Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars Records, 1968-1996


Summary Information
Title: Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars Records
Inclusive Dates: 1968-1996

Creator:
  • Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars
Call Number: Mss 695; M98-028; M2002-134; M2008-035

Quantity: 3.4 c.f. (9 archives boxes); plus additions of 1.2 c.f.

Repository:
Wisconsin Historical Society Archives

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Abstract:
Records of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS), a national organization of students of Asian Studies formed in 1968 to oppose the war in Vietnam. The radical organization worked to foster understanding of Asian societies and efforts within those societies to maintain cultural integrity and to confront poverty, oppression, and imperialism. CCAS was designed to function as a catalyst; a communications network for both Asian and Western scholars, a provider of central resources for local chapters, and a community for the development of anti-imperialist research. Topics documented include two trips to China (1971 and 1973) and an interview with Chou En Lai; the field of Asian Studies and the role of the scholar as social critic; Egbal Ahmed, a political prisoner; and various topics relevant to Southeast Asia.

Language: English

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Arrangement of the Materials

This collection was received in multiple parts from the donor(s) and is organized into 4 major parts. These materials have not been physically interfiled and researchers might need to consult more than one part to locate similar materials.

Administrative/Restriction Information
Acquisition Information

Presented by Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, via Bryant Avery, Charlemont, Massachusetts, 1981, and Sandy Sturdevant, Evanston, Illinois, 1986. Accession Number: M98-028, M2002-134, M2008-035


Contents List
Mss 695
Part 1 (Mss 695): Original Collection, 1968-1981
Physical Description: 3.4 c.f. (9 archives boxes) 
Biography/History

The Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) evolved from the Vietnam caucus held during the 1968 annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Spurred by a need to reassess the relationship of their area of study to the war, delegates presented a Statement of Conscience to the faculty and students attending the caucus. Further discussion led to the organization of a radical group of Asian scholars committed to organizing and activism against the war and to the exchange of ideas derived from their research.

The first concrete result of this meeting was the publication of a newsletter. The second was a national conference coordinated with the AAS annual meeting on March 27, 1969. At this meeting the group adopted a statement of purposes and completed the organization of the committee.

CCAS was organized in local chapters which were located on various university campuses in the United States and abroad. Three national coordinators, one each from the West, East, and Midwest, directed national events and planned annual conventions. Functionally organized national committees included Indochina, South Asia, GI Support, the Philippines, and China Exchange. In 1971 a small group from the CCAS was allowed to travel in China. While there, the group interviewed the Chinese leader, Chou En Lai. Another group from the CCAS traveled in China in 1973. Each local chapter coordinated its own regional activities. These varied widely and included local demonstrations, teach-ins, and conferences and meetings.

In addition to the newsletter, the national committee also published a scholarly journal, the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, which was concerned with radical analyses of Asian-American relations. As a group, CCAS issued several books on China and Indochina (Indochina Story (1970), China: Inside the People's Republic (1972), and The Opium Trail: Heroin and Imperialism), as well as publishing the work of several individual members.

After the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, the focus changed from its political purpose of organizing and activism to concentration on scholarly meetings and conferences. As the annual meetings of AAS began to provide a forum for scholarship which had previously been excluded as too political, the need for a separate organization of Asian scholars declined. Although CCAS had boasted a membership of approximately 500 individuals during the early 1970s, by 1979, only the Stanford chapter was still functioning. Publication of the Bulletin continued until 1981 when activity ended.

Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of extensive correspondence of officers and members, membership lists, financial records, files on individual chapters, subject files, and writings. The writings include an almost complete series of the CCAS Newsletter and published and unpublished articles and papers of the group and its members.
Series: Organizational Material
Subseries: Activities
China
Box   1
Folder   1
Joint CCAS-AFSC trip, 1971-1973
Box   1
Folder   2
Newspaper articles, 1971
Box   1
Folder   3
1971 trip correspondence
Box   1
Folder   4
Chou En Lai interview, 1971
Box   1
Folder   5
1973 trip correspondence
Conventions
Box   1
Folder   6-10
1970-1977
Box   2
Folder   1
1978
Educational projects
Box   2
Folder   2
Films, 1971
Box   2
Folder   3
Indochina policy workshop, undated
Box   2
Folder   4
Proposals, circa 1971
Meetings
Box   2
Folder   5
New England-China seminar, 1973-1976
Box   2
Folder   6
Vietnam caucus, 1968
Miscellany
Box   2
Folder   7
Miscellany, 1969-1972
Box   2
Folder   8
National events, 1971-1973
Box   2
Folder   9
Regional events, 1970-1973
Projects
Box   2
Folder   10
G.I. Support project, 1973
Box   2
Folder   11
United Campaign, 1974
Subseries: Chapters
Box   2
Folder   12
Arizona, 1969-1972
Box   2
Folder   13
Berkeley, 1968-1970
Box   2
Folder   14
Chicago, 1970-1971
Box   2
Folder   15
Columbia, 1969-1971
Box   2
Folder   16
Cornell, 1969-1973
Box   2
Folder   17
Duke, 1970
Box   2
Folder   18-19
Harvard, 1968-1971
Box   3
Folder   1
Hawaii, 1971
Box   3
Folder   2
Hong Kong, 1969-1972
Box   3
Folder   3
Indiana, 1970
Box   3
Folder   4
Michigan, 1969-1981
Box   3
Folder   5
Minnesota, 1970-1973
Box   3
Folder   6
Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, 1970-1971
Box   3
Folder   7
New York, 1977
Box   3
Folder   8
Oregon, 1969
Box   3
Folder   9
Princeton, 1970
Box   3
Folder   10
Providence, 1973-1974
Box   3
Folder   11
Stanford, 1969-1970
Box   3
Folder   12
Taiwan, 1973
Box   3
Folder   13
Texas, 1971
Box   3
Folder   14
Washington, University of, 1969-1970
Box   3
Folder   15
Washington University, St. Louis, 1969
Box   3
Folder   16
Wisconsin, 1969-1975
Box   3
Folder   17
Yale, 1969
Subseries: Correspondence
Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars
Box   3
Folder   18
AMPO joint issue, 1970-1975
Box   3
Folder   19
General, 1976
Box   3
Folder   20
Modern China, 1973
Coordinators' correspondence
Box   3
Folder   21
General, 1970-1973
Box   3
Folder   22
Cell, Chuck, 1970-1971
Box   4
Folder   1
Coye, Molly, 1971-1972
Box   4
Folder   2
McCoy, Al, 1970
Box   4
Folder   3
Peck, Jim, 1969-1970
Box   4
Folder   4
Pfeffer, Rick, 1970
Box   4
Folder   5
Schell, Orville, 1969
Box   4
Folder   6
Selden, Mark, 1969-1970
Box   4
Folder   7
Sturdevant, Sandy, 1971-1972
General correspondence
Box   4
Folder   8-12
1968-1972
Box   5
Folder   1-7
1973-1979
Subseries: Financial records
Box   5
Folder   8-9
General, 1968-1979
Box   6
Folder   1
Friendship fund, 1972-1973
Box   6
Folder   2
Fundraising, 1969-1970
Subseries: General
Box   6
Folder   3
General organizational material, 1968-1972
Box   6
Folder   4
Legal status, 1971-1977
Box   6
Folder   5
Relations with AAS, 1969-1973
Box   6
Folder   6
Miscellany concerning membership, undated
Series: Subject Files
Box   7
Folder   6
Ahmed, Aqbal, 1971
Box   6
Folder   7
Boycott of Pan American, 1971
Box   7
Folder   1
Cambodia, 1970
Box   7
Folder   2
Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1971
Box   7
Folder   3
Chomsky, Noam, undated
Box   7
Folder   4
Ecocide, undated
Box   7
Folder   5
Economics, undated
Box   7
Folder   7
Hiroshima, undated
Box   7
Folder   8
Imperialism, 1971
Box   7
Folder   9
Japan - Okinawa, 1971
Box   7
Folder   10
Korea, 1977
Box   7
Folder   11
Luce, Don, 1971
Box   7
Folder   12
Montagnards - Viet Nam, undated
Organizations
Box   7
Folder   13
Association for Radical East Asian Studies, 1970
Box   7
Folder   14
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1971-1973
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Box   7
Folder   15
Correspondence, 1971-1975
Box   7
Folder   16-18
Meetings, 1972-1973
Box   7
Folder   19
Paris peace talks, 1968
Box   7
Folder   20
Philippines, 1973
Box   7
Folder   21
Political prisoners, 1971
Box   7
Folder   22
Protest letters, 1969
Box   8
Folder   1-2
Southern Illinois University, 1970
Box   8
Folder   3
Taiwan, 1970
Box   8
Folder   4
Thailand, 1977-1978
Box   8
Folder   5
Tran Van Dinh, 1977
Box   8
Folder   6
War crimes, undated
Box   8
Folder   7
Work stoppages, 1970
Series: Writings
Box   8
Folder   8
China book, 1971
Box   8
Folder   9
Indochina Handbook, 1971
Box   8
Folder   10-11
Newsletters, 1968-1979
Box   9
Folder   1
Newspaper articles, 1970-1971
Box   9
Folder   2
Notes on Viet Nam, undated
Box   9
Folder   3-6
Writings, I-IV, undated
M98-028
Part 2 (M98-028): Additions, circa 1979
Physical Description: 0.2 c.f. (1 archives box) 
Scope and Content Note: Additions, circa 1979, including correspondence and notes concerning a trip to Vietnam and the South Asia Subcommittee. There is also one file of book reviews. This material is from the office of the CAS Bulletin.
M2002-134
Part 3 (M2002-134): Additions, 1975-1996
Physical Description: 0.6 c.f. (2 archives boxes) 
Scope and Content Note: Additions, 1975-1996, principally consisting of records relating to the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, the publication produced by the organization. Included are financial records, correspondence, and office files, with a strong focus on the publishing and editing of the Bulletin as well as news clippings and flyers relating to events associated with the organization.
Box   1
Folder   1
Brochures, newsletters and flyers, 1975-1991
Box   1
Folder   2-7
Correspondence A-Z, 1981-1995
Box   1
Folder   8
Financial records, 1976-1980, 1992-1994
Box   1
Folder   9
Notes, circa 1980-1992
Box   2
Folder   1
Office files, 1982-1996
Box   2
Folder   2
Reference and news clippings, 1981-1993
Box   2
Folder   3
Twentieth Anniversary Issue, 1987-1994
M2008-035
Part 4 (M2008-035): Additions, circa 1968-1974
Physical Description: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box) 
Scope and Content Note: Additions, circa 1968-1974, consisting of correspondence, reports, and articles documenting the Southern Illinois University Chapter and the formation and protest of the Center for Vietnamese Studies and Programs. Also included are newsletters, correspondence and news clippings pertaining to China, Japan, Columbia, Harvard, and Mid-America Chapters.
CCAS Chapters
Box   1
Folder   1
China and Japan
Box   1
Folder   2
Columbia
Box   1
Folder   3
Harvard
Box   1
Folder   4
Mid-America chapter / I.C.C.
Southern Illinois University
Box   1
Folder   5
Center for Vietnamese Studies and Programs
Box   1
Folder   6
Conference on scholarly integrity
Box   1
Folder   7
Correspondence
Box   1
Folder   8
Douglas Allen dismissal
National Chapter
Box   1
Folder   9
Formation
Box   1
Folder   10
General correspondence
Box   1
Folder   11
News clippings
Box   1
Folder   12
Newsletters
Box   1
Folder   13
Newsletter submissions and proposals, 1968-1970
Box   1
Folder   14
Notes and memos
Box   1
Folder   15
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia