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November 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

AAS Member David Fedman (University of California, Irvine) has received the 2019 Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize from the Society for the History of Technology’s Envirotech special interest group for his article, “The Ondol Problem and the Politics of Forest Conservation in Colonial Korea,” published in The Journal of Korean Studies. *** Register now […]

Meet the JAS Editorial Assistants: A Discussion about Childhood Studies and Food Studies

Journal of Asian Studies editor Vinayak Chaturvedi works with an Editorial Assistant in the JAS office at the University of California, Irvine. Kyle David held this position during the 2018-19 academic year. He has recently stepped down, but remains with the JAS as Book Review Editor for the Transnational and Comparative Asia section. Clare Gordon […]

Ghost Plays, Socialist Modernity, and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century China

Ghost and goblins, spirits and specters … such supernatural beings manifest in stories told around the world, including many classics of the Chinese stage. Yet these spooky tales presented a problem for twentieth-century reformers, who struggled to reconcile their condemnation of “superstition” with the fact that some of the country’s best-known artistic works included superstitious […]

AAS 2020: Program Trends and Highlights

Since we don’t offer a theme for our AAS Annual Conferences, we never know exactly what to expect when proposals start rolling in. We generally anticipate at least a few sessions focused on major anniversary dates or placing recent events in a broader context, and we know that some topics are, at least in their […]

Conference Connection: 21 Weeks ‘Til Boston

Welcome to the AAS Conference Connection. In order to provide the most up-to-date information and offer the best possible experience for AAS2020 attendees, we will periodically send an email and post at #AsiaNow information regarding the upcoming AAS Annual Conference. The notices will include recently added conference news, such as hotel and registration updates, as […]

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 […]