ASPAC recognizes exceptional student scholarship in Asian Studies through two awards, the Mori-ASPAC Prize (successor to the John and Mae Esterline Prize) and the newly‐established Jeffrey Barlow Prize.

Prize winners receive a cash award and may be submitted to the AAS for possible presentation at the annual AAS conference on a panel of student paper prize winners.

2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Mori-ASPAC Prize (More Info)

The 2018 Mori-ASPAC Prize was awarded to Yung-hua Kuo, University of Washington Law School, for her paper “Post-Disaster Reconstruction Laws and Indigenous Adaptive Strategies in Taiwan.” 

Jeffrey Barlow Prize (More Info)

The 2018 Jeffrey Barlow Prize was awarded to Eveline Bingaman, National Tsing Hua University, for the paper, “Things that Bind US Can Also Divide US Ethnicity in South West China.” In addition to a cash award, Bingaman’s paper has been submitted and accepted for presentation at AAS 2019 on a panel of the best student papers from regional conferences.

Jeffrey Barlow Prize

YearPlaceNameUniversityPaper
20181Eveline BingamanNTHU“Things that Bind US Can Also Divide US Ethnicity in South West China”

Mori-ASPAC Prize

YearPlaceNameUniversityPaper
Mori-ASPAC Prize
20181Yung Hua-KuoUW School of Law“Post-Disaster Reconstruction Laws and Indigenous Adaptive Strategies in Taiwan”
20171Mengyao LiuUW“Experiments in Anthropocene: Toward a Transformative Eco-Aesthetic in the Work of Four Contemporary Chinese Visual Artists”
20161Eric SiercksUCLA“Truly Honest: Miyazawa Kenji as Resistance to Modern Folklore”
20151Hangping XuStanford“Embodiment, Identity, and Political Agency: The Field of Life and Death Revisited”

Esterline Prize (discontinued)

YearPlaceNameUniversityPaper
20141Roanna CheungUCLA“The Humor of Wife-Fearing in Republican-Era Guangzhou Popular Culture”
20111Benjamin Uchiyama“Bingeing on Total War: The Wartime Dandy and Male Consumer Culture on the Japanese Home Front”
1Yulian Wu“Scholar Merchants: Luxury Consumption, Confucian Ideology, and Aesthetic Taste of Bao Household’s Lineage Construction in Huizhou during the High Qing Era”
20091Jeet Bahadur Sapkota“Does Globalization Affect Human Development, Gender Development, and Human Poverty?: Evidence from the KOF Index of Globalization”
20031Young-Jin ChoiUH“Post-Mao Institutional Transformation and SOE Reform in China”
2Douglas LanamIndependent Scholar“Gender Cleansing: The Innocent World of Young Girls in Suzuki Izumi’s ‘Onna to Onna no Yo no Naka’ (The Age of Woman to Woman)”
20021Scott HandlerEWC“Leading to Economic Resilince during the urban Transition in Vietnam”
2Eileen VickeryUO“Material Girl: Love, Desire and the Modern Chinese woman in Wei Hui’s ‘Shanghai Baobei’”
20011Zhang Tingting“Assessing the Loss of Agency Control–A Study of Central-Provincial Relations in Post-Mao China”
2Young-Nahm Baek“The Origin of Asian Financial Crisis: a case of government intervention”
HMEmilyn Cabana“A comparative Study of Asian Telecommunications Policy Reforms: Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines”
HMMu Yang“Public Finance and Political Order: Lessons from the Wing’s Downfall in Late Imperial China”
20001Erik EsselstromUCSB“The ‘Invisible Hand’ of Russo-Japanese Relations: Kawakami Toshitsune, 1861-1935”
2Shinyi ChaoUBC“Daoist Examinations and Daoist Schools During the Northern Sung Dynasty”
HMBrian BruyaUH“Qing and Emotion in Early Chinese Thought”
19991Swagata BanerjeeUNR“Dealing with the Ganges – A Socio-politico-economic Approach: An Extreme Case of Water Pollution”
2Sameer PandyaStanford“The Post Colonial Mahatma: The Nationalist Autobiography at Century’s End”
19981Joshua Harmon“Relative Deprivation and Worker Unrest in Mainland China”
2Xing Hu“Sexuality and Subjectivity: Jia Pingwa’s The Abandoned Capital”
HMKaren Lam“The Baoying (Retribution) of the Femme Fatale”
HMBaodi Zhou“Thomas S. Foley and Japan”
19971Patrick ShorbPrinceton“Nationalism, Liberalism, Censorship, War: Toyo Keizai Shinpo, 1937-1945”
2Gavin ShatkinRU“Social Movements for Land and Housing in southeast Asian Cities: A Case Study of Phnom Penh, Cambodia”
19941Ngoc B. TranUSC“Role of the State: The Case of the Vietnamese Textile and Garment Industry since the Late 1980s”
2William H. CullinanUH“A Characterization of Nichiren”
3Elizabeth ChienUH William S. Richardson School of Law“A Unification Proposal for the Greater China: PRC, ROC, and Hong Kong”