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Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting 2009

April 02, 2009

The Association of Asian Studies (AAS) held its four-day, annual conference in Chicago from March 26-March 29 and was attended by about 3,000 Asian studies scholars from all over the world. The AAS annual meeting is one of the largest international gatherings of its kind, providing scholars an opportunity to present and discuss their research, attend panel sessions on a variety of Asian Studies topics, and to meet with colleagues and friends. http://www.aasianst.org/annual-meeting/index.htm

In conjunction with the conference, there were close to 100 academic presses and commercial publishers with their own booths that exhibited recent publications, fiction and non-fiction titles, and instructional materials. Some even awarded book prizes. In addition to these, the conference also includes film screenings, numerous receptions, and award presentations.

There were close to 2,700 paid registrations at this year’s conference, in addition to 260 exhibitors. Out of 249 total sessions this year, there were 47 sessions related exclusively to Japanese studies and 79 sessions related to China and Inner Asia, both slight increases from the previous year. These results are evidence that the fields of Japanese and Chinese continue to figure prominently at the annual conference.

The Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership hosted its annual reception on Friday evening to provide its friends and colleagues in the field an informal setting for socialization and networking. This year’s reception was attended by about 200 scholars and professionals, a number which pleasantly exceeded our expectations. The guests stayed late into the evening, enjoying conversation, fine food and drinks late into the night.

Along with JF/CGP, the Japanese Rekishi-Shiryo Center and NCC (North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources) joined us during the evening, with their own advertising tables.

The Japan Foundation would like to express its appreciation to AAS and all of those who joined us at the reception. We hope to see you all again next year in Philadelphia!