Texts and Transformations

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In an evening session on March 24, at the 2018 Association for Asian Studies Conference in Washington DC, there was a surprise announcement: publication of Texts and Transformations: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Victor H. Mair, edited by Haun Saussy.

At least the announcement was a surprise to Victor. According to this blog post at Cambria Press,

The evening began with short speeches about new books by Shen Jiawei and Mabel Lee, Albert Welter, Jonathan Stalling, Megan M. Ferry, Christopher Rea, Liu Jianmei (and Mabel Lee), and Carolyn T. Brown.

Then Professor Haun Saussy was asked by Toni Tan, director of Cambria Press, to come up to speak. While Professor Mair was aware that Professor Saussy was working on an edited volume, he had no idea that this was a festschrift being put together in his honor and that it would be unveiled that very night. So when Toni Tan asked Professor Saussy to take the stage, Professor Mair was under the impression that Professor Saussy was coming up just to say a few words about the forthcoming book. Little did he know that he would be presented with the highly anticipated top-secret volume that was the talk of the AAS.

The Tabula Gratulatoria for the book lists 147 individuals and institutions "who have entered their names […] to express their gratitude for what Victor Mair has done and as a tribute to his impact on Asian studies throughout the world".

Video of the event is available on YouTube:



  1. Philip Taylor said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 10:19 am

    A fitting tribute, and highly deserved. Many many congratulations, Professor Mair.

  2. Jason said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 11:15 am

    Congratulations, Professor Mair!

  3. david said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 11:24 am

    お誕生日おめでとう … and many more.

  4. david said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  5. GH said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 12:17 pm


  6. Mark Hansell said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

    Congratulations on the first 75– at the rate you're going I expect 75 more!

  7. Chris Button said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 3:27 pm

    Congratulations indeed! And what a nice complement to the other book also published by Cambria Press 5 years ago to honor Professor Mair's 70th: "China and Beyond: A Collection of Essays" (although technically he wrote all of that one). I was happily reading all about melons and bottle-gourds in that volume recently. I'm now expecting the third part of a trilogy for Professor Mair's 80th in 5 years' time.

  8. Jerry Friedman said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

    Happy birthday! Too bad the Tabula Gratulatoria didn't have a line for "Readers of Language Log".

  9. Bill Benzon said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

    Congratulations, Victor! Here's some birthday greetings from Mnozil Brass: https://youtu.be/L4ugKOCjwRo

  10. martin schwartz said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

    I agree with Jerry Friedman, and am hereby incising my congratulations to Victor on the bark of this Log. I expect the Log would be quickly stripped by all the congrtulations to him, were it a real log.
    Martin Schwartz

  11. AntC said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

    Congratulations Professor Mair, Happy Birthday and thank you.

  12. Bathrobe said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 6:53 pm

    Congratulations! The book looks mouth-wateringly interesting!

  13. Ricardo said,

    April 3, 2018 @ 8:29 pm

    Congratulations, Prof. Mair!

  14. languagehat said,

    April 4, 2018 @ 8:39 am

    Congratulations from me as well!

  15. Michael said,

    April 4, 2018 @ 10:11 am


  16. Katie Odhner said,

    April 4, 2018 @ 10:36 am

    Congratulations, Professor Mair! And a very happy birthday.

  17. ~flow said,

    April 4, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

    Happy birthday!

  18. Jerry Packard said,

    April 5, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    Congratulations, Victor.

  19. 번하드 said,

    April 6, 2018 @ 8:28 pm

    Oh, wow!

    Congratulations and happy birthday!
    I had to do some interpreter work IRL so I was offline for a few days.

  20. Chris Fraser said,

    April 7, 2018 @ 2:57 am

    Delightful! Congratulations, Victor!

  21. mg said,

    April 7, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

    Mazel tov! Much deserved, from another appreciative LL reader.

  22. Pardis Minuchehr said,

    April 8, 2018 @ 12:47 pm

    Congratulations Victor!

  23. Chas Belov said,

    April 11, 2018 @ 8:57 pm

    Congratulations, Professor Mair!

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