Fukuoka Prize

The Fukuoka Prize (福岡アジア文化賞, Fukuoka Ajia Bunkashō) is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Fukuoka City International Foundation (formerly The Yokatopia Foundation) to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture. There are three prize categories: Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts and Culture Prize.

Fukuoka Prize
Awarded forOutstanding individuals or groups/organizations in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia
Presented byFukuoka City
the Fukuoka City International Foundation (formerly The Yokatopia Foundation)
First awarded1990

In 1989, Fukuoka held the Asia-Pacific Exposition (referred to as "Yokatopia") with the concept of interaction between the Asia-Pacific region. The prize program was inaugurated in the following year to carry on the spirit of the Expo, and ever since then, the prizes have been given annually and the related official events including the award ceremony and the public forums by the prize winners have been held in every September, also known as "Asian Party" in Fukuoka. In 1999, the school visits were added into the program to give a special lecture to children by the prize winners.

Prize categoriesEdit

Grand PrizeEdit

To be presented to an individual or an organization in either the field of academics or arts and culture. The laureate must have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and creation of Asian culture and have exhibited the significance of Asian culture to the world. The prize is endowed with 5 million yen.

Academic PrizeEdit

To be presented to one or two individuals or organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the field of Asian studies, such as social and human sciences, contributing to the world’s understanding of Asia. The prize is endowed with 3 million yen.

Arts and Culture PrizeEdit

To be presented to one or two individuals or organizations who have made outstanding contributions in the diverse arts and culture of Asia. The category includes a wide range of fields such as the fine arts, literature, music, drama, dance, film, architecture, and so forth. The prize is endowed with 3 million yen.

Geographical focusEdit

It is limited to East, South, and Southeast Asia.

List of recipientsEdit

Year Category Name Nationality Occupation
1990 Special Ba Jin China Writer
Akira Kurosawa Japan Film director
Joseph Needham UK Scholar of Chinese science history
Kukrit Pramoj Thailand Writer, statesman
1991 Grand Ravi Shankar India Sitar player
Academic Taufik Abudullah Indonesia Historian, social scientist
Chie Nakane Japan Social anthropologist
Arts & Culture Donald Keene USA Scholar of Japanese literature & culture
1992 Grand Kim Won-yong South Korea Archaeologist
Academic Clifford Geertz USA Anthropologist
Minoru Takeuchi Japan Anthropologist
Arts & Culture Leandro V. Locsin Philippines Architect
1993 Grand Fei Xiaotong China Sociologist, Anthropologist
Academic Ungku Abdul Aziz Malaysia Economist
Jiro Kawakita Japan Scholar of ethnogeography
Arts & Culture Namjilyn Norovbanzad Mongolia Vocalist
1994 Grand Manna Dey India Musician
Academic Wang Gungwu Australia Historian
Yoneo Ishii Japan Scholar of Southeast Asian studies
Arts & Culture Padma Subrahmanyam India Traditional dancer
1995 Grand Koentjaraningrat Indonesia Anthropologist
Academic Hahn Kiun South Korea Scholar of education
Noboru Karashima Japan Historian
Arts & Culture Nam June Paik USA Video artist
1996 Grand Wang Zhongshu China Archaeologist
Academic Phan Huy Lê Vietnam Historian
Shinkichi Eto Japan Scholar of relations
Arts & Culture Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Pakistan Qawwali singer
1997 Grand Chheng Phon Cambodia Dramatist, artist
Academic Romila Thapar India Historian
Takayasu Higuchi Japan Archaeologist
Arts & Culture Im Kwon-taek South Korea Film director
1998 Grand Lee Ki-moon South Korea Linguist
Academic Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah USA Anthropologist
Masaaki Ueda Japan Historian
Arts & Culture R. M. Soedarsono Indonesia Dancer, scholar of dance
1999 Grand Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan Film director
Academic Taryo Obayashi Japan Ethnologist
Nidhi Eoseewong Thailand Historian
Arts & Culture Tang Da Wu Singapore Visual artist
2000 Grand Pramoedya Ananta Toer Indonesia Writer
Academic Than Tun Myanmar Historian
Benedict Anderson Ireland Scholar of politics
Arts & Culture Hamzah Awang Amat Malaysia Shadow play master
2001 Grand Muhammad Yunus Bangladesh Economist
Academic Yujiro Hayami Japan Economist
Arts & Culture Thawan Duchanee Thailand Painter
Marilou Diaz-Abaya Philippines Film director
2002 Grand Zhang Yimou China Film director
Academic Kingsley Muthumuni De Silva Sri Lanka Historian
Anthony Reid Australia Historian
Arts & Culture Lat Malaysia Cartoonist
2003 Grand Shuzen Hokama Japan Scholar of Okinawan studies
Academic Reynaldo C. Ileto Philippines Historian
Arts & Culture Xu Bing China Artist
Dick Lee Singapore Singer-songwriter
2004 Grand Amjad Ali Khan India Sarod Maestro
Academic Li Yining China Economist
Ram Dayal Rakesh Nepal Scholar of folk culture studies
Arts & Culture Sembukuttiarachilage Roland Silva Sri Lanka Conservator
2005 Grand Im Dongkwon South Korea Folklorist
Academic Thaw Kaung Myanmar Librarian
Arts & Culture Douangdeuane Bounyavong Laos Textile researcher
Tashi Norbu Bhutan Traditional Musician
2006 Grand Mo Yan China Writer
Academic Shagdaryn Bira Mongolia Historian
Takeshi Hamahita Japan Historian
Arts & Culture Uxi Mufti Pakistan Culture expert
2007 Grand Ashis Nandy India Social and cultural critic
Academic Srisakra Vallibhotama (Thai: ศรีศักร วัลลิโภดม) Thailand Anthropologist, archaeologist
Arts & Culture Ju Ming Taiwan Sculptor
Kim Duk-soo South Korea Traditional performing artist
2008 Grand Ann Hui Hong Kong Film
Academic Savitri Goonesekere Sri Lanka Law
Shamsul Amri Baharuddin Malaysia Social anthropology
Arts & Culture Farida Parveen Bangladesh Music
2009 Grand Augustin Berque France Cultural geography
Academic Partha Chatterjee India Political science, history
Arts & Culture Minoru Miki Japan Music composition
Cai Guo-Qiang China Contemporary art
2010 Grand Hwang Byungki South Korea Music
Academic James C. Scott USA Political science, anthropology
Kazuko Mori Japan Area studies (contemporary China)
Arts & Culture Ong Keng Sen Singapore Contemporary performance
2011 Grand Ang Choulean Cambodia Ethnology
Academic Cho Dong-il South Korea Literature
Arts & Culture Niels Gutschow Germany Architecture
2012 Grand Vandana Shiva India Environmental philosophy
Academic Charnvit Kasetsiri Thailand History, politics
Arts & Culture Kidlat Tahimik Philippines Film
G.R.Ay. Koes Moertiyah Paku Buwono Indonesia Dance
2013 Grand Tetsu Nakamura Japan Cross-cultural understanding, international and grassroots cooperation
Academic Tessa Morris-Suzuki Australia Asian studies
Arts & Culture Nalini Malani India Contemporary art
Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand Film, visual arts
2014 Grand Ezra F. Vogel USA Sociology
Academic Azyumardi Azra Indonesia History
Arts & Culture Danny Yung Hong Kong Theater
2015 Grand Thant Myint-U Myanmar History
Academic Ramachandra Guha India History, Sociology
Arts & Culture Đặng Thị Minh Hạnh Vietnam Fashion
2016 Grand A. R. Rahman India Music
Academic Ambeth R. Ocampo Philippines History
Arts & Culture Yasmeen Lari Pakistan Architecture
2017 Grand Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker Thailand and UK Economics and History
Academic Wang Ming China Public Management
Arts & Culture Kong Nay Cambodia Music
2018 Grand Jia Zhangke China Film
Academic Akira Suehiro Japan Economics, Area Studies (Thailand)
Arts & Culture Teejan Bai India Music
2019 Grand Randy David Philippines Sociology
Academic Leonard Blussé Netherlands Asian-European Relations since Early Modern time
Arts & Culture Makoto Satō Japan Theater
2021 Grand Palagummi Sainath[1] India Journalism
Academic Kishimoto Mio Japan History
Arts & Culture Prabda Yoon Thailand Creative Arts
2022 Grand Hayashi Eitetsu Japan Music
Academic Timon Screech UK Art History
Arts & Culture Shahzia Sikander USA Art
Source:Fukuoka Prize Website[2]


  1. ^ "P. Sainath awarded 2021 Fukuoka Prize". The Hindu. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Fukuoka Prize - Laureates". Fukuoka Prize. Retrieved 1 June 2022.

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