A memorable AAS?
This year's annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies has come and gone. The venue this time was a cloned American chain hotel in Toronto and probably in a year I won't remember much about the conference - except perhaps that most of the attendees were East Asian with a humanities focus on China, Japan or Korea (not exactly our list profile). Significantly, the organisers were not bragging about the attendance (probably down on last year to about 3,000 people).
That said, Jessica Harriden - whose new book is in press - was at the conference. It was a pleasure to meet her for the first time (a YouTube interview should be posted soon). Also with a new book on the way was another attendee: David Steinberg, wry, knowledgeable and full of stories (his YouTube interview is also coming). Old friends and favourite authors were also in abundance - you know who you are - and a number of interesting new book proposals were discussed. (As the commissioning editor of another press confided, however: lots of meetings but just how much results from it is another matter).
But outside the conference I had the pleasure of meeting the production editor and designer for Plaited Arts of the Borneo Rainforest (finally soon shipping to our UK warehouse). It was a pleasure meeting such a pair of keen and personable professionals.
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