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University of Hawaiʻi Press is the publisher of a forthcoming book series in an emerging field that has been recently awarded a $120,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will support initiatives related to the book series Global Asias: Method | Architecture | Praxis (Global Asias MAP), coedited by Tina Chen and Charlotte Eubanks of Penn State.

Global Asias is a conceptual approach to the study of Asia and its multiple diasporas. Drawing on work from three distinct interdisciplines—Asian studies, Asian American studies and Asian diaspora studies—the series will stage intellectual exchanges between and across disciplines and fields to reimagine scholarly knowledge production about the fundamentally transnational and global nature of Asia-focused worlds and epistemologies.

The three grant initiatives include outreach, support for editorial development, and making the series titles widely available via open-access publishing to reach a global audience, especially in Asia.

“We are pleased to be the publisher of the Global Asias book series and are grateful to Tina Chen and Charlotte Eubanks for contacting the Henry Luce Foundation for their support,” said UH Press acquisitions editor Stephanie Chun. “The books not only will complement UH Press’s extensive list of titles on Asia and Asian America, but also engage scholars interested in looking beyond area or discipline studies to think about Asia globally and its multiple diasporas in new ways.”

The first volume in the series, Tactics and Theories for a Global Asias Praxis, tentatively scheduled for publication in 2024, will bring together a diverse group of contributors, with chapters by junior and senior scholars. The Global Asias MAP editors are currently proposing about one to two books a year after the inaugural volume, which they hope will solidify Global Asias as a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of academic knowledge production.

While sponsored by the Penn State Global Asias Initiative, Global Asias MAP selected UH Press for its proven record in publishing Asian studies scholarship, as a leader in East-meets-West publishing for 75 years. In addition to its deep commitment to publishing works on Hawaiʻi, its latest and backlist titles offer some of the most-respected scholarly books and journals covering Asian, Asian American, Pacific and global studies.

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