AAS 2017 Toronto: Books and Scholars in Asian Studies to Watch

AAS 2017 Cambria Press Authors

Check out the new books by these Asianists at the Cambria Press booth 109 at the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS) #AAS2017 conference in Toronto.

Top (left to right): Wilt Idema (Harvard University), Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania), Wendy Larson (University of Oregon), Mark Bender (The Ohio State University), and Charlotte Furth (University of Southern California).

Bottom (left to right): Zhansui Yu (Nazareth College), Christopher Lupke (University of Alberta), Takayoshi Yamamura (Hokkaido University), I-Hsien Wu (City College of New York), and Philip Seaton (Hokkaido University).

Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania) will make a special appearance at the Cambria Press booth (109) on Friday (March 17) at 11 a.m. to discuss the Cambria Sinophone World Series and his latest book Buddhist Transformations and Interactions. In addition, six other new books are being launched just in time for the AAS conference. These are:

  • Zhang Yimou by Wendy Larson (University of Oregon)

    “Larson’s book is important for any reader interested in how the political sphere and visual culture redefine each other.” —Yomi Braester, University of Washington; and Coeditor, Journal of Chinese Cinemas

  • The Borderlands of Asia by Mark Bender (The Ohio State University) 

    “When it comes to other books on the market, there is nothing close to this book in terms of quality or range of material. This is a unique and valuable addition to the field of literature and Asian studies.”—Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma; and Editor, Chinese Literature Today

  • Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature by I-Hsien Wu (CUNY) 

    “I-Hsien Wu has done brilliant work in teasing out the intertextual threads of The Story of the Stone. In a very astute manner, she examines sources drawn from performing arts and erotic fiction, identifies ideological and affective contestations, and ponders the consequences of the novel as a text in flux.” —David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

  • Chinese Avant-garde Fiction by Zhansui Yu (Nazareth College) 

    “This thoughtful book offers fresh insights into avant-garde fiction in the early decades of China’s reform. Engaging Chinese and Western traditions, Yu Zhansui argues forcefully that the Chinese avant-garde carries on the probe into the darkness of history in a quest for transcendent truths about human conditions.” —Ban Wang, Stanford University

  • Opening to China by Charlotte Furth (Univerity of Southern California) 

    “Few Americans today have any sense of how far China has come since its opening in the early 1980s. Charlotte Furth was there to see the start of the defrost with the country’s opening and her lively account of her experiences in China then provides a unique and invaluable record. It is useful in these days of rising tensions between China and the U.S. to be reminded of China’s social reality not very long ago.” —Gordon H. Chang, Stanford University

  • Contents Tourism in Japan by Philip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, and Kyungjae Jang

    “This may be the best book ever written on tourism in Japan! This work is on one of the most important subjects in contemporary tourism studies and Japan studies, perhaps a forerunner of things that are also happening in the Korean and Chinese worlds and elsewhere, which makes it doubly important.” —Nelson Graburn, UC Berkeley

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RMMLA 2014 Keynote Speech by Victor H. Mair – The Impact of Technology on the Study of Language and Literature

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Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania), RMMLA 2014 keynote speaker and editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, with Toni Tan (Cambria Press), Joy Landeira (RMMLA Executive Director), Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University) and Christopher Lupke (Washington State University).

Victor Mair, renowned Sinologist at the University of Pennsylvania and editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, delivered the keynote address at the 68th RMMLA annual convention last Friday (October 10).

Dr. Eduardo Caro (Arizona State University), the RMMLA president, kicked off the luncheon event, which was attended by hundreds of RMMLA attendees, by having Dr. Christopher Lupke (Washington State University) introduce Dr. Mair.

During Christopher Lupke’s eloquent introduction, he announced that he would make a revelation about Victor Mair, of which even the keynote speaker himself would be unaware. Thirty-one years ago, an editorial assistant at the journal CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews) had to type up an article “The Narrative Revolution in Chinese Literature: Ontological Presuppositions”–this was the lead article in the paradigm-shifting symposium on the origins of Chinese fiction. For the editorial assistant, the article was memorable not only for its content and its author but also because it contained an astounding number of footnotes for a 27-page piece–there were 101 of them, and they were all substantive. The article also contained Egyptian and Chinese characters which the editorial assistant had to typeset manually. That editorial assistant was none other than Christopher Lupke and the author of the article Victor Mair! This remarkable coincidence was indeed unknown to Victor Mair, who expressed his gratitude for Christopher Lupke’s careful, painstaking work.

Aptly described by Christopher Lupke as “a naturally restless intellectual whose impact is felt well beyond Chinese studies” and “truly one of the monuments of our profession,” Victor Mair’s authority spans across a wide spectrum from Asian languages to Central Asian mummies (“Texts were not enough for Victor Mair” as Christopher Lupke put it). Given how Victor Mair is always in the vanguard of scholarship (e.g., his incredibly popular Language Log blog, his taking the readers of the Sino-Platonic papers from hundreds of hard-copy readers to an online audience of hundreds of thousands), he is the perfect scholar to speak on the impact of technology on the study of language and literature. Victor Mair’s speech resonated with scholars from all areas–not just Asian studies–as he related fascinating accounts of how he has successfully harnessed technology to accomplish in days what would have normally taken weeks, even months (e.g., his reading of the 40-ft ancient Chinese scrolls). After the speech, audience members commented on how pleased they were to be able to hear such an inspiring and interesting talk by this eminent scholar. This was also mentioned repeatedly later at the special publishing seminar by Toni Tan (director of Cambria Press) and at various sessions and events, such as the RMMLA VIP reception.

Victor Mair and Toni Tan thank the RMMLA, especially executive director Joy Landeira and her team as well as Christopher Lupke, for having them at this important conference.

If you were not at the RMMLA convention, you can still watch Victor Mair’s keynote address, along with the preliminary speeches by Dr. Eduardo Caro and Dr. Christopher Lupke.

You and your library can also enjoy the 30% discount–order by Nov 15 and use the code RMMLA 2014. This is applicable to all titles, not only the ones on the RMMLA flier.

Cambria Press will be at the MLA convention in Vancouver, B.C. and the AAS conference in Chicago. Drop by our booths, which will be right in front of the exhibit hall entrance at both conferences, to browse our books.

In addition to the Cambria Sinophone World Series by Victor Mair, Cambria Press also has other important series for scholars in language and literature:

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On this 71st birthday of Victor H. Mair!

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Victor Mair. Photo courtesy of Zhichen Zhao.

Today marks a very special day because it is Victor Mair’s 71st birthday. Anyone who has met Dr. Mair will agree that 71 is now the new 21, but then again perhaps not because there are few in their twenties (or any age group, for that matter) who can keep up with him. Indeed, commenting on Dr. Mair’s surprise 70th birthday bash, there has been speculation that there must at least be three Victor Mairs given his prolific work; see David Moser’s comment: “My theory has been that the scholar known as ‘Victor Mair’ is composed of three dedicated sinologists working in tandem night and day to produce the unstoppable stream of books, articles, emails, Sino-Platonics and book reviews.” One, three, or more Victor Mairs, all of us at Cambria Press agree that there can never be too much Victor Mair, and if anything, we hope (or should we say ho pe) for more! Many happy returns to Dr. Mair!

To celebrate his birthday, Cambria Press will be offering the special paperback edition of China and Beyond by Victor H. Mair: A Collection of Essays for only $35 until April 25. To enjoy this special price, use web coupon code MAIR71. This massive 532-page book was compiled by Rebecca Shuang Fu, Matthew Anderson, Xiang Wan, and Sophie Wei as a surprise for Dr. Mair for his 70th birthday. Watch Dr. Mair’s priceless reaction! What makes this collection so valuable is the fact that some of these essays have never been preserved digitally until now. The rare access to such breadth and depth of Dr. Mair’s work makes this book an essential to the bookshelf of all Asian studies scholar.

 This book will be on display at Cambria Press booth #302 (right in front of the exhibit hall entrance)
at the 2014 Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference in Philadelphia.

The book is featured on the outside back cover of the 2014 AAS program.

As series editor, Dr. Mair will be speaking at the AAS book launch session (room 407) on Friday (March 28) at 7:30 p.m.

Check out the 2014 Cambria Press Asian studies catalog and download the booklist for your librarian.

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Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian Book Signing at 2013 MLA Annual Convention – Cambria Press booth (#316) on Friday (Jan 4) 1:15–1:45 p.m.

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Nobel Laureate GAO Xingjian will be at the Cambria Press booth (#316) on Friday (Jan 4) at 1:15–1:45 p.m. to sign copies of his most recent book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation. Gao’s book has been published just in time for the 2013 MLA Annual Convention!

The book takes the title Aesthetics and Creation from the name of the Chinese collection from which most of these essays are drawn, but it also includes some of Gao Xingjian’s most recent unpublished essays. University of Sydney academic Mabel Lee is the translator, and the book also includes her authoritative introductory essay that contextualizes Gao’s significant position as an independent and uncompromising voice in the noisy hype of the globalized world of the present in which creative writers and artists are forced to conform with the demands of political and other group agendas, or with market forces, in order to survive. In incisive and cogently argued essays, he exposes the political dynamics of so-called “modernity” in Western literature and art, and how this has been enthusiastically embraced in China since the 1980s. In other essays he analyses traditional and modern European and Chinese notions of fiction, theatre, and art and elaborates on what aspects of writers and artists from both cultures have informed him in developing his own aesthetics in narration, performance and the visual arts. These essays testify to the extent of the cosmopolitanism of his aesthetics that both informs and is manifested in his literary and art creations.

This book signing precedes Gao’s two sessions “Gao Xingjian on Literature and Theater” on Friday and “A Creative Conversation with Gao Xingjian” on Saturday. It is advisable to purchase your copy before the book-signing session. The Cambria Press booth will begin selling copies as early as 9 a.m. on Friday. A special MLA discounted rate will also be provided for early purchases. There are a limited number of copies, so please get to the Cambria Press booth as soon as possible so as not to miss this rare opportunity of having your book signed by a Nobel Prize winner!

There is a lso a special Facebook promotion so that even those who are not attending the MLA annual convention will have an opportunity to get a signed copy of this new book. Like Cambria Press on Facebook AND share this post publicly on Facebook, and you will automatically entered into a drawing for a free, signed copy of the book. The book will be shipped free of charge to your address too!

Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series (General Editor: Victor H. Mair).

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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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Sacred Display by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair Wins the Sarasvati Award for the Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology!

Cambria Press congratulates Professors Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair on their book, Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia, winning the Sarasvati Award for the Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology!

This book which discusses erotic and magical goddesses and heroines in several ancient cultures; such a wide-ranging cross-cultural and cross-temporal view of this genre of female figures has never been undertaken until now, and this was only possible given the authors’ formidable combined linguistic expertise in over thirty languages.

Both professors are renowned for their expertise and there could not be a better-matched pair of authorities for such an unusual study. In fact, the work was praised for this in the Journal of World History, which stated that the book “illustrates well the powerful synergies that are so often generated within world history scholarship by collaboration between specialists in different regions and different scholarly disciplines.”

Only Professor Dexter was present to accept the award; Professor Mair (aptly dubbed the Indiana Jones of China!) was on a desert expedition in China at the time. She was also interviewed on a radio program about the phenomenon of sacred display during the conference. Read the fascinating Q&A session that UCLA conducted with Professor Miriam Dexter on the power of female display that is explored in this book, which was published by Cambria Press in 2010.

Recommend this book to your librarian today! They can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

In celebration of the award, Cambria Press will be offering a 40% discount to both individuals and institutions for publisher-direct, online orders on the hardcopy version of this book until June 30, 2012. Please use web coupon code GDASCP888.

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Cambria Press Author and Series Editor Victor H. Mair at the 2012 Asian Studies Association (AAS) Annual Conference in Toronto

Asian Studies Association (AAS) 2012 Toronto

Many scholars visited the Cambria Press booth because of all the excitement surrounding the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed up by Professor Victor H. Mair. All who came to find out more about the series had nothing but the highest praise for Professor Mair because of his massive contributions to the field. Those who had not met him before but had read all his work were hoping to meet him. Unfortunately, Professor Mair was extremely busy at this conference, but we did manage to at least get a photo of him at the Cambria Press booth with his book, Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia, which he coauthored with Dr. Miriam Robbins Dexter.

The Journal of World History states that this fascinating book “illustrates well the powerful synergies that are so often generated within world history scholarship by collaboration between specialists in different regions and different scholarly disciplines … The range of figures and myths surveyed is very broad … learned a lot from this book’s extensive catalogue of such figures … What is important about this book is the extensive evidence it presents for their pervasiveness.”

An interview with Professor Mair regarding the Cambria Sinophone World Series will be posted shortly, so stay tuned!

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