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Shamans, Tea, Masks, and More: AAS-in-ASIA 2017 Concludes

Hosts from Ashoka University in New Delhi introduce next year’s AAS-in-ASIA conference at Sunday night’s reception. AAS-in-ASIA 2017 heads into its final day with a full slate of activities on the schedule. Monday’s highlights: The registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. There are four blocks of panel sessions today—two in the morning, two in the afternoon. Panel schedules are available in the printed conference program (distributed at registration) and online. Our special roundtables conclude, with a discussion of “Korean Studies Past, Present, and Future: Moving Beyond Boundaries Towards Multi-Disciplinary, Transnational, and Alternative Approaches.”  The session will be held from 4:10 to 6:00pm in LG-POSCO Hall (Supex Hall, 4F). Today also features two more opportunities for conference-goers to meet the AAS officers. At 11:10am, AAS Past President Laurel Kendall will discuss “Shamans, Popular Religio ...

An Olympics Roundtable, Meet the AAS Officers, and the Conference Reception: Day 2 of AAS-in-ASIA 2017

Rain is in the forecast for Seoul today, but we have plenty of AAS-in-ASIA activities to brighten your Sunday nevertheless. Highlights of the schedule: The registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. There are four blocks of panel sessions today—two in the morning, two in the afternoon. Panel schedules are available in the printed conference program (distributed at registration), online, and in the conference app (instructions for app access were emailed to all registered conference attendees). Our special roundtables continue, with sessions on “Globalizing Japanese Studies beyond Borders and Boundaries” (11:10am-1:00pm) and “The Coming East Asian Olympic Games: What PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, and Beijing/Zhangjiakou 2022 Tell Us about East Asia’s Place in the World” (2:00-3:50pm). Both roundtables will be held in LG-POSCO Hall (Supex Hall, 4F). Today also features two sessions that offer conference-goers the opportunity ...

Welcome to AAS-in-ASIA 2017!

Welcome to Day 1 of AAS-in-ASIA 2017! We hope that everyone had a smooth trip to Seoul and we look forward to a productive conference.  Today’s highlights: The registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. There are two blocks of panel sessions today; the first is 10:00-11:50am, the second 4:10-6:00pm. Panel schedules are available online, as well as in the conference app (instructions for app access were emailed to all registered conference attendees earlier this week). At 1:00pm, all conference participants are invited to convene in the Inchon Memorial Hall for the AAS-in-ASIA 2017 Opening Ceremony. This will include welcome remarks from conference organizers, followed by Professor Wen-hsin Yeh’s keynote speech, “Ships, Savages, and States: Rethinking the China Coast in the 19th Century.” The Opening Ceremony will conclude with a performance by the Ewha Korean Music Orchestra, which blends traditional Korean music with Western and ...

AAS Member Spotlight: Wen-hsin Yeh

Wen-hsin Yeh is Richard H. & Laurie C. Morrison Chair Professor in History at the University of California at Berkeley. She will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s AAS-in-ASIA conference at Korea University on Saturday, June 24. Your discipline and country (or countries) of interest: Modern Chinese History How long have you been a member of AAS? Possibly since 1983—I can’t recall! Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues? I joined when I was a graduate student. AAS provided great opportunities to learn about the state of the field. How did you first become involved in the field of Asian Studies? I can’t say for sure. I have always been interested in history and I love reading books. One book leads to another. And I also enjoy working with documents—about recovering the circumstances of their creation. What do you enjoy most or what were your most rewarding experiences involving your work in Asian Studies? I enjoy ...

Excerpt: Opening to China, by Charlotte Furth

Charlotte Furth is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Southern California and previously taught at California State University, Long Beach. She is author of numerous academic articles and books, including A Flourishing Yin: Gender in China’s Medical History, 960-1665 (University of California Press, 1999), for which she received the “Women in Science” award from the History of Science Society. In 2012, the AAS honored Furth with its “Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies” award in recognition of her decades of service to the field. Furth earned her Ph.D. in Chinese history at Stanford University in 1965—an era when it was virtually impossible for Americans to travel to the People’s Republic. With the establishment of relations between the United States and PRC over the course of the 1970s, Furth and other scholars finally had the opportunity to spend time in the country they studied. She visited the PRC for the first time in 1976 on a two-week d ...

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