AAS Books Now Distributed by Columbia University Press

Columbia University Press is proud to announce that we are now the world-wide distributor of the books published by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).

Founded in 1941, and located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With more than 6,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind. The AAS holds an annual conference in North America, which regularly attracts more than 3,000 attendees, an annual conference in Asia, attracting close to 2,000 attendees, as well as regional conferences throughout the U.S. and in Asia.

Asian Studies is one of our core publishing areas. Former AAS President and renowned scholar, Wm. Theodore de Bary—in whose honor, along with Ainslie Embree, the AAS Fund for Education and Outreach was named—edited four influential anthologies published by the Press: Sources of Indian Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tradition, Sources of Chinese Tradition, and Sources of Korean Tradition (joined more recently by Sources of Vietnamese Tradition and Sources of Tibetan Tradition). Columbia has also published dozens of standard-setting translations: from Donald Keene’s translation of Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu to The Art of War: Sun Zi’s Military Methods, translated by long-term AAS member, Victor Mair.

AAS books advance important original research on Asia, bring leading scholarship to audiences beyond the academy, and support teaching and learning in Asian studies. AAS publishes three book series, which will appeal to scholars, to teachers at all levels, as well as to anyone with an interest in Asia:

  • The new ASIA SHORTS series offers concise, engagingly-written titles written by highly-qualified authors on topics of significance in Asian Studies. Topics are intended to be substantive, generate discussion and debate within the field, and attract interest beyond it.
  • The KEY ISSUES IN ASIAN STUDIES series, which offers vital educational materials that are both accessible and affordable for classroom use. Key Issues books tackle broad subjects or major cultural and historical themes in an introductory but compelling, jargon-free style appropriate for survey courses, written to encourage classroom debate and discussion.
  • The ASIA PAST & PRESENT series, which is the AAS scholarly monograph series, featuring titles from all disciplines and all areas of Asia.

AUTHORS: If you are interested in authoring a title for publication by AAS, a Call for Proposals for each series appears on the AAS website.

For further information, please visit www.asianstudies.org.

If you have questions, please contact AAS Publications Manager, Jon Wilson, at jwilson@asianstudies.org.


Due to the recent cancellation of the AAS Annual Conference in Boston, we are offering a discount of 30% on our exhibit titles through the end of April. To take advantage of this limited time offer, use coupon code AAS20 at checkout.

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