Shu-mei Shih, professor of Asian languages and cultures, has received a distinguished alumnae award from her alma mater, National Taiwan Normal University. Shih was recognized for her influential work in Sinophone studies.

The award recognizes lifetime scholarly, artistic or professional achievement, as well as contribution to the university and to the society.

At the same time, Shih was appointed an honorary chair professor in the department of Taiwan languages, literature and culture at National Taiwan Normal University for a term of two years. She will lead collaborative research activities with the UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative that she directs at UCLA’s Asian Pacific Center.

At UCLA, Shih is also a professor of comparative literature and Asian American studies.