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A Message from AAS President Hy V. Luong
In 2021, we have continued facing challenges and dealing with upheavals in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the financial support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the donations from many Asianists, AAS was able to launch the Assist-a-Scholar program and provided over 400 memberships to Asia scholars who could not have joined AAS otherwise. While conferences, digital dialogues, and publications remain the core of our activities to promote leading-edge scholarship on Asia, we have also provided free online access to Education about Asia for K-12 teachers and students all over the world. AAS is grateful for the important grants from the Luce and many other foundations, as well as to individual scholars who have continued supporting AAS with membership renewal, with donations to AAS programs, and with input into the AAS strategic planning process.
If you can contribute beyond your membership, please click here and choose a program for your donation. Your continuing support has helped AAS to remain at the forefront of scholarship on Asia, and has strengthened a global and inclusive community of Asianists.
Hy V. Luong
President, Association for Asian Studies, 2021-2022
AAS Fund Categories
AAS Development Initiatives
The Education About Asia teaching journal is supported through the Wm. Theodore de Bary and Ainslie T. Embree Fund for Education and Outreach. The fund supports the AAS in providing affordable teaching resources as well as disseminating EAA print and online materials. The fund is named in honor of two past presidents of the AAS who were early champions of the integration of Asian Studies into the core curriculum.
The AAS Fund for International Exchange makes it possible for the Association to provide travel subsidies for active panel participants from non-high-income, non-OECD countries to attend both the AAS annual conference and the AAS-in-Asia conference.
The AAS New Initiatives Fund facilitates the Association’s exploration of new ideas and projects. Beyond its annual and AAS-in-Asia conferences, the AAS advocates for the training of new scholars and teachers, encourages the teaching of Asian languages, and advances information literacy about Asian societies and cultures. The New Initiatives Fund supports endeavors such as the AAS First Book Subvention Program, oral history project, and Global Asias initiative.
The Fund for Young Scholars encourages young scholars to attend and present their research at AAS conferences. The fund also supports the annual AAS Dissertation Workshops.
The AAS Endowment Fund guarantees the Association’s ability to support and expand the study of Asia far into the future.
AAS Book Prizes
China and Inner Asia
- The Gene E. Smith Book Prize for English-language scholarly books published on Inner Asia
- The Joseph R. Levenson Book Prize for English-language non-fiction scholarly books on China
- The Patrick D. Hanan Book Prize for translation from Chinese or Inner Asian languages into English
- The James B. Palais Book Prize for English-language scholarly books published on Korea
- The John Whitney Hall Book Prize for English-language scholarly books published on Japan
- The A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for translations from South Asian languages into English
- The Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize for English-language scholarly works on South Asian studies
- The Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize for a first book on South Asia
- The A.L. Becker Prize for translations from Southeast Asian languages into English
- The George McT. Kahin Prize for distinguished scholarly works on Southeast Asia
- The Harry J. Benda Book Prize for English-language scholarly non-fiction works on Southeast Asian studies
AAS Awards for Scholarship
The AAS China and Inner Asia Council’s CIAC Small Grants Program provides awards of $2,000 or less to early-career scholars. The Council encourages applications from dissertation-level graduate students, junior faculty, independent scholars, and adjunct faculty.
The Franklin R. Buchanan Prize, administered by the Committee on Teaching about Asia, is awarded to educators who develop outstanding curriculum materials relevant to the study of Asia.
The F. Hilary Conroy Award honors an outstanding panel focusing on transnational and/or transcultural issues in Asia. The panel must include presenters from diverse locations, and at least one of the presentations should focus on Northeast Asia. One panelist traveling from outside of North America will receive travel support. The conference program listings indicate the award designation.
The Short-Term Research in the History of Japanese Sexualities Grant Fund was established by a bequest from Emeritus Professor Mark McLelland and provides funding for early-career scholars to cover travel expenses on trips to Japan for research projects focused on the history of Japanese sexualities.
The AAS Legacy Society
The AAS Legacy Society is endowed through estate planning. Such bequests create a base of support for the long-term goals of the Association, such as further internationalization and diversification of the membership. We are grateful to those who have already included the AAS in their bequest intentions and hope this will inspire others to follow their lead. If you are interested in joining the AAS Legacy Society, you can find information here or you may contact Krisna Uk, Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors: Outreach and Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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