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New York Conference on Asian Studies

Conference Program


Welcome to Syracuse!

Syracuse University is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the nation. It contains thirteen schools and colleges including the prestigious School of Architecture, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, our host for the conference. We offer over 200 majors and 100 minors with a total student population of 20,000 coming from all 50 states and 123 countries. We also have a world class art museum which we hope you will tour during your visit.

The Syracuse region is one of the most beautiful in the northeast, home to rolling green hills nourished by the nearby Great Lakes and featuring one of the top wine-growing regions of the world in the nearby glacially-carved Finger Lakes. Autumn is one of the most beautiful periods of the year in Syracuse and the Central New York region. We hope that you will take some before or after the conference to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

NYCAS 2022 Conference Program

Day 1: Friday, October 7


10:00a-4:00p Registration

Maxwell/Eggers Commons (2nd floor Eggers Hall)


10:00a-5:00p Book Exhibit

Maxwell 204

Association for Asian Studies

Cambria Press

Cornell University Press

University of Hawai`i Press


10:00a-4:00p Asian and Asian American Art Exhibition

Syracuse University Art Museum, Shaffer Art Building


11:00a-12:30p Panel Session A

Panel A1: The Pacific War and its Aftermath [McNaughton 200]

Patricia M. Welch, Hofstra University, chair (2005-2024)

  1. Anne Sokolsky, Denison University, “Shigemitsu Mamoru's Sugamo Prison Diary and the Tokyo Trial.”
  2. Hirokazu Yoshie, Soka University, “Estranged Bedfellows of the Japanese Monarchy: History of the Imperial Portrait and the Imperial Rescript on Education from the Occupied Period to the Present.”
  3. Kodai Abe, Binghamton University, “Transgenerational Commitment: Murakami Haruki's Postmemory of the Asia Pacific War.”


Panel A2: Dynamic Culture Issues in Globalizing China [White 275]

Tiantian Zheng, SUNY Cortland, chair

  1. Tiantian Zheng, SUNY Cortland, “Male Rationale of Intimate Partner Violence in Postsocialist China.”
  2. Patricia Winston, SUNY Cortland, “The Evolution of Chinese Cinema.”
  3. Jinglin Piao, Cornell University, “Hygiene Campaigns in Rural Ethnic China.”
  4. Yu Wang, Sailin Lin, and John Carruthers, Cornell University, “Tracking the Peacocks: A Spatial Analysis of Interprovincial Migration in China, 1990-2020.”


Panel A3: Recollecting the Resisting Voices: Female Gaze, Postcolonial Hybridity, Neoliberal Disconnectedness, and Discontent in Immigrant Healthcare Systems [McNaughton 101]

Xiaoqiao Xu, University of Connecticut, chair

  1. Anna Cheng, Independent Scholar, “From Factory to Festival: Rethinking Disconnectedness in Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005).”
  2. Barbara Jiawei Li, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Hybrid Construction as a Contestatory Force: Reflections from Yu Shangyuan’s Translation of Karel Čapek’s The Makropoulos Secret (1926).”
  3. Junlan Ren, University of Connecticut, “Being Asians and Navigating the US Healthcare System with Limited English Proficiency.”
  4. Xiaoqiao Xu, University of Connecticut, “Female Audiences: Reading and Watching Plays in Qing China.”


Panel A4: Social and cultural transformation in Vietnam: negotiation, solution, and adaptation [Eggers 341]

Lauren Meeker, SUNY New Paltz, chair

  1. Ngoc Tho Nguyen, VNU-HCM, "Negotiation and Compromise: Tianhou Goddess becomes ‘the Goddess of Wealth’ in Bình Dương New City, Vietnam."
  2. Ha Hoang and Ngoc Tho Nguyen, VNU-HCM, “Guan Di in Vietnam: The Historical Superscription and Context-Based Interpretation.”
  3. Thi Quoc Minh Nguyen, VNU-HCM, “Changes in People’s Attitudes to LGBT in Today’s Society: A Study in the Literary Works by Bui Anh Tan.”
  4. Đức Thiện Huyun, VNU-HCM, “Fighting for Investment and Development: Ho Chi Minh City Seeks Bigger Budget to Invest in the City’s Future.”


12:30p-1:30p Box Lunch

Maxwell 204 (pick up)
Maxwell 303, Eggers 100A, Eggers 352, Eggers 341, Eggers Café (Overflow seating)


1:45p-3:45p Panel Session B

Panel B1: Culture and Society in Korea [White 275]

George Kallander, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Hector Sanchez, Syracuse University, “The Affections of Longyang in the Koryŏ Court: Early Chosŏn Attitudes toward Male-Male Sexuality in the Koryŏsa.”
  2. Keighley Gentle, Syracuse University, “Poverty, Class Disparities, and the Evolution of Social Class Perceptions in Modern Korea (1850 - Present).”
  3. Daehoon Kang, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, “ ‘Undead’ Ancestral Spirit or Uncanny Wanderer: Modernizing State, Repression of Shamanism, and Secret Worship for Dochaebi in Jeju Island, South Korea.”
  4. Seung Suk Baik, Yeungnam University, “Anarchistic Sense in the World-recognized Korean Pop-culture.”
  5. Soohyun Kim, Binghamton University, “Emergence of GaeTtal and their Wordplay, an Inspiring New Chapter of Fandom Feminism.”


Panel B2: Religion and Politics in South Asia [Eggers 032]

Radha Kumar, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Ankush Arora, Syracuse University, “Symbol of Divinity or Deadly Weapon? Visualization of the Cow in Indian Calendar Art and Digital Media.”
  2. Yash Sharma, University of Cincinnati, “Hindutva, Militarism, and Everyday Insecurity in India.”
  3. Syed Jaleel Hussain, Cornell University, “Seeing beyond the State: Sectarian Insecurities, State Coercion, and Transnational Shiite Networks in Kashmir.”
  4. Geethika Dharmasinghe, Cornell University, “Buddhist Modernity Modelled after Islam.”
  5. Katyayinee Richhariya, Tufts University, “Religion, Hate Speech, and the Indian and Pakistani States.”
  6. Mohammad Habib Reza, BRAC University, “Rethinking the architectural history teaching of Bangladesh: a global perspective for (South) Asia.”


Panel B3: Material Culture and the Making of History across Asia [McNaughton 101]

Serena Wang, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Hsin-Yun Cheng, University of Rochester, “Transformative Performance and Diaspora in Taiwanese Contemporary Art.”
  2. Ayse Durakoglu, Syracuse University, “Food, National Identity and Culinary Tourism: The Case of the Go Türkiye Tourism Platform in Turkey.”
  3. Irma Hidayana, St. Lawrence University, “How the Baby Food Industry Leverages COVID-19 in Indonesia.”
  4. Maria del Carmen Corte, Tufts University, “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kimjang: A Gendered Analysis on the Preservation of Making Kimchi.”
  5. Jesse LeFebvre, Harvard University, “Execution, Torture, and Visual Activism at the Court of the Cloistered Sovereign: The Illustrated Narrative Scroll of Major Counselor Ban, Large-Format Illustrated Scrolls, and Remembering the Righteousness of the Fujiwara Regency.”
  6. Mehria Nessar, Cornell University, “Heritage Preservation and Afghan National Identity: A Counter-Narrative to Essentializing and Homogenizing Discourses of Afghanyat (Afghan-ness).”


Panel B4: Roundtable: The Sources of Urban Modernity in Asia [McNaughton 200]

Eric Beverley, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Moderator).

Roundtable participants:

    Eric Beverley, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University.
    Arnika Fuhrmann, Cornell University.
    Timur Hammond, Syracuse University.
    Kristin Stapleton, University at Buffalo.
    Hantao Sun, Cornell University.
    Lauren Yapp, Brown University.


Panel B5: Alternative Regimes of Power and Protection: Ritual Interiors and Experiential Infrastructures of Society and State [White 175]

Ross Freedenberg, Syracuse University and Shannon Novak, Syracuse University, chairs

  1. Stephanos Stephanides, Independent Filmmaker and Writer, “Remembering Mariamman: The (Re)Making of ‘Hail Mother Kali.’”
  2. Ross Freedenberg, Syracuse University, “Durable Hope and Precarious Aspirations: State and Ritual Infrastructures in the Temporal Experience of Kali Mai.”
  3. Shannon Novak, Syracuse University, “Playgrounds in Wastelands: Embodied Repertoires of Play, Power and Persuasion.”
  4. Mona Bhan, Syracuse University and Radhika Govindrajan, University of Washington, “More-Than-Human Fascism: On Cows, Rivers, and Hindu Supremacy.”
  5. Bramsh Khan, Syracuse University, “Chogan: A Dance of Culture, Religion, and Politics.”
  6. Vaidehi Paneri, Syracuse University, “Hindu-Muslim Religious Syncretism.”


Panel B6: Sonic and Visual Representations of Asian-ness in Global Multi-Media [McNaughton 100]

Natalie Sarrazin, SUNY Brockport, chair

  1. Natalie Sarrazin, SUNY Brockport, "For whom does the Heroine Sing? Auto-Representation and Transnationalism in Hindi Film Music."
  2. Brigette Meskell, University of Buffalo, "Horroring the Lesbian: An analysis of Lesbian Identity and Representation in Bollywood Film Girlfriend (2004)."
  3. Victor Vicente, Independent Scholar, "Mutasians: Sound and the Redrawing of Asian Races and Places in the Marvel Multimedia Universe."
  4. Kenneth Kam, SUNY Brockport, "Kungfu and Chinese Identity in Kungfu Panda (2008)."


4:00p-4:30p Curator Tour I: Asian and Asian American Art at SU Art Museum

Syracuse University Art Museum Lobby, Shaffer Art Building

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4:30p-5:00p Curator Tour II: Asian and Asian American Art at SU Art Museum

Syracuse University Art Museum Lobby, Shaffer Art Building

To register, please follow the Google form here:


5:00p-7:00p Father Documentary Film Screening with Director Deng Wei

Slocum Hall Auditorium


7:00p-8:00p Father Reception with Refreshments

Slocum Hall Atrium


8:00p-9:30p Music and Dance with Nomadic Voices

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Day 2: Saturday, October 8


7:00a-8:15a NYCAS Board Meeting

Eggers 018


8:00a-3:00p Registration

Maxwell/Eggers Commons (2nd floor Eggers Hall)


8:30a-5:00p Book Exhibit

Maxwell 204

Association for Asian Studies

Cambria Press

Cornell University Press

University of Hawai`i Press


10:00a-4:00p Asian and Asian American Art Exhibition

Syracuse University Art Museum, Shaffer Art Building


8:30a-10:00a Panel Session C

Panel C1: COVID in Asia and its Aftermath – Part I: Political Contexts [Eggers 060]

Hiromi Dollase, Vassar College, chair

  1. Yan Liu, University at Buffalo, “Prescribing Aromatics: State, Medicine, and the Local Adaptation of Foreign Knowledge in Song China.”
  2. Antonina Luszczykiewicz, Indiana University and Jagiellonian University, “Taiwan during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in the International Context.”


Panel C2: State and Society in Contemporary China [Eggers 341]

John Abercrombie, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Joshua Pandossi, University of Buffalo, “Minzhu and the Dynamic Definition of Democracy in China.”
  2. Jake Lin, The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, “Harnessing the Market and Society: Labour and Welfare Reconfiguration in Global China.”
  3. Eason Lu, Columbia University, “Sentiment and Sisterhood: Recovering Nüshu.”
  4. Anqi Yan, Yale University, “Gendering Transnational Business Spaces: Cross-Border Burmese Women Jadeite Traders in Yunnan, China.”


Panel C3: The Politics of Space in Asia [Eggers 070]

Lauren Meeker, SUNY New Paltz, chair

  1. Trung Nguyen, Oregon State University, “Xich Lo (Cyclo) - Performance of an Old Vehicle under State Surveillance.”
  2. Xinyu Guan, Cornell University, “ ‘Make use of your passport and get a house’ – Citizenship, Homeownership and State-Constructed Housing in Singapore.”
  3. Luke Boston, Emory University, “Image, Encounter, & Proximity in Hiroshima Postwar Memorial Transmission.”
  4. Avital Datskovsky, Syracuse University, “Reclaiming Narratives of the Forest: Relocation and Resistance in Ranthambore National Park.”
  5. Eliza Kent, Skidmore College, “Wayside Shrines.”


Panel C4: Burgeoning Media and Societal Dynamics in Korea [Eggers 018]

Sean Han, St. Lawrence University, chair

  1. Sean Han, St. Lawrence University, "When the World Is Ending: Books and New Knowledge from China in Precolonial Korea, 1895–1910."
  2. Juwon Kim, University of Toronto, "Transnational Bildung in Straits: Decolonization and the Travels of Yunbok’s Diary in Cold War East Asia."
  3. Jahyon Park, Indiana University, "Webtoons and a New Sociality of Male Audiences in Korean Digital Media."


Panel C5: Statecraft in Late Qing and Republican-Era China [Eggers 032]

Weitian Yan, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Yitong Qiu, London School of Economics and Political Science, “Power and Identity in the Qing Empire: A Study of the Political and Economic Life of the Elites through Confiscation Inventories 1700-1912.”
  2. Zhixin Luo, Binghamton University, “The Birthplace of the Revolution?: The Qing's Imperial Legacy and the Establishment of a Provincial Identity in Republican Sichuan.”
  3. Kevin Wang, Syracuse University, “From Prohibition to Regulation: Chosŏn’s Response to Illegal Activities of Chinese Ships in its Western Maritime Space 1864-1894.”
  4. Erik Esselstrom, University of Vermont, “An American Witness to War and Revolution in Guangzhou: The Diaries of Henry Brownell.”


Panel C6: Roundtable: Asian Art as Cultural Hegemony: An Ecological Encounter [Eggers 010]

  1. Kyunghee Pyun, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York (moderator)
  2. Rountable participants:
  3. Seongmin Ahn, Queens College, City University of New York.
  4. 2022 Minhwa Creative Collective:

            Justin Pyun, Hunter College High School, New York City.
            Yoon Lee, Lakeside High School, Seattle.
            Rachel Kim, UNIS, New York City.
            Hana Glanz, Stuyvesant High School, New York City.
            Minny Lee, Columbia University.


10:15a-11:45a Panel Session D

Panel D1: COVID in Asia and its Aftermath – Part II: Economic and Social Consequences [Eggers 060]

Erqi Cheng, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Rosemary Dawood, Cairo University, “Motherhood Discourses and Political Activism from post-3.11 until post-Covid Movements in Japan.”
  2. Javed Younas, American University of Sharjah, “Breaking the Culture of Non-payment: A Qualitative Analysis of a Utility Intervention Project in Pakistan.”
  3. Irma Hidayana, St. Lawrence University, “Beyond Health, COVID-19 Digital Technologies Reveal Inequalities and Empower Communities in Indonesia.”
  4. Hongyan Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University and SUNY Albany, “The Impact of Social Support on the Mental Health of International Students in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Strength of Ties Perspective.”

Panel D2: The Cold War in East Asia [Eggers 341]

Phillip Guingona, Wells College, chair

  1. Alan Baumler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “China Takes Flight: Air Transport and Illegible Space, 1943-49.”
  2. Connor Mills, Dartmouth College, “A Wartime Occupation: The Japan Logistical Command and the Final Years of the Allied Occupation.”
  3. David Hall, University of Central Lancashire, “North Korean Philatelic Propaganda: Observations of a 1961 Stamp Catalogue.”
  4. Jinze Mi, College of the Holy Cross, “The Forgotten Diplomat, the Fruitful Visit: George Braithwaite (1934-2020) and the Ping Pong Diplomacy.”


Panel D3: State-making in the Indian Subcontinent [Eggers 070]

Natalie Sarrazin, SUNY Brockport, chair

  1. Bruno M. Shirley, Cornell University, “Sacerdotal Politicals in Medieval South Asia: Functional Differentiation before the Rise of the State.”
  2. Rachel McDermott, Barnard College and Columbia University, “Creating a Composite Culture for the Two Wings of Pakistan Two Poets for the Nation, 1947-1971.”
  3. Yelena Biberman, Skidmore College, “Militarization and Mental Mapping of Security: Evidence from Kashmir.”
  4. Shatakshi Singh, University of California – Santa Cruz, “(Mis)Rule of Law: The Indian Supreme Court and the Politics of Protest in Contemporary India.”


Panel D4: Women’s Voices across Asia [Eggers 018]

Gareth Fisher, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Audrey Wang, College of the Holy Cross, “Digital Exhibition: She: Feminine Space in Medieval Chinese Painting.”
  2. Bridget Dooley, Rochester Institute of Technology, “Circumventing the State: Women and Travel in the Edo Period.”
  3. Elisabeth Wulandari, Clarkson University, “Hybrid, Gendered, Subaltern: Women and Nationalism in Three Indonesian Novels.”
  4. Purnima Bose, Indiana University, “Withdrawal Narratives: Afghan Women and Developmental Idealism.”


Panel D5: Emerging Issues in Contemporary China [Eggers 032]

Dimitar Gueorguiev and Darwin Tsen, Syracuse University, co-chairs

  1. Xiaoxia Huang, Syracuse University, “Gendered Selection in China's Civil Service.”
  2. Sophia M. Jacobs-Townsley, Syracuse University, “Curbing Disaster: Context and Implications of the Evergrande Debt Scandal.”
  3. Jingding Wang, Syracuse University, “A Private Coffer – Government Trust and Cryptocurrency in China.”


Panel D6: Not Dead Yet: A Reconsideration of Subculture in Modern Japanese Media [Eggers 010]

Nathen Clerici, SUNY New Paltz, chair

  1. Nathen Clerici, SUNY New Paltz, “Assessing Subculture and Affect in Modern Japanese Literature.”
  2. Joshua Rogers, Queens College – CUNY, “Demarcating a Modern Mysticism: Yanagi Muneyoshi and Taishō Aesthetics.”
  3. Hiromi Dollase, Vassar College, “Junior Novels as a Medium of Sexual Education.”
  4. Patricia Welch, Hofstra University, “Subculture through Conformity: Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman.”

12:00n-2:00p Dean’s Welcome, Keynote, Luncheon, and Annual Meeting of NYCAS

Schine Student Center Underground

Welcome: Dean Michael Speaks, School of Architecture, Syracuse University

Keynote Address: Jean Oi, William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, Stanford University, Vice-President, Association for Asian Studies, “How COVID is Affecting China’s Local Government Debt.”


2:15p-3:45p Panel Session E

Panel E1: Refugees and Migration [Eggers 060]

Naimi Patel, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Lauren Woodard, Syracuse University, “Ukrainian Refugees, Filtration Camps, and Forced Migration on the Russia-China Border.”
  2. Min Thang, Shan State Baptist Theological Seminary, “The Impact of the Military Coup 2021 in Myanmar: Forced Displacement and Refugees along the Myanmar-India Borderland.”
  3. Prajapati Shapkota, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, “Resettlement Challenges: A Case Study of the Environmental Citizenship of Bhutanese Refugees in Syracuse, NY.”
  4. Sujung Lee, Syracuse University, ““After Getting a Degree, What’s Next?”: Migration Decision of Chinese and Korean Graduate Students in STEM.”


Panel E2: The Politics of Film and Television across Asia [Eggers 341]

Darwin Tsen, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Li-Lin Tseng, Pittsburgh State University, “Re-Imagining China through Cinema: From John Thomson’s Illustrations of China and Its People to the Era of Early Shanghai Cinema.”
  2. Lance Lomax, Texas Tech University, “The Promise of Hokkaidō: Trauma, Violence, and the Legacy of the Imperial Frontier in Lee Sang-il’s Yurusarezaru Mono (2013).”
  3. Harisur Rahman, North South University, “Mindless Propaganda or Thoughtful Persuasion? Television Commercials and Broadcast Regulations in Bangladesh.”
  4. Madison Young, Syracuse University, “Death by Freedom of the Press: Journalists Face Retaliation in South Asia.”


Panel E3: State and Society in late Qing and Republican-era China [Eggers 070]

Ling Ma, SUNY Geneseo, chair

  1. Ling Ma, SUNY Geneseo, “Tombs and Wombs: Narratives and Experiences of Fetal and Infantile Deaths in Late Qing and Republican China.”
  2. Fang Lu, Boston College, “Missionary Writer Arthur Smith’s Cross-cultural Strategies in Exploring the Chinese Characteristics.”
  3. Kasey Dillenbeck, SUNY Geneseo, “New Perspectives: Exploring the Strengths and Limitations of Classifications of Mandarin Ducks and Butterfly Literature.”
  4. Wing-Cheuk Chan, Brock University, “Mou Zongsan's Confucian Ethics: A Critical Reflection.”
  5. Joseph Yick, Texas State University, “Li Li: A Special Nationalist Secret Agent in Wartime China, 1938-1945.”


Panel E4: Asian Experiences in the United States [Eggers 018]

Nathen Clerici, SUNY New Paltz, chair

  1. Joseph Henning, Rochester Institute of Technology, “William Elliot Griffis, Japanese Immigration, and Ozawa v. United States.”
  2. Justin Wu, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “Combatting Silence, Provoking Patriotism: Leftist Taiwanese Advocacy of Anti-Imperialism in the early 1970s.”
  3. Qifei Kao, SUNY Binghamton, “Community Translation for Chinese Immigrants in Upstate New York: Challenges, Conflicts, and Compromises.”
  4. Mari Fujimoto, Queens College, The City University of New York, “Facilitating Career-Readiness in the Humanities: The Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Project in Japanese Language and Culture courses.”


Panel E5: Educator Workshop [Eggers 032]

“Increasing Asia Access Through Experiential Learning: Embedding Purposeful ‘Virtual Travel’ into Your Course,” Maren Jill Adams, Emory University.

4:00p-6:00p Panel Session F

Panel F1: State and Society in Imperial China [Eggers 032]

Norman Kutcher, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Xiang Li, University of California – Santa Barbara, “Ancient Prototypes of ‘Information Institutions,’ their Manufacturers and Mechanisms: The Local Propagandistic Culture in Late Antiquity, The Qing-Xu-Yan 青-徐-兗 Area and the Gallic Provinces.”
  2. Linhe Li, Columbia University, “Into the Multipolar Borderlands of the Tang Empire: Taking the Poetic Autobiographies of Wang Changling and an Anonymous Envoy to Tubo as Examples.”
  3. Huanning Zhang, Shanghai Weiyu High School, “Wutong Gods as a Window into Chinese Society.”
  4. Erqi Cheng, Syracuse University, “Saving the Life or Regicide with Drugs: Reappraising the Case of Red Pills in Late Ming.”
  5. Yiqi Wang, Independent Scholar, “Cultures within an Inch: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese Seal Arts’ Developments in Edo Japan and the Qing Empire.”


Panel F2: Shifting Geopolitics in Asia [Eggers 341]

Yingyi Ma, Syracuse University, chair

  1. Alexander Diener, University of Kansas, “Relational Geographies of Place Attachment in Kazakhstan's Northern Borderland.”
  2. Sharif Hozoori, Cornell University, “Emirate I and Emirate II’s Foreign Relations:  Has Anything Actually Changed?”
  3. Man Joong Kim, Binghamton University, “From Anti-Communism Center to Freedom Center:  A Historical Analysis of Nationalism in South Korea.”
  4. Chih-Yuan Lin, New School for Social Research, “Coach or Umpire? A Comparison of the Sovereignty Credit Rating of the US and China.”
  5. Alexandra Scrivner, Syracuse University, “Limiting the Post-Conflict Democratic Imaginary: A Review of Impunity after Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Cambodia and Timor-Leste.”


Panel F3: Making Authenticity in Modern and Contemporary China: Between the State and the People [Eggers 070]

John Osburg, University of Rochester, chair

  1. Gareth Fisher, Syracuse University, “Will the Real Fake Please Stand Up? Contestation and Parody at Chinese Buddhist Temple Sites.”
  2. John Abercrombie, Syracuse University, “Selling a Daoist Ethos at Wudang Shan: Serious Play, the ‘Authentic Person,’ and the Daoist Tourist.”
  3. Ray X. Qu, University of Virginia, “How does the State do Popular Religion? The Cult of Baosheng Dadi and the Politico-Religious ritual in Fujian, Southeast China.”
  4. Chloe Zheng, University of Chicago, “Nationalism in Collective Memory and Narrative surrounding the Nanjing Massacre.”
  5. Discussion: John Osburg, University of Rochester



New York Conference on Asian Studies

Executive Board

Natalie Sarrazin (2013-2016, 2016-2023)
College at Brockport, SUNY
NYCAS President (2021-)

Patricia Welch
Hofstra University
(2005-2008, 2008-2011, 2011-2014, 2017-2020)

Nathen Clerici (2017-2024)
SUNY New Paltz

Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase (2015-2022)
Vassar College

Thamora Fishel (2009-2022)
Cornell University

Ling Ma (2021-2024)
SUNY Geneseo

Tiantian Zheng (2010-2023)
SUNY Cortland
Representative to the AAS Council of Conferences (2020-2023)

Ex Officio

Lauren Meeker
SUNY New Paltz
NYCAS Treasurer (2011-2014, 2014-2017, 2017-2020)

Representative to the AAS Council of Conferences (2018-2020)

Phillip Guingona
Wells College
NYCAS Executive Secretary (2021-2022)

The New York Conference on Asian Studies is among the oldest of the nine regional conferences of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the largest society of its kind in the world. NYCAS is represented on the Council of Conferences, one of the sub-divisions of the governing body of the AAS. Membership in NYCAS is open to all persons interested in Asian Studies. It draws its membership primarily from New York State but welcomes participants from any region interested in its activities. All persons registering for the annual meeting pay a membership fee to NYCAS and are considered members eligible to participate in the annual business meeting and to vote in all NYCAS elections for that year.

The history and functions of NYCAS are described on its website


State and Society in Asia: Past and Present

NYCAS 2022

Syracuse University

October 7-8, 2022


Conference Chair
Gareth Fisher, Syracuse University

Administrative Coordinators
Margaret Hermann, Syracuse University

Juanita Horan, Syracuse University

George Kallander, Syracuse University

Local Arrangement Committee Members
Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University

George Kallander, Syracuse University

Radha Kumar, Syracuse University

Norman Kutcher, Syracuse University

Romita Ray, Syracuse University
Kathryn Stam, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Program Committee Members
Natalie Sarrazin, SUNY Brockport

Patricia Welch, Hofstra University

Nathen Clerici, SUNY New Paltz

Hiromi Dollase, Vassar College

Thamora Fishel, Cornell University

Tiantian Zheng, SUNY Cortland

Ling Ma, SUNY Geneseo

Lauren Meeker, SUNY New Paltz

Phillip Guingona, Wells College

NYCAS 2022 was made possible with the generous support of the following donors:

The Association for Asian Studies
The New York Conference on Asian Studies
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
The School of Architecture
The School of Education
The Humanities Center
The Department of Anthropology
The Department of Art and Music Histories
The Department of Geography
The Department of History
The Department of Political Science
The Department of Religion
The Department of Sociology
The Program in Asian / Asian-American Studies
The Program in Chinese Studies
The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
The South Asia Center
The East Asia Program
The Central Asia and the Caucasus Initiative


About the Photo:

Located on a hill overlooking the Mongolian capital Ulaan Bataar, this circular mural is the focal point of the Zaisan Memorial. The mural depicts the struggles for Mongolian independence in 1921, the Soviet defeat of the Japanese army during World War II, and the friendship between the Mongolian and Soviet peoples. The mural illustrates the lingering shadow of recent history on the new “post-Soviet” Mongolia and reflects on the theme of our conference, “State and Society in Asia.” Photo Credit: Gareth Fisher.



Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
346 Eggers Hall