June 2017 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Sheldon Garon (Princeton University), who has received a Humboldt Research Award. Dr. Garon will spend the 2017-18 academic year in Germany, conducting research in collaboration with historians and Japanese studies colleagues at the Free University Berlin on his current book project, “When Home Fronts Became Battlegrounds: A Transnational History of Japan, Germany, and Britain in World War II.”


Further congratulations to Member Edmund Cheng (Hong Kong Baptist University), winner of the 2016 Gordon White Prize from China Quarterly. Dr. Cheng’s article, “Street Politics in a Hybrid Regime: The Diffusion of Political Activism in Post-colonial Hong Kong,” can be freely accessed at Cambridge Core.


We are pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the Freeman Book Awards—recognizing quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia.

This is the inaugural year of the award, presented by The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the AAS, and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University.

The submission process for the 2017 Freeman Book Awards is now open. Books on East and Southeast Asia published in 2017 are eligible and deadline for submission is August 15. More information about the submission process is available at the NCTA website.


The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the AAS is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies” panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” Organizers seek to recruit three early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2018 AAS Annual Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 22-25, 2018. If you wish to be considered for inclusion in the panel, please see the AAS website for more details. Submission deadline is July 1.


We look forward to seeing AAS Members from around the world at Korea University in Seoul for our fourth annual AAS-in-ASIA conference later this month. We will be using the #AASASIA17 hashtag on Twitter for conference posts and invite others to do the same.

Deceased Asianists

Joel S. Kahn, anthropologist of Southeast Asia. Obituary via New Mandala.

Alfonz Lengyel (1921-2016), art historian and archaeologist. Obituary via Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Margery Wolf (1933-2017), feminist anthropologist and China scholar. Obituary via Anthropology News

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).