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CALL FOR AUTHORS: Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia

Asian Americans are a growing minority population in the United States―there are 17.3 million Asian Americans now after a 46 percent population growth between 2000 and 2010 according to the 2010 Census―a trend highlighted in the June 2012 Pew Research Center report on “The Rise of Asian Americans.” The Pew report characterizes them as “the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing [U.S.] racial group.” Yet Asian Americans as a category are a diverse set of peoples from over 30 distinctive Asian-origin subgroups that defy simplistic descriptions or generalizations. They face a wide range of issues and problems within the larger American social universe despite the persistence of common stereotypes that label them as a “model minority” for the generalized attributes celebrated in the Pew report and offered uncritically in many media depictions.

The rationale for the Asian American Society is to provide a thorough introduction to the wide–ranging and fast–developing field of Asian American Studies as this field examines the various dimensions of Asian American life within American society. The scope of the essays will include the social, cultural, psychological, economic, and political dimensions of the Asian American experience. The volumes will feature more than 400 essays, a core collection of primary documents, and key demographic and social science data that help students understand Asian American influences on American life, as well as the impact of American society on reshaping Asian American identities and social structures over time. The signed articles, with cross-references and Further Readings are accompanied by pedagogical elements, including a Reader’s Guide, Chronology of Asian American Society, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index.

This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference with the Association of Asian American Studies and will be marketed to academic libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Mary Yu Danico, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

We are currently making assignments with a deadline for submissions of June 1, 2013.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide your CV or a summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.

Thanks very much.
Lisbeth Rogers
Author Manager