Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Sheng-mei Ma
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Professor
Asian Diaspora | Asian American Literature and Film

Office: 614 Wells Hall
Phone: 353-3764
Email: mash@msu.edu
 
Facetiously dubbing himself “Made in Taiwan for the U.S.A.,” Sheng-mei Ma is a Chinese who has never stayed in China longer than one month in each visit, a Taiwanese who cannot speak the Taiwanese dialect, and an American whom mainstream Americans may view as “perennially alien.” A classic Asian Diasporic, Ma is “Taiwanese” to Chinese, “waishen ren” (“mainlander”) to Taiwanese, and perhaps “Oriental” to his fellow Americans.
 
This background accounts for his specialization in Asian Diaspora/Asian American studies and East-West comparative studies, as well as for his persistent analysis of cultural marginality in eight single-authored scholarly books in English to date: Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet (Palgrave Macmillan); The Last Isle: Contemporary Film, Culture and Trauma in Global Taiwan (Rowman and Littlefield); Alienglish: Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues (Cambria); Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture: Asia in Flight (Routledge); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (Purdue University Press); East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora (University of Hawaii Press);The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity (University of Minnesota Press, supported by the Rockerfeller Fellowship); and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (State University of New York Press).
 
In addition to these works, he has published the following: Doing English in Asia: Global Literature and Culture; a collection of his Chinese poetry, Sanshi zuoyou (Thirty, Left and Right); Chenmo de shanhen (Silent Scars: History of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military—A Pictorial Book, bilingual edition), and numerous articles and book chapters. His current book project continues this trajectory in the study of Diaspora manifested in literature, film, and global culture.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: 

Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

The Last Isle: Contemporary Film, Culture and Trauma in Global Taiwan. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015.

Alienglish: Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues. Amherst, NY: Cambria P, 2014. 

Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2012.

Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture: Asia in Flight. London: Routledge, 2011.

East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007. (Nominated for the 2007 Association of Asian American Studies [AAAS] Book Award in Cultural Studies and for the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Scholarship.)

The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. (Completed with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1997-98.)

Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. 1998.

Co-editor with Catalina Florescu: Transnational in Englishes of Exile. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2017. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498539463/Transnational-Narratives-in-Englishes-of-Exile

Co-editor with Patricia Haseltine: Doing English in Asia: Global Literature and Culture. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2016. [Authored the “Preface,” 1-14]. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739192016/Doing-English-in-Asia-Global-Literature-and-Culture

Co-editor with Graceia Lai, Hui-ling Wang, and Ju-fen Yu and translator: Chenmo de shanhen (Silent Scars: History of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military—A Pictorial Book, bilingual edition). Taipei: Shanzhou, 2005.

Co-editor with I-Chun Wang and Ya-hui Yang: 城市與海洋 (The City and the Ocean).   Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Humanities Center, National Taiwan Sun Yat-sen University, 2011. [Authored the “Preface,” i-ii].

Sanshi zuoyou (Thirty, Left and Right, collection of Ma’s Chinese poetry) Taipei: Shulin, 1989.

COURSES TAUGHT:

ENG210: Introduction to the Study of English
ENG352: Asian American Writing
ENG360: Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature
ENG361: Asian Literature in English
ENG431A: Studies in Ethnic Film
ENG466: Literature of the Pacific Rim
ENG491H: Honors seminar
ENG823/991B: Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism
ENG891/992G: Special Topics
IAH 204 Asia and the World
IAH 207 Literature, Cultures, and Identities
IAH 221C Great Ages Modern World