Conference News

We will continue to post information on this page to assist conference attendees in confirming travel and participation planning. Additionally, updates to the conference schedule, new events, and other activities will be posted here as the schedule continues to take shape.


AAS 2022 Annual Conference — Thanks from the Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies, AAS Secretariat staff, and I would like to thank individuals and groups who contributed to the 2022 Annual Conference. So many people and organizations helped to make the conference possible, and we are grateful for their time, talents, and assistance. Thanks first to the 2022…

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Sacrificed for the Prosperity of the Nation: Telling the Story of Minamata through Film

Minamata (Andrew Levitas, director, 2020; Sakamoto Ryūichi, music; Benoît Delhomme, cinematography) Inspired by true events in Minamata, Japan, where the Chisso chemical factory poisoned residents by dumping mercury into the sea from 1932 to 1968, Andrew Levitas’ film shows Minamata through the eyes of the great photojournalist W. Eugene Smith and Aileen Smith, who move…

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AAS2022 Presidential Address by Hy V. Luong

Posted: February 21, 2022

AAS President Hy Van Luong presidential address, “Local Culture of Global Neoliberal Ideology? Reflections on a Shifting Intellectual Landscape”, on Friday morning, March 25.

The Presidential Address will be live streamed from Honolulu to all attendees registered for the virtual conference.

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Don’t Miss the Opening Keynote Address, Ceremony and Reception

Posted: February 14, 2022

Make sure you arrive to Hawai’i in time to enjoy our opening ceremony, keynote and reception on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Click the link below to view the official announcement.

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Your Health and Safety Matters at AAS2022

Posted: February 7, 2022

The AAS is taking every precaution to ensure a safe environment for all who are able to attend the 2022 Annual Conference in-person in Hawaii. Please take a moment to view our latest emailed information

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AAS2022 Annual Conference: Status Update (December 21)

Posted: December 21, 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, all of us at the AAS Secretariat are looking forward to seeing our members again at the March 24-27 AAS 2022 Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Our entire staff, especially the conference team, has been planning assiduously for this event—our first in-person gathering since the beginning of the COVID-19

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AAS2022 Conference Tote featuring Artwork by Mayumi Oda

Posted December 17, 2021

We are pleased and honored to announce the AAS2022 Annual Conference Tote Bag will feature artwork by renowned artist Mayumi Oda. Her artwork, titled “Earthship,” is offered on a gray cotton tote made from recycled, unique multicolor fibers.

All in-person registered attendees will receive a tote bag included with conference registration fees.  However, in-person attendees may purchase additional bags via this special pre-order options.

All pre-ordered tote bags will ship in March. Each tote bag is $25 and includes shipping.

A very special thank you to Mayumi Oda for her kind contribution to the AAS 2022 Annual Conference and also to Past-president Christine Yano for facilitating this wonderful addition to the conference.

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Vaccination Requirement at AAS2022

Posted: December 3, 2021

In keeping with the Association’s duty to care and responsibility as hosts, all participants at the in-person 2022 AAS Annual Conference, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor will be required to be fully vaccinated. “Full vaccination” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dozed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend #AAS2022. 

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Travel to Hawai’i Updates

Posted: December 1, 2021

As of November 8, 2021, the state of Hawai’i travel guidelines and protocols have been updated to align with the current federal guidelines. All travelers to Hawai’i must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. For more information, please see the information posted on Safe Travels Hawai’i program

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Proposal Decisions

Posted: September 28, 2021

Despite the uncertainties we all continue to face at this time, we were pleased to see the enthusiasm of the AAS community in participating in the upcoming 2022 Annual Conference. The AAS received a record number of proposals; a total of 1,179 proposals were submitted.

The Program Committee has now completed the review process of all submitted proposals and decisions will be emailed to the listed organizer(s) on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

The 2022 conference will consist of both sessions taking place in-person in Honolulu and online.


Safe Access O’ahu

Posted: September 28, 2021

As of September 22, the City and County of Honolulu is currently under an emergency order requiring all employees and customers to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours in order to enter the certain establishments.

This order is currently expected to remain in place through November 20, 2021.

We will continue to keep AAS Attendees updated on this executive order. However, should the state of Hawaii continue to require proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test for entry, over the conference dates, the Safe Access O’ahu program should serve as one additional protocol that will help ease attendees’ concerns about their health and safety while in Honolulu.

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Safe Travels Hawai’i Program

Posted: September 27, 2021

Travelers entering the state from the U.S. and its Territories who have been fully vaccinated in the United States (including its Territories) may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to Safe Travels and printed out prior to departure and the traveler must have a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaiʻi.

Travelers wishing to use the pre-travel test to bypass quarantine must have a negative result from a test taken from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner no more than 72 hours BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test result or U.S. vaccination PRIOR to departure must quarantine upon arrival.

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State of Hawai’i travel protocol update

Posted: July 10, 2021

Below is the latest update from the State of Hawaii Covid-19 Portal. Hawai’i is now allowing fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. States and territories to bypass quarantine and negative Covid testing requirements. Please read the information below.

Hawai‘i’s 10-day mandatory self-quarantine remains in place for all trans-Pacific passengers, but we are excited that new exceptions are now available as a direct result of Hawaii’s robust vaccination rate. Travelers entering the state from the U.S. and its Territories who have been fully vaccinated in the United States (including its Territories) may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test. The vaccination record document must be uploaded to Safe Travels or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i. The State of Hawai‘i will also accept vaccine records that are digitally validated by Digital Health Pass Partners.

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Conference Format Announcement & Call for Proposals

Posted: June 29, 2021

We are pleased to announce the AAS 2022 Annual Conference will take place in person in Honolulu, Hawai’i with an added online/virtual component, March 24-27, 2021. The Call for Proposals is now open with a submission deadline of August 10, 2021. For more information and to view the full announcement, click here.

The AAS Secretariat will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday