October 13, 2018
Japan Studies Association of Canada
General Meeting (AGM)
The meeting was held
during the 31st Annual JSAC Conference, hosted by
the Prince Takamodo Centre,
University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Canada on October 13, 2018.
President: Carin Holroyd
Secretary/Treasurer: Norio Ota (York)
Shige Matsui (UBC) Regrets
Current Conference Organizer: Aya Fujiwara (Alberta)
Members at large:
Tom Waldichuk (Thompson
James Tiessen (Ryerson)
Total attendance: 39 (including Executive. List of other attendees attached)
Minutes recorded by James Tiessen.
Motion to accept agenda as displayed by President. Moved David Edgington. Seconded Fumiko Ikawa-Smith. Passed.
Motion to accept 2017 AGM minutes as circulated by President. Moved David Edgington. Seconded Ken Coates. Passed.
3. President’s Messages
Thanked Aya Fujiwara (Alberta) and X. Jie Yang (Calgary) and their teams for organizing the 2018 JSAC conference.
Welcomed new JSAC participants and encouraged them to become regular JSAC participants.
Thanked Tom Waldichuk (Thompson Rivers) for organizing reviews for Klaus Pringsheim Award for best student presentation this year.
Term Service Award
Announced that the
Long-Term Service Award will be named for Dr. Fumiko Ikawa-Smith (McGill).
Dr. Smith is a founding member of JSAC and was the Award’s first recipient in 2017. This award is for members with at least 20 years
JSAC tenure and who have made notable contributions to the Association.
The 2019 Conference will
be held October 3-6 at Mount Alison University, in Sackville
New Brunswick. Owen
Griffith (Mount Alison)
introduced himself and encouraged people to attend. He will host it together with Tim Reiffenstein (Mount Alison).
The President announced
that JSAC organizers will provide subsidies for graduate
students to attend, with higher levels for those west
Tom Waldichuk (Thompson
Rivers) announced that he would host the 2020 Conference at
his University in Kamloops, BC.
to Kamloops will take considerable time and money Tom proposes to hold the meeting in the summer (August). This too would allow
people to build a holiday around the trip. A show of hands indicated that many would be agreeable. JSAC will follow up with a membership poll.
The President proposed
that the Newsletter, introduced by David Edgington when he was
President, be published once a year, rather
than twice, as it is now. The room indicated agreement with this. (There was not a motion). It was suggested that it be published May
or June around the time of the Conference call for papers.
David Welch (Waterloo)
reviewed the 2017 Conference which was held at the University
of Toronto’s Munk Centre.
There were more
than 50 JSAC participants, plus 75 or so local attendees. There were 6 keynote speakers, 10 panels and 1 roundtable. The Proceedings
are available on the JSAC Website.
6. Other business
David Edgington announced
the publication of a hard copy of a digital resources project
edited by Tristan Gurnow (who was
Prof in UBC History) and the UBC Asian Library on `Meiji 150' (full details here: https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/meijiat150/)
Aya Fujiwara (Alberta) invited participants to submit papers for publication in a Conference Proceedings.
report (note order different than displayed agenda)
The Secretary/Treasurer showed the recent financial report stating that JSAC has $25,214.69 in its account. He is keeping up the website.
Responding to a question, the Secretary/Treasurer said that due to cost reasons, JSAC is unable to implement online membership payment.
The idea of gaining
Not-for-profit status for JSAC, rather than having it hosted
at York University, was raised.
This has been discussed by
JSAC in the past. Without a vote it was agreed that the effort to do this was not worth the benefits associated being a NFP.
Motion to adjourn the meeting. Moved Gideon Fujiwara (Lethbridge). Seconded Ken Coates. Passed.
JSAC 2018 AGM attendees (n.i.
Jacob Kovalio Carleton
Gideon Fujiwara Lethbridge
Susan Lee Toronto
Brian Pendleton Lagara College
Owen Griffiths Mount Allison
Steve Vogel UC Berkeley
Scott Harrison Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Yoichi Mukai Alberta
X Jie Yang Calgary
Noriko Yabuki-Soh York
Akiko Sharp Calgary
Sachiyo Kanzaki Quebec at Montreal
Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki Tsukuba (Japan)
David Edginton UBC
Ben Whaley Calgary
Yoko Kodama Calgary
Cyrus Huiyoung Qiu British Columbia
Shota Iwasaki British Columbia
Evan Koike British Columbia
David Sulz Alberta
Daiyo Sawada Alberta
Teri Jane Bryant Calgary
Saeko Suzuki British Columbia
Miaoling Xue British Columbia
Yu Maemura Tokyo
Jess Mantell Japan Foundation (Toronto)
Yuko Shimizu Japan Foundation (Toronto)
Iain Macpherson MacEwan
Ken Coates Saskatchewan
David Welch Toronto
Chris Reyns-Chikuma Alberta
Jay Goulding York