Friday Features - Aug. 26, 2016

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Friday Features
August 26, 2016
Dr. Dong Isbister

Isbister awarded translation grant

The voices of Chinese minority women writers will soon be heard, thanks to Dr. Dong Isbister, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, who was recently awarded a $1,000 translation grant by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment for a book project she is co-editing and translating. The association gives only three translation grants per year and applicants are from many countries.

The manuscript was edited by Isbister, Xiumei Pu, assistant professor of environmental studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Stephen Rachman, associate professor of English at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. It was translated by 13 professional and experienced translators, including the editors themselves, and will be published in 2017.

The translated anthology, “Ethnicity and Environment: New Voices from Chinese Minority Women Writers,” features most recent works of new, emerging or established women writers from 16 minority groups in China. It consists of an array of writings (poetry, prose and short stories), originally written in Chinese and published in multiple journals or collections in mainland China from 1990-2015.

The anthology aims to closely reflect Chinese ethnic minority women writers’ criticism of, and reflections on, environmental changes and sustainment of their cultural heritage and livelihood against the social and economic changes in post-socialist China. Isbister said that China started its historic transition from socialism with a planned economy to post-socialism with a market economy in 1978, but the rapid social and economic change has posed challenges to the sustainment of environment and resources. Ethnic minority groups have particularly been affected because of their living conditions and cultural practices.

Six themes are addressed in the book, including ecomemory, displacement and uprootedness, environmental and ethnic identity crises, cultural resilience and flexibility, animal/plant stories and interspecies relations and interethnic connections.

“Ethnic minority women in post-socialist China (1978-present) have been writing about sustainment of ethnic identity, cultural traditions and the natural environment in response to social, economic and political changes,” said Isbister and her co-editors. “Their works are aligned with an increasing global concern about the wellbeing of humanity and the natural world, yet their writings and contributions have remained invisible to English-speaking readers. The anthology will be the most comprehensive source on Chinese multiethnic women writers, highlighting those from ethnicities even less visible than those from more noticeable areas such as Tibet. The anthology will contribute to discursive global environmental humanities by foregrounding non-Western ethnic minority women writers.”

ASLE recently announced the grant recipients at

ASLE works with professors, practicing writers and artists, environmental educators and activists, and environmentally concerned citizens and offers access to emerging conversations and debates, innovative classroom work, as well as environmental writing.

ASLE translation grants support work in ecocriticism from international scholars translating books into English. For more information about ASLE and its translation grants, go to:

Pictured left to right are Xiumei Pu and Stephen Rachman.

Online criminal justice program among the most affordable

Best logoThe University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a leader in distance education for more than 35 years, was recently recognized for its affordable, quality Criminal Justice program by two independent reviewers. The program ranked among the Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice by and was named one of the 30 Best Criminal Justice degree programs in 2016 by

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