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AAS Area Councils

Since its formation in 1941, the AAS has gone through a series of reorganizations to serve better the broadening disciplinary and geographical interests of its membership.

In 1970 four elective Area Councils—China and Inner Asia (CIAC), Northeast Asia (NEAC), South Asia (SAC), and Southeast Asia (SEAC), —were established to guarantee each area constituency its own representation and a proportionate voice on the AAS Board of Directors.

In 1977 a Council of Conferences (COC) was established as a liaison with several regional conferences which serve the needs of scholars of Asian studies in different parts of the U.S. and abroad.