15th consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop Announed

The Association of Asian Studies is pleased to announce plans for the 15th consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the annual conference in Seattle next spring. The workshop will again be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the model used in previous workshops.  We ask everyone to please bring the workshop to the attention of students whose research interests fit within the workshop theme. Read more »


ASU offers an annual scholarship of $3,000.00 for an undergraduate student to spend several weeks traveling in Laos, ordinarily (but not necessarily) over the summer. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student during the Spring Semester 2016 and have completed 56 hours, or four semesters, or study.

Recipients of the Sage Scholarship are expected to spend at least three weeks in Laos but are free to travel elsewhere in Southeast Asia during their trip. Read more »

The Theravada Civilizations Project announces A Dissertation/post-Doc Workshop

To be held in Seattle, Wednesday March 30, 2016

DEADLINE for proposals: January 15, 2016


The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive dissertation/post-doc workshop, which will be held immediately preceding the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting (March 31 – April) in Seattle. There will also be a business meeting of the Theravada Studies Group of the AAS on Saturday, April 1. Read more »


NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (AP) — On a rural road just after daybreak, villagers young and old kneel reverently before a single file of ochre-robed women, filling their bowls with rice, curries, fruits and sweets. In this country, it’s a rare sight.

Thailand’s top Buddhist authority bars women from becoming monks. Read more »

ASU’s Andrew Smith and Badinqiuying Publish Paper on Rangeland Degradation in Western China

Herbivory and Competition of Tibetan Steppe Vegetation in Winter Pasture: Effects of Livestock Exclosure and Plateau Pika Reduction


Richard B. Harris.*, Wang Wenying, Badinqiuying, Andrew T. Smith, Donald J. Bedunah

Published July, 24, 2015 in PLoS ONE



Rangeland degradation has been identified as a serious concern in alpine regions of western China on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau (QTP). Read more »

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