Curve of the Hook
An Archaeologist in Polynesia
by Yosihiko Sinoto
with Hiroshi Aramata

Series Editor Frank Stewart
Translated by Frank Stewart
and Madoka Nagadō


A book-length interview of Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto by Hiroshi Aramata, Curve of the Hook contains over 100 illustrations — including unpublished photos from Dr. Sinoto’s private collection — plus notes and a list of references.

In the interview, Dr. Sinoto tells of unearthing the first ancient voyaging canoe found in Polynesia — one of his greatest accomplishments — and exploring some of the most remote islands and coral atolls of the Pacific. He also describes his efforts to conserve and preserve sites and structures for the benefit of future generations. Many people have now come to regard the voyages of the early Polynesians as among the great achievements in human history, thanks in part to his work. For such decades-long efforts, Dr. Sinoto has received numerous awards and been named a living treasure of Hawaiʻi.

Curve of the Hook received the award for excellence in nonfiction from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association.

Curve of the Hook was originally published in Japanese as Rakuen Kōkogaku (Archaeology in Paradise). In 1996, the book received the Yoshikawa Eiji Cultural Award, and in 1999, it was selected as one of the best 100 biographies of a Japanese in the twentieth century.

More information: Curve of the Hook website; KHPR interview with Akihiko Sinoto and Eric Komori.


Red Peonies
Two Novellas of China by Zhang Yihe

Series Editor Frank Stewart
Guest-edited and translated by
Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping


Red Peonies is a collection of two novellas by PRC writer Zhang Yihe. Zhang was twenty-eight when she was charged as a counter-revolutionary and sentenced to twenty-one years in a remote labor prison. While there, she became close to some of her fellow inmates, many of whom came from farms and lacked education.

In 2011, at age seventy, Zhang began to write and publish fictionalized accounts of some of these women. She intended to write novellas about ten women prisoners and thus far has written about the women Liu, Yang, Zou, and Qian. The novellas were quickly censored in China, but have become widely popular in pirated editions in the PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Red Peonies includes the first two novellas—The Woman Liu and The Woman Yang—translated into English for the first time by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping. With sympathy and grace, Zhang tells the stories of Liu Yueying and Yang Fanfang, two women who were trapped in arranged marriages.

This volume also features the work of internationally known photographer and installation artist Xing Danwen, one of the few Chinese women artists to use photography as a medium.

236 pp., summer 2016 (28:1), $29.00
ISBN 978-0-8248-6623-5
Project Muse

208 pp., winter 2016 (28:2), $20
ISBN 978-0-8248-7287-8
Project Muse
ebook edition