August 2017 AAS Member News & Notes

A final reminder that panel and paper proposals for our 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. are due by 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 8. There are no exceptions to this deadline, so play it safe and don’t wait until the last minute to submit your proposal!


Congratulations to University of Chicago professor and AAS Member Kenneth Pomeranz, historian of China, who has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.


At its July meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) awarded its biennial book prizes. We are pleased to see many AAS Members recognized by ICAS for their work and offer the following scholars our congratulations:

Pablo Blitstein (University of Heidelberg), Les fleurs du royaume: Savoirs lettrés et pouvoir impérial en Chine, Ve-VIe siècle (The Flowers of the Kingdom: Literary Knowledge and Imperial Power in China, 5th-6th Century). Les Belles Lettres. (Shortlist, French Language Edition)

Tamara Chin (Brown University), Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination, Harvard University Asia Center. (Ground-Breaking Subject Matter Accolade, Humanities)

Craig Clunas (University of Oxford), co-editor, Ming China: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450, British Museum Press. (Specialist Publication Accolade, Humanities)

Christina Elizabeth Firpo (California Polytechnic State University), The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980, University of Hawai’i Press. (Shortlist, Humanities; Colleagues’ Choice Award, Humanities)

Peter A. Jackson, (Australian National University) First Queer Voices from Thailand: Uncle Go’s Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians and Kathoeys, Hong Kong University Press. (Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-Specialist Reader Accolade, Social Sciences)

Seth Jacobowitz (Yale University), Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture, Harvard University Asia Center. (Winner, Humanities)

Xiaoyuan Liu (University of Virginia), 《邊疆中國:二十世紀周邊暨民族關係史述》(Frontier China: 20th-century Peripheral and Interethnic Relations), The Chinese University Press. (Shortlist, Chinese Language Edition)

Pamela D. McElwee (Rutgers University), Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam, University of Washington Press. (Shortlist, Social Sciences)

Sunyoung Park (University of Southern California), The Proletarian Wave: Literature and Leftist Culture in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, Harvard University Asia Center. (Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-Specialist Reader Accolade, Humanities)

Ronit Ricci (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), editor, Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration, University of Hawai’i Press. (Edited Volume Accolade, Humanities)

Hazel Smith (School of Oriental and African Studies), North Korea: Markets and Military Rule, Cambridge University Press. (Teaching Tool Accolade, Humanities)

Lik Hang Tsui (University of Oxford), “Writing Letters in Song China (960-1279): A Study of Its Political, Social, and Cultural Uses” (Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-Specialist Reader Accolade, Dissertations in the Humanities)

Hans van Ess (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich), Politik und Geschichtsschreibung im alten China: Pan-ma i-t’ing (Politics and Historiography in Ancient China: Pan-ma i-t’ing), Harrasowitz Verlag. (Winner, German Language Edition)

Richard von Glahn (University of California, Los Angeles), The Economic History of China: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press. (Teaching Tool Accolade, Social Sciences)

Ellen Widmer (Wellesley College), Fiction’s Family: Zhan Xi, Zhan Kai, and the Business of Women in Late-Qing China, Harvard University Asia Center. (Shortlist, Social Sciences)


We are currently accepting applications for our second “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” workshop, which will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August 2018 and focus on the theme of “Asia and the Anthropocene.” The application submission deadline is October 2.


Applications to the fall round of funding in our First Book Subvention program are due by September 1. Eligibility details and instructions for application are available here.


Photographs from June’s AAS-in-ASIA conference are now available in our Flickr and Facebook photo albums.


Several articles from the forthcoming August 2017 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies are now available to AAS Members at the CambridgeCore website. To access them, log in to your AAS member account at our website, then select “Access the Journal of Asian Studies” in the menu column at the right side of your account home screen; this will take you to CambridgeCore, where the articles can be found under the “FirstView” tab.

Deceased Asianists

Kavita Datla, historian of South Asia. Obituary via Mount Holyoke College, and a tribute to Dr. Datla written by Dr. Karuna Mantena has also been published at H-Asia.

Wm. Theodore de Bary (1919-2017), scholar of East Asia and former AAS President. Obituary via the New York Times; see also three tributes to Dr. de Bary here at #AsiaNow.

Jan Fontein (1927-2017), former curator of Asiatic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Obituary via H-Asia.

Karla Simon, sociologist of China. Obituary via the Greenville News.

We welcome submissions for the AAS Member News & Notes column, so please forward material for consideration to Please note that we do not publish book announcements in this space; new books by AAS Members will be announced on the association’s Twitter feed (@AASAsianStudies) and Facebook page (@AASAsianStudies).