriel, J. Philip, eds. Twelve plays of the Noh and Kyogen theaters. Ithaca, N.Y.: East Asia Program, Cornell University, 1988. 257p. (Cornell University East Asia papers, no.50.) 63-79. Langson Library PL782.E5 T88 1988

Margherita Long

“Gender, Culture, and Disaster in Post–3.11 Japan by Mire Koikari (review).” The Journal of Japanese studies 49.1 (2023): 145–150. Available online

“COVID Cough and Fukushima Novels: On the Not-Bareness of Life in Environmental Humanities.” Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature (Durham, N.C.) 18.1 (2021): 271–284. Available online

“Humanism and the Hikari-Event: Reading Oe with Stengers in Catastrophic Times.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, vol. 28 no. 2 (2020): 421-445. Available online

“On Being Worthy of the Event: Four Fukushima Stoics.” Postmodern Culture, vol. 30 no. 1 (September, 2019). Available online

“Japan’s 3.11 Nuclear Disaster and the State of Exception: Notes on Kamanaka’s Interview and Two Recent Films.” Asia Pacific Journal Japan Focus, vol. 16 no. 3 (7 August, 2018). Available online

"Oe and the Uses of Ecocritical Affect: Suspicion, Shame and Care after 3.11." In: Hisaaki Wake et. al. (eds) Ecocriticism in Japan. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2018]. Available in Langson Library

“Hagio Moto’s Nuclear Manga and the Promise of Eco-Feminist Desire.” Mechademia 9.1 (2014): 3–23. Available online

This perversion called love : reading Tanizaki, feminist theory, and Freud. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009. Available in Langson Library.

"Two Ways to Play Fort-Da: With Tanizaki and Freud in Yoshino.” In: Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent (eds)  Perversion in Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature.  New York and London: Routledge, 2009. pp.147-161. Available in Langson Library

“Malice@Doll: Konaka, Specularization, and the Virtual Feminine.” Frenchy Lunning (ed.)Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. pp.157-174. Available in Langson Library

"Nakagami and the denial of lineage: on maternity, abjection, and the Japanese outcast class." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies vol.17, no.2 (2006) : 1-32. Available online.

“Feminist Film Theory: Osaka, Circa 1866.” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies vol.13 no.3 (2002): 24-63.  Available online.

“Tanizaki and the Enjoyment of Japanese Culturalism.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique vol.10 no.2 (2002): 431-469. Available online

Jon Pitt

"Documenting Wordless Testimony: Botanical Witnesses of Hiroshima and Chernobyl." Angelaki, 28:4 (2023). 61-75. Available online

"Of Miracles and Mourning: Reading COVID-19 Environmentally in Uchidate Makiko and Ito Seiko." In Mina Qiao, ed., The Coronavirus Pandemic in Japanese Literature and Popular Culture. Routledge, 2023. Available online

"Teeming Up with Life: Reading the Environment in Ishimure Michiko, Hayashi Fumiko, and Osaki Midori." In Rebecca Copeland, ed., Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers. MHM Limited, 2023. Langson Library ; PL725 .H36 2023; also available online

“Living Trees and Dying Trees”. Translation of "Ikiteiru ki to shindeiku ki" from "Kodama kusadama" by Ito Hiromi. Asymptote Journal, October 2020. Available online.

Tara Rodman

“Japan Black: Japanning, Minctrelsy, and ‘Japanese Tommy’s’ Yellowface Precursor.” Theatre survey 62.2 (2021): 182–200. Available online

(co-author) “What We Know and What We Want to Know: A Roundtable on Butoh and Neuer Tanz.” The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance. 1st ed. Routledge, 2019. 126–136.  Langson Library ; GV1783.2.B87 R68 2019; Also available online.

“A More Humane Mikado: Re-Envisioning the Nation through Occupation-Era Productions of the Mikado in Japan.” Theatre research international 40.3 (2015): 288–302. Available online

“America’s Japan and Japan’s Performing Arts: Cultural Mobility and Exchange in New York, 1952–2011. By Barbara E. Thornbury. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Pp. 280 +15 Illus. $70 Hb.” Theatre research international 40.1 (2015): 126–127. Available online

“A Modernist Audience: The Kawakami Troupe, Matsuki Bunkio, and Boston Japonisme.” Theatre journal (Washington, D.C.) 65.4 (2013): 489–505. Available online.




Kojiro Umezaki

“Sing me home  / Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble.” Sony Music Entertainment/Masterworks, 2016. , a recording

“A playlist without borders  / the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.” Masterworks, 2013. a recording

“Approaches to Collaboration in a Digital Music Ensemble.” Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. N.p., 2012.

Brooklyn Rider’s Dominant Curve (In A Circle, 2010), a recording

Yo-Yo Ma's Appassionato (Sony BMG, 2007), a recording. Available at

The Silk Road Ensemble's Beyond the Horizon (Sony BMG, 2005), a recording

The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan (Smithsonian Folkways, 2002), a recording

Robert Uriu

Troubled Industries : Confronting Economic Change in Japan  / Robert M. Uriu. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,, 2019. Langson Library HD3616.J33 U74 1996

Clinton and Japan : the impact of revisionism on U.S. trade policy. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009. Langson Library HF2366 .U75 2009

“Japan in 2003: muddling ahead? “ Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA) 44, no.1 (Jan-Feb 2004): 168-181. Available online at

“Japan in 2002: an up-and-down year, but mostly down” Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA) 43, no.1 (Jan-Feb 2003): 78-90. Available online at

“Japan in 1998: nowhere to go but up?” Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA) 39, no.1 (Jan-Feb 1999) : 114-124. Available online at

"Domestic-international interactions and Japanese security studies." In: Sperling, James; Malik, Yogendra; Louscher, David, eds. Zones of amity, zones of enmity: the prospects for economic and military security in Asia. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 1998. 144p. , p. 76-93. Science Library Bar  UA830 .Z66 1998

Troubled industries : confronting economic change in Japan. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1996.  Langson Library HD3616.J33 U74 1996

Bert Winther-Tamaki

Tsuchi : Earthy Materials in Contemporary Japanese Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2022. Langson Library ; N7355 .W566 2022. Also available online.

“Earth Flavor (Tsuchi Aji) in Postwar Japanese Ceramics.” Japan review 32.32 (2019): 151–192. Available online

“Remediated Ink: The Debt of Modern and Contemporary Asian Ink Aesthetics to Non-Ink Media.” Getty research journal 10.1 (2018): 121–148. Available online

“The Ligneous Aesthetic of the Postwar Sōsaku Hanga Movement and American Perspectives on the Modern Japanese Culture of Wood.” Archives of Asian art 66.2 (2016): 213–238. Available online

“Japanese Modernist Artists and Designers at Expo 67 in Montreal” In: Christopher Reed et al. (eds.) Japan/ America: Points of Contact, 1876-1970. Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University. Fall 2016. Available at other UCs

“Six Episodes of Convergence Between Indian, Japanese, and Mexican Art from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present,” Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol.26 (2014): 13-32. Available online at

Commensurable Distinctions: Intercultural Negotiations of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture, special issue of Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Josai University) Co-Author of Introduction and Guest Co-Editor with Kenichi Yoshida (pp.1-12). Twelve essays and six commissioned English translations of excerpts of Japanese art historical texts. vol. 26, 2014. Available online at

“The Woody Rustic Quality of Postwar Japanese Prints Admired by Americans” in Symphony of Color and Wind: The World of Uchima Ansei/ Shikisai to kaze no shinfoni—Uchima Ansei no sekai , Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. (October 2014): 156-158 (English): 120 (Japanese summary).

"Kitagawa Tamiji: Painting in Pursuit of Pigmented Knowledge of Self and Other,” Archives of Asian Art, vol.63, no. 2. (2013): 189-207. Available online at

“Sisters Frightened by a Whale: Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Choice as an Arbiter of Beauty in America” in Ishii korekushon kenkyu: Kuniyoshi Yasuo, 2 [Ishii Collection Studies: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, 2] (Tsukuba, Japan: Faculty of Art & Design, University of Tsukuba, 2013): 28-39 (Japanese), 71-86 (English). Langson Library ND1059.K814 T64 2006

"A Sculptor’s Brush with Ink: From the Flight of the Dragon to the Pool of the Inkstone” in Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 (New York: The Noguchi Museum; 5 Continents Editions, 2013): 95-107. Langson Library N6537.N645 A4 2013  

"Embodiment / disembodiment in Japanese painting during the fifteen-year war [1931-1945; uses the human body as an analytical lens to evaluate three categories of wartime painting: yōga and nihonga created in the service of the war, and yōga created by 'internal emigrés' who retreated from the official discourse of sensōga]". In: Ikeda, Asato; McDonald, Aya Louisa; Tiampo, Ming, (eds.) Art and war in Japan and its empire 1931-1960. Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, Mass.: Brill, 2013, pp 111-137. Langson Library N8260 .A755 2013

Maximum embodiment : yōga, the western painting of Japan, 1912-1955. Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, c2012. Langson Library ND1055.5.W47 W56 2012

“Overtly, Covertly, or Not at All: Putting ‘Japan’ in Japanese American Painting” in C.Mills, L.Glazer, A.Goerlitz, eds. East-West Interchange in American Art: A Long and Tumultuous Relationship (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012): 112-125. Available online

“From Resplendent Signs to Heavy Hands: Japanese Painting in War and Defeat, 1937–1952.” In Thomas Rimer (ed.)Since Meiji: perspectives on the Japanese visual arts, 1868-2000. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2017. 124–143. Langson Library N7354.5 .S56 2012

The 'Oriental guru' in the modern artist: Asian spiritual and performative aspects of postwar American art  [focuses on Mark Tobey, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and Linda Montano] In: Inaga, Shigemi, ed. Questioning Oriental aesthetics and thinking: conflicting visions of 'Asia' under the colonial empires. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2011. 388p. (International research symposium, no.38) , pages 321-336 Available at UCB, UCSD, UCSB

"The Asian Dimensions of Postwar Abstract Art: Calligraphy and Metaphysics" In: Alexandra Munroe, ed. The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2009), pp.145-157. Langson Library N6510 .M782 2009

"Global Consciousness in Yôga Self-Portraiture" In: Jaynie Anderson, ed. Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence: the Proceedings of the 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art. (Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, 2009), pp.847-851. Available at UCB, UCLA and UCR

"Oriental Coefficient: The Role of China in the Japanization of Yôga" Modern Chinese Literature & Culture 18:1 (Summer 2006), pp.85-119. Langson Bound Periodicals PL2303 .M63 v.18 2006

"Asian Possessions of the Cubist Body: 'Home from Home'" Cubism in Asia; Unbounded Dialogues, International Symposium Report ed. by Yasuko Furuichi. (Tokyo: Japan Foundation, 2006), pp.304-311. Available at UCSD

Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth co-author with Louise Cort. Washington, D.C.: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Langson Library NK4210.N555 A4 2003

 “MITSUO TOSHIDA: Transmigration and the Double Nation.” In Elaine H. Kim et al. (eds): Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: conversations on Asian American art . Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. 155–158.

"Oil Painting in Postsurrender Japan: Reconstructing Subjectivity through Deformation of the Body" Monumenta Nipponica vol.58, no.3 (Autumn 2003), pp.347-396. Langson Bound Periodicals DS821.A1 M6 v.58 no.3-4 2003

Art in the Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years.Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001. Langson Library N7355 .W56 2001

Pied-à-Terre and Space-Age Steel: Isamu Noguchi and the Credo of Truth to Material" in Isamu Noguchi, Sculptural Design (Weil am Rhein, Germany: Vitra Design Museum, 2001), pp.186- 218. Langson Library NB237.N6 A4 2001

"Minoru Yamasaki: Contradictions of Scale in the Career of the Nisei Architect of the World’s Largest Building" Amerasia Journal. vol.26, no.3 (Winter 2001), pp.162-188. Langson Bound Periodicals E184.O6 A4  v.26 2000/01

"Yagi Kazuo: The Admission of the Nonfunctional Object into the Japanese Pottery World" Journal of Design History vol.12, no.2, (June 1999), pp.123- 141. Available online

"Embodiment/Disembodiment in Japanese Painting During the Fifteen Year War" Monumenta Nipponica vol.52, no.2 (Summer 1997), pp.145- 180. Available online

“Mark Tobey, White Writing for a Janus-Faced America,” Word & Image vol.13, no.1 (January-March 1997), pp.77-91. Langson Bound Periodicals NX 1 W64  v.13 1997

“The Rejection of Isamu Noguchi's Hiroshima Cenotaph: A Japanese American Artist in Occupied Japan,” Art Journal vol.53, no.4 (Winter 1994), pp.23-27. Langson Bound Periodicals N81 .A78 v.53 1994

アイダ・アップルブルーグ絵画展. [Tokyo] : シードホール, c1990. Langson East Asian N6537.A6 A4 1990