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.


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.

Year Place Name University Paper
Jeffrey Barlow Prize
2018 1 Eveline Bingaman NTHU “Things that Bind US Can Also Divide US Ethnicity in South West China”
Mori-ASPAC Prize
2018 1 Yung Hua-Kuo UW School of Law “Post-Disaster Reconstruction Laws and Indigenous Adaptive Strategies in Taiwan”
2017 1 Mengyao Liu UW “Experiments in Anthropocene: Toward a Transformative Eco-Aesthetic in the Work of Four Contemporary Chinese Visual Artists”
2016 1 Eric Siercks UCLA “Truly Honest: Miyazawa Kenji as Resistance to Modern Folklore”
2015 1 Hangping Xu Stanford “Embodiment, Identity, and Political Agency: The Field of Life and Death Revisited”
Esterline Prize (discontinued)
2014 1 Roanna Cheung UCLA “The Humor of Wife-Fearing in Republican-Era Guangzhou Popular Culture”
2011 1 Benjamin Uchiyama “Bingeing on Total War: The Wartime Dandy and Male Consumer Culture on the Japanese Home Front”
1 Yulian Wu “Scholar Merchants: Luxury Consumption, Confucian Ideology, and Aesthetic Taste of Bao Household’s Lineage Construction in Huizhou during the High Qing Era”
2009 1 Jeet Bahadur Sapkota “Does Globalization Affect Human Development, Gender Development, and Human Poverty?: Evidence from the KOF Index of Globalization”
2003 1 Young-Jin Choi UH “Post-Mao Institutional Transformation and SOE Reform in China”
2 Douglas Lanam Independent 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)”
2002 1 Scott Handler EWC “Leading to Economic Resilince during the urban Transition in Vietnam”
2 Eileen Vickery UO “Material Girl: Love, Desire and the Modern Chinese woman in Wei Hui’s ‘Shanghai Baobei’”
2001 1 Zhang Tingting “Assessing the Loss of Agency Control–A Study of Central-Provincial Relations in Post-Mao China”
2 Young-Nahm Baek “The Origin of Asian Financial Crisis: a case of government intervention”
HM Emilyn Cabana “A comparative Study of Asian Telecommunications Policy Reforms: Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines”
HM Mu Yang “Public Finance and Political Order: Lessons from the Wing’s Downfall in Late Imperial China”
2000 1 Erik Esselstrom UCSB “The ‘Invisible Hand’ of Russo-Japanese Relations: Kawakami Toshitsune, 1861-1935”
2 Shinyi Chao UBC “Daoist Examinations and Daoist Schools During the Northern Sung Dynasty”
HM Brian Bruya UH “Qing and Emotion in Early Chinese Thought”
1999 1 Swagata Banerjee UNR “Dealing with the Ganges – A Socio-politico-economic Approach: An Extreme Case of Water Pollution”
2 Sameer Pandya Stanford “The Post Colonial Mahatma: The Nationalist Autobiography at Century’s End”
1998 1 Joshua Harmon “Relative Deprivation and Worker Unrest in Mainland China”
2 Xing Hu “Sexuality and Subjectivity: Jia Pingwa’s The Abandoned Capital”
HM Karen Lam “The Baoying (Retribution) of the Femme Fatale”
HM Baodi Zhou “Thomas S. Foley and Japan”
1997 1 Patrick Shorb Princeton “Nationalism, Liberalism, Censorship, War: Toyo Keizai Shinpo, 1937-1945”
2 Gavin Shatkin RU “Social Movements for Land and Housing in southeast Asian Cities: A Case Study of Phnom Penh, Cambodia”
1994 1 Ngoc B. Tran USC “Role of the State: The Case of the Vietnamese Textile and Garment Industry since the Late 1980s”
2 William H. Cullinan UH “A Characterization of Nichiren”
3 Elizabeth Chien UH William S. Richardson School of Law “A Unification Proposal for the Greater China: PRC, ROC, and Hong Kong”