One Recollection of the Beginnings of Asian Cinema Studies Society and Asian Cinema | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1059-440X
  • E-ISSN: 2049-6710



Recently, there were erroneous statements made about the founding of Asian Cinema Studies Society and what later became Asian Cinema. Let the record show that the founder of ACSS was Mira Reym Binford of Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT. She used two venues to solicit interest in the society the annual meetings of the Association for Asian Studies and the Society for Cinema Studies. Confusion as to those involved at the beginning, besides Mira, probably set in because the same people did not necessarily attend both conferences. However, in the first issue of Asian Cinema Studies Society Newsletter, Mira made it clear that ACSS was started at the annual meeting of AAS in 1984, "for the purpose of encouraging academic study and general awareness of the cinemas of Asia" (Fig. 1).


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