Posted on 9/14/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
Dorothy J. Solinger is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Irvine. She is a political scientist who specializes in China.
How long have you been a member of AAS?
Fifty years, I’m told. (I entered graduate school at Stanford in 1968—did I really join the AAS instantaneously, at such a tender age in my then non-existent career?)
Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues?
If I really joined back then, someone must have told me I should; could be that my adviser, John Wilson Lewis (who died a year ago, September 4, 2017) did, or perhaps a tongxue, such as Gordon White, who began at Stanford the same time I did (and died in April 1998 in his mid-50s). Gordon already had an M.A. from Cornell, where he’d worked under Lewis, and was more or less brought to Stanford by Lewis when Lewis himself came that fall. Gordon liked to give me instructions.
Why I’d recommend joining: For fellowship, attending the annual convention, and subscribin ...
Posted on 9/12/2018 11:00 AM By #AsiaNow
We extend our congratulations to the AAS Members who have been awarded fellowships by the American Institute of Indian Studies to carry out research projects in India in 2018-19:
Roy Bar-Sadeh (Columbia University), “The Transnationalization of Islamic Modernism: Religion, Politics and Anti-Colonialism Between India and Egypt, 1857-1947”
Ananya Chakravarti (Georgetown University), “The Konkan: Regional History on an Indian Ocean Coast”
Swati Chawla (University of Virginia), “Between Homelessness and Homecoming: Tibetan Migration in Late Twentieth Century India”
Jed Forman (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Yogic Perception”
Ayesha Irani (University of Massachusetts, Boston), “Situating the Bengali Darves: Texts, Practices, and Communities of Reception in Bengal”
Harshita Mruthinti Kamath (University of North Carolina), “Temple Poems on Copperplates: The Material Life of Annamayya’s Telugu Padams”
Posted on 9/7/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce that the next AAS-in-Asia conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on July 1-4, 2019 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Please mark these dates on your calendar. The Call for Proposals will open in early September, and the deadline for panel proposals will be late October. As with previous AAS-in-Asia conferences, the program committee will consider only proposals for organized panels or roundtable discussions. Individual paper proposals will not be accepted.
The AAS-in Asia conferences offer opportunities for Asia-based scholars to interact with each other and their international colleagues. AAS is partnering with a five-university coalition of organizers led by Thammasat University; the other members of the coalition are Chiang Mai, Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, and Mahidol Universities. In terms of travel, tourism, and obtaining necessary visa documents, Bangkok is k ...
Posted on 8/16/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
Congratulations to AAS Member Bin Xu (Emory University), who is co-winner of the Mary Douglas Award for Best Book from the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association for his 2017 Cornell University Press monograph, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China. For more on the book, read this #AsiaNow interview with Bin Xu.
Congratulations also to AAS Member Stephen Little (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of an exhibition on the art and history of Korean calligraphy.
This past May, the planning committee for our third Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia workshop met in Ann Arbor and began to work on preparations for next spring’s event. The theme for this cycle of the program is “Law, Society, and Justice,” and applications for the May 2019 workshop will be accepted until October 1. The AAS thanks the Henry Luce Foundation for ...
Posted on 8/15/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
By Suzy Kim
The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a historic moment—for the first time a sitting US president met with the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, since its founding in 1948. It was remarkable to see the Stars and Stripes standing next to the DPRK flag, and to see the two leaders shake hands in acknowledgement of each other as equals rather than as sworn enemies. Reactions in the United States to this history-in-the-making have ranged from cautious optimism to cynical skepticism. But what these apprehensions indicate is the crumbling of the so-called liberal order under the weight of its own contradictions.
Nicholas Kristof, regular columnist for the New York Times, represents the spectrum of reactions well, concluding that Trump was “outfoxed” and “hoodwinked” by Kim. Explaining why the summit made him uncomfortable despite his preference for diplomacy, Kristof wrot ...