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, hundreds of scholars 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.
A draft constitution was created and, after open nomination for candidates, an online election for the inaugural Executive Committee by registered members was held in February 2013. This Committee will convene its first meeting shortly to elect a chair and two vice chairs, ratify the constitution, choose a location for our seat, and discuss detail about membership fees, conferences, the journal, and other matters. Please stay tuned for updates.
We welcome any questions or suggestions, and look forward to your participation.