Victor Mair (Cambria Sinophone World Series Editor) to give Distinguished Lecture at the University of Hong Kong this week

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Victor Mair (University of Pennslvania), general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, will be giving a distinguished lecture “The Impact of the Internet on the Development of Chinese Languages at the University of Hong Kong this Friday (November 27) at 4:30 p.m. The moderator will be Dr. Shu-mei Shih, who is on the editorial board of the Cambria Sinophone World Series.

Dr. Mair will also be at the University of Hong Kong a day earlier to be the commentator for Dr. Pui-ling Tang’s presentation “Bronze Inscriptions, Bamboo Manuscripts, and the Shijing : Mutual Verification of Excavated Sources and Transmitted Literature,”  which will take place on Thursday (November 26) at 4:30 p.m.

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#MLA15 Sinophone Scholars! Must-have book praised by world’s top Sinologists!

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#MLA15: Check out the highly praised Rethinking Chineseness at the Cambria Press booth (402)

When a book is included in the series of the world-renowned Sinologist Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania) and praised by top Sinophone scholars David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University), Shu-mei Shih (UCLA), and Quah Sy Ren (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), it is not surprising (but still very gratifying!) when it is praised in a journal review for being “[w]ell-written and researched” because it “makes important contributions to Sinophone studies, Chinese studies, and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as to scholarship on diaspora, comparative literature, and world literature.”

Browse Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by E .K. Tan, associate professor of comparative literature and cultural studies at SUNY Stony Brook,  at the Cambria Press booth (402) in the #MLA15 book exhibit hall and enter our #MLA15 book-giveaway draw for a chance to win this book, which is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Dr. Tan will be participating in the #MLA15 session Mapping Literature and Linguistics: The Politics of Place and History in Malaysia and Singapore (Sunday at 1:45 p.m).

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Cambria Press Book Review: MCLC lauds Rethinking Chineseness for being a “well-written and researched” book!

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Cambria Press Book Review: Rethinking Chineseness

Cambria Press congratulates E. K. Tan on the glowing review of his book in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) by Dr. Karen Thornber (Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University). The book review lauds E. K. Tan’s interdisciplinary Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World because it is a “well-written and researched” book that “makes important contributions to Sinophone studies, Chinese studies, and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as to scholarship on diaspora, comparative literature, and world literature.” Read the entire MCLC review!

This book is part of the the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Professor Victor Mair.

There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title, so get a copy for your kindle, iPad, or e-reader of your choice today. Recommend this Cambria Press book today!

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, please refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program which helps you get free versions for your students!

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Cambria Press Sinophone World Series Reception: Welcome Speeches by Toni Tan (Cambria Press) and Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)

WATCH THE FIRST SEGMENT OF THE Cambria Press Sinophone World Series RECEPTION!

Cambria Press Sinophone World Series Reception: Welcome Speech by Toni Tan (Cambria Press)

Cambria Press Sinophone World Series Reception: Welcome Speech by Toni Tan (Cambria Press)

Cambria Press Sinophone World Series Reception - Shu-mei Shih gives a speech on Sinophone studies.

Cambria Press Sinophone World Series Reception – Dr. Shu-mei Shih gives a speech on Sinophone studies.

In this first segment, Toni Tan (Cambria Press) gives the welcomes speech in which she introduces Professor Victor Mair and the editorial board:

As the scholar widely credited with coining the term Sinophone, it was fitting that Shu-mei Shih was the one who gave the speech about the field of Sinophone studies. During her speech, Dr. Shih commented that she “would like to espeecially acknowledge Cambria Press for its bold act of recognizing an emerging and burgeoning field … by launching the first-ever Sinophone series.” She then credited Professor Victor Mair as one of the people who has been instrumental in her conceptualization of the term Sinophone because of his creation of the term topolect. She also provided insightful anecdotes how the term evolved for her, a process which started ten years ago.

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MLA 2013: Shu-mei Shih and E. K. Tan

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Cambria Press author Professor E. K. Tan and Cambria SInophone World Series editorial board member Professor Shu-Mei Shih with his new book, Rethinking Chineseness, at the 2013 MLA annual convention in Boston.

Among the scholars praising Professor E. K. Tan’s new book, Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World, for its contribution to  Sinophone studies is Professor Shu-mei Shih (UCLA) who has been widely credited for coining the term Sinophone and is on the editorial board of the Cambria Sinophone World Series. Professor Shih has praised Professor Tan’s book for being “conceptually innovative and flawlessly written.” Professor Shih was thus very pleased to see Professor Tan’s book at the MLA annual convention.

Cambria Press also warmly congratulates Professor Shu-mei Shih and her coeditors Chien-hsin Tsai and Brian Bernards on their recently published book, Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader by Columbia University Press, which will also be an extremely valuable addition to the field of Sinophone studies!

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Launch of Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian’s book, the Rise of Sinophone Studies, and Rethinking Chineseness!

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Cambria Press authors, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian and translator Dr. Mabel Lee, will be attending the 2013 MLA conference in Boston for the launch of the new book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation. The book has been published just in time for the MLA annaul convention. MLA convention attendees will be the first to see the book!

The book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by world-renowned Sinologist Professor Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania) who has discussed this extensively (see Professor Mair’s thought-provoking post on the Language Log and brilliant presentation on Sinology: Then and Now at Peking University). Sinophone studies is a fast-emerging field as evidenced by the recent Conference on Global Sinophonia hosted by the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica and co-sponsored by the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) on December 17–19, 2012. Professor Christopher Lupke, president of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL), is to be lauded for his efforts for the push for Sinophone studies to be included in larger conferences such as the MLA annual convention.

According to Professor Lupke, “Scholars came from the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom. Professor David Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese at Harvard University and Academician at Academia Sinica, gave the keynote lecture.”

Professor Lupke also added that “The theme of ‘Sinophonia’ is generally derived from the term ‘Sinophone studies,’ which I believe was coined by Dr. Shu-mei Shih from UCLA. Although Dr. Shih was not in attendance, several of her students (or former students) participated, and her name and statements on the Sinophone phenomenon were heard resonating in the corridors during the conference.”

Both Professors David Wang and Shu-mei Shih are on the editorial board of the Cambria Sinophone World Series. Read their comments on another new book in the series, Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by Professor E. K. Tan, that has also been published just in time for the 2013 MLA annual convention.

More exciting news will be posted soon as we count down to the 2013 MLA conference, so please check back in a couple of days!

In the meantime, here’s an inspiring message that we received from a colleague and would like to share:

During this holiday season, remember that your kindness goes a long way. A simple helpful act, a friendly smile, and a nice remark each day make such a difference, both to the giver and the recipients.  Just do it! Kindness is also shown by the restraint of unkindness—step away from hateful behavior or words. Just don’t! Having a better year begins with you. Let’s make 2013 the turnaround year!

Happy holidays to everyone from Cambria Press!!!

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Distinction between Sinophone and Sinosphere by Victor H. Mair

Professor Victor H. Mair recently engaged in a thought-provoking discussion of the distinction between Sinophone and Sinophere on the Language Log. He said “I’ve been in the thick of the Sinophone revolution and have mentioned it several times on Language Log (e.g., here), but now I’ve become acquainted with another new term, ‘Sinosphere,’ and wonder how they are related.”

Regarding the origins of Sinophone, Professor Mair commented that “Within the last ten years or so, the concept of ‘Sinophone’ (obviously modeled on ‘Francophone,’ ‘Anglophone’, etc.) has come to be very much in vogue.  To the best of my knowledge, the term was coined by UCLA professor Shu-mei Shih, but it was soon picked up by many other scholars and quickly became one of the hottest topics of discussion in Chinese studies.” Learn what Sinosphere means and how it differs from Sinophone by reading the rest of Professor Mair’s post.

See also forthcoming titles on Sinophone studies: Confucian Prophet:  Political Thought In Du Fu’s Poetry (752–757) by David K. Schneider and Rethinking Chineseness:  Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by E. K. Tan.

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