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2015 Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference

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The annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) in 2015 will be hosted by the University of the Pacific on June 5-7, 2015, in Stockton, California. The conference theme is "Transnational Asias." The program committee seeks organized panels and individual papers on all regions of Asia, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia as well as papers that address globalized and diasporic elements of the Asian experience, within Asia and around the world, including Asian American studies.

We invite participation by university faculty and researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars.

ASPAC promotes multidisciplinary inquiry and scholarship in Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Literature, Linguistics, Language Teaching, Law, Business Administration, Psychology, and other disciplines.  The conference is open to students and scholars from around the world.

Graduate students are encourage to submit their papers for the Mori-ASPAC prize. This prize includes a $300 cash award, a one year membership in the AAS, and a nomination to present the paper at the 2016 AAS meeting in Seattle. Entrants must present their paper at the conference to be eligible for the award.  To enter a paper for consideration for the prize, please:

  1. Register for the conference.
  2. Submit the proposal abstract.
  3. Submit a brief letter of nomination from your academic advisor to conference organizer
  4. Submit the paper itself to by May 1.

Laurel Kendall photoKeynote speaker - Laurel Kendall
The conference keynote speaker is Laurel Kendall, Vice-President of the Association for Asian Studies, Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections and Chair of the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History as well as a Fellow of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.  Best known for her work in Korea, based on more than forty years acquaintance begun as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Kendall is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of ten books and many journal articles including Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life, Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity; and Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion which won the Korean Anthropological Association's  Yim Suk-jay Award for the best work  on Korea by a foreign anthropologist. 
Dr. Kendall will speak at our banquet on Saturday, June 6.  The title of her talk is, ""What "Global Asia" meant to  Anthropology c. 1900."

Grad Student Q&A Session with Laurel Kendall on Museum Work
Grad students are invited to attend an informal Q&A session with Dr. Laurel Kendall, a Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History and Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia. We will discuss options and pathways to combining museum and university research during graduate school, and museum and university work afterward. Students in different disciplines, working on projects related and unrelated to museums and material culture, are welcome to attend. Interested students should contact Leksa Lee ( with a 100-word description of their research projects and interest in museum work and 1-2 questions they would like to ask. Sign up soon, as space is limited.

Excursion to Wat Dharmararam, Friday June 5th 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Stockton is home to one of North America's largest Cambodian immigrant and Cambodian-American communities.  Wat Dharmaram Monastery and Temple was founded in 1982 to serve and care for this community and to preserve Cambodian heritage through education, art and outreach.   Led by an abbot and home to 6 -12 monks, the monastery is well known locally for its Buddhist statue garden and its annual Cambodian New Year's festival.  An established part of the local community, Stocktonians are accustomed to seeing Wat Dharmararam's saffron-robed monks out and about in the community. 

Our excursion to the monastery will be led by University of the Pacific Professor Tanya Storch who will introduce and explain the monastery's art and architecture, with special focus on its highly regarded statue garden.  After a 30-40 minute guided tour of the grounds, garden and temple led by Professor Storch, guests will have a 15-20 minute conversation with the abbot and monks facilitated by a translator.   

The motor coach will depart the University of the Pacific campus at 6:30 immediately following the reception in Vereschagin Alumni House.   Guests will board the coach just outside alumni house, and will be returned to the Hilton or the residence halls.  Cost is $25, and includes transportation and an honorarium for the monastery.

The deadline for proposal submissions has passed.

Registration/Check In Hours:
Location: DeRosa University Center Lobby

Thursday, June 4, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday, June 5, 2015
7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:30 am - 3:00 pm

**Please contact Kendra, Conference Manager, with any issues or concerns if it is outside the designated ASPAC Check In times listed above. 209-629-5921 (call or text) or email at:

Cancellation Policy: Refund requests will be accepted until Friday, May 29th at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.

Reserve a room at the Stockton Hilton

Stockton is located at the crossroads of northern California, midway between the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento; between the beaches of Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe; and between Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods.  

For more information, contact conference organizer Gregory Rohlf at

Download a conference poster here.