Storm Clouds Over the Pacific? Impacts of the Invasion of Ukraine on China-Taiwan-US Relations

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent ripples across the international community. Join the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, China Studies Program, and Taiwan Studies Program in-person and online on Tuesday, November 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. PT for a discussion of how the war in Europe is affecting the increasingly tense situation in the Taiwan Strait.

Mechademia: Critical Vistas Upon Global Asian Studies

Mechademia—an intellectual community built around a conference and a journal (University of Minnesota Press)—has stood at the forefront of youth-focused Asian popular culture scholarship since its inception in the early 2000s. With its emphasis upon manga, anime, video games, and other forms of East Asian popular culture and their fan bases, Mechademia has regularly brought together scholars, fans, and practitioners in seeking common dialogue, fresh approaches, and innovative insights.

This Digital Dialogues session seeks to probe the interconnections between Mechademia and Asian Studies. We begin with a brief history of Mechademia led by its founding organizers discussing the impetus for creating the conference and journal. The discussion subsequently broadens to address the following questions:

  • What is the place of popular culture studies in the larger field of Asian Studies?  What can popular culture studies contribute to Asian Studies (and vice versa)?
  • How do fan cultures contribute to our understandings and interactions in Asian Studies?
  • What roles do race, gender, class, nation, and other structuring properties play in the study of fan cultures, with a particular eye to Asian Studies?
  • How might querying popular culture studies help queer Asian Studies?


International Virtual Conference on Judicial Independence in Developing Democracies

The conference has three panel discussions: a) judicial independence: judges roundtable discussion; b) civil society, media, and judicial independence c) judicial independence in developing democracies: works in progress.

This may be of interest to those focusing on East and South Asia, law, and politics. They can register their interest at

Neglected Crossroads: Black Lives in the Japanese Experience/Japanese Lives in the Black Experience

U.S. CULCON is pleased to invite you to a webinar, “Neglected Crossroads: Black Lives in the Japanese Experience/Japanese Lives in the Black Experience” Wednesday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 ET/22:00-23:00 JT. Japanese language interpretation will be provided.

This discussion explores the intersections of Japanese and Black, primarily African American, lives, their historical context and social impact, as well as the expanding and ambivalent role the internet plays in their presentation, reappraisal, and redefinition as both societies grapple with the challenges of diversity in the age of social media.

This program focusing on DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) in the U.S.-Japan partnership is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Registration is required. Please register to join us by Tuesday, September 20 by going to:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meet the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) Editor (Virtual)

This AAS Digital Dialogue session will be an opportunity to meet with Joseph S. Alter, the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, to learn about the preparation of manuscripts for submission and the peer review process. Alter will begin the session with a brief overview of points that are outlined in a short document entitled “Guidelines for Publishing in the Journal of Asian Studies,” which you may access below. The document is designed to address many common questions that relate to publishing and to highlight key points that are especially relevant as you consider submitting your work to the JAS.

Following this overview, the session will be structured around questions you are invited to submit in advance (you may submit questions when registering for the session, or through the button below). These may range from the practical and procedural to broader concerns about how the field of Asian Studies is changing, and how to conceptualize your work in relation to changes in academia more broadly.