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August 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

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 ...

RIP to the Liberal Order: American Mourning after the US-North Korea June Summit

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 ...

2018 AAS Election Slate of Candidates

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the fall 2018 AAS elections. Candidates’ biographical data will be posted on the AAS website later in the summer and the online ballot activated in September. Election day (when the ballot is closed and votes counted) will be in early November. Newly elected representatives will take office immediately after the annual conference in March 2019. Our sincere thanks to all candidates for accepting nominations to represent their respective areas and councils. Vice President Sun Joo Kim (Harvard University, history, Korea) Christine Yano (University of Hawaii, anthropology, Japan) China and Inner Asia Council James Benn (McMaster University, religion) Neil Diamant (Dickinson College, political science) Janet Gyatso (Harvard University, religion) Petrus Liu (Boston University, gender studies) Joanne Smith Finley (Newcastle University, modern languages) Patricia Thornton (Oxford University, political science) Zhou Y ...

Excerpt: The Dream of East Asia

We are pleased to announce the publication of the second book in our new “Asia Shorts” series, The Dream of East Asia: The Rise of China, Nationalism, Popular Memory, and Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia, by John Lie, C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. In this concise and engaging volume, Lie analyzes the standard sound-bite narratives that have come to dominate American and European ideas about East Asia and discusses how to move beyond these and arrive at a more historically informed and culturally nuanced understanding of the region. Below is the book’s “Overture,” in which Lie provides an overview of the argument he makes in the pages that follow. What do we talk about when we talk about East Asia? Breaking news and newspaper headlines, or blogs and tweets, transmit sensational stories of a turbulent region full of storm and stress. But the same stories appear and reappear in these scripts, with surprising uniformity. We are worried about China’s emer ...

July 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members who have been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies! The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies Todd Klaiman (Chinese University of Hong Kong), “Translocal Chinese Religiosity in Southeast Asia: Kek Lok Monastery and the Rise of Chinese Monastic Buddhism in Penang, 1887-1987” Tony Robert Scott (University of Toronto), “The Milindapañha-aṭṭhakathā: Nonnormative Pali, Psychic Powers, and Control of the Canon in Mid-Twentieth-Century Burma” The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies Abhishek S. Amar (Hamilton College), “Material Buddhism: Archaeology, Context, and Religious Change in Bodhgaya” Shawn Frederick McHale (The George Washington University), “Crossing the Mahayana-Theravada Frontier: Vietnamese-Khmer Relations and the Vietnamese Search for ‘Original’ Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia, 1930-1989&rdqu ...

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