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July 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Proposals for the AAS 2020 Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts are due in just over two weeks! The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, August 6 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. There will be no extensions to that deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute—submit your proposal as soon as possible. *New for #AAS2020*: Digital […]

The Other Milk: A Q&A with Historian Jia-Chen Fu

In the 1980s, American children were subject to a deluge of advertising punctuated by the tagline “Milk: It Does a Body Good.” The campaign, funded by the dairy industry, encouraged kids to drink milk by emphasizing its contributions to physical development—the calcium and protein contained in the beverage, the ads stated, would help youths grow […]

Thoughts on the Future of AAS-in-Asia

With this first blog of my Presidential tenure, I would like to express my gratitude for your support and confidence in electing me to this position. Coming into the Presidency of the Association in these deeply troubled geo-political times has been very challenging, and I will need your support and participation more than ever. What […]

AAS-in-Asia Survey: Summary of Results

In April 2019, the AAS officers composed a survey regarding the AAS-in-Asia conferences as a way to measure member attitudes toward the continuation of these meetings. The survey was sent on April 24 via email blast to all AAS members who have opted in to member communications (6,001 recipients), with a reminder message on May […]

Q&A with Jennifer Altehenger, Author of Legal Lessons

Jennifer Altehenger is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese History at King’s College London (Associate Professor in Chinese History at the University of Oxford from September 2019) and author of Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2018). In Legal Lessons, Altehenger surveys how knowledge about the law […]

June 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

The Vietnam Studies Group 2020 Graduate Paper Prize Competition The Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) is pleased to announce that it is accepting 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 […]

AAS Statement on Stanford University Press

June 14, 2019 The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is writing to express its concern regarding the decision of Provost Persis S. Drell to cut $1.7 million in subsidies to Stanford University Press, thus placing the future of the Press in financial jeopardy. For Asian Studies in particular, Stanford University Press is one of a […]

Member Spotlight: Emily Rook-Koepsel

Emily Rook-Koepsel is a historian of modern India and Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Contact her at rookkoepsel@pitt.edu. How long have you been a member of AAS? I have been a member of AAS since I got my first job out of graduate school (2011). I […]

Japan’s Liberal-Democratic Paradox of Refugee Admission: A Q&A with Konrad Kalicki

Konrad Kalicki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies and Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. He is author of “Japan’s Liberal-Democratic Paradox of Refugee Admission,” which appears in the May 2019 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies. In the interview below, conducted by Rajit Mazumder (DePaul […]