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October 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Aya Kimura (University of Hawaii at Manoa), who has received the 2019 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies in Science for Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination (Duke University Press, 2016). In its citation commending Kimura’s work, the Carson Prize Committee wrote: […]

Fieldwork in the Outfield: William W. Kelly on The Sportsworld of the Hanshin Tigers

Baseball tickets as a research expense? Nice try. It’s no surprise that a funding agency expressed skepticism when anthropologist William W. Kelly included a $900 “purchase of baseball game tickets” line item on his proposed grant budget. Kelly, however, had a legitimate reason for requesting the support: he was conducting an ethnographic study of Osaka’s […]

Myanmar Media in Transition

Excerpted with minor revisions from the new volume Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change, edited by Lisa Brooten, Jane Madlyn McElhone, and Gayathry Venkiteswaran (Singapore: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, 2019). Reproduced with permission. At the end of August 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released its report summarizing the main […]

September 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) is pleased to announce that the Usha Mahajani Memorial Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Eri Kitada. The prize is a memorial to Professor Usha Mahajani, whose scholarship on Southeast Asia was brought to an abrupt end by her tragic death in 1978. Professor Mahajani, a native […]

Balancing Act: The AAS and Public Statements

Since its inception in 1941, the Association for Asian Studies has identified as a non-political entity dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of Asia. Correspondingly, since its inception, Association leaders and members alike have both challenged and questioned this stance. Particularly since the Vietnam War era, many have called on the Association to speak out against […]

“Living with a Postcolonial Conundrum”: Hieyoon Kim on Korean Film Historiography

Hieyoon Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focuses on South Korean cinema, and she is currently working on a book about dissident film practices between the 1950s and 1980s. Kim is author of “Living with a Postcolonial Conundrum: Yi Yŏngil and Korean Film Historiography,” which […]

August 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the many AAS Members who received recognition for their work by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) during the prize ceremony at its biennial conference, held in Leiden, the Netherlands last month: Jeffrey W. Alexander (Pueblo Community College): Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade (Social Sciences), for Drinking Bomb & Shooting Meth: […]

AAS Fall 2019 Election Nominees

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the fall 2019 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 counted) will be in early November. Newly elected representatives will […]

The Anti-Extradition Bill Protests and the Democracy Movement in Hong Kong

By Francis L.F. Lee Hong Kong experienced a very special June. The weather was as hot as usual, but the social atmosphere was even hotter. Three large-scale demonstrations and a series of more or less conflictual protests forced the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government to “suspend” a highly controversial extradition bill. The bill […]