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Miami English professor receives recognition from Modern Language Association


LuMing Mao, an English professor and director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program at Miami University, has won honorable mention from the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for distinguished work in language and culture. He will receive the award at the MLA national convention in Philadelphia Dec. 28 for his new co-edited book Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric.

According to the committee’s citation for the honorable mention, “Mao and Morris Young (University of Wisconsin) frame this collection with a sophisticated concept of Asian rhetoric (deliberately singular), going well beyond the usual identity-politics approach, and the essays cover a broad range of rich topics that have been little studied…. The collection is of uniformly high quality.”

Mao is author of Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric and co-editor of “Comparative Rhetorical Studies in the New Contact Zone: Chinese Rhetoric Reimagined,” a special symposium in the June 2009 issue of College Composition and Communication. He is also guest editor of “Studying Chinese Rhetoric in the Twenty-First Century,” to be published in the March 2010 issue of College English. His recent essay “Studying the Chinese Rhetorical Tradition in the Present: Re-presenting the Native’s Point of View,” won the 2007 Richard Ohmann award for the outstanding essay published in College English. One of his current projects is co-editing The Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing.

The MLA, the largest and one of the oldest American learned societies (est. 1883), promotes the advancement of literary and linguistic studies. The association has 30,000 members throughout the world. The prize is a memorial to one of the most widely respected scholars and teachers in the field of writing. Her book Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of English, published in 1977, was hailed as a major work in the field.


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