Saturday Happenings at AAS 2017

AAS Executive Director Michael Paschal and the AAS officers at Friday’s Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony. Seated, L-R: Laurel Kendall (President), Tim Brook (Past President), Katherine Bowie (Vice President), and Mrinalini Sinha (Past Past President).

Toronto’s weather forecast calls for snow today—AAS snowball fight, anyone? 

If there aren’t any takers for that, here are the highlights of today’s conference schedule, all of which are happening inside where it’s warm and dry:

Panel sessions and the AAS Film Expo both begin at 8:30am. 

The Exhibit Hall will be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. Between 2:30 and 3:00pm, we’ll have a coffee break in the Vide lobby outside the Exhibit Hall on the Lower Concourse, so grab a cup to sip while you browse the many offerings of our exhibitors.

Two editors of AAS publications will be available at the AAS booth (#201) in the Exhibit Hall beginning at 9:00am to meet prospective authors. Those interested in writing for Education About Asia, the teaching journal of the AAS, are invited to meet EAA editor Lucien Ellington to discuss ideas for articles. Lucien also edits our “Key Issues in Asian Studies” series of classroom texts and will be happy to discuss potential proposals for new titles. Bill Tsutsui, editor of the “Asia Shorts” and “Asia Past & Present” series, will be available to meet with anyone who would like to talk over topics for either of those series.

At 10:45am in the Dominion Ballroom North (2nd floor), join us for the second of our Asia Beyond the Headlines roundtables, this one a discussion of “U.S.-Asia Relations under the Trump Administration.”

A reminder that the AAS Area Councils each offer prizes for “Best Graduate Student Paper” presented during the 2017 conference. Graduate students who wish to have their papers considered for these prizes must submit them to the appropriate Area Council by Sunday, March 19 (that is, tomorrow!). See the individual Area Council pages on the AAS website for more details and instructions for submission. 

We’ve been so pleased to see that conference participants are having a blast in the new Selfie Booth. If you haven’t visited the Selfie Booth yet, it’s on the Lower Concourse level (near the base of the escalators)—stop by to snap a shot and post it on social media with the #AAS2017 hashtag. 

We’ll continue tweeting and re-tweeting throughout the day, so follow @AASAsianStudies and #AAS2017 on Twitter to keep up with the conversation!