Successful 2013 ASPAC CONFERENCE in Monterey

The annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) in 2013 was hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College, on June 7-9, 2013. The conference theme was “Asia: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” It was attended by 140 persons from inside and outside the United States.

The banquet on Friday featured a keynote speech by Professor Gail Hershatter of UC Santa Cruz. Her presentation was entitled "The Girl Who Burned the Banknotes: Rusal Women and China's Collective Past." 

Two graduate students presenting papers received Mori-ASPAC-Esterline Student Paper Awards. The top award was given to Ms. Roanna Cheung of UCLA for her paper “The Humor of Wife-Fearing in Republican-era Guangzhou Popular Culture," and the second award to Mr. Daniel Pieper of UBC for his paper “The Attraction and Repulsion of Empire: Education and the Linguistic Landscape in Post Liberation South Korea.” The ASPAC Board approved the change of the name of the award from ASPAC-Esterline Student Paper Award to "Mori-ASPAC Student Paper Award" in honor of Barbara Mori for her many years of contribution to ASPAC and in recognition of her postumous gift to ASPAC. 

All inquiries about the conference should be addressed to Professor Tsuneo Akaha by email (takaha@miis.edu).