Falling Leaves: Identities, Subjectivities, Mobilities, and the Chinese in Southeast Asia (Deadline Approaching: July 31, 2022)

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Joseph Ching Velasco, Miao Chi, and Jeremy De Chavez

Call for Contributions to a Proposed Edited Collection 


Book Title: Falling Leaves: Identities, Subjectivities, Mobilities, and the Chinese in Southeast Asia


Project Description:

Research on Chinese diasporic cultural productions has been long dominated by studies on Chinese Americans and an Eastern-Western transnational framework. However, cultural production by the ethnic Chinese has developed discernible nodes outside that exclusively Western sphere. This is particularly evident in Southeast Asia, a region with the largest number of ethnic Chinese communities with distinct cultural forms borne out of cultural contact. This edited volume aims to explore what it mightmean to relocate scholarly discussions of ethnic Chinese minority culture outside the exclusive nexus of East-West models and into one that is focused on Asia. This volume aims to rethink dominant models in Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies that foregrounds inter-Asia referencing as it deprivileges Western theoretical models through critical interpretations of literature, film, performance, and other cultural productions by the diasporic/ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Toward our goal, we cordially invite chapter proposals that examine the identity/subjectivity of ethnic Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. We are particularly interested in book chapters that will challenge or interrogate dominant concepts developed in Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies as it proposes new and dynamic interpretations of literary, cinematic, and other cultural texts.

Brill has expressed interest in this volume and will be considered to be part of the “Overseas Chinese” book series. Also, we already have some authors onboard, so we are looking for a few more contributors as our scope demands. We invite essay proposals on ethnic Chinese communities in Southeast Asia but are particularly interested in those focused on Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste. 


Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Selfhood, Identity, and Otherness

  • Sexuality, Masculinities, and Femininities

  • Transnationalism, Transculturalism, and Translingualism

  • Nationalism

  • Cosmopolitanism

  • Globalization, Localization, and Glocalization

  • War, Violence, and trauma

  • Memory, repression, and denial

  • Space, Mobility, and Displacement

  • Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, and other Identities

  • Food culture, Gastronomy, Cuisine and identity

  • Home, (Un)home, and Belonging

  • Ecocriticism

  • Translation

  • Anthropocene


Submission Guidelines:

We invite 250-word proposals for a 6,000 to 10,000 word book chapter by a single author or by multiple authors. Please email proposals as MS Word (.docx) attachments on or before July 31, 2022. Proposals should be accompanied by a short bio note and CV of all authors. 

Please send your email as below:

Email: chinesediasporabook@gmail.com

cc the Editors: Editors: Dr. Joseph Velasco (joseph.velasco@dlsu.edu.ph), Mr. Miao Chi (yb97721@um.edu.mo), Dr. Jeremy De Chavez (jeremydechavez@um.edu.mo)


Subject line: Proposal for Falling Leaves


Important Dates:

Deadline for Proposals: July 31, 2022

Acceptance emails sent by: August 5, 2022