AAS Awards $897,245 through “Striving for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Asian Studies: Humanities Grants for Asian Studies Scholars” Program

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is pleased to announce the recipients of fellowships, professional development grants, and publication support grants in our “Striving for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Asian Studies: Humanities Grants for Asian Studies Scholars” program. This initiative, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grant, is designed to provide opportunities for career development and research projects for Asian Studies professionals on the periphery of Asian Studies.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities commends the Association for Asian Studies for its work administering American Rescue Plan funds to help the field of Asian Studies recover from the impact of the pandemic,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo). “These new fellowships will open up opportunities for junior scholars and contingent faculty, and diversify the pipeline of specialists engaged in advanced study of Asian literatures, languages, histories, and cultures.”

Congratulations to all awardees, and many thanks to everyone who applied to this program, as well as to all who served on the selection committees.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

Fellowship Awardees

AAS Pipeline Fellowship

Patrick Beckhorn, “Lives beyond Labor: The Masculine World of Cycle Rickshaw Men”

Lisa Brooks, “Leech Trouble: Therapeutic Entanglements in Human-Leech Medicine”

Anthony Irwin, “Building Buddhism in Chiang Rai, Thailand”

Nayoung Jo, “Have the Local People Become Invisible? A Case Study of a Military Installation on Jeju Island, South Korea”

Hye-Kyoung Kwon, “K-Beauty’s Rise from Dictatorship: AmorePacific’s Saleswomen and the Park Chung Hee Regime of 1961-79”

Jawan Shir Rasikh, “Early Islamic Ghur: The Many Histories of the Ghuris in South Asia, 10th- 13th Centuries C.E.; Everyday Life in Medieval Afghanistan: An Anthology of Asnad-i Ghur”

Celia Tuchman-Rosta, “The Value and Labor of Moving Bodies: Cambodian Classical Dancers’ Experiences of their Corporeal Economy”

AAS Digital Humanities Fellowship

Paula Curtis, “East Asia-related Job Market Data and Visualizations”

Jesse Drian, “Mapping The Tales of the Heike

AAS Fellowship for Multimedia Projects on AAPI/Asian History and Communities

Julian Saporiti, “The ‘Vietnam’ Album”

AAS Public Research in Asian Studies Humanities Fellowship

Fnu Kamaoji, “Minju : Material Culture, Folklife, and Diversity in a Rural Chinese Folk House”

Maij Xyooj, “Anti-HMoob Violence Project”

Professional Development Awardees

DEI Curriculum Development Grant

Becky Butler, “Southeast Asian North Carolina”

Amy Lee, “Chinatown and Racial Exclusion”

Xuefei Ma and Elizabeth Miles, “New South, New Asian Studies: Striving for A Diverse Future”

Mamiko Suzuki, “Researching, Creating, and Implementing Content to support Japanese Language Faculty at Under-resourced Institutions”

Tommy Tran, “The Silk Roads: Pathways to World Histories”

Mentorship Grant

Rebekah McCallum, “Mentorship Program: Black Graduate Students/Postdocs in the Humanities with Research focus on South/Southeast Asia”

Christina Schwenkel, “Demystifying Academia: Towards a Sustainable Mentorship Collective in Southeast Asian Studies”

South, Southeast, and Global Asias Seminar Grant

Lauren Collins, “Teaching Southeast Asia: Communities, Borders, and Youth-Led Activism”

Sarah Grant, “Teaching Southeast Asia at the Teaching University”

Sophea Seng, “Pedagogies in Asian Studies: Faculty Seminars on Teaching South and Southeast Asia”

Publication Support Awardees

Ying Diao, “Muted, Mediated, and Mobilized: Faith by Aurality on the China-Myanmar Border”

Laura Dunn, “Visualizing Power”

Hilary Faxon, “Surviving the State: Struggles for Land and Democracy in Myanmar”

Amanda Kennell, “Alice in Japanese Wonderlands: Translation, Adaptation, Mediation”

Peter Kwon, “Cornerstone of the Nation: The Defense Industry and the Building of Modern Korea under Park Chung Hee”

Amanda Lanzillo, “Pious Labor: Islam, Artisanship, and Technology in Colonial India”

Joseph Scalice, “The Drama of Dictatorship: Martial Law and the Communist Parties of the Philippines”

Nguyet Nguyen, “Antiwar Transnationalism: People’s Diplomacy in the Vietnam War”

Douglas Ober, “The Jewel in the Crown: Buddhism and the Making of Modern India”

Dong Jo Shin, “An Ethnic Persecution without Ethnic Animus: The Effects of Chinese Communism on the Koreans in Yanbian, 1949-1976”

Richard Quan Tran, “Queer Vietnam: A History of Gender in the early Twentieth-Century, 1920-1945”