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Meet the Authors: Shu-Mei Shih

Center for the Study of Women Reception

Tuesday, December 04, 2007
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Shu-Mei Shih, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, will be featured on the occasion of the publication of her new book, Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific (University of California Press, 2007).

Shu-mei Shih inaugurates the field of Sinophone studies in this vanguard excursion into sophisticated cultural criticism situated at the intersections of Chinese studies, Asian American studies, diaspora studies, and transnational studies. Arguing that the visual has become the primary means of mediating identities under global capitalism, Shih examines the production and circulation of images across what she terms the "Sinophone Pacific," which comprises Sinitic-language speaking communities such as the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chinese America. This groundbreaking work argues that the dispersal of the so-called Chinese peoples across the world needs to be reconceptualized in terms of vibrant or vanishing communities of Sinitic-language cultures rather than of ethnicity and nationality.

Faculty and Center for the Study of Women Research Scholars will present new volumes. Books and gifts will be available for purchase.
Also scheduled to appear:

Gil Hochberg
Barbara Crandall
Karen Brodkin
Ellen DuBois
Zrinka Stahuljak
Denise Roman

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