|Transnational Asia/Pacific Section|
The goals of the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section are to:
1) convene folklorists of Eastern Asia and relevant scholars in Asian-diaspora folklore for better communication and research;
2) hold regular panels or other events at the AFS annual meeting;
3) provide a support for increasing the public's knowledge of Eastern Asia and Asian-diaspora folklore through educational channels, and to promote mutual cultural understanding between and among peoples of the world;
4) support AFS and facilitate its initiatives on the folklores of Eastern Asia and Asian-diaspora folklore studies.
The Section intends to:
1) Hold an annual meeting during the AFS annual conference;
2) hold panels or events at the AFS annual meeting;
3) maintain a listserv among the section members;
4) maintain a website as a platform for scholars and the public;
5) establish dialogues between the interested folklorists from Eastern Asia, the U.S., and other countries;
6) establish prizes for outstanding works in the field; 7) promote the publication of scholarly works.
Due: The Section has currently no dues, but may collect small fees in the future to offset the material costs as deemed necessary by the Section committee.
Conveners and Committee: The section is overseen by a pair of co-conveners who serve two-year terms. The Section's committee is composed of several members to assist the co-conveners. The co-conveners and the committee are voted into office by section members. The current co-conveners are: Levi S. Gibbs (Assistant Professor of Chinese, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College); and Yuko Nakamura (Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).
Membership: includes the right to vote on Section business and receive related information and access to the listserv.
*Please note: currently, you need to subscribe to the section at AFS and the listserv separately.
To see the members' research profiles, please click here.
Since the establishment of AFS in 1888, articles and notes in the JAF and presentations and panels at the AFS annual meetings have been a component of the vitality of AFS. In the last three decades, as the societies in the eastern sphere of the Asian landmass have increasingly gained global prominence, interest in Asian and Asian-American folklore has increased tremendously not only among AFS members, but also in American society at large.
Acknowledging the great diversity of the folklore in the cultures of this part of Asia, we established the East Asia Section devoted to the study of folklore in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and related folklores in diaspora communities in the United States and other global communities. The areas of East Asia and South Asia are linked in many ways by history, culture, and economy to cultures within the designated region, as well as to cultures outside our area of focus, including India, and in more recent times, cultures in the West.
In 2014, the members voted on the change of section name to Transnational Asia/Pacific Section.
Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016. For more information, please see the website of the award.
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