Two books published in 2016 by the Asia Center press were recognized last week by the Association for Asian Studies. Foong Ping’s The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court won the 2017 Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize, awarded for the best scholarly nonfiction book on China published in 2016. In addition, Anna Shield’s One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China was awarded honorable mention in the same category. The Asia Center's Deborah Del Gais managed the production of Foong Ping’s book and Kristen Wanner copyedited and managed the production of Anna Shield’s book.
This is the second year in a row that the Asia Center press swept the pre-1900 Levenson book awards. In 2015, Wai-yee Li’s Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature was awarded the prize while Tamara Chin’s Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination received honorable mention.