Education About Asia

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.

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is holding a special joint conference with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in Honolulu, March 31–April 3, 2011 at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

General Information & Latest News

  • CONFERENCE VENUE: The 2011 Conference will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center. This will mark the first time the Annual Conference will be held in a Convention Center. Shuttle bus service will be available to and from the conference hotels.
  • EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI: The AAS has continued to monitor the situation in Honolulu. We are happy to report that The Mayors of Kauai County, the City & County of Honolulu, and The Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) have issued an ALL CLEAR. The conference will continue as planned at the Hawaii Convention Center.
  • LATE-BREAKING NEWS PANELS: Be sure to attend three important Late-Breaking News Panels: "Religion, Politics, Nationalism, and an Ancient Temple: The Background and Contemporary Debates of the 2011 Cambodian-Thai Border Conflict" (Thursday); "New Media and Old Dilemmas: Online Protest and Cyber Repression in Asia" (Friday); and "After 3/11: Japan in the Wake of Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis" (Saturday). (see times and venues)
  • SHUTTLE BUS INFORMATION: Print out an information sheet about shuttle bus services between the conference hotels and the Hawaii Convention Center. NOTE: please refer to this version of the shuttle bus information sheet (errors were discovered in the version of the bus schedule that was sent by e-mail).
  • Preregistration closed on March 10. Please see the registration page for on-site registration information.
  • IMPORTANT: Before making your travel and hotel reservations, please note that panel sessions for the 2011 Conference will begin THURSDAY MARCH 31 AT 8:00 a.m.
  • PARTICIPANTS: If you did not register by December 2, 2010 your name will not appear in the printed Program. Participants who registered after December 2, 2010 but prior to February 1, 2011 had their names included in the print Addendum to the Program which will be available on site in Honolulu.
  • ADVERTISING in the print Program and SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are no longer available.
  • CYBER CAFE: The Hawaii Convention Center is not equipped with wireless internet access. For the convenience of conference attendees, the AAS will host a complimentary Cyber Café, located inside the Exhibit Hall. Cyber Cafe hours will coincide with Exhibit Hall hours.
  • CHILDCARE: Information about childcare during the conference.
  • PLACEMENT SERVICES: Due to space constraints, the AAS will not offer placement services at the 2011 Joint Conference in Hawaii. We plan to resume this service at the 2012 conference in Toronto.
  • MEDIA: The AAS and ICAS invite media correspondents to attend the conference. Please contact AAS Conference Manager, Robyn Jones (, regarding eligibility and credentials.

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