Forthcoming: Buddhist Transformations and Interactions

The following is an announcement from Dr. Victor H. Mair, Professor of  Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series. "It is with great pleasure that I announce the forthcoming publication of Buddhist Transformations and Interactions: Essays in Honor of Antonino Forte (Cambria Press, 2017). … Continue reading Forthcoming: Buddhist Transformations and Interactions

Essential Books on Modern China on Amazon Kindle

Here are a few outstanding Cambria Press books you can get (or give) on Amazon Kindle: The Jin Yong Phenomenon: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History by Ann Huss and Jianmei Liu (eds). $27.99 “A successful study of Jin Yong’s literature with valuable and insightful opinions … a pleasure to read.” —CLEAR… Continue reading Essential Books on Modern China on Amazon Kindle

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

Victor Mair (UPenn professor and Cambria Sinophone World Series Editor) to give Distinguished Lecture at the University of Hong Kong

Authors to Watch: Minghui Hu and Johan Elverskog

Cambria Press authors Professors Minghui Hu (University of California Santa Cruz) and Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University) are among the group of scholars who are making the bold exploration into historian Joseph Levenson's observation that China used to be cosmopolitan on account of Confucianism. Levenson's assertion was made at the height of the Cultural Revolution… Continue reading Authors to Watch: Minghui Hu and Johan Elverskog

Baojuan (Precious Scrolls) of China explained by Eminent Sinologist Wilt Idema (Harvard University)

What are the baojuan 寶卷 (precious scrolls) of China? Eminent Sinologist Wilt Idema (Harvard University) explains: Precious scrolls (baojuan) is the name of a genre of prosimetric texts (texts written in an alternation of prose and verse) on religious subjects and written in vernacular Chinese. The most recent catalogue of precious scrolls lists more than… Continue reading Baojuan (Precious Scrolls) of China explained by Eminent Sinologist Wilt Idema (Harvard University)

Cambria Press Author Wilt Idema of Harvard University Wins Special Book Award of China

Cambria Press congratulates Dr. Wilt Idema of Harvard University on winning the prestigious Special Book Award of China. Leading Sinologist, Dr. Idema's research interests range from Chinese women’s literature to traditional Chinese vernacular literature (fiction and drama). In recent years he also has published several collections of traditional popular ballads and prosimetric narratives. His most… Continue reading Cambria Press Author Wilt Idema of Harvard University Wins Special Book Award of China

Cambria Press Author Ross King (Head of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia) on Cantonese in The Economist

Cambria Press Author Ross King, who is the Head of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), was interviewed by The Economist on bringing Cantonese back to the university. There are approximately 62 million people who speak Cantonese, but Mandarin is increasingly the language of choice for the Chinese diaspora, but UBC is… Continue reading Cambria Press Author Ross King (Head of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia) on Cantonese in The Economist

Cambria Press Book Review: CLEAR lauds The Chinese Prose Poem: A Study of Lu Xun’s Wild Grass (Yecao)

Cambria Press congratulates Nicholas A. Kaldis on the glowing review of his book, The Chinese Prose Poem: A Study of Lu Xun's Wild Grass (Yecao), in the journal CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews). Kaldis's book was reviewed by the distinguished scholar Jon Eugene von Kowallis, who praised the book, stating that it is "a comprehensive, well-balanced study" and… Continue reading Cambria Press Book Review: CLEAR lauds The Chinese Prose Poem: A Study of Lu Xun’s Wild Grass (Yecao)

Cambria Sinophone World Series (general editor: Victor Mair)–NEW! Chinese Ethnic Minority Oral Traditions: A Recovered Text of Bai Folk Songs in a Sinoxenic Script

In 1958 while conducting fieldwork in Yunnan, a professor came across a ricepaper booklet with strange script created from Chinese characters. This turned out to be a folksong booklet in Old Bai script. She safeguarded it carefully through the tumultuous Mao years until the 1990s, when the political environment had relaxed enough for her to… Continue reading Cambria Sinophone World Series (general editor: Victor Mair)–NEW! Chinese Ethnic Minority Oral Traditions: A Recovered Text of Bai Folk Songs in a Sinoxenic Script

#Humanities Scholarship – Important and Growing

An excellent article from Inside Higher Ed regarding scholarship in the humanities, in which William (Bro) Adams, the head of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), said on Thursday that he wants to push humanities scholarship to become more directly connected to helping address the nation’s contemporary problems. There are also encouraging numbers from… Continue reading #Humanities Scholarship – Important and Growing