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AAS 2018 Election Results

The fall 2018 AAS elections have concluded, and we are pleased to provide the results in each category. Although the national mid-term elections no doubt occupied most members’ attentions, the fall AAS election also has concluded, and we are happy to provide the results in each category. A total of 1,959 votes were cast, representing about 29% of the membership, slightly down from last year’s record 32% participation. Newly elected representatives will take office immediately after the upcoming annual conference in Denver next March.  We congratulate the winners and thank all candidates for their willingness to serve the association. We also thank all members who participated in the electoral process, both national and organizational, especially in a political climate that is so polarized and dysfunctional. President Current Vice President Prasenjit Duara (Duke University) will move into the presidency. Vice President Christine Yano (University of ...

November 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the two AAS Members recognized by the American Historical Association with book prizes for their work. Tom Mullaney (Stanford University) has received the John K. Fairbank Prize for East Asian history since 1800 for The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press). Faiz Ahmed (Brown University) has been awarded the John F. Richards Prize for South Asian history for his Harvard University Press book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires. *** The Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award will again be conferred in 2019, administered through the Association for Asian Studies. In accordance with the wishes of the Chaplin family, each year a prize of $1000 will be awarded to either a current graduate student or a full-time instructor of Japanese for excellence in Japanese language teaching at the college level. A full-time instructor who has completed graduate study within the last 3 years in an area that directly involves Japanese language teaching i ...

AAS Member Spotlight: Paul Pickowicz

Paul Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and China Studies at the University of California, San Diego Your discipline and country (or countries) of interest Officially: History of Modern China Reality: Interdisciplinary Modern and Contemporary Chinese Studies How long have you been a member of AAS? 51 years. I think I joined when I was 10 years old—but perhaps it was a bit later! Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues? It was and still is the most important and stimulating interdisciplinary Asian studies association in the world. It builds communities and encourages healthy worldwide networking among diverse scholars and students. AAS is people-oriented. How did you first become involved in the field of Asian Studies? As a third-year college student in 1966 I was studying in Edinburgh, Scotland because I needed to learn a lot more about Europe. It was in Scotland, reading newspapers on a regular basis, that I became aware o ...

AAS Names Next Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. Hilary Vanessa Finchum-Sung as the association’s next Executive Director. Dr. Finchum-Sung will join the AAS on March 1, 2019 and will officially take office on April 1, 2019, following current Executive Director Michael Paschal’s retirement. Hilary Finchum-Sung (Ph.D., Indiana University) is a specialist in Korean music theory and performance practice and has been a member of the AAS for almost twenty years. Her academic training is in both ethnomusicology and East Asian Studies. Finchum-Sung has spent the past decade in the Republic of Korea, where she made history as the first and (to date) only non-Korean to have served as a faculty member in a department of Korean Music. She has published in academic journals such as Ethnomusicology, the world of music (new series), Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, and Acta Koreana. As Associate Professor of Korean Music Theory and Ethnomusi ...

AAS Member Spotlight: Ben Whaley

Ben Whaley is Assistant Professor of Japanese in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). He is a specialist in modern Japanese literature and popular culture. How long have you been a member of AAS? Since 2012, when I was still a master’s student finishing up my thesis on Tezuka Osamu’s manga, though I am now a proud lifetime member. Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues? As a graduate student I wanted to enter our community of scholars and membership in the AAS was a great way to do this. I first presented at the annual conference as an incredibly nervous master’s student and had a great experience, despite unceremoniously tripping over the laptop cord to end my talk. The various travel grants and mixers helped me meet people at various career stages and I always felt welcomed into this community. Later in my graduate career I made use of the job boards and career resour ...

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