Vol.3 October 2013

The online Journal, Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review (CCPBR), is published annually (ISSN 2045-0680) from 2011, by China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at LSE, supported by publishers, contributors and our International Advisory Board leading academics and China experts throughout the world. The 2013 issue is published by CCPN Global. 

From 2015 the book review will be discontinued, but selected review pieces and essays will be included in future issues of Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP) from 2014.

Editorial team:

Honorary Editor: Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
Review Editor: Dr Keith Jackson
Managing Editor: Dr Xiangqun Chang

Contact: books@ccpn-global.org

Editorial

The book reviews that complete this latest issue of Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review (CCPBR) illustrate how rich and diverse the interest in contributing to Bijiao has been. This wealth of interest and commitment forms a legacy upon which to build as we develop a new global forum for sharing historical and contemporary views of China, now and in future.

The themes covered by our reviews reflect the emerging and increasingly global perspectives on aspects of life and society in China today. China is viewed from a range of international perspectives: from Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia, today and as recorded through history. Core and dynamic aspects of Chinese society are explored: economic development, employment, discrimination, law, politics, and the military. The final review essay in this issue traces the emerging traditions and practices associated with ‘celestial health’, where the Chinese concept of qi (vital energy) is a core element.

As we continue to develop the diversity and depth of participation in our community, we take this opportunity again to say how much we appreciate the energy contributed by so many people that has given such vibrant life to CCPBR. We also say ‘thank you’ again to the many publishers for their investment into broadening our understanding of China, and for sharing with us the fruits of their investment: the books they produce and make available for review.

Last and by no means least, we thank the scholars and practitioners who have contributed book reviews to this issue of CCPBR. We thank each of them for their generosity in sharing their insights into and experiences of contemporary China.

To our readers, we hope you find this latest batch of reviews both informative and enjoyable.

KEITH JACKSON

Editor

Email: keith.jackson@soas.ac.uk

Contents

Editorial

      By Keith Jackson

Book review

After the Event: The Transmission of Grievous Loss in Germany, China and Taiwan

      Reviewed by Martin Albrow .................................................................................................. 1-2

      Reviewed by Sascha Klotzbücher........................................................................................... 2-4

The United States and a Rising China: Strategic and Military Implications

      Reviewed by Russel A. Glenn ............................................................................................... 4-6

Transition, Regional Development and Globalization: China and Central Europe

      Reviewed by Leung Wing-Fai ............................................................................................... 6-7

Politics and Religion in Ancient and Medieval Europe and China

      Reviewed by Lik Hang Tsui ................................................................................................... 7-9

Freedom of Association in China and Europe

      Reviewed by Antonia Sperber .............................................................................................. 9-11

Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam: A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes

      Reviewed by Kristie Thomas ............................................................................................. 11-13

Taking Employment Discrimination Seriously: Chinese and European Perspectives

      Reviewed by Danlin Wang ................................................................................................. 13-15

China and the European Union in Africa

      Reviewed by Yu Ka-ho ...................................................................................................... 15-16

      Reviewed by Glen Segell ................................................................................................... 16-18

Review article

Celestial Healing: Energy, Mind and Spirit in Traditional Medicines of China,
      and East and Southeast Asia

      By Ekaterina Zavidovskaya ................................................................................................ 18-22

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