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March 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Members Sheena Chestnut Greitens (University of Missouri), Joshua Hill (Ohio University), William Norris (Texas A&M University), Suzanne Scoggins (Clark University), and Kristin Vekasi (University of Maine), who are among the 20 scholars named as 2019 National Asia Research Fellows by the Institute for National Strategic Studies and National Bureau of Asian Research. *** AAS Member Tamara T. Chin (Brown University) has received a 2019-20 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. *** Nine AAS Members have been selected as fellows in the sixth cohort of the Public Intellectuals Program at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Congratulations to Jude Blanchette (Crumpton Group), Keisha Brown (Tennessee State University), Iza Ding (University of Pittsburgh), Diana Fu (University of Toronto), Arunabh Ghosh (Harvard University), Kelly Hammond (University of Arkansas), Yingyi Ma (Syracuse University), Tabitha Grace Mall ...

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President’s Column, September 2018: Conference Report on AAS-in-Asia in New Delhi

“Circular firing squad.” Professor Engseng Ho of Duke University used this phrase to describe the situation of Asian Studies scholars in the run-up to the 5th AAS-in-Asia conference, which was held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi this past July. Professor Ho was speaking on a special panel chaired by AAS Past President Katherine Bowie; the panel had been added to the conference program in response to a decision by the Government of India that we had learned about four months earlier. The Indian government had decided not to grant visas for the conference to any citizens of Pakistan, nor to citizens of any other country whose ancestors had come from Pakistan. Frustration and anger over this discriminatory decision spilled over into attacks by scholars of Asia on one another. As recounted earlier in this space, the AAS officers and Secretariat staff deplored India’s decision, as did our co-organizers at Ashoka University. The absence of the excluded scholars was a great loss to our ...

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Update on Chinese Censorship of Academic Publications

As reported in mid-August, representatives of the Chinese government asked Cambridge University Press (CUP) to remove from its Chinese website 315 China Quarterly articles on so-called “sensitive” topics (Taiwan, the Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen, etc.). At that time, CUP also conveyed to the Association for Asian Studies a Chinese request that 100 Journal of Asian Studies articles be blocked in China. Under pressure, CUP reversed its decision and lifted the block of the China Quarterly articles before any JAS articles were affected. AAS has issued a statement in strong defense of academic freedom. Since then, AAS officers and staff have continued monitoring the situation. There are no new updates concerning our Journal of Asian Studies, which remains fully accessible to AAS members in China. However, other publications have been affected by censorship in China, and this episode has prompted many members of the academic community to discuss academic integrity, scholarly labor, and possible respo ...

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List of JAS Articles Identified for Blocking—But Not Blocked—in China

On August 18, 2017, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) was informed that Chinese authorities had requested Cambridge University Press (CUP) remove 94 Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) articles and book reviews from its website in the People’s Republic of China.* The AAS and CUP refused that request, and no JAS articles or book reviews have been blocked in China. In the interest of transparency, below is a PDF of the complete list that AAS received from CUP of the “sensitive” JAS pieces as identified by Chinese authorities and organized chronologically (oldest to newest).  List of JAS articles identified for blocking in China (PDF) Although we have removed author names, the AAS has made every effort to contact the authors of these works and inform them of their presence on this list. If any authors of the articles or book reviews listed here have questions or concerns, we ask them to contact AAS Digital Media Manager Maura Cunningham at mcunningham@asian-studies.org for as ...

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Reading Round-Up: The Journal of Asian Studies and Censorship in China

Over the past 10 days, there has been widespread coverage of the Chinese government’s request that Cambridge University Press (CUP) prevent its website in China from displaying 100 Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) articles on topics deemed “sensitive” by the Chinese state. The AAS and CUP both refused that request, and no JAS articles have been blocked in China. Here, we’ve assembled a reading round-up of all the news stories that reported on this still-ongoing situation. If you haven’t done so yet, please check out our posts here at #AsiaNow covering the situation: AAS Statement on Cambridge University Press Censorship in China Frequently Asked Questions about the Journal of Asian Studies and Censorship in China A Summary Explanation of the Journal of Asian Studies Articles That Were Not Censored News articles reporting on the JAS censorship request: Ben Bland, “Cambridge University Press Makes U-Turn on China Censorship.” Financial Times, August 21, 2017. J ...

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A Summary Explanation of the Journal of Asian Studies Articles That Were Not Censored

Earlier this week, the Association for Asian Studies announced that the Chinese government had relayed a list of 100 Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) articles to Cambridge University Press (CUP) and asked that CUP block those articles from its Chinese website. Since then, numerous journalists and scholars have contacted the AAS requesting access to the list. At the present time, the AAS board of directors has decided not to publicly release it. JAS is currently making every effort to notify the authors of the JAS articles and book reviews in question. However, the AAS also recognizes that there is great interest among scholars in the topics of articles and book reviews that the Chinese government has asked CUP to block. (To be clear: NONE of these articles/book reviews have been removed from the JAS website in China, and the AAS remains committed to ensuring that such censorship does not take place.) In order to provide information to those who are conducting research into censorship mechanisms in China, we ha ...

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Statement in Support of Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and Colleagues

AAS President Katherine Bowie, with the approval of the AAS executive board, has co-signed a statement with a number of academic bodies (including the International Institute for Asian Studies, European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, and others) in support of Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti of Chiang Mai University. Dr. Chayan and four of his colleagues have been summoned to appear before the Royal Thai Police and respond to questions about statements made during the recent 13th International Thai Studies Conference (ICTS) in Chiang Mai. All five face potential charges of illegal political assembly. Dr. Chayan has a long history of academic citizenship in hosting a wide range of workshops and international conferences, and has played a longstanding role in sponsoring students to conduct their fieldwork in Thailand. In addition to organizing ICTS, he also facilitated the recent meeting of the International Convention of Asia Scholars in Chiang Mai; each conference was attended by well over 1,000 participa ...

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Journal of Asian Studies and Censorship in China

In a statement released at #AsiaNow on Monday, August 21, the officers of the Association for Asian Studies wrote that Cambridge University Press (CUP) had received a request from the Chinese government that CUP censor approximately 100 Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) articles from the Chinese version of its website. As the statement has circulated, the AAS has received inquiries from both the media and association members asking for additional details about the situation. A few of the most frequently asked questions and responses from the AAS officers appear below. When did AAS receive the censorship request via CUP? Friday, August 18. Do you have any details about what consequences would ensue if CUP doesn’t comply? We are pleased that CUP reversed its decision and are continuing to monitor the situation. How is AAS following up with CUP? We are in contact with the individual in charge of the publication of journals at CUP. She has informed us of CUP’s reversal. She has also promised ...

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AAS Statement on Cambridge University Press Censorship in China

On Friday, August 18, Quartz, the New York Times, and other media outlets reported that Cambridge University Press (CUP) had complied with a demand from the Chinese government that approximately 300 China Quarterly articles concerning sensitive topics (Tibet, Taiwan, Tiananmen Square, and others) be omitted from search results on CUP’s website when accessed in China. CUP also blocked more than 1,000 e-books on similar topics from the Chinese version of its website. Scholars from around the world protested this action, and earlier today the editor of China Quarterly announced that CUP would restore its full archive to users in China, a decision we fully support. The Association for Asian Studies has received notice from CUP that a similar request has been made by China’s General Administration of Press and Publications concerning approximately 100 articles from the Journal of Asian Studies, an AAS publication. The officers of the association are extremely concerned about this violation of academi ...

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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 ...

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