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From the monthly archives: March, 2019

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AAS Statement on Extra-Judicial Detention of Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, PRC

March 27, 2019 The Association for Asian Studies expresses its strong concern over the detention of at least 800,000 and up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in political “re-education centers” in Xinjiang, Northwest China.1 Turkic Muslims have been interned, imprisoned, or forcibly “disappeared” since April 2017.2 Such detention constitutes a major violation of human rights and, in the case of our academic colleagues, a clear disregard for academic freedom. We are particularly dismayed at the disappearance of at least 386 Uyghur intellectuals and scholars, including 21 staff of Xinjiang University, 15 staff of Xinjiang Normal University, 13 staff of Kashgar University, 6 staff of Xinjiang Medical University, 6 staff of the Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy, 4 staff from Khotan Teachers’ College, and 101 students.3 Turkic Muslims have been denied the freedom to use their mother tongue, to pursue Qur’anic studies, or to study and research abroad.4 Those ...

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#AAS2019 Special Event: Digital Technologies Expo

In recent decades, increasing numbers of scholars have explored ways to utilize new technological tools as they carry out and present academic research. In recognition of the growing prominence of such work in the field of Asian Studies, the AAS has introduced a new event at the 2019 annual conference in Denver: the Digital Technologies Expo (DTE). Nearly 50 members of an informal Digital Technologies Working Group met at the 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. and put together a proposal for the DTE, which the AAS Board of Directors then approved on a trial basis last May. Presentations at the 2019 DTE primarily come from attendees at last year’s working group meeting who have volunteered to share their research with the AAS conference audience; if the event continues in future years, there will be an open call for proposals and selection process. The format of the DTE is modeled on that of the highly successful Film Expo that the AAS and Asian Educational Media Service have been running in p ...

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A New Look and Other Changes at the Journal of Asian Studies

The February 2019 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies has been published and is available online at Cambridge Core, with free open access until April 15. This is the first issue released under new JAS editor Vinayak Chaturvedi (University of California, Irvine), and readers familiar with the JAS will immediately notice that the journal has a new look. Below, Dr. Chaturvedi explains the redesign of the journal’s appearance and also answers some other frequently asked questions he has heard in his first eight months as JAS editor. For regular updates, please follow the JAS on Facebook and Twitter. What are some changes to the JAS? The February 2019 issue of the JAS (volume 78.1) introduces a new cover with new colors. The designers at Cambridge University Press worked hard to come up with a contemporary design with a new font and matte finish. The color of the paper is now white, a change from the earlier ivory color paper. The JAS has had three covers in the past—four if you count the or ...

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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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#AsiaNow Speaks with James Rush

James Rush is Professor of History at Arizona State University and author of Hamka’s Great Story: A Master Writer’s Vision of Islam for Modern Indonesia, published by the University of Wisconsin Press and awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 AAS George McT. Kahin Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. The book is about the discourse of Islam and modernity in the formative years of Indonesia. From the 1930s through the 1970s, Hamka, aka Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah, engaged actively (one might say hyperactively) in public discussions about the role of Islam in shaping the new society then emerging in late-colonial Indonesia and the early years of independence. An autodidact writing in multiple popular genres and an avowed Islamic modernist, Hamka envisioned a society that simultaneously embraced modern Western learning, the nation of Indonesia, and the abiding Truth and guiding moral compass of Islam—to him a liberating religion that embraced human agenc ...

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#AsiaNow Speaks with Jonathan Schlesinger

Jonathan Schlesinger is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University and author of A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of Qing Rule, published by Stanford University Press and winner of the 2019 AAS Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. The book examines the environmental history of Qing Manchuria and Mongolia during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Using Chinese-, Manchu-, and Mongolian-language archives, I show that unprecedented commercial expansion and a rush for natural resources not only transformed the Qing empire’s frontiers in this period, but generated new anxieties at court about the environment. The book focuses in particular on the rushes for furs, freshwater pearls, and steppe mushrooms. In each case, the court responded to environmental pressures with attempts to repatriate undocumented migrants accused of destroying the land; investigate their Manchu and Mon ...

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