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Asia has affected the study and performance of Shakespeare, in Asia and around the world. This calls for a collective effort--increasing exchanges and collaborations among Asian Shakespeareans, and between Asia and the rest of the world. But given the vastness and diversity of Asia, the richness of its scholarship and theatres, we can, should, and must do more. Responding to the call by Bi-qi Beatrice Lei to establish a formal association, scholars, artists, and students across the globe signed up to help found the Asian Shakespeare Association, a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to researching, producing, teaching, translating, and promoting Shakespeare from an Asian perspective.

Ratified by the generally elected Executive Committee, our Constitution details the ASA’s mission, governance, and membership. The ASA currently has over 400 members, representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Register online to be part of this community, to receive the Asian Shakespeare Newsletter, and to find out about the latest events, calls for papers, and publications in the field. The ASA website also features regular News updates.

The ASA holds biannual conferences in Asian locations. “Shakespearean Journeys,” the inaugural conference, was held in Taipei, 15-18 May 2014. This landmark event includes keynote speeches, plenary and parallel paper sessions and seminars, live performances, film screenings, acting workshops, and more. Details can be found in the Conferences tab of our website. The second ASA conference will go to Delhi, 1-3 December 2016. More information about the conference and calls for papers will be announced soon.

We welcome any questions or suggestions, and look forward to your participation.