New officers, expanded travel fund, future conferences

Exciting news—we have a new vice chair and incoming country chair, Richard Chu (U Mass Amherst), a new recording secretary/treasurer for the PSG Travel Fund,  Megan Thomas (UC Santa Cruz)  and  four members of the 12-member advisory board (in alphabetical order): Nita Churchill (re-elected, UP Diliman), Alan Lumba (Harvard U), Paul Rodell (Georgia Southern U) and Stephanie Santos (UCLA). Sunny Vergara has agreed to continue managing our Google email group, and Sue Russell our unofficial Facebook page. In addition, the Southeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies approved our funding request to modestly but sustainably help expand the PSG Travel Fund for next year’s conference (AAS Chicago 2015) and to once again strengthen our partnership with ICOPHIL (Dumaguete City 2016). More details will be posted on our website/blog but please join me in thanking our colleagues in for their service and commitment to our organization—-maraming, maraming salamat!