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Typewriters, Slogans, and Sewing Machines—From SFO to Seoul and Back with the Journal of Asian Studies on My Mind

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom As Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, as I prepare to go to the AAS Annual Conference (when our editorial board meets) or AAS-in-ASIA (where I hold “meet-the-editor” sessions), I spend some time thinking about the articles we have published recently and have in the pipeline. I did this before heading to Asia last month on a trip that began with a short stopover in Hong Kong and ended in Seoul at the AAS-in-ASIA meetings that Korea University did so well in hosting.   One thing that was different this time, though, was how often during the trip I saw things that made me think of JAS articles. In five dissimilar places, I was reminded of the following: an article from last year on the Umbrella Movement; two “Asia Beyond the Headlines” commentaries on recent events in South Korea that are coming out in November; and the two lead pieces in a forum on machines in East Asia that appeared in the same August 2016 issue as the essay on Hong Kong. Here’s ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Past, Present, and Future of AAS-in-ASIA

Because our AAS-in-ASIA conferences are so new, I would like to use my first presidential column to highlight their past, present, and future. The brainchild of my presidential predecessors, AAS-in-ASIA began in 2014 as an experiment. The vision was for AAS to work with a host institution in Asia to facilitate participation amongst AAS members and Asian scholars across Asia. By bringing Asian specialists from abroad together with scholars in Asia—who were not necessarily members of AAS and perhaps not able to attend the annual conferences held in North America—the conference originators hoped to spark new and fruitful areas of collaboration. The original idea was that AAS-in-ASIA would be smaller-sized conferences providing the opportunity to participate on panel sessions and network with colleagues in a more intimate setting. The conference has been extraordinarily successful and has been mushrooming in size. I invite everyone to consider participating in these conferences and to submit your sugg ...

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