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2011 Minutes

Ming Studies Evening Meeting, 7:00pm., April 1, 2011, AAS Conference, Honolulu, HI

The meeting was called to order by Retiring-President Jiang Yonglin, who turned the meeting over to President Lucille Chia.

Part I: Society Business

  1. The Treasurer Ted Farmer reported that the Ming Studies budget is still in the black.
  2. The Editor of Ming Studies, Ken Hammond, reported that the journal is still in print.  Volume 62 is in production and would be mailed out in the coming weeks.  He appealed for more articles to be submitted as there is now no more back-log and the turn-around time is faster.  Volume 63 will be completed over the summer.  Philip Kafalas will be stepping down as the book review editor, after 9 years.  The journal will be looking for a replacement.
  3. Bruce Rusk reported that the Ming Studies website has migrated from Colby College to Cornell.  It is set up in a wiki format, so that people can be added as editors to post announcements, publications, and news. A forwarding link from the old site at Colby will be provided.
  4. Joe Dennis was elected as the next president of Ming Studies, to take over after Lucille’s term is done.
  5. Two new board members were elected, Ihor Pidhainy and Desmond Cheung.

Part II: Panel Discussion

The rest of the meeting was a panel discussion on the state of the field in several sub-areas. There was discussion of publishing summaries of these discussions in Ming Studies.

“The State of the Field: Ming Studies in North America, 1995-2010”

This discussion was followed by another Ming Studies panel discussion on Saturday:

“The State of the Field: Ming Studies in Asia and Europe, 1995-2010”
  • Li Xinfeng (Peking University, China): Mainland China
  • Wang Hung-tai (Academia Sinica, Taiwan): Taiwan
  • Hsuing Pin-chen (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Hong Kong
  • Harriet Zurndorrfer (Leiden University): Europe
  • Tim Brook (University of British Columbia): North America (social)

The Friday meeting was adjourned for drinks.

Submitted by Peter Ditmanson, Secretary of Ming Studies.

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