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Sinophone Studies


A Luminous Open Access Book Series

Shu-mei Shih, Series Editor


Sinophone Studies seeks to publish cutting-edge scholarship in Sinophone studies, which is devoted to the study of Sinitic-language communities and cultures around the world constituted by histories of immigration, empire, continental colonialism, and settler colonialism.  In recent decades, the field has seen an explosive growth in terms of both high-level scholarly engagement as well as quantity of publications. As an interdisciplinary field that is situated at the intersection of multiple fields, Sinophone studies captures the critical and innovative front in the related intellectual configurations of area studies, postcolonial studies, ethnic studies, minority nationality studies, transnational studies, immigration studies, settler colonial studies, indigenous studies, diaspora studies, cinema studies, queer studies, and others. We seek manuscripts that do not merely examine Sinophone communities and cultures as data, object, or case, but engage conceptually with Sinophone studies as a field from comparative, relational, theoretical, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Series Editor:


Shu-mei Shih is a Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She also holds honorary appointments at the University of Hong Kong and National Taiwan Normal University. 


Advisory Board:


Ien Ang, Distinguished Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University


Howard Chiang, Associate Professor of Chinese and Sinophone History, UC Davis


Kuei-fen Chiu, Distinguished Professor of Taiwan Literature, National Chung-hsing University, Taiwan


Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature, Duke University


Madeline Y. Hsu, Professor of Asian American History, University of Texas, Austin


Louisa Schein, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University


Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Chair of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University


David D. Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University


Winnie Wong, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Art History, UC Berkeley


Mayfair Yang, Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara


Format and Funding:


Sinophone Studies will be an open access book series with the University of California Press’s Luminos Program. Books in the series will be made available as free e-books as well as paperback editions.  It is understood that as participants in the Luminous program, authors are expected to forgo royalties on any future sales of the paperback editions. Books shall not exceed 130,000 words and 20 images.

Submission Policy:

Please email a CV and brief description or abstract (not to exceed 1,000 words) of your book to Shu-mei Shih at

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