By Michael Aaron Gomez


Associate Professor at the International Studies Department of the Ateneo de Davao University Dr. Anderson V. Villa presented a paper at the 2018 International Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), last 22-25 March 2018, at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C., USA. Dr. Villa successfully presented his research, titled “Filipino Irregular Migrants in Japan and the Impact of Immigration Control to their Families and Children,” before other scholars in attendance at the panel discussion “Immigration Detention and Human Rights of Non-Status Migrants in Japan.”

Support from the Japan Foundation allowed Dr. Villa and other Filipino scholars to attend the conference.

The AAS, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, is a scholarly, non-political, and non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asian Studies. AAS has approximately 7,000 members worldwide, representing all of the Asian regions and countries as well as all academic disciplines. With over 3,000 attendees, 450-panel sessions, and a book exhibition, this year’s annual conference is considered the largest conference on Asian Studies held in North America.

Dr. Villa is the Editor of IQRA, Journal of Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Interreligious Dialogue in Southeast Asia, published by the Ateneo de Davao University. He is the Section Head of Migration and Diaspora Studies of the AdDU Center for Politics and International Affairs (CPIA). He is also currently the Mindanao Representative of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA).

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