Editors' welcome, PORTAL, Vol 6, No 2, July 2009

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Paul Allatson


‘Post-Mao, Post-Bourdieu: Class and Taste in Contemporary China,’ is a special issue of PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies guest-edited by Yi Zheng (University of Sydney) and Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (RMIT University). The special issue explores the relationship between taste, choice and social stratification in contemporary China, and includes a new section, ‘New Perspectives Reports,’ which is intended to showcase opinion and ideas—in this case from the People’s Republic of China, in Mandarin—that complement the main articles. We hope to include this section in future issues of the journal.

The guest editors and the PORTAL editorial committee would like to acknowledge that this special issue of is a result of a funding grant from the Australian Research Council, 2003-2005: ‘The Making of Middle-Class Taste: Reading, Tourism, and Educational Choices in Urban China.’

I am also delighted to announce that the PORTAL Editorial Committee has three new members, all from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney: Dr Malcolm Angelucci, Dr Beatriz Carrillo, and Dr Fredericka van der Lubbe.

Paul Allatson, Editor, PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies.

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Author Biography

Paul Allatson, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney

Chair of the PORTAL Editorial Committee, Paul Allatson is senior lecturer in Spanish Studies and US Latino Studies at the Institute for International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney. He completed his doctorate at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) in the area of U.S. Latino cultural politics. His research currently focuses on the resistant potential of politicised Latino cultural production, the place of Latinos in U.S. popular culture, and questions of Latino cultural citizenship. He is also interested in Anglophone and Hispanophone postcolonial, transcultural, and queer theoretical traditions. He has published widely in those areas, and is the author of Latino Dreams: Transcultural Traffic and the U.S. National Imaginary (Rodopi Press, 2002) and Key Terms in Latino/a Cultural and Literary Studies (Blackwell Press, 2007).