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Transnational Asia/Pacific Section

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The Transnational Asia/Pacific Section aims to:

1) Convene folklorists of Asia and relevant scholars in Asian-diaspora folklore for better communication and research;

2) Participate actively in AFS annual meetings by a) holding the annual section business meeting, b) organizing and sponsoring panels, and c) organizing other events to bring members together;

3) Establish dialogues between interested folklorists from Asia, the US, and other countries, and to facilitate communication between members through a listserv (see below);


4) Encourage and support scholarship in the field, in particular through a prize for students and young scholars (see information on the Saboohi I. Khan award below);

5) Support the AFS and facilitate its initiatives on folklore in Asia and Asian-diaspora folklore studies;

6) Educate the public on Asia and Asian-diaspora folklore, and promote mutual cultural understanding among the various peoples of the world.

 

SECTION PRIZES

The Section currently sponsors the Saboohi I. Khan Award for student scholarship. Please see the award page for more information.

From 2010 to 2017, the Section sponsored the Jonathan T. Yeh Award; this prize is no longer being offered, but information on past recipients may be found on the award page


MANAGEMENT

Dues: 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: Charles La Shure (Assistant Professor, Department of Korean Language and Literature, Seoul National University, Korea); and Wenyuan Shao (doctoral student in East Asian Languages and Literature, Ohio State University).

Membership: includes the right to vote on Section business and receive related information and access to the listserv.

*Please note: currently, in order to receive all section communications, you must subscribe separately to both the section at AFS and the listserv.

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RESEARCH PROFILES

To see the members' research profiles, please click here.


BACKGROUND

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

 

The Transnational Asia/Pacific Section of the American Folklore Society is proud to present the Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore.  The award aims to foster and promote graduate and undergraduate students in the early stages of their careers, encourage advanced scholarly research and publication on Asian and/or Asian American folklore subjects, and support AFS members who want to participate more actively in the Society.  The $500 prize winner will be announced at the 2016 annual meeting for the best student paper that contributes to Asian and/or Asian American folklore studies through research and analysis.  It is expected that the award recipient will present his/her paper at the AFS annual conference.

 

The co-conveners of the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section will form the committee, together with three additional members, including Dr. Nora Yeh who sponsors this award, to select the paper.  At the time of submission, the applicant must be a registered full-time graduate or undergraduate student.  He or she may be enrolled in any discipline in any U.S. academic institution.  The work must show compelling prospects for the publication of his or her scholarly work and demonstrate a dedication to research and/or teaching folklore studies.  All applications must include a one-page cover letter describing the applicant's background and current activities, indicating why the applicant deserves consideration for this award; a one-page CV; a 10-12 page research paper, double-spaced (approximately 2500 words); and one letter of recommendation from an academic institution or equivalent, sent under separate cover (e-mail attachments are acceptable).

 

Please send all materials via e-mail and in hard copy to:

Dr. Fariha Khan

Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania

166 McNeil Bldg., 3718 Locust Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA.

 

All completed applications must be received by June 1, 2016 and the winner will be announced on June 30, 2016.  The prize will be awarded at the AFS 2016 annual meeting.

 

To join this American Folklore Society interest-group section, please visit the AFS membership page of the web site, where you will find both a secure online and a printable, mail-in membership form.  You need not be a member of the American Folklore Society to join its sections.


Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship

 

Deadline June 1, 2016

 

The Transnational Asia/Pacific Section of the American Folklore Society is proud to present the Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore.  The award aims to foster and promote graduate and undergraduate students in the early stages of their careers, encourage advanced scholarly research and publication on Asian and/or Asian American folklore subjects, and support AFS members who want to participate more actively in the Society.  The $500 prize winner will be announced at the 2016 annual meeting for the best student paper that contributes to Asian and/or Asian American folklore studies through research and analysis.  It is expected that the award recipient will present his/her paper at the AFS annual conference.

 

The co-conveners of the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section will form the committee, together with three additional members, including Dr. Nora Yeh who sponsors this award, to select the paper.  At the time of submission, the applicant must be a registered full-time graduate or undergraduate student.  He or she may be enrolled in any discipline in any U.S. academic institution.  The work must show compelling prospects for the publication of his or her scholarly work and demonstrate a dedication to research and/or teaching folklore studies.  All applications must include a one-page cover letter describing the applicant's background and current activities, indicating why the applicant deserves consideration for this award; a one-page CV; a 10-12 page research paper, double-spaced (approximately 2500 words); and one letter of recommendation from an academic institution or equivalent, sent under separate cover (e-mail attachments are acceptable).

 

Please send all materials via e-mail and in hard copy to:

Dr. Fariha Khan

Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania

166 McNeil Bldg., 3718 Locust Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA.

 

All completed applications must be received by June 1, 2016 and the winner will be announced on June 30, 2016.  The prize will be awarded at the AFS 2016 annual meeting.

 

To join this American Folklore Society interest-group section, please visit the AFS membership page of the web site, where you will find both a secure online and a printable, mail-in membership form.  You need not be a member of the American Folklore Society to join its sections.



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