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WCAAS is a regional affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Members hail from the Western United States, Mexico, and countries of the Pacific region. Our annual conference offers students, educators, and professionals in the humanities, social sciences, business, law, and other fields the opportunity to share their research with colleagues and the public. Since the first meeting of WCAAS in 1963, thousands of research papers, covering all major disciplines and every corner of Asia, have been presented and discussed at our conferences.


Marc Yamada, Brigham Young University (President/2021 Program Chair) 
Christopher Lundry, El Colegio de México (Past President/2019 Program Chair)
Shane Barter, Soka University of America (Past President/2018 Program Chair)
Brian Dowdle, University of Montana (Past President/2016 Program Chair) 
Steven Riep, Brigham Young University (Past President/2015 Program Chair) 
Greg Lewis, Weber State University (Past President/2013 Program Chair) 
Michael Paul, Brigham Young University-Idaho (Past President/2012 Program Chair) 
Dian Li, The University Arizona (2009 Program Chair)
Alex Yuan, Utah Valley University 
Michelle Liu Carriger, University of California, Los Angeles
Rebecca Corbett, University of Southern California
Li Guo, Utah State University
Youn Soo Kim Goldstein, Weber State