February 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Nancy S. Steinhardt (University of Pennsylvania), who has been honored by the College Art Association with its Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award.


AAS Member Kenneth Pomeranz (University of Chicago) is co-winner of the prestigious Dan David Prize in the “Past” category for his work on the macro history of East Asia.


Longtime AAS Member Chi Wang has been recognized by Senator James Risch, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for his 47 years of service at the Library of Congress. Dr. Wang was head of the library’s Chinese and Korea Section from 1975 until his retirement in 2004. Read the full text of Senator Risch’s remarks honoring Dr. Wang in the Congressional Record.


THANK YOU to all who donated to the AAS in 2018; the list of donors is now posted online. Your support enables us to carry out many important programs and initiatives, and we greatly appreciate all donations we receive.

To support the future of Asian Studies, please visit the Donate page at our website.


Early career scholars preparing to publish their first single-author work should apply by March 1, 2019 for this cycle of our First-Book Subvention Program funding.


Pre-registration for #AAS2019 in Denver, Colorado will close next Thursday, February 21. After a successful introduction of GREEN registration rates in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, we are pleased to offer them again in Denver. Those who GO GREEN will save $10 on their conference registration; they will NOT receive a copy of the print program.

Rooms are nearly gone in our conference block at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel! We have secured two overflow hotels nearby to accommodate those who have not yet made a reservation. For more details on all hotels and how to book, please see the conference website.

Remember to enter the Member-Get-A-Member Sweepstakes by Tuesday, February 19! Each new AAS member you recruit will entitle you to one (1) entry into the prize drawing. As you recruit more members, your opportunity to win increases. The new member you recommend is also entered in the drawing. More information is available here.

The full conference program is now available online. Conference highlights include:

We are pleased to offer financial support—a maximum of $250 per family—on a reimbursement basis to panel participants in need of professional childcare services during the conference in Denver. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact the AAS as soon as possible to express your interest in this program. More information and contact information is available at the conference website.


The Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) conference is accepting proposals until February 28 for its June 7-9, 2019 meeting at Saint Mary’s College of California. ASPAC also awards two graduate student paper prizes—one for work across the field of Asian Studies, the second specifically for Chinese Studies—and is accepting submissions to those competitions until May 1, 2019.

Deceased Asianists

Anita Andrew (1953-2018), Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University, former editor of Ming Studies, scholar of Chinese history and international adoption. Obituary via Rockford Register Star.

Roderick MacFarquhar (1930-2019), Leroy B. Williams Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Harvard University and former director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Obituary via the New York Times.

We welcome submissions for the AAS Member News & Notes column, so please forward material for consideration to mcunningham@asian-studies.org. Please note that we do not publish book announcements in this space; new books by AAS Members will be announced on the association’s Twitter feed (@AASAsianStudies) and Facebook page (@AASAsianStudies).