Association for Asian Studies

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The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political and non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. It is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. With approximately 8,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind.

Through its Annual Conference (a large conference of 3,000+ normally based in North America each spring), its publications, its regional conferences, and other activities, membership in AAS provides members with a unique and invaluable professional network.

The AAS is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies, actively participating with its sister societies in a wide range of activities, including joint participation in research and informational exchanges.

Brief history[edit]

The Association for Asian Studies was founded in 1941, originally known as The Far Eastern Association. At that time, the association was mainly concerned with the affairs of East Asian fields. The first president of the Association was Arthur W. Hummel, Sr. in 1948. In 1956, the organization was renamed to the Association for Asian Studies, in keeping with the Association's decision to expand its scope to cover all areas of Asia. This decision was furthered in 1970, when four elective area Councils were formed, representative of each of the four areas of Asia—South Asia (SAC), Southeast Asia (SEAC), China and Inner Asia (CIAC) and Northeast Asian (NEAC). These councils were formed so that each area of Asia could have a proportionate voice in the Association and on the Board of Directors. In 1977, a Council of Conferences (COC) was established in order to coordinate the regional conferences held by the Association, and also to discover ways to better serve the needs of Asian Studies scholars in various parts of the United States. Area library organizations have been formed for South Asia (CONSALD), South East Asia (CORMOSEA), and East Asia (CEAL).

Annual Conference[edit]

Each spring, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) holds a four-day conference devoted to planned programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in research and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general. The 2013 Conference was held in San Diego. Future conferences include Philadelphia (March 27–30, 2014); Chicago (March 26–29, 2015); Seattle (March 31 – April 3, 2016); and Toronto (March 16–19, 2017).

List of Presidents[edit]


Key Issues in Asian Studies: designed for use in undergraduate humanities and social science courses, as well as by advanced high-school students and teachers, and anyone with an interest in Asia.

Asia Past and Present: a scholarly monograph series covering all countries of Asia and all disciplines.

The Journal of Asian Studies: The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) has long been recognized as the most authoritative and prestigious publication in the field of Asian studies. This quarterly has been published regularly since 1941, offering Asianists a wealth of information unavailable elsewhere. JAS publishes the very best empirical and multidisciplinary work on Asia, spanning the arts, history, literature, the social sciences, and cultural studies.

Education About Asia: Published three times each year (May, October, and December) since 1996, Education About Asia (EAA) is a unique and innovative journal—a practical teaching resource for secondary school, college, and university instructors, as well as an invaluable source of information for students, scholars, libraries, and anyone with an interest in Asia. Teachers and students from a wide range of disciplines—anthropology, Asian studies, business and economics, education, geography, government, history, language and literature, political science, religion, and sociology, among others—subscribe to Education About Asia.

The Bibliography of Asian Studies: The single most important record of research and scholarly literature on East, Southeast, and South Asia written in Western languages with over 800,000 citations that can be searched within seconds and easily downloaded and printed.

Sources and further reading[edit]

  • Hucker, Charles O. (1973). The Association for Asian Studies: An Interpretive History. Seattle: Published for the Association for Asian Studies by the University of Washington Press. ISBN 0295952660. 
  • Latourette, Kenneth Scott (1955). "Far Eastern Studies in the United States: Retrospect and Prospect". Far Eastern Quarterly 15 (3): 3–11. 
  • Pritchard, Earl H (1963). "The Foundations of the Association for Asian Studies, 1928–48". The Journal of Asian Studies 22 (04): 513–523. 

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