About the Program

The publications program of the Harvard University Asia Center oversees three book series: Harvard East Asian Monographs, the Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, and the Harvard Contemporary China Series. Since their inception, nearly 500 titles have been published in the three series. The program currently publishes about 15 to 20 new titles per year and, as shown below, its books have won more than a dozen major awards over the past decade. The program has become one of the world’s largest and widely-respected publishers of scholarly books in East Asian Studies. We welcome new submissions in the humanities and social sciences related to East Asia.

Recent Awards
 

Harry Levin Prize (American Comparative Literature Association)

  • 2016: Tamara T. Chin, Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination

John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asia History (American Historical Association)

  • 2013: Barbara Mittler, A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture
  • 2012: Jun Uchida, Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945
  • 2004: Jordan Sand, House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880–1930

John Whitney Hall Prize for books in Japanese Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

  • 2011: Karen Thornber: Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature
  • 2005: Jordan Sand, House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880–1930

Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award (Society of Architectural Historians)

  • 2004: Jordan Sand, House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880–1930

Francis Hsu Book Prize for East Asian Anthropology (American Anthropological Association)

  • 2010: Catherine Clayton, Sovereignty at the Edge: Macau and the Question of Chineseness

Stanislaus Julian Prize (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres)

  • 2014: Endymion Wilkinson, Chinese History: A New Manual
  • 2010: James Robson, Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue 南嶽) in Medieval China

Joseph Levenson Prize for books in Chinese Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

  • 2017, Pre-1900 Category: Foong Ping, The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court
  • 2017, Pre-1900 Category, Honorable Mention: Anna Shields, One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China
  • 2016, Pre-1900 Category: Wai-yee Li, Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature 
  • 2016, Pre-1900 Category, Honorable Mention: Tamara T. Chin, Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination
  • 2014, Pre-1900 Category: Yuming He, Home and the World: Editing the “Glorious Ming” in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
  • 2013, Pre-1900 Category, Honorable Mention: K.E. Brashier, Ancestral Memory in Early China
  • 2012, Pre-1900 Category: Christopher M. B. Nugent, Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China
  • 2011, Pre-1900 Category: Eugenio Menegon, Ancestors, Virgins and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China
  • 2011, Post-1900 Category: Jacob Eyferth, Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots: The Social History of a Community of Artisans in Southwest China, 1920–2000
  • 2008 Pre-1900 Category: Martin J. Powers, Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China
  • 2006 Pre-1900 Category: Antonia Mary Finnane, Speaking of Yangzhou: A Chinese City, 1550–1850
  • 2005 Pre-1900 Category: John Makeham, Transmitters and Creators: Chinese Commentators and Commentaries on the Analects
  • 2003 Pre-1900 Category: David Schaberg, A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography

Toshida Numata Book Prize in Buddhism (University of California, Berkeley)

  • 2010, James Robson, Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue 南嶽) in Medieval China

James B. Palais Prize for books in Korean Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

  • 2014, Honorable Mention: Hwansoo Kim, Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912
  • 2010: Sem Vermeersch, The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism during the Koryo Dynasty, 918–1392