#AsiaNow Speaks with Tania Murray Li and Pujo Semedi

Tania Murray Li teaches at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto; Pujo Semedi teaches at the Department of Anthropology at Gadjah Mada University. They are the co-authors of Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia’s Oil Palm Zone, published by Duke University Press, awarded Honorable Mention for the 2023 AAS George McT. Kahin […]

2025 and 2026 AAS Annual Conference Locations

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is thrilled to announce the selection of two brand-new conference locations for its 2025 and 2026 Annual Conferences. In an effort to provide diverse and exciting settings for its members, the AAS has chosen Columbus, Ohio as the venue for its 2025 conference, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for […]

ACLS Statement on Fighting for an Ambitious Vision of Public Higher Education in America

Published at the American Council of Learned Societies website, September 11, 2023 According to its mission statement, West Virginia University is committed “to lead transformation in West Virginia and in the world through local, state, and global engagement.” By proposing major cuts in its undergraduate and graduate programs, including engineering, environmental planning, languages other than […]

AAS 2024 Update: Registration, Housing, and a Fundraising Goal

Plans for the AAS 2024 Annual Conference in Seattle are moving along! Our Program Committee has just completed its review of proposals (decisions will be emailed on September 14), the Local Arrangements Committee is organizing its Seattle programming, and AAS conference team Robyn Jones and Angie Bermudez are working hard on the innumerable details that […]

AAS 2023 Election Nominees and Ballot Issues

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the fall 2023 AAS elections. The online ballot will open on September 14, 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 November 14. Newly elected representatives will […]

Generation and the Politics of Memory in China: Sociologist Bin Xu on Chairman Mao’s Children

Back in September 2017, I interviewed Emory University sociologist Bin Xu about his first book, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017). At the end of our exchange, Xu told me about his next project—an examination of collective memory among the zhiqing, or 17 million “educated […]

Women in Japanese Studies

Excerpt: Women in Japanese Studies

Bringing together stories and reflections spanning more than thirty years, Women in Japanese Studies: Memoirs from a Trailblazing Generation will be released by AAS Publications in December 2023. Edited by Alisa Freedman (University of Oregon), the volume includes chapters from thirty-one scholars, who share stories of achievements, frustrations, and choices—both professional and personal. In Japan […]

AsiaNow Speaks with Tao Jiang

Tao Jiang is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and the author of Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China, published by Oxford University Press, which received Honorable Mention of the 2023 Joseph Levenson Prize for distinguished scholarship on pre-1900 China. To begin with, please tell us what your […]

The Vietnam Studies Group 2024 Graduate Paper Prize Competition

Deadline: Friday September 29, 2023 The Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its annual graduate student paper prize competition. The competition encourages the direct involvement of graduate students in the growth of Vietnamese studies and supports their professional development. The competition is open to full- and part-time graduate […]

AsiaNow Speaks with Michael K. Bourdaghs

Michael K. Bourdaghs is Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, and author of A Fictional Commons: Natsume Sōseki and the Properties of Modern Literature, published by Duke University Press and winner of the 2023 Honorable Mention, John Whitney Hall Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your […]