Asian Studies

Q&A With “Made-Up Asians” Author Esther Kim Lee

by Briana Johnson July 5, 2022

This guest author post is a Q&A with Esther Kim Lee, author of Made-Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era, from the University of Michigan Press. This book is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. What was the inspiration behind Made-Up Asians? What surprised you the most while conducting your research for the book?   For my first book, A History of Asian American Theatre (2006), I interviewed over seventy Asian American theater artists, including actors, playwrights, directors, producers, and designers. While conducting the interviews, I noticed almost everyone mentioned yellowface as something that they were reacting against in their […]

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NEH investment brings Michigan’s expertise in Asian studies to readers around the world

by Charles Watkinson April 9, 2018

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will make significant books about Asia published by the University of Michigan freely and publicly available online, in editions that use digital affordances to enrich the reading and teaching experience. Together these titles will dramatically advance public understanding of the diversity of society, culture, and history in East, South, and Southeast Asia at a time when the region is rarely out of the headlines. The $200,000 grant announced on April 9 is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, created and funded jointly by NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon […]

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Tools fit for purpose: Gabii on Fulcrum

by Charles Watkinson April 2, 2018

You wouldn’t use a fork to eat soup, a saw to cut bread, or a kettle to make stew. But the feeling of having an inappropriate tool for the job is too often the experience of scholars using ebooks. A passion for creating tools that allow specialist users to interact with scholarly publications in a way that is appropriate for their discipline drives the development of University of Michigan Press’s new Fulcrum reading platform, https://www.fulcrum.org, created with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Built on open source software, Fulcrum supports bespoke reading experiences that fit the varying needs of different […]

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U-M Press celebrates new collaboration with Center for Japanese Studies

by Jenny Geyer October 6, 2016

On Wednesday, University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing joined the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies (UMCJS) at the Asia Library to celebrate the publication of Red Roofs and Other Stories by renowned Japanese author, Jun’ichirō Tanizaki. The successful collaboration of UMCJS and U-M Press makes the newly translated version of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s collection of four short stories available once again in English, and another translation of Tanizaki’s work, The Gourmet Club, scheduled for publication this coming spring. U-M Press’s Acquisitions Editor for Asian Studies, Christopher Dreyer, partnered with the UMCJS and helped guide this important project, which came together […]

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Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan

by Charles Watkinson November 12, 2015

We are pleased to share the announcement of change of distribution and publishing arrangements from the Center for Japanese Studies Publications Program, University of Michigan. As of January 1, 2016, University of Michigan Press (UMP) will handle marketing and distribution of all titles, both new and backlist, in all formats (print and ebook), of the Center for Japanese Studies Publications Program. This expands on an existing relationship between the Center and Michigan Publishing that has made a number of backlist titles available open access. In addition, UMP will handle the production of new titles (including peer review, contracts, copyediting, and […]

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