Welcome to ASPAC

ASPAC is a regional affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the national association of professionals, primarily academic, interested in Asian Studies. Members come from the West coast of the United States of America, as well as from Canada, Mexico, and most of the countries/areas of the Pacific region including: China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, India, etc.

ASPAC primary functions:

  • To hold an annual conference
  • To publish peer-reviewed articles.
  • To disseminate works in progress and non-peer reviewed conference papers that are of interest to the academic community.
  • To provide an archive for documents and photos relating to Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast. (Currently peer-review article publication is on hold pending the selection of a new editor and editorial staff.)

Annual Conference

The ASPAC 2016 Conference will be hosted by California State University, Northridge (CSUN) on June 10-12, 2016. For the California State University, Northridge.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) Conference will be held at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles on June 10-12, 2016.

We invite scholars and students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers, or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in any academic discipline.

The conference theme this year is “Imagining Asia: Urbanization, Migration, Exchange, Sustainability.”  We especially welcome proposals that connect theory, method, or practice to contemporary or historical questions of urbanization, migration, exchange and sustainability within, across, or alongside Asia.  Any other topics related to Asia are also very welcome.

The general application deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2016. International or other applicants who need a letter of invitation are encouraged to communicate with the program committee (aspac@csun.edu) for a speedy review. For more information and to submit a proposal, please see the conference website: http://www.csun.edu/asian-studies-pacific-coast-2016.

For inquiries, please contact us at (aspac@csun.edu).

Thank you very much.  We look forward to your proposals.

Keiko Hirata
ASPAC 2016 Co-Chair
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Political Science
California State University, Northridge



E-ASPAC is in its seventh year of publication and is now a well-established electronic journal in the field of Asian Studies. E-ASPAC articles are peer-reviewed and are intended to make a contribution to their field of study equivalent to that of any paper published in a traditional scholarly journal such as The Journal of Asian Studies.

ASPAC Conference Papers

ASPAC Conference Papers, while written by professional scholars in the appropriate field, are not peer-reviewed. ASPAC Papers were usually presented at our conferences, but other submissions are welcome. Many established scholars have chosen to publish directly with ASPAC Papers, perhaps because they want to publish quickly or to reach a large audience.

ASPAC Archive