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Association for Asian Studies

"The Association for Asian Studies (AAS)—the largest society of its kind, with approximately 7,000 members worldwide—is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia.

It seeks through publications, meetings, and seminars to facilitate contact and an exchange of information among scholars to increase their understanding of East, South, and Southeast Asia. It counts among its members scholars, business people, diplomats, journalists, and interested lay persons.

The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies). It 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—South Asia (SAC), Southeast Asia (SEAC), China and Inner Asia (CIAC), and Northeast Asia (NEAC)—were established to guarantee each area constituency its own representation and a proportionate voice on the Board of Directors. In 1977 a Council of Conferences (COC) was established as a liaison with several conferences throughout the United States which serve the needs of scholars of Asian studies in different parts of the country. 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."


Munk School for Global Affairs

Dr David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

University of Toronto


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