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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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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 ...

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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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