Posted on 8/1/2017 12:00 PM By #AsiaNow
Wm. Theodore “Ted” de Bary passed away on July 14 at the age of 97. Professor Emeritus at Columbia University and author of some of the most important foundation texts in the field of Asian Studies, de Bary was a longtime member of the AAS and served as President in 1969-70. I asked Columbia professor Carol Gluck if she would write a tribute to de Bary for #AsiaNow; she not only agreed to share her own memories of being his student and colleague, but also enlisted two others who had known de Bary to contribute to the post as well. Below, you’ll find Carol Gluck’s essay, “W. Theodore de Bary, Doctor of Humane Letters,” followed by remembrances by Donald Keene, longtime friend of de Bary’s and Professor Emeritus of Japanese literature at Columbia, and Larry Chengliang Hong, Columbia College class of 2017, a student in de Bary’s final seminar this past spring. Thanks to all three of them for sharing with #AsiaNow readers their thoughtful reflections on the lif ...
Posted on 6/8/2017 2:35 PM By #AsiaNow
By John Stratton Hawley
It is my sad duty to report that Ainslie Embree died on the morning of June 6, 2017 at the age of 96. Anyone who knew him will remember his capacious intellect, his deep belief that the past is important to know, and equally, that the present is important to live.
Ainslie served the profession in countless ways, as chair of Columbia’s History Department and Associate and then Acting Director of its School of International and Public Affairs, as President of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) and the AAS, as member of countless committees, and as a teacher and a friend. He was a special advisor to two ambassadors to India, Robert Goheen and Frank Wisner, and taught there as a young man. He loved the country. Everything he ever did or wrote is testament to that. He also had a deep interest in religion in all its forms—not an uncritical interest, though, as many of you will know.
If you knew Ainslie, you also knew his boundless savvy and wit, and oh how ...