Annual Conference

ASPAC 2018 Conference

Washington State University, Pullman

June 8-10, 2018

For more information, please contact conference co-chairs Ashley Wright ( and William (Puck) Brecher (


The AsPac Annual Conference brings together college and university faculty, K-12 teachers, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies. Through organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers and poster presentations, we focus on historical and contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences and other allied disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas.

Both our Association’s name and the Pacific Northwest’s image as a North American gateway to trans-Pacific interactions highlight the importance of concepts and discourses of “region-ness”, and the ways that the enterprise of Asian studies reflects and reproduces interactions that span geographies, cultures, and histories.  We invite papers on all topics, with the hope of stimulating discussions that help us to critically reflect upon, and even de- and re-center, the territorial and temporal frames by which we apprehend Asia. How does our work situate the region in wider conceptual terrains of the study of “world” or trans-territorial history, culture, politics, economics, society, art, language and humanism?  How do our concepts of regional “relations,” “systems,” and “place” inform our work to understand Asia and Asian diaspora, and how might our diverse ideations be brought into dialogue?