March 2020 AAS Member News & Notes

The selection committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award will be jointly conferred to Ms. Yoko Hori (Instructor of Japanese, University of Arkansas) and Mr. Shunichi Maruyama (Ph.D. student, The Ohio State University). Ms. Hori has been playing a key role in the growth of the Japanese program at her university. Her excellent teaching ability and co-curricular efforts have led to enrollment boost and student retention in the past three years. Mr. Maruyama specializes in Japanese pedagogy and his current research focuses on narration in Japanese spoken language. He has clearly demonstrated a passion for pursuit of teaching excellence by proactively contributing to team-teaching projects, and by taking on leadership roles in organizing student-centered extra-curricular activities. The selection committee feels confident that both recipients have great promise and will make important contributions to the field of Japanese pedagogy in the coming years.

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Congratulations to Rana Mitter (Oxford University), who has received the 2020 Medlicott Medal for outstanding services and current contributions to history from the Historical Association. Mitter is a historian of modern China; his books include Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) and A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2004).

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The AAS Internship Program welcomes applications for Summer and Fall 2020. Interns will work at the AAS Secretariat in Ann Arbor, Michigan on publications, digital media, and outreach projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Regional Conferences

The New York Conference on Asian Studies is now accepting proposals for its annual meeting, to be held September 11-12 at the College at Brockport, SUNY. All proposals must be submitted by April 1.

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast will hold its 2020 Annual Conference June 12-13 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, pending further review of the COVID-19 situation.

Asian Studies Conference Japan will meet at Sophia University in Tokyo July 4-5 for its 2020 Annual Conference, pending further review of the COVID-19 situation.

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