International Studies & Programs



65th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting

October 14 - 16, 2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed. The 65th MCAA conference was a great success, for more information including the winners of the awards visit the 2016 MCAA Conference website hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A regional conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), MCAA provides a forum for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies in the Midwest to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia for over a half-century. The conference features individual paper presentations, as well as panels and roundtables at, which faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students presents and discuss new research and pedagogical tools.

Studies on Asia - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Asian Studies

Studies on Asia is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), a regional conference under the Association for Asian Studies—the world's largest non-profit scholarly organization in the field with approximately 8,000 members worldwide.

Visit the website for the Studies on Asia Journal

For more information contact:

Jinhee J. Lee, Ph.D.
Editor-in-chief, Studies on Asia
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs
Association for Asian Studies
Email: studiesonasia(at)


MCAA History

Learn the history of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs.

Executive Committee

Meet MCAA's executive committee.


Review MCAA's constitution and bylaws.

Past Presidents

Review the past presidents of the MCAA.


MCAA Annual Prizes and Awards

The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs offers three prizes for papers written by students - the Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize, the Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize for papers written by undergraduates. MCAA also offers the Jackson and Caroline Bailey Public Service Award for outstanding work in the advancement of Asian Studies. These prizes are awarded at the MCAA Annual Meeting held each fall.

Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize

Four Percy Buchanan prizes of $100 each, plus travel expenses of up to $100, will be awarded for the best original graduate student research papers. Papers should be no longer than 35 pages double spaced including the bibliography. Students will have an opportunity to present winning papers at the conference. There is one prize for each of the four main AAS regions: China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Graduate student winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in Studies on Asia. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field.

Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize

The Sidney DeVere Brown Prize and the Mikiso Hane Prize are awarded to the two best original papers composed by undergraduates. Prizes of $100, plus travel expenses of up to $100, are awarded to the authors of the winning papers. Paper submissions should be between 10 and 35 pages double spaced and must be accompanied by a letter from the student's professor or advisor confirming that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field. Undergraduate winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in The Wittenberg East Asian Studies Journal.

Submission Requirements for All Papers

Graduate and undergraduate students may compete for these prizes if they attend a college or university in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Papers become the property of MCAA and will not be returned. Decisions of the judges are final. When submitting your papers, please be sure to include your name, affiliation, email, and the address where you can be reached in the fall.

Undergraduate papers should be between 10 and 35 pages and must be accompanied by a letter from the student's professor or advisor confirming that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate. Graduate papers should be no longer than 35 pages including the bibliography.

Send papers electronically by June 8, 2016 to:
(Submission deadline for 2016 has expired)

Professor Anne Hansen
University of Wisconsin Madison

Questions concerning these prizes should be directed to Anne Hansen

Jackson and Caroline Bailey Public Service Award

The award commemorates the lifetime exemplary service to MCAA by Professors Bailey. It recognizes and honors those members of MCAA who have assiduously contributed to outreach, extra-curricular instruction, and public service in their communities. Successful nominees should have made efforts beyond the normal and expected contributions of scholarship and teaching in order to bring Asian Studies to the community at large. Such activities might include: the creation of teaching materials to be used by K-12 teachers; production of Asian-centered audio-visual materials; work with sister city and/or citizen to citizen activities aimed at intercultural exchanges; working for student or faculty exchanges with Asian Universities; arranging Asian film series, community lectures, book clubs, children's story hours, museum exhibitions, and public discussions. In short, this award for lifetime achievement honors those who have devoted time and treasure to public service outside the academy.

Submission requirements: Both nominees and nominators must be regular members of MCAA at the time of nomination. The nomination must be made in writing and should include a summary of the exemplary activities that make the nominee worthy of the award.

Nominations should be e-mailed by August 14, 2016 to:

Dr. Greg P. Guelcher
Department of History
Morningside College
1501 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106


Past Conferences

Conference 2015

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures hosted the 64th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from October 16 - 18, 2015 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Many thanks to all who attended MCAA! Your presence and contribution helped make this 64th MCAA meeting a great success! With over 300 attending, this was the largest MCAA yet. We welcomed participants from the Midwest and beyond, including attendees from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Germany. We were delighted to have Dr. Timothy Brook (AAS President and Professor of History, University of British Columbia) present the keynote speech at the conference banquet. EALC would like to thank all our student volunteers and musicians, our fellow East Asian faculty, the MCAA officers, and Arts & Sciences for their support of Asian scholarship in the Midwest.

For more information visit the Washington University in St. Louis' East Asian language and Culture Website

Conference 2014

The Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) and the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) hosted a special joint meeting on October 3 - 5, 2014 on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

2014 SWCAS & MCAA Conference website.

We invited scholars and graduate students from all disciplines to submit proposals for panels and individual papers on their research on any topic related to Asian studies.

Panel proposals included the following:
A panel summary (250 words max.) that includes a brief description of each paper and makes clear the connection between the papers
A list of participants, their paper titles, their affiliations and their contact information, including email addresses

Individual paper proposals included the following:
Paper title and summary (150 words max.)
Presenter's name, affiliation, and contact information, including email addresses

Proposals were sent to ceas(at)

Deadline: June 1, 2014

Megan Greene, Program Chair
University of Kansas


Conference 2013

MCAA 2013 at Michigan State University

The Asian Studies Center of Michigan State University was pleased to host the 62nd Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from October 25 - 27, 2013 at MSU's Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

With nearly 300 participants, this was the largest MCAA ever held. Participants came from across the United States as well as from Canada, England, China, Korea, and Japan. We enjoyed speakers from the Presidential Panel on Friday as well as during the Saturday evening banquet. As a highlight of the conference, AAS President Thongchai Winichakul offered the keynote address and the recipients of the Sidney DeVere Brown and Mikiso Hane prizes for undergraduate papers and the Percy Buchanan prizes for graduate students were recognized. The MCAA thus continued its long tradition of contributing to the professional development of the next generation of scholars and teachers. We received numerous pieces of positive feedback from the professionalism of conference staff to the innovative panels. We would like to thank our sponsors, the program committee, the conference chair, the MCAA officers, the conference staff, our volunteers and most certainly the all of the presenters for their work in planning and carrying out a tremendous endeavor.

2013 MCAA Official Program

Call for Papers (Now Closed)


Michigan State University is proud to host the 2013 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers from all academic disciplines, on any topic involving Asia, are now being accepted. Panels and individual papers that cross boundaries (national, regional, temporal, linguistic, disciplinary, etc.) are also particularly welcome, as are proposals that suggest new and innovative formats. Graduate students, independent scholars, and K-12 educators and administrators are strongly encouraged to apply. Key points to note are as follows:

  • Proposal Deadline: the Call for Papers closed on June 25, 2013. We thank the many scholars and students who have submitted paper, panel, roundtable, and diamond proposals. All submitted proposals will be reviewed by a committee during July of 2013. Final decisions will be made by August 1, 2013, and presenters will be notified immediately following this date.
  • Please note that MCAA does not provide funds for travel. Visit the Grants and Fellowships page on the AAS website for assistance options.

MCAA 2013 Registration


The conference was a great success!

Registration Instructions - Please review before you register and refer to them throughout if needed.

1. For technical assistance during the registration process, please contact the help desk at 800-500-1554 and select the NCRS system.

2. The registration fee includes MCAA 2013 Membership dues for $15.

3. Payment may be made using a credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express) or debit card from a checking or savings account.

4. You must use the exact address associated with your credit card or bank account, or your registration may not be completed.

5. Note that the Non-Credit Registration System used for registration refers to your selections as a, 'class, a section, an offering, and an item.' The final registration is referred to as an 'order.' Don't be thrown by the language. Follow these steps for a successful registration.

6. MCAA 2013 Refund Policy:
Refunds were available for Early Registrations only and must have been requested no later than September 25, 2013. A $10 administrative fee applied. Early registrations are those made between August 1 and September 15, 2013. This message was included in the NCRS registration system.

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External Sponsors

Association of Asian Affairs (AAS)
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
MCAA Presidential Panel

MSU Sponsors

Asian Studies Center
Center for Gender in Global Context
College of Arts and Letters
College of Social Science
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Department of History
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
International Studies and Programs


Conference 2013 Pictures


Contact Us

For more information about MCAA, contact:

Greg Guelcher
Executive Secretary