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A Circuitous Path to Finding the Right Career

This week at #AsiaNow, we are pleased to offer our readers a series of posts on library careers in area studies. The four series authors will convene on Monday, March 22 at 3:00pm Eastern Time for a panel at the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, “Ask a Librarian!: A Discussion of Alternative Careers in Japanese […]

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Charting Shared Futures

Greetings from Honolulu where there have been recent snow sightings on the peaks of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala! For us, this calls for the annual donning of socks and sweatshirts, cherished because it is inevitably short-lived. The AAS Board of Directors just completed its day-long retreat to tackle thorny issues of governance under […]

AAS Statement on Military Rule in Myanmar

Issued by the Association for Asian Studies Board of Directors On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar Tatmadaw (Army), led by Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing, sieged parliament and declared a state of emergency military rule for the next year. The general justified this coup though accusations of election fraud; the Election Commission refutes this claim. […]

Cultural Keepers of Modern Japan

By Vivian Li In 2019, I was generously awarded a Japan Research Travel Grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. The purpose of this funding was to conduct final research in preparation for the exhibition Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso, scheduled to open […]

AAS 2021 Prizes

The AAS is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s prize competitions and offer congratulations to all honorees. Please join us at 5:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 24 to celebrate all winners during the AAS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Award Ceremony. Book Prizes Joseph Levenson Prize (China, Pre-1900) Stephen Owen, Just a Song: […]

AAS Signs AHA Statement Opposing New Policy on Virtual Scholarly Exchanges in India

The AAS has signed on to the statement below, issued by the American Historical Association on February 5, 2021, that opposes a new policy issued by India’s Ministry of Higher Education/Department of Higher Education “that ‘requires Indian scholars and administrators to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of External Affairs if they want to convene […]

AAS Letter to the Chinese University of Hong Kong Regarding Reorganization of the Universities Service Centre

In late December 2020, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) released plans to restructure the Universities Service Centre for China Studies (USC), an important venue for research and academic exchange founded in 1963 and housed at CUHK since 1988. The USC reorganization would involve bringing its data resources under oversight by the CUHK library […]

Excerpt — More Than Medals: A History of the Paralympics and Disability Sports in Postwar Japan

AAS Member Dennis Frost is Wen Chao Chen Associate Professor of East Asian Social Sciences in Kalamazoo College’s Department of History and East Asian Studies. Frost is also author of More Than Medals: A History of the Paralympics and Disability Sports in Postwar Japan (Cornell University Press, 2021). In this book, Frost narrates the development […]

Call for Applications: Mentoring Workshop for Black Graduate Students in Asian Studies

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is calling for participants in a mentoring workshop for Black graduate students. The virtual workshop will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00pm Eastern Time. Undergraduates considering graduate study may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. AAS membership is not required to participate in […]