ASPAC recognizes exceptional graduate 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.
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Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC), a regional affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), will award the annual Mori-ASPAC and Barlow Prizes for outstanding essays by graduate students in June 2023.
The Mori-ASPAC Prize for Graduate Students
In honor of long-time ASPAC member, Professor Barbara Mori, this prize recognizes extraordinary graduate student scholarship in any area of Asian Studies. It is open to all students pursuing graduate studies in any discipline and in any area of research pertaining to Asian Studies.
The Barlow Prize Graduate Student Prize in Chinese Studies
In honor of the late Jeffrey G. Barlow, (Pacific University), longtime ASPAC advocate and publisher of E-ASPAC, the ASPAC board has instituted a new prize for the best graduate student paper in any area of Chinese studies.
Graduate students wishing to apply for the Mori-ASPAC Prize and/or the Barlow Prize should provide the complete paper and their faculty supervisor’s cover letter of support. The faculty support letter should explain contributions of the paper to the field and highlight other merits of the paper. Both prizes come with a monetary award.
The winners of the Mori-ASPAC and Jeffrey Barlow Prizes will be announced in July 2023.
Prizes are awarded for yet unpublished work. If submitted papers are part of a doctoral dissertation, the dissertation must be defended in 2023 or later. Graduate student authors do not have to attend a university in the ASPAC area to be eligible.
How to Submit your Paper for a Prize:
Send an e-mail to Ashley Wright, the chair of the Graduate Student Prize Selection Committee, at email@example.com
Please indicate which prize(s) you are applying for and attach both the paper and the letter of support from your professor in the e-mail.
Papers are only accepted as Microsoft Word documents or PDF files, should be about 17-25 pages in length, and should follow disciplinary formatting and citation style. PowerPoint, slides, and other formats are not accepted. If a paper qualifies for both prizes, it is allowable to submit a single paper for both prizes; simply indicate that in your e-mail.
Application deadline: The deadline for submission is June 7, 2023.
Jeffrey Barlow Prize
|2021||Anran Tu||UCSD||“Seeing Nature, Envisioning the Modern: Nature History Education in China, 1900-1920”|
|2020||Xu Peng||University of Connecticut||“A New Coming-Together: When Chinese Meets Black in Cristina García’s Monkey Hunting”|
|2019||Benjamin Kletzer||UCSD||“Engines of Innovation: Sino-Soviet Cooperation, Competition, and Import Substitution in the Locomotive Industry, 1949-1964"|
|2018||Eveline Bingaman||NTHU||“Things that Bind US Can Also Divide US Ethnicity in South West China”|
|2021||Katherine Whitney||Stanford University||“Sonic Imaginary: Religious and Musical Symbolism in Utsuho Monogatari”|
|2020||Angela Y. McClean||UCSD||“Liberal norms and restrictive institutions: explaining the discrepancy between South Korea’s compliance with refugee protection and low number of asylum grants”|
|2019||Youn Soo Kim||Binghamton University||“Examining the Parameters of the “Ethnonation” through Mongsil ŏnni (1984)”|
|2018||Yung Hua-Kuo||UW School of Law||“Post-Disaster Reconstruction Laws and Indigenous Adaptive Strategies in Taiwan”|
|2017||Mengyao Liu||UW||“Experiments in Anthropocene: Toward a Transformative Eco-Aesthetic in the Work of Four Contemporary Chinese Visual Artists”|
|2016||Eric Siercks||UCLA||“Truly Honest: Miyazawa Kenji as Resistance to Modern Folklore”|
|2015||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”|