Results for category: AAS Statements

AAS Statement on Proposed Demolition of the Annex of the National Archives in Delhi

May 28, 2021Issued by the AAS Board of Directors AAS expresses grave concern at the recent announcement regarding the demolition of the Annex of the National Archives in Delhi. We urge the Government of India to disclose its plans for safely transferring held documents and artifacts, their intermediate and long-term storage, and their availability to […]

AAS Statement on Academic Freedom in Thailand

Download PDF of statement in Thai Issued by the AAS Board of DirectorsApril 7, 2021 The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is deeply concerned by growing intellectual repression in Thailand. Since the 2014 military coup d’etat, the country has seen an increasing number of attacks on academic freedom. Defamation lawsuits and the selective interpretation and […]

AAS Statement on Chinese Government Sanctions

Statement by the AAS Board of DirectorsMarch 29, 2021 The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association with approximately 6,500 members worldwide, wishes to express its solidarity and support for our esteemed colleague and member, Professor Joanne Smith Finley of the University of Newcastle, UK, who is one of nine people sanctioned on March 26, […]

AAS Statement on Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

March 18, 2021 Statement issued by the AAS Board of Directors The Association for Asian Studies condemns the escalating violence and ongoing harassment directed at Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders and stands in solidarity with community leaders, students, and educators who are actively engaged in anti-racist action and serving the needs of the most […]

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. […]

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 […]

AAS Joins ACLS Statement Urging Kansas Board of Regents to Uphold Employment Protections for Faculty

The Association for Asian Studies has joined more than two dozen other members of the American Council of Learned Societies in signing the statement below. The original statement is available at the ACLS website. January 26, 2021 American colleges and universities are facing severe financial and operational challenges. The temptation to reduce faculty and staff […]

AAS Statement on January 6, 2021 Insurrection in Washington, D.C.

Posted on behalf of the AAS Board of Directors On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, we witnessed an attempted takeover of Congress by protestors who believe the U.S. presidential election results are fraudulent. As representatives of a scholarly organization, the Association for Asian Studies Board of Directors condemns this attempted coup, affirms the election results of […]

Statement on Collection Development, Access, ​and Equity in the Time of COVID-19

Issued by the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation on July 17, 2020 and endorsed by the AAS Board of Directors on September 28, 2020. The Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation (CONSALD) recognizes the tremendous work of the Collection Development and Equity in the Time of Covid-19 Task Force in the crafting […]

ACLS Statement on COVID-19 and the Key Role of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the United States

The Association for Asian Studies has co-signed this statement from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Download a PDF of the statement here. August 12, 2020 Consider the spread of COVID-19, global environmental degradation, and the deep divisions around race in this country. Our collective responses to these and other challenges arise from understanding […]

AAS Statement Regarding Remote Teaching, Online Scholarship, Safety, and Academic Freedom

Download as PDF AAS Board of DirectorsJuly 23, 2020 Executive Summary Videoconferencing tools such as Zoom present universities with stark technological, pedagogical, and moral considerations, especially with regard to the security of student and faculty data. These issues arise from the censorship and data-monitoring and informing requirements imposed by various foreign jurisdictions, in particular China, […]