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From the monthly archives: July, 2019

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The Anti-Extradition Bill Protests and the Democracy Movement in Hong Kong

By Francis L.F. Lee Hong Kong experienced a very special June. The weather was as hot as usual, but the social atmosphere was even hotter. Three large-scale demonstrations and a series of more or less conflictual protests forced the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government to “suspend” a highly controversial extradition bill. The bill would have allowed China to request the extradition of “criminals” staying in the city to the mainland. Considering the fact that the Chinese Central Government had publicly supported the extradition bill in May, the “success” of the movement was highly unexpected. Yet Hong Kong society and the protesters also paid a heavy price. By the time of the writing of this essay, at least 100 protesters have been arrested by the police. Even more sadly, several individuals had committed suicide as a way to protest against the government.    Numerous factors could be cited to explain the protests’ ability to for ...

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July 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Proposals for the AAS 2020 Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts are due in just over two weeks! The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, August 6 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. There will be no extensions to that deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute—submit your proposal as soon as possible. *New for #AAS2020*: Digital Technology Sessions Following the success of our 2019 Digital Technology Expo at the Denver conference, we have decided to incorporate digital sessions into the regular conference program. See the Call for Proposals for more information about Digital Technology Workshops, Roundtables, and Lightning Presentations. *** Participate in our first AAS Photo Competition and your image could be featured in our 2020 calendar for donors! AAS Members may submit up to two pictures for consideration. Act fast—the deadline for submission is Saturday, July 20. *** Graduate students in International/Asian Studies who are based near the AAS Secretariat in Ann Arbor, ...

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An Artist Undercover with Academics: A SEAΔ Fellow at the AAS-in-Asia Conference

SEAΔ fellows at the AAS-in-Asia conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, July 1-3, 2019. Image credit: Mekong Cultural Hub. By Catherine Sarah Young It can be easy to spot an artist at an academic conference, and I, together with my colleagues, definitely stood out at the recent AAS-in-Asia in Bangkok. I wore, at times, a floral gas mask with a Cambodian theme, a piece from my Apocalypse Project series (left; image credit: Sinath Sous). My business card was a pop-up piece of art with no institutional logo. My fellow presenters and I wrote no academic papers; instead, we brought cardboard architecture to display. Let me explain. From July 1 to 3, I was among ten SEAΔ fellows at the “Asia on the Rise?” AAS-in-Asia Conference hosted by the Association for Asian Studies in Bangkok. We were about three-quarters into our fellowship, and this time we found ourselves in Thailand in the middle of monsoon season. SEAΔ: Exchange, Create, Share, Reflect SEAΔ is a program co-created by the Meko ...

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The Other Milk: A Q&A with Historian Jia-Chen Fu

In the 1980s, American children were subject to a deluge of advertising punctuated by the tagline “Milk: It Does a Body Good.” The campaign, funded by the dairy industry, encouraged kids to drink milk by emphasizing its contributions to physical development—the calcium and protein contained in the beverage, the ads stated, would help youths grow into big, strong, healthy adults. This ad campaign could have just as easily been dreamed up by nutritional activists in 1920s China, though they would have put a patriotic twist on the slogan: “Milk: It Does a National Body Good.” As Emory University historian Jia-Chen Fu shows in her new book, The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China (University of Washington Press, 2018), Chinese nutritional scientists and child welfare advocates held a fervent belief in the power of milk. Worried that the country’s children lagged behind those of the United States and Europe in respect to physical growth and strength, nutrition sci ...

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Hong Kong Barricades: The Future will be Redeemed by the Young

By Ken Ueno I have spent the 2018-19 academic year as a Visiting Professor of Sound Art at the City University of Hong Kong. During that time, I regularly passed by the ice skating rink at the upscale Festival Walk mall as I climbed from the MTR station located in the belly of the mall to the Libeskind-designed building housing the School of Creative Media at the top of the hill. Sometimes on breaks I would grab coffee and watch flocks of children learn to skate—some naturally dexterous, many awkward and fragile, like baby birds learning to fly. Other times, the somehow-calligraphic-and-meditative grace of the Zamboni coating the surface of the ice would hold my gaze for a good part of an hour. There were times I would be reminded of the first sentence of A Hundred Years of Solitude: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” But, mostly, I considered how hot it was ou ...

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