The Center for East Asian Studies welcomed over 100 University of Chicago faculty, students, alumni, and friends at a reception at the 2016 Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference held in Seattle, Washington.  The reception was a gathering that brought together scholars and professionals interested in East Asia and the study of Asia, who traveled to Seattle for the 75th Annual AAS Conference. The diversity of the Conference program gave presenters a forum to share information from all areas of Asia, as well as members of the audience an opportunity to actively participate in discussions with colleagues.

Hosting its second AAS reception on the evening of Friday, April 1st at the Sheraton Seattle & Washington State Convention Center, CEAS Associate Director, Abbey Newman, gave a warm welcome to guests followed by remarks made by Professor Michael Bourdaghs (Professor in Modern Japanese Literature and Department Chair of East Asian Languges and Civilizations).

AAS is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association with approximately 8,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines.   In addition to receptions that were held for all conference attendees, the conference also featured a Film Expo and Exhibit Hall where attendees could visit over 100 publishers and booksellers.