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AAS Statement on 2018 AAS-in-Asia Conference

A Statement by the Officers of the Association for Asian Studies A controversy is developing among the AAS membership with regard to the AAS-in-Asia conference in Delhi, following the decision of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of the Government of India to deny visas to all Pakistani scholars. The AAS-in-Asia conferences began as an experiment four years ago. Two questions now face our membership: 1) Should the experiment to hold AAS-in-Asia conferences be terminated? and 2) How should AAS handle the current situation? With regard to the first question, AAS members need to consider two sets of difficulties that arise in holding AAS conferences in Asia. The first is finding host institutions that are willing to provide the faculty, administrative staffing, and funding involved in organizing a conference that is now being attended by some 1,000 scholars. This is a challenge everywhere: even the smaller regional conferences affiliated with AAS stateside are finding it difficult in this age of b ...

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Statement on Denial of Visas to Scholars from Pakistan for the 2018 AAS-in-Asia Conference

A joint statement from the Association for Asian Studies and Ashoka University: The first AAS-in-Asia conference was held at the National University of Singapore in 2014, and in subsequent years there have been conferences at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and at Korea University in Seoul. The purpose of the AAS-in-Asia conferences is to encourage collaboration and intellectual exchange among scholars based in various parts of Asia and between scholars based in Asia and those based in other parts of the world. The fact that the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India has decided to deny visas to Pakistani scholars (including scholars of Pakistani origin who are citizens of other countries) to attend the AAS-in-Asia conference in Delhi is not in tune with the open exchange of ideas and knowledge that is the very purpose of the conference. However, neither the Association for Asian Studies nor Ashoka University has the authority to tell the Government of India ...

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AAS Co-Signs Statement Opposing U.S. Proposal to Tax Tuition Waivers

The Association for Asian Studies has joined 33 other scholarly organizations within the American Council for Learned Societies in co-signing a statement drafted by the American Philosophical Association opposing a proposal to treat graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income. This proposal was included in the tax reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 16, 2017 but does not appear in the version of the bill currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate. We encourage all AAS members to contact their Senators and Representatives and express to them that maintaining tax-free tuition waivers is a necessity for ensuring that American universities remain among the world’s leaders in graduate education. The statement reads as follows: We, the undersigned organizations, stand together in opposition to the proposal to tax graduate school tuition waivers as income, a provision included in the tax reform bill recently passed by the US House of Representatives. As reporte ...

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