Asian Studies

The Power of the Legend

by Briana Johnson August 9, 2021

This is a guest post by Liang Luo, author of The Global White Snake. She is Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Kentucky. Follow Liang on Twitter, @liangluo. This volume is available for purchase in hardcover and paperback, as well as accessible ebook formats.  When I started researching the Chinese White Snake legend from hundreds of years ago and attempted to map out its modern and contemporary travels in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking worlds in The Global White Snake, I could not have imagined myself writing about minority activism and responses to COVID-19 in the contemporary United States. […]

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Announcing a New U-M Press Series: Global Queer Asias

by Charles Watkinson November 5, 2020

University of Michigan Press is proud to announce a new series, Global Queer Asias. The Global Queer Asias series provides an interdisciplinary platform for conceptual, archival, and ethnographic research that pushes academic discussions of Asia in new directions. The series publishes groundbreaking books from both established academics and rising scholars with innovative rubrics, frameworks, and agendas. Works in this series should engage with inclusively defined “queer” issues, that is, the social and cultural dynamics of gender and sexual diversity. Though situated in geographic sites typically associated with the label “Asia,” this series pushes for comparative and global perspectives and calls […]

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Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection Launches

by Charles Watkinson August 31, 2020

The University of Michigan Press in collaboration with the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection. Jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Open Book Program has made outstanding out-of-print and hard-to-find humanities books available to a wide audience. Under this program, the University has made 100 significant books about Asia published under its auspices freely and publicly available online.  The goal of the project was to select, digitize, and enhance one […]

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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,, 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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