Los Angeles — The UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press announces the release of a special issue of Amerasia Journal marking the retirement of long-time Senior Editor Russell C. Leong.
Guest edited by James Kyung-Jin Lee (Asian American Studies, UC Irvine) and King-Kok Cheung (English and Asian American Studies, UCLA), “Word & Image: Russell C. Leong” celebrates not only Leong’s immeasurable influence on the development of Asian American Studies during his thirty-three year tenure at the helm of Amerasia Journal, but also his distinguished career as an artist and writer.
As former AASC Director and the founding publisher of Amerasia Journal Don T. Nakanishi says of his friend and colleague, “Russell arguably has been the most influential and significant individual in the field of Asian American Studies because of what he accomplished as the Senior Editor of Amerasia Journal.”
“Word & Image” covers the multitude of areas in which Leong has had a lasting impact, be it in promoting Asian American poetry and prose, or scholarship and research. The issue also speaks to how far-ranging Leong’s contributions to Asian American Studies have been, going back to the inception of the field, while moving it forward into uncharted transnational territory.
“Word & Image” includes critical explorations on Russell Leong’s career and work by leading Asian American Studies scholars King-Kok Cheung, James Kyung-Jin Lee, and Sau-ling C. Wong. It also includes creative pieces inspired by Leong from some of the most prominent figures of Asian American arts and letters, such as Jeffery Paul Chan, Frank Chin, Janice Mirikitani, Shawn Wong, and Karen Tei Yamashita.
Tributes also come from China and Taiwan by Yibing Huang and Te-hsing Shan. There will also be art, poetry, and critical work from Russell Leong himself.
For a complete listing of the table of contents as well as excerpts from the issue, please visit the Amerasia Journal blog: http://amerasiajournal.org/blog.
Annual subscriptions for Amerasia Journal are $99.99 for individuals and $445.00 for libraries and other institutions. The institutional price includes access to the Amerasia Journal online database, which has full-text versions of all Amerasia Journal issues published since 1971. Amerasia Journal is published three times a year: Winter, Spring, and Fall.