The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) held its annual conference from March 21-24, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. NCL attended the conference and its Center for Chinese Studies showcased publications on Taiwan and Chinese studies in the book exhibition. Apart from showcasing the books for attendees, after the conference was over the books were donated to the University of Colorado Boulder’s (UC Boulder) library. The book donation was held on the afternoon of March 22.
AAS holds their four-day-long annual conference each year in the spring. The conference is a platform where research on Asian studies topics can be presented and discussed. Approximately four thousand people attended this year’s conference, with 380 sessions of presentations and lectures. In attendance were researchers and librarians from universities across the US, as well as publishers.
In an effort to promote research achievements of Taiwan scholars and recent publications, NCL planned a special book exhibition. Invited to cosponsor the booth as the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. On display were 342 titles (351 volumes) of publications from Taiwan in the last three years on Chinese studies and Taiwan studies. NCL’s Deputy Director-general Wu Ying-mei and the Center for Chinese Studies’ Liaison Division Director Huang Wen-de were in attendance. The book exhibition not only allowed the international Chinese studies community to better understand related research and publications from Taiwan, but also strengthened ties and collaboration, while also providing overseas scholars with more ways in which to purchase books.
The book donation ceremony was conducted by Deputy Director-general Wu Ying-mei and Representative Zhang Shi-rui from the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Denver. They donated NCL’s books and those of National Taiwan University Press, who also participated in the book exhibition. Dr. Robert McDonald, head librarian at UC Bolder, received the donations. CU Boulder boasts several Nobel Laureates and has seen rapid growth in Asian studies in recent years. Of the books donated by NCL, some will aid with teaching and research, while others will help scholars in the area better understand the research achievements of scholars in Taiwan.