AAS Council of Conferences (COC) Outreach Grants

AAS Council of Conferences (COC) Outreach Grants of up to $2,000 are made available to encourage education in Asian Studies.

Previously successful projects have included the organization of workshops and panels in conjunction with AAS Regional Conferences, the preparation of teaching materials, the compilation of source books, etc. All worthy proposals are welcome, with the stipulation that they must be connected with and of benefit to the regional conference’s outreach endeavors. To ensure this, each proposal must be approved by the regional conference’s appointed outreach coordinator, regional conference chair, or regional president. His/her signature must be included on the cover sheet of the proposal. The COC encourages organizers of outreach activities to use, as appropriate, the resources available in the AAS teaching journal, Education About Asia. Information on gift subscriptions is available at www.asian-studies.org/EAA. The use of grant money for registration waivers as a means of attracting annual conference attendance is not a high priority. Receipt of grant money does not preclude regional conferences from using other resources for this purpose.

All applications must be submitted electronically to Lauren Meeker, COC Vice Chair: meekerl@newpaltz.edu.

Successful applicants are required to submit a final report to the COC and AAS.

The Guidelines and Application Cover Sheet are available here. Choose the "Save" option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and submit.

Proposals are due by FEBRUARY 1, 2019 (or the Monday following if the deadline falls on a weekend) and will be distributed to COC representatives, who form a panel for judging proposals, for evaluation and recommendation. Applicants will be notified by mid-April, 2019.

NOTE: AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after workshop completion and COC grant report and reimbursement form/receipt submission.

For questions or further information, please contact Lauren Meeker, COC Vice Chair: meekerl@newpaltz.edu.


COC Outreach Grants for 2018 were awarded to:

  • David Kenley, Mahua Bhattacharya, and Nobu Takahashi, Elizabethtown College (PA), for the “Teaching Asia Workshop: Peace in Asia” one-day training opportunity for K-12 teachers to receive exposure to contemporary and historical issues related to Asia to be held Friday, November 2, 2018 and which will open the three day 2018 MAR/AAS annual conference to be held in Elizabethtown, PA. This workshop will focus on the theme of global engagement and peacemaking.  Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS).
  • Sumiko Otsubo, Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN), for the “Nuclear Asia: Prospects for Peace” public engagement event (film and panel discussion program on the past, present, and future of nuclear weapons issues in Asia), to be held on October 20, 2018 in conjunction with the MCAA 2018 conference at Metropolitan State University. Sponsored by the Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs (MCAA).
  • Michael Lever, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), for the “Performing Asia: Imagining Asian Performance Art, Traditional and Modern” performing arts venue to be held at RIT’s Ingle Auditorium on Friday evening September 21, 2018 and which will showcase local/regional student groups Asian-themed performing arts held in conjunction with the 2018 NYCAS conference. Sponsored by the New York Council on Asian Studies (NYCAS)
  • Lucien Ellington, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Rhodes College, for the “China and East Asia: Middle and High School World History and Geography” outreach workshop for K-12 teachers to be incorporated into the Southeastern Conference, Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS) annual conference to be held in January 2019. This workshop is a culminating educational experience for 20 Memphis-are teachers who are responsible for classroom instruction, utilizing new Tennessee world history and geography standards beginning in fall 2019. Sponsored by the Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS).


COC Outreach Grants for 2017 were awarded to:

  • Rebecca Clothey, Drexel University, for the “Teaching Asia Workshop: Mobility, Technology, and the Environment” one-day training opportunity for K-12 teachers to receive exposure to contemporary and historical issues related to Asia to be held Friday, October 13, 2017 as part of the three day MAR/AAS annual conference to be held in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS).
  • Krista Van Fleit Hang, University of South Carolina, for the “Cotton Road: Connecting Southeastern Farmers and Chinese Factory Workers in South Carolina Classrooms” workshop and film screening for K-12 teachers to be incorporated into the Southeastern Conference, Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS) annual conference to be held in January 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. Sponsored by the Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS).


COC Outreach Grants for 2016 were awarded to:

  • Joanna Pecore and Erik Ropers, Towson University, for the “Teaching Asia Workshop: Inspired by Tradition: China’s Precious Folk Potters” to be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 as part of the three day MAR/AAS annual conference. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS).
  • Duane Johansen, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for the “Growing Up Asian: Coming of Age in Asian and Asian-American Cinema” two-day seminar for regional educators and educational professionals to be held in conjunction with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs  (MCAA) annual conference scheduled for October 14-16, 2016. Sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA).
  • David Wittner, Utica College, for the “Kiito Shōhyō: Raw Silk Trademark Labels and Japanese Natinalism” exhibit running from September 9 through October 28, 2016. The exhibit coincides with the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) annual conference scheduled to be held September 23-24, 2016. Sponsored by the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS).
  • Noell Wilson, The University of Mississippi, for the “The Past is Never Dead: William Faulkner and Haruki Murakami as Literary Bridges to Asia” seminar for K-12 teachers as part of the Southeastern Conference, Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS) annual conference to be held on January 13-15, 2017. Sponsored by the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS).


COC Outreach Grants for 2015 were awarded to:

  • Brenda Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, for the "Teaching Asia: Transformations and Challenges" workshop to be held October 10, 2015 in conjunction with the MAR/AAS annual conference. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS).
  • Rebecca Copeland, Washington University in St. Louis, for the "Beyond Ferguson, Beyond Race and Back: Discrimination in East Asia" workshop for regional educators to be held October 10, 2015 preceding the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA).
  • Hiromi Dollase, Seungsook Moon, and Peipei Qiu, Vassar College, for the "Globalization and Asian Food Culture" two-day workshop and photo exhibition to be held in conjunction with the New York Conference on Asian Studies annual conference on October 16-17, 2015. Sponsored by the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS).
  • Steve Riep, Brigham Young University, for the "Narratives of Asia for Art History and the Social Sciences" teaching program as part of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies annual conference to be held on October 9-10, 2015. Sponsored by the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS).