Northeast Asia Council Statement on Academic Integrity and Online Harassment

November 29, 2021 The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) a scholarly, nonpolitical, nonprofit professional association with approximately 5,000 members worldwide and the largest scholarly association for Asian Studies in the world, denounces the harassment of Asian Studies specialists, especially regarding recent online targeting of historians who are contributing to our understanding of WWII-era Japan. While […]

AAS Fall 2021 Board of Directors Meeting – Report to Members

On October 18, 2021, the Association for Asian Studies Board of Directors (BOD) held a hybrid meeting, with eight Board members present in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and six Board members joining via Zoom. Over the course of the day, the BOD discussed numerous pieces of business and voted on a wide range of action items, […]

AAS Regional Conferences — Student Paper Prize Winners

We congratulate all the student paper prize winners who presented at AAS regional conferences in 2020-21. In recognition of their accomplishments, the Council of Conferences (CoC) has awarded these scholars a free one-year student membership in the AAS. *Denotes members of the CoC-sponsored graduate student panel appearing at AAS 2022  Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) […]

New Travel Grants for Ming Studies Scholars Attending AAS 2022

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation has awarded the Association for Asian Studies $20,000 to fund participant travel to the 2022 Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit foundation which encourages and sponsors scholarly research and interpretation of the Ming […]

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#AsiaNow Speaks with Christopher Rea about Early Chinese Cinema

Since early 2020, Christopher Rea, a professor of Chinese at the University of British Columbia, has translated over twenty early Chinese films and made them available on the YouTube channel Modern Chinese Cultural Studies. He has also produced a semester-long online course on early Chinese cinema, available at In June 2021, Columbia University Press […]

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Digital Fieldwork: A New Site for Scholars

Many Asian Studies scholars are familiar with what we might call “traditional” fieldwork, such as on-site interviews, archival research, and participant-observation studies. In doctoral programs, it’s common for advanced students to disappear from campus for a year or more as they journey to research sites and collect materials and data to write up into a […]

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AAS Receives a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce that we have received a $1 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant is awarded through the NEH’s Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) program, which supports humanities organizations, programs, and professionals at the local level, advancing economic […]

AAS Statement on the Dismantling Global Hindutva Conference

September 10, 2021 Statement by the Association for Asian Studies Board of Directors In keeping with its commitment to academic freedom, the AAS supports the “Dismantling Global Hindutva: Multidisciplinary Perspectives” conference scheduled for September 10-12 and condemns the harassment and intimidation of conference participants, organizers, and co-sponsors. We understand that Hindutva is a majoritarian ideological doctrine that conflates a limited interpretation of […]

AAS Fall 2021 Election Nominees

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the fall 2021 AAS elections. The online ballot will open in September, and all current AAS Members will receive an email with instructions for accessing it. Election day (when the ballot is closed and votes recorded) will be in November. Newly elected representatives will take […]

Call for Applications: Bibliography of Asian Studies Associate Editor Positions for Asia and East Asia

Bibliography of Asian Studies Associate Editor for Asia Position Summary The BAS Associate Editor for Asia creates bibliographic indexing records for chapters and articles in Western-language edited volumes and journals that deal with Asia as a whole, or with more than one major region of Asia, as defined by the Bibliography of Asian Studies, and […]