"Within the historical research on the topic of racism, East Asia has barely played any role. This volume, the outcome of a multi-year project closes this research lacuna. … Overall, the volume is superbly edited and easy to read and will undoubtedly remain, until further notice, the standard work on the subject of race in East Asia. For those interested in the historical development of the concept of race and wish to go beyond the European framework, this volume is highly recommended." Prof. Sven Saaler, Historische Zeitschrift (2014; vol. 299, pp. 140-141)
"...its real strong point is its variety, with papers probing such interesting and understudied topics as the East in Russian modernism, Korea in
European travel writing, utopian multiracial notions in nineteenth-century China, and the complexities of race in the Japanese colonial empire before WWII."
"...the essays themselves are uniformly excellent and tend to provide information not otherwise accessible to Anglophone readers. The scholarly summaries are very accomplished and provide a wealth of material for understanding that race is neither a fixed nor an atemporal construct, nor is it one that can be simply transferred from Western contexts onto Eastern ones."
Michael Keevak (2014) Rotem Kowner and Walter Demel, Race and racism in modern East Asia: western and eastern constructions, Asian Ethnicity, 15:4, 584-585, DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2014.939338
"[T]hese books help us to understand how prominent a factor race was in armed conflicts in twentieth-century East Asia. [...] breaks new grounds in the field of race studies in that it is devoted to race from entirely East Asian perspectives (and there are many!)."
Laura Hostetler, Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal 37 (2015): 74-84.