John Whitney Hall Book Prize

The John Whitney Hall Book Prize has been awarded annually since 1994 by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Pioneer Japanese studies scholar John Whitney Hall is commemorated in the name of this prize.

The Hall Prize acknowledges an outstanding English language book published on Japan or Korea; and the prize honors the author of the book.[1]

AAS prizeEdit

AAS is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia. The association was founded in 1941 as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies). The organization has gone through a series of reorganizations since those early days; but its continuing function serves to further an exchange of information among scholars to increase understanding about East, South, and Southeast Asia.[2]

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the AAS oversees the John Whitney Hall Book Prize.[1]

Select list of honoreesEdit

  • 1994 — Carter J. Eckert, Offspring of Empire, the Koch’ang and Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876–1945 (University of Washington Press, 1991)[3]
  • 1995 — Melinda Takeuchi, Taiga’s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth-Century Japan (Stanford University Press, 1993)[3]
  • 1996 — Richard J. Samuels, Rich Nation, Strong Army: National Security and the Technological Transformation of Japan (Cornell University Press, 1994)[4]
  • 1997 — John Whittier Treat, Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb (University of Chicago Press, 1995)[5]
  • 1998 — James Palais, Confucian Statecraft and Korean Institutions: Yu Hyongwon and the Late Choson Dynasty (University of Washington Press, 1996)[6]
  • 1999 — Susan B. Hanley, Everyday Things in Premodern Japan: The Hidden Legacy of Material Culture (University of California Press, 1997)[7]
  • 2000 — William M. Tsutsui, Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (Princeton University Press, 1998)[6]
  • 2001 — Mark J. Hudson, Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands (University of Hawaii Press, 1999)[6]
  • 2002 — Thomas LaMarre, Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archeology of Sensation and Inscription (Duke University Press, 2000)[6]
  • 2003 — E. Taylor Atkins, Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan (Duke University Press, 2001)[6]
  • 2004 — Andre Schmid, Korea Between Empires, 1895–1919 (Columbia University Press, 2002)[8]
  • 2005 — Jordan Sand, House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880–1930 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2003).[6]
  • 2006 — Andrew M. Watsky, Chikubushima: Deploying the Sacred Arts in Momoyama Japan (University of Washington Press, 2004).[9]
  • 2007 — Eiko Ikegami, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005)[6]
  • 2008 — Karen Nakamura, Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity (Cornell University Press, 2006)[10]
  • 2009 — Ann Jannetta, The Vaccinators: Smallpox, Medical Knowledge, and the ‘Opening’ of Japan (Stanford University Press, 2007)[11]
  • 2010 — Ken K. Ito, An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the Century Japanese Novel (Stanford University Press, 2008)[6]
  • 2011 — Karen Thornber, Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (Harvard University Press, 2009)[12]
  • 2012 — Lori Meeks, Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, 2010)
  • 2013 — Mary C. Brinton, Lost in Transition: Youth, Work and Instability in Postindustrial Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • 2014 — Yukio Lippit, Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in 17th-Century Japan (University of Washington Press, 2012)
  • 2015 — Fabian Drixler, Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660-1950 (University of California Press, 2013)
  • 2016 — Ran Zwigenberg, Hiroshima: The Origins of Global Memory Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • 2017 — Noriko Manabe, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford University Press, 2015).[13] [14]
  • 2017 Honorable Mention— Federico Marcon, The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
  • 2018 — Satoko Shimazaki, Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost(Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • 2018 Honorable Mention— Yoshikuni Igarashi, Homecomings: The Belated Return of Japan’s Lost Soldiers (Columbia University Press, 2016)
  • 2019 — Bryan D. Lowe, Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, 2017)


  1. ^ a b Association of Asian Studies, (AAS), John Whitney Hall Book Prize; retrieved 2011-05-31
  2. ^ AAS, About the AAS Archived 2013-12-08 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2011-05-31
  3. ^ a b International Institute for Asian Studies, John Whitney Hall Book Prize Archived 2010-12-05 at the Wayback Machine, 1994 and 1995
  4. ^ MIT Department of Political Science, Richard Samuels, faculty bio
  5. ^ University of Chicago Press, Writing Ground Zero by John Treat
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h AAS, Hall Book Prize, list of winners Archived 2013-07-05 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-06-11
  7. ^ "Listing of Additional A&S Awards and Honors," (Susan Hanley), Archived 2010-06-19 at the Wayback Machine A&S Perspectives," University of Washington. Summer 1999.
  8. ^ University of Toronto, Andre Schmid, faculty bio notes[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ University of Washington Press, John Whitney Hall Book Prize, 2006
  10. ^ Cornell University Press, "Deaf in Japan" by Karen Nakamura
  11. ^ Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh: "Ann Jannetta, Professor Emerita of History wins the 2009 John Whitney Hall Book Prize" Archived 2010-06-09 at the Wayback Machine; Nihon kenkyu at Pitt, April 6, 2009
  12. ^ Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Karen Thorber bio note Archived 2011-08-16 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2011-05-31
  13. ^ AAS 2017 Book Prizes, [1]; retrieved 2017-02-16
  14. ^ Oxford University Press, [2]; retrieved 2017-05-19

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