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September-October Newsletter

The September-October newsletter is now available online. Click here to view the entire newsletter.

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In Memoriam Joanna Williams 1939-2022

Joanna Williams 1939 - 2022

We are sad to share news of the death of Joanna Williams, long time SAA Advisor and UC Berkeley Professor Emerita of South and Southeast Asian Art, on June 16, 2022.

The July-August 2022 Newsletter is here!

The July-August 2022 newsletter is here! Click here to view the entire newsletter. Check out the programs featured and sign up today! Please be reminded that the advance registration deadlines for the June 17 study group, Korean Textile, and the June 24 member event, The Life and Art of Chiura Obata, are fast approaching. If you haven't yet, please sign up online now!

June 2, 2022 Annual Meeting & Reception

The Annual Meeting and Reception took place on Thurs., June 2 in Samsung Hall at the Asian Art Museum. Those in attendance were able to mingle over drinks from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. President Ehler Spliedt opened the meeting at 4:00 p.m. He thanked retiring board members, Margaret Edwards, Etsuko Kobata and Pamela Royse and presented certificates of appreciation. An election was held to elect new board members as well as those serving an additional two-year term.

RSVP by May 23 for 2022 Annual Meeting & Reception

The Society For Asian Art’s Annual Meeting and Reception will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum.

New Dates Announced for Fall 2022 Literature Course

Fall 2022 Literature Course
Jin Ping Mei: The Aphrodisiac, The Climax, and The Dissolution
Postponed from the spring, this course is now rescheduled to Mondays, Oct. 17, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14, 2022 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We are once again accepting registrations!
Read the course description and register!

Arts of Asia Zoom Webinar FAQ's

Here is a refresher about Zoom webinars before the start of the next Arts of Asia lecture series. Registered attendees of the lecture series can choose to attend the lectures in-person in Samsung Hall or on Zoom. Drop-ins for individual lectures are only available in-person in Samsung Hall on a space available basis. The lectures in the Arts of Asia lecture series are organized as 14 separate Zoom webinars. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom webinar confirmation email each week, no later than Wednesday, with information on how to join that Friday's webinar. Registered attendees will also receive reminder emails one day and one hour before the webinar. All emails are sent by Zoom from Please add this email address to your contacts to avoid these emails being placed in a spam folder. In addition, please do not reply to these Zoom webinar emails, because they will not be received by the SAA.

COVID Disclaimer

Given the persisting risks posed by COVID-19, attendance at any SAA in-person event necessarily increases your risk of exposure. If you choose to attend an event in person, you are agreeing to assume all the risks of exposure and to waive any right to make claims against the SAA, its agents, or its members for exposure. Your attendance is also your agreement to present proof of having received full vaccination against COVID-19, including a booster shot, and a photo ID, and that you will always wear a mask over your nose and mouth, except when actively eating or drinking.

Annual Book Sale

Thursday, Apr. 7, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. & Friday, Apr. 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Loggia, Asian Art Museum

Free after Museum admission.
Proof of vaccination and mask required for entry and social distancing will be enforced. No cash transactions.

Books on Asian Art, History, Literature, Culture, Travel, Cooking

March 11 Arts of Asia Lecture Rescheduled to April 15, 2022

The March 11 Arts of Asia lecture, China First Unifies: Art of the Qin and Han Periods by Prof. Jun Hu of University of California, Berkeley, has now been rescheduled to April 15, 2022. See you then!

Please visit the Spring 2022 Arts of Asia webpage for the latest information, including the schedule of speakers and topics.

Thank you.