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This article tracks how China’s population came to be practically measurable, not just in terms of its size and distribution but in terms of its dynamics, and how the determination of these dynamics inscribed the population into a broad reorganization of economic governmentality whose principle...
Situated astride Malaysian and global film culture, the late director Yasmin Ahmad presents a fresh model of postcolonial poetics. Her films gravitated toward interracial romance melodramas set in globalized social and cultural milieus, where she stages interethnic squabbles between speakers of...
Long-term Chinese heroin users in a southwestern mining city complain that they feel stuck in the past. Departing from narratives that focus on the potency of the opiate, this article argues that this cohort of heroin users experience their struggles as a form of hysteresis—they lag behind...
In the early 1920s, Japanese filmmakers increasingly adopted American-style production practices and strategies of representation. Resisting this trend, the Nikkatsu film company’s Mukōjima studio advocated multiple approaches to filmmaking, challenging the rhetoric of “purity” that was used by...
In 1950 Nakai Masakazu, the vice librarian of Japan’s new National Diet Library, and philosopher trained in aesthetics at Kyoto Imperial University, published an essay on cinema and contemporary aesthetics. He saw the developments of the past half century as a massive uprooting of the...
How do recent transnational encounters in East Asia help us explore the condition of poverty amidst increasingly unpredictable global and national political economy? Against a backdrop of East Asian “postmiracle” times, this article sheds light on the precarity of South Korean migrants in...
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