Welcome to your latest AAS Conference Connection news.
Don’t forget to book your hotel room at our conference headquarters, Sheraton Boston Hotel. Availability for Tuesday and Wednesday arrivals is limited. Additional overflow rooms are available at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel and the Hilton Back Bay Boston Hotel. The AAS discounted conference rates and hotel-booking link are available on our hotel accommodations webpage.
A reminder regarding hotel reservations and third parties
The AAS DOES NOT work with any third parties in regards to booking hotel room or airfares for conference attendance. If a company contacts you and states that they are calling on behalf of the AAS, THIS IS A SCAM. No one person or organization has been authorized to contact conference attendees to sell these services, despite their claims. We will never call you, and if an email arrives from any address other than ‘asianstudies.org’ on this topic, please disregard the message.
Now Accepting Reservations: On-site Childcare at the Conference
The AAS is pleased to add on-site childcare to the annual conference for the convenience of all attendees. We have partnered with ACCENT on Children’s Services, which has designed a program for children from 6 months to 12 years of age. Childcare will be available from Thursday, March 19 at 8:30am and run through Sunday, March 22 at 12:30pm. Multiple rates and time-frames are available, including hourly, half-day, full-day and full conference (4 days) rates. For more information on the schedule and rates, and to reserve a spot for your child, please visit our website.
A PDF of the program is now available on our website, along with a digital version (itinerary planner). As a reminder, the digital program contains the abstracts for all presentations; we do not print abstracts in the print program. Additionally, the print program contains only the names of presenters registered by posted deadlines. The mobile app will be available soon.
NEW! AAS Local Arrangements Committee: Special Events
In an effort to offer more local activities that also highlight the conference location, the AAS has established a Local Arrangement Committee. We would like to thank the members of the committee for their work in arranging the following opportunities for attendees:
Boston-Chinatown Tasting Tours
The committee has organized private tasting tours of Chinatown for Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. Space is limited—book early! For more information and to book these private tour for AAS attendees (use booking code AAS2020), click here.
Don’t miss the performances of the Chindon-ya group during the conference. Walk with Chindon-ya through the conference facilities (locations to be announced) and join us a the AAS Reception held on Friday evening at 7:30pm for a special performance in the Sheraton, Constitution Ballroom. For more information, click here.
Aeolian Trio Performances
The Aeolian Trio (Bruce Hueber, Koufuu Suwa, and Todd Isler) will perform on Saturday, March 21 at 7:15pm following panel sessions in the Sheraton’s Constitution Ballroom. Additionally, the trio will perform in the exhibit hall (dates and times to be announced). For more information, click here.
Harvard Art Museum & Exhibition Tour
The Harvard Art Museum is offering conference attendees complimentary admission to view the special exhibit Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection on Saturday, March 21 from 10am to 12pm. Additionally, a free one-hour tour is available at 11:00am. For more information click here.
Also, remember to take a moment to view the About Boston page at the conference website. The page is a great resource for anyone interested in exploring Boston’s many attractions, including museums, dining, and shopping.
The AAS2020 Late-Breaking Sessions are now available for viewing. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. Click here for more information on these important and trending topics.