THE ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN STUDIES WRITES — The AAS is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s prize competitions and offer congratulations to all honorees. We encourage everyone to attend the Awards Ceremony at the upcoming AAS annual conference in Boston, MA on Friday, March 20, where the award winners will be recognized and receive citations.

Book Prizes

Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize (China)

Lara Blanchard (pictured above)Song Dynasty Figures of Longing and Desire: Gender and Interiority in Chinese Painting and Poetry(Brill)

Honorable Mention: Ori SelaChina’s Philological Turn: Scholars, Textualism, and the Dao in the 18th Century(Columbia University Press)

Honorable Mention: Wen-shing ChouMount Wutai: Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain (Princeton University Press)

Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize (China)

Sasha WellandExperimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art (Duke University Press)

Honorable Mention (Posthumous): Gao HuaHow the Red Sun Rose: The Origin and Development of the Yan’an Rectification Movement, 1930–1945, translated by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian (The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press)

E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize

Max OidtmannForging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet (Columbia University Press)

Honorable Mention: Charlene MakleyThe Battle for Fortune: State-Led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China (Cornell University Press)

Patrick D. Hanan Prize for Translation (China & Inner Asia)

Eleanor GoodmanThe Roots of Wisdom by Zang Di (Zephyr Press)

Honorable Mention: Michael BerryRemains of Life: A Novel by Wu He (Columbia University Press)

John Whitney Hall Book Prize (Japan)

Aiko Takeuchi-DemirciContraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan (Stanford University Press)

Honorable Mention: Maren A. EhlersGive and Take: Poverty and the Status Order in Early Modern Japan (Harvard University Asia Center)

James B. Palais Book Prize (Korea)

Yoon Sun YangFrom Domestic Women to Sensitive Young Men: Translating the Individual in Early Colonial Korea(Harvard University Asia Center)

Honorable Mention: Hwansoo Ilmee KimThe Korean Buddhist Empire: A Transnational History, 1910–1945 (Harvard University Asia Center)

Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize (first book on South Asia)

Sohini KarFinancializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance (Stanford University Press)

Honorable Mention: Ananya ChakravartiEmpire of Apostles. Religion, Accommodation, and the Imagination of Empire in Early Modern Brazil and India (Oxford University Press)

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize (South Asia)

Santanu DasIndia, Empire, and First World War Culture: Writings, Images, and Songs (Cambridge University Press)

A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation (South Asia)

Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland GoldmanThe Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India. Vol. VII: Uttarakāṇḍa (Princeton University Press)

Harry J. Benda Book Prize (first book on Southeast Asia)

Sumit MandalBecoming Arab: Creole Histories and Modern Identity in the Malay World (Cambridge University Press)

Honorable Mention: Juno ParreñasDecolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation (Duke University Press)

Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Asia Curriculum Materials

Jason A Carbine, Gary Marcuse, and Rebecca Overmyer-VelázquezGlobal Environmental Justice Collection (Face to Face Media)

Career Awards

Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies Award

Patricia Ebrey, University of Washington

Distinguished Service to the Association for Asian Studies Award

Thomas G. Rawski, University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Student Paper Prizes

Gerjan Altenberg, McMaster University, “Some Problems with the Theravāda-Vinaya as a Textual Source for the Study of Abortion” (South Asia)

Gavin Healy, Columbia University, “Visual Culture and the Tourism Industry in Mao-Era China: ‘Scenery Export’?” (China & Inner Asia)

Youjia Li, Northwestern University, “Push-car Railways in the Japanese Empire: Colonialism, Technology, and the Spatial Construction in Colonial Taiwan” (Northeast Asia)

Cindy Nguyen, UC Berkeley, “The Social Life of the Hanoi Central Library: Reading Cultures & Public Space, 1919-1941” (Southeast Asia)

Sarah Xia Yu, University of Pennsylvania, “Spitting in the Settlement: Public Nuisance, Health, and Sovereignty in Shanghai, 1911–1941” (China & Inner Asia)


The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 6,500 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind.  The AAS Secretariat based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is the central administrative office for the Association.


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