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Diversity Book Awards

Non-fiction Awards: Asian/Asian American Studies

AAAS (Association for Asian American Studies) Book Awards

History Award

2020: Renisa Mawani, Across Oceans of Law: The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire (Duke University Press Books, 2018).

2019: Julian Lim, Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

2018: Naomi Paik, Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps Since World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

2017: Madeline Y. Hsu, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority (Oxford University Press, 2015).

2016: Ellen Wu, The Color of Success Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Cultural Studies Award (Renamed to Humanities & Cultural Studies Award after 2016)

2016: Rachel Lee, The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies (NYU Press, 2014).

Humanities & Cultural Studies Award (Literary Studies)

2020: Stephen Hong Sohn, Inscrutable Belongings: Queer Asian North American Fiction (Stanford University Press, 2018).

2019: Crystal Parikh, Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

2018: Lisa Yoneyama, Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes (Duke University Press, 2016).

2017: Keith Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Humanities & Cultural Studies Award (Interdisciplinary/Media Studies)

2020: Elizabeth W. Son, Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

2019: Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Chinatown Opera Theater in North America (University of Illinois Press, 2017).

2018: Tamara Roberts, Resounding Afro Asia: Interracial Music and the Politics of Collaboration (Oxford University Press, 2016).

2017: Grace Kyungwon Hong, Death beyond Disavowal: The Impossible Politics of Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Social Sciences Award

2020: Jan M. Padios, A Nation on the Line: Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines (Duke University Press, 2018).

2019: Eric J. Pido, Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity (Duke University Press, 2017).

2018: Laura Madokoro, Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants and the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016).

2017: Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, The Asian American Achievement Paradox (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015).

2016: Hung Cam Thai, Insufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in Low-Wage Transnational Families (Stanford University Press, 2014).

APALA Award for Literature: Adult Nonfiction Individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage (Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association).

2020-2021: Erika Lee, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States (Basic Books, 2019).

2019-2020: Gordon H  Chang, Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).

2018-2019: Sharmila Sen, Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America (Penguin Books, 2018).

2017-2018: Eleanor Ty, Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority (University of Illinois Press, 2017).

2016-2017: Barbara Kawakami, Picture Bride Stories (University of Hawaii Press, 2016).

Book Award on Asia/Transnational (Asia and Asian America Section - American Sociological Association)

2020: Marco Z. Garrido (University of Chicago), The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

2019: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan (Oxford University Press, 2018).

2018: Ching Kwan Lee (University of California), The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

2017: Kazuko Suzuki, Divided Fates: The State, Race, and Korean Immigrants' Adaptation in Japan and the United States (Lexington Books, 2016).
2016: Sharmila Rudrappa,
Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India (New York University Press, 2015).

Book Award on Asian America (Asia and Asian America Section - American Sociological Association)

2020: Annie Fukushima (University of Utah), Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. (Stanford University Press, 2019).

2019: Helene K. Lee, Between Foreign and Family: Return Migration and Identity Construction among Korean Americans and Korean Chinese (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

2018: Prema Kurien (Syracuse University), Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch: Indian American Christianity in Motion (NYU Press, 2017).

2017: Sangay Mishra, Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
2016: Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou,
The Asian American Achievement Paradox (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015).

John F. Richards Prize Most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history published in English (American Historical Association).

2020: Sheetal Chhabria, Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay (Univ. of Washington Press, 2019).

2019: Sebastian R. Prange, Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018).

2018: Faiz Ahmed, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard Univ. Press, 2017).

2017: Audrey Truschke, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court (Columbia Univ. Press, 2016).

2016: Nayanjot Lahiri, Ashoka in Ancient India (Harvard Univ. Press, 2015).

John K. Fairbank Prize Outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan, substantially after 1800 (American Historical Association).

2020: Eiichiro Azuma, In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire (Univ. of California Press, 2019).

2019: Chris Courtney, The Nature of Disaster in China: The 1931 Yangzi River Flood (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018).

2018: Thomas Mullaney, The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press, 2017).

2017: Christopher Goscha, Vietnam: A New History (Basic Books, 2016).

2016: Barak Kushner, Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice (Harvard Univ. Press, 2015).

Joseph Levenson Prize English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China (Association for Asian Studies).


Pre-1900 Winner
Stephen Owen,
Just a Song: Chinese Lyrics from the Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries (Harvard University Asia Center, 2019).

Post-1900 Winner
Joel Andreas,
Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Pre-1900 Winner
Lara C.W. Blanchard,
Song Dynasty Figures of Longing and Desire: Gender and Interiority in Chinese Painting and Poetry (BRILL, 2018).

Post-1900 Winner
Sasha Welland,
Experimental Beijing. Gender and  Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2018).



Pre-1900 Winner
Jonathan Schlesinger,
A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of Qing Rule (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Post-1900 Winner
Ching Kwan Lee (University of California),
The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2017).



Pre-1900 Winner
Li Chen,
Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice, and Transcultural Politics (Columbia University Press, 2015).

Post-1900 Winner
Sigrid Schmalzer,
Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (University of Chicago Press, 2016).



Pre-1900 Winner
Foong Ping,
The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court (Harvard University Asia Center, 2015).

Post-1900 Winner
Christopher Rea,
The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (University of California Press, 2015).



Pre-1900 Winner
Wai-yee Li,
Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014).

Post-1900 Winner
Luigi Tomba,
The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Fiction Awards: Asian/Asian American Studies

APALA Award for Literature: Adult Fiction Individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage (Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association).

2020-2021: C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2020).

2019-2020: Devi Laskar, The Atlas of Reds and Blues (Counterpoint Press, 2019).

2018-2019: Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, The End of Peril, The End of Enmity, The End of Strife, A Haven (Noemi Press, 2018).

2017-2018: Lisa Ko, The Leavers (Algonquin Books, 2017).

2016-2017: Vanessa Hua, Deceit and Other Possibilities (Willow Books, 2016).

Creative Writing (Prose) Book Award (Association for Asian American Studies)

2020: Kawika Guillermo, Stamped: An Anti-Travel Novel (Westphalia Press, 2018).

2019: Karen Tei Yamashita, Letters to Memory (Coffee House Press, 2017).

2018: Shawna Yang Ryan, Green Island:  A Novel (Vintage, 2017).

2017: Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015).

2016: Gene Oishi, Fox Drum Bebop (Kaya Press, 2014).