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About The ASPAC Conference


ASPAC 2011 & WCAAS 2011

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“Asia Rising and the Rise of Asian America” 

June 17-19, 2011

A special joint annual meeting of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) &

Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies (WCAAS)

We are announcing a special joint meeting of ASPAC and WCAAS in June 2011 to be hosted by the Pacific Basin Institute of Pomona College located in the Los Angeles area. The conference theme will be Asia Rising and the Rise of Asian America. The conference theme will be Asia Rising and the Rise of Asian America, but proposals on any topic relating to Asia in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are welcome. We especially encourage proposals from advanced graduate students and participants from abroad seeking new audiences for their work. Those interested in the conference theme can read more about it below. Information regarding conference registration, lodging and events are also included on this page. 



Asia’s Rise

Asian societies and cultures are experiencing unprecedented change and are having a palpable impact on the direction of global affairs. Asia is the most populous geographic region, with 56 percent of the world’s population. The Asian economy today encompasses 33 percent of real world GDP—surpassing the size of either Europe or North America. Asia’s political influence is also on the rise. Of the Group of Twenty (G-20) nations currently managing the global economy, there are five Asian members (China, Japan, South Korea, India, and Indonesia), a substantial increase of Asian representation at the global level over the old G-8, which had Japan as the only Asian representative. And one cannot overlook how the rapid rise of China and India is unavoidably changing the international security order.

With successful development comes environmental cost. In a world with limited oil reserves, three of the top four oil importing countries are in Asia. China’s growth now makes it the world’s largest contributor to climate change. Asia also confronts harsh natural resource constraints. The demand for fresh water is already unmet in many places and will exceed supply by at least 20 percent across the entire region by 2025. However, Asia may be in a position to address these problems. It leads in many areas of innovation and problem solving: three of the top four patent-filing countries are Asian; the US is number two on the list. Finally, Asia also makes leading contributions to world culture. Asian cuisine is changing the world’s taste for fine food, Asian corporations set the standard in consumer products, and Asian fashion designers and film makers attract international attention and awards. Other leading cultural contributions come in music, religion, literature, architecture, and the fine arts, redefining how human civilization regards itself.

Rising Asian America

Globalization ensures that the impact of Asia’s rise is not limited to Asia. In a very real sense it is changing America at home. In Southern California and other parts of the country, an increasing number of Asians and those of Asian heritage establish their lives and form communities, raising issues of changing identity, power relations, and hybridity in culture. Yet the impact of Asians and those of Asian heritage born here in America has received relatively little attention. Therefore, we include “Asian America” in our scope of interest and invite proposals from those who can expand our knowledge in this area as well.

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View our tentative Conference Program for more information regarding the schedule of events.


View our Scheduled Panels [pdf] for more information regarding titles, presenters and times.


Individual paper proposals are welcome. Those accepted will be grouped according to general topic and organized in a panel format (see next).

Multiple paper panel proposals should address a single theme and have three or four paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. The chair may serve as a discussant.

A roundtable proposal should organize 3-6 participants who will engage in informed discussion on a particular theme of wider interest. The organizer should designate a chair or moderator. Written papers are not required.

Proposals will be reviewed and a response will be sent within two weeks of submission. Proposals are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. To submit a proposal, click the link below and fill out the form. Send the proposal at the earliest convenience to facilitate conference planning.

Our proposal deadline has been extended! Deadline for submission is May 6, 2011Submit Proposals Here

If your proposal has been accepted and you are presenting at this year's conference, we welcome you to submit the final copy of your presentation for the conference archive. This is purely voluntary.  

Visit the Conference Papers page for more information on how to submit your paper. 

ASPAC Esterline Graduate Paper Award:

Submissions must be accompanied by a nomination by a faculty supervisor/advisor and sent electronically to the ASPAC Esterline Prize Committee chair, Tsuneo Akaha, at The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2010.  The author is required to present his/her paper at the conference.  The award will be presented at the ASPAC Conference banquet.


We have 3 categories of registration: General, Student, and a Day Pass for non-academic local community members interested in attending the conference.

Anyone planning on attending the conference, including all conference presenters, chairs, discussants and any other participants, must register below in order to participate in conference events.

Early general registration will be $110 for participants and attendees. Early student registration will be $55.  A conference Day Pass will be $20.  

The deadline for early registration is May 15, 2011.

Late registration begins May 16, 2011. After that date, costs of general registration will be $160 and student registration will be $70. On-site registration is considered late registration.

You may also select housing and meal options during registration.
See Housing and Meals below for more information.

Click the button below to begin conference registration.


K-12 Dance Workshops

We are also holding a full day of free dance workshops for K-12 educators and any interested conference participants. Those who are not attending the conference, but would like to participate in the Dance Workshops, may pay for a one-day conference pass of $20 to attend.  For more information, visit the following link:

Dance Workshops


For questions or concerns regarding your registration, contact PBI at #909-607-8035 or email



A number of Pomona College student dormitory rooms (singles) will be available to attendees at a rate of $40 per night (June 16, 17 & 18). You may select to reserve a dormitory room on the Additional Events page of the conference registration form.  Dorm rooms must be reserved before June 9, 2011.

Room blocks have also been reserved at two local hotels in Claremont (see links below).
*Be sure to mention you are part of ASPAC to receive the following discounted rates:

Doubletree Hotel Claremont
Single and Double rooms are reserved at the following price for Thursday, June 16 - Saturday, June 18.
$109/night (Plus taxes and fees).

  • Conference participants can make room reservations online at the link provided above.
  • Enter "ASPAC" in Group/Convention Code under the Special Accounts section. The discount will automatically be reflected in the price.
  • Must reserve before May 17, 2011 to receive ASPAC rates.

A Stagecoach bus will provide transportation to and from the Doubletree every 30 minutes during the following times:

  • Friday, June 17: 7am - 9am, 5pm - 10pm
  • Saturday, June 18: 7am - 9am, 5pm - 7pm
  • Sunday June 19: 7am - 9am, 11am - 1pm


Casa 425
Courtyard King and Deluxe King rooms are reserved at the following prices.
$140 on Thursday, June 16 (Plus taxes and fees).
$175 on Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18 (Plus taxes and fees).

  • Conference participants need to call the hotel to make room reservations at the discounted rate.
    Phone: 1-866-450-0425 or 1-909-624-2272.
  • Casa 425 DOES NOT give the conference discount online.
  • Must reserve before April 16, 2011 to receive ASPAC rates.



You may prepay $14 to have lunch on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at a dining hall conveniently located on the Pomona College campus. 
You may select this option on the Additional Events page of the conference registration form.

A banquet dinner will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Smith 201. Cost is $55.
You may select to attend this event on the Additional Events page of the conference registration form.

All meals must be reserved before May 30, 2011.



Information on travel to Southern California and directions to campus from within the Southern California region can be found at the links below. Information on local attractions and things to do in Southern California is also provided.


Take a tour following the conference to famous Hollywood and Los Angeles attractions: Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Farmers Market, Hollywood, Mann's Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Century City, Avenue of the Stars, & Movie Stars' Homes.

You will have a great time visiting the world's most beautiful and glamorous homes of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, then you will go on an enjoyable day of sightseeing through the City of Angles where you will visit Venice Beach, Avenue of the Stars, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard, Farmer's Market, The Grove, Hollywood Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and The Kodak Theatre--the home of the Oscars.

  • The price is $70.00 per person for 1-10 passengers or $50.00 per person for 11-50 passengers.
  • Rates will depend on how many people choose to go on the tour.
  • The group will be touring in 25 passenger vans, which will allow for greater access to the local attractions.
  • Conference participants that are interested in taking this tour can contact the travel agent directly.
    Agent: Monique Branconier, Pomona Travel
    Phone: 1-909-623-6474


For directions to Pomona College by car, by plane or by rail: Directions to Pomona College

For a printable campus map: Pomona College Campus Map [pdf]

For more information on local attractions: Explore Southern California

For more information on hotels in the area not listed above: Nearby Accommodations

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