The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 8,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind.
Through its publications, online resources, regional conferences, and annual conference, the AAS provides its members with a unique and invaluable professional network.
The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as
publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies).
It has gone through a series of reorganizations to serve better the broadening
disciplinary and geographical interests of its membership.
In 1970 four elective Area
Inner Asia (CIAC), Northeast Asia (NEAC), South Asia (SAC), and Southeast Asia (SEAC)were established to
guarantee each area constituency its own representation and a proportionate voice on the
Board of Directors.
In 1977 a Council of Conferences (COC) was established as a
liaison with several regional conferences which serve the needs of
Asian studies scholars in different parts of the U.S. and abroad.
The AAS is a member of the
American Council of Learned Societies, actively participating with its sister societies in
a wide range of activities, including joint participation in research and informational exchanges.
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