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Fill gaps in foreign news by encouraging scholars on Asia to engage in social media and public discourse.
Country-specific blogs exist, but no network spans Asia and is explicitly meant to get scholars thinking like journalists and journalists thinking like scholars.
Asia Beat will build on the Association for Asian Studies’ network of over 8,000 members worldwide to help bring them online and writing for general audiences. It will integrate Facebook groups and Twitter lists, video and audio features and Google+ chats to get scholarly perspectives into social media streams.
This is an exciting time for scholarly work that moves beyond journal publications and Asia Beat is in unique position to satisfy academic interests while engaging a general audience. Scholars who blog and tweet met on the sidelines of the AAS annual meetings this year and last to discuss ways to integrate and strengthen the role of social media in academia. At the same time, media organizations are starved for stories derived from deep connections to Asia. The project will fill this void of information about the region, including China and India but also countries that don’t often make headlines.
Asia Beat is a collaboration between AAS, the Journal of Asian Studies and Cambridge University Press. Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Angilee Shah will be lead editors. Wassertrom is a China historian and the co-founder of The China Beat. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time and Foreign Policy. Shah is the former editor of AsiaMedia, an online journalist-scholar collaboration at UCLA. Her reporting has appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review, TimeOut Singapore, LA Weekly and Global Voices. Wasserstrom and Shah also edited a book of stories about everyday life in China to be published this summer.
AAS has been bringing journalists to its annual conference for five years, which began the process of encouraging dialogue between scholars and the media. We have conceptualized the site with a focus group of scholars who have interesting online projects of their own and have nurtured the social networks that will fuel content.
We will approach foundations that focus on media and academic projects to build and continue the site, among them the Henry Luce Foundation, which already supports journalists engagement at AAS meetings, and the Nippon Foundation (Japan). We will also seek syndication agreements with media organizations, beginning with our existing contacts.