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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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AAS Member Spotlight: Thomas Patton

Thomas Patton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies, and Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre, at the City University of Hong Kong. A scholar of religious studies, Patton is a specialist in Buddhism in Southeast Asia—specifically Myanmar—and has been a member of the AAS since 2005. Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues? When I was a masters student living in Boston in 2003, a classmate asked me to drive him to New York City to visit his friend who was presenting at an AAS conference. While sitting in the lobby of the conference venue, I was beside myself to hear dozens of people talking casually about Asian Studies as if they were chatting about the weather. I immediately registered for the conference and spent the remaining 3 days enthralled by the conversations and interesting people I met, one of whom would later become my PhD advisor. How did you first become involved in the field of Asian Stud ...

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June 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members awarded grants by the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies! Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants Yifeng Cai (Brown University), “Transactional Sex on the Phone: Technology, Market Economy, and the Transformation of Male-to-Male Intimacy in Contemporary Urban China” Xiaobai Hu (University of Pennsylvania), “Unruly Mountain: Transformative Encounters in the Chinese-Tibetan Borderland, 1371-1701” Xiaoqian Ji (Johns Hopkins University), “Cosmetic Practices in Early Modern China: Consumption, Vernacular Knowledge, and Technologies of Gender” Jingyu Liu (Harvard University), “The Unimpeded Passage: The Buddho-Daoist Interaction and The Making of Salvation Rites in the Song Dynasty (960-1279)” Fusheng Luo (University of Michigan), “Debating Property Rights: Land Market, Semi-Colonial Law, and Chinese Industrialization in Shanghai and Guangzhou, 1830-1950” Tan Zhao (University of Washingt ...

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