American Sociological Association

Section on Asia and Asian America Past Award Recipients

The Section on Asia and Asian America's America Research Paper Award

2019: Yan Long, "The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013," American Journal of Sociology 124(2):309-366. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Kimberly Kay Hoang, “Risky Investments: How Local and Foreign Investors Finesse Corruption-Rife Emerging Markets,” American Sociological Review 83(4):657-685. 2018.

2018: Marco Garrido, University of Chicago, "Why the Poor Support Populism: The Politics of Sincerity in Metro Manila," American Journal of Sociology 123(3):1-39. 2017.

2018: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Human Rights and Minority Activism in Japan: Transformation of Movement Actorhood and Local-Global Feedback Loop," American Journal of Sociology 122(4):1050-1103. 2017.

2017: Ya-Wen Lei, "Freeing the Press: How Field Environment Explains Critical News Reporting in China," American Journal of Sociology 122(1):1-48. 2016.

2016: Chang Hwan Kim and Yang Zhao, “Are Asian American Women Advantaged? Labor Market Performance of College Educated Female Workers,” Social Forces 93(2):623-652. 2014.

2015: Jun Xu and Jennifer C. Lee, “Marginalized Model Minority? An Empirical Examination of the Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans?” Social Forces 91(4):1363-1397. 2013.

2014: Kimberly Kay Hoang, Boston College, “Competing Technologies of Embodiment: Pan-Asian Modernity and Third World Dependency,” Gender and Society 28(4):513-536. 2014.

2014: Anthony Ocampo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, "Are Second Generation Filipinos ‘Becoming’ Asian American or Latino?: Historical Colonialism, Culture, and Panethnic Identity," Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(3):425-445. 2014.

2013: Prema Kurien, “Decoupling Religion and Ethnicity: Second-Generation Indian American Christians,” Qualitative Sociology 35(4):447-468. 2012.

2012: Zhang, Q. Forrest and John A. Donaldson, Singapore Management University, “From Peasants to Farmers: Peasant Differentiation, Labor Regimes, and Land-Rights Institutions in China’s Agrarian Transition,” Politics and Society 38(4):458-489. 2010.

2011: Award not given

2010: Jiannbin Lee Shiao and Mia H. Tuan, University of Oregon, "Korea Adoptees and the Social Context of Ethnic Exploration," American Journal of Sociology 113(4):1023-1066. 2008.

2010: Nadia Y. Kim, Loyola Marymount University, "Critical Thoughts on Asian American Assimilation in the Whitening Literature," Social Forces 86(2):561-574. 2007.

2009: Ho-fung Hung, “Agricultural Revolution and Elite Reproduction in Qing China: The Transition to Capitalism Debate Revisited,” American Sociological Review 73(4):569-588. 2008.

2009: Ethan Michelson, “Lawyers, Political Embeddedness, and Institutional Continuity in China's Transition from Socialism,” American Journal of Sociology 113(2):352-414. 2007.

2008: Kelly H. Chong, “Negotiating Patriarchy: South Korean Evangelical Women and the Politics of Gender,” Gender and Society 20(6):697-724. 2006.

2007: Pawan Dingare, Oberlin College, "Being American Between Black and White: Second-Generation Asian American Professionals Racial Identities," Journal of Asian American Studies 6(2):117-147. 2003.

2006: Xiaogang Wu, Hong University of Science and Techinology, “Communist Cadres and Market Opportunities: Entry into Self-Employment in China, 1978-1996,” Social Forces 85(1):389-411. 2006.


The Section on Asia and Asian America's Book Award on Asia/Transnational

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

2019 Honorable Mention: Michael Levien, Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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

2018 Honorable Mention: Bin Xu, Emory University, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China. Stanford University Press. 2017.

2017: Kazuko Suzuki, Divided Fates: The State, Race, and Korean Immigrants' Adaptation in Japan and the United States. Lexington Books. 2016.

2017: Jaeeun Kim, Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea. Stanford University Press. 2016.

2016: Sharmila Rudrappa, Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India. New York University Press. 2015.

2016: Lu Zhang, Inside China's Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance. Cambridge University Press. 2014.

2015: Hung Thai Cam, Insufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in Low-Wage Transnational Families. Stanford University Press. 2014.

2014: Kristin Surak, University of London, Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice. Stanford University Press. 2012.

2013: Cheris Shun-Ching Chan, Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China. Oxford University Press. 2012.


The Section on Asia and Asian America's Book Award on Asian America

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

2019 Honorable Mention: Noriko Matsumoto, Beyond the City & Bridge: East Asian Immigration in a New Jersey Suburb. Rutgers University Press. 2018.

2018: Prema Kurien, Syracuse University, Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch: Indian American Christianity in Motion. New York University Press. 2017.

2018: Katherine Irwin, University of Hawaii, Manoa, and Karen Umemoto, University of California, Los Angeles, Jacked up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies. University of California Press. 2016.

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.

2016: Dina Okamoto, Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries. Russell Sage Foundation. 2014.

2015: Grace J. Yoo and Barbara W. Kim, Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families. New York University Press. 2014.

2014: Wendy Cheng, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California. University of Minnesota Press. 2013.

2013: Rick Baldoz., The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946. New York University Press. 2011.

2013: Pawan Dhingra, Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream. Stanford University Press. 2012.


The Section on Asia and Asian America's Contribution to the Field Award

2019: Pyong Gap Min, Queens College of CUNY

2018: David Takeuchi, Boston University

2017: Grace Kao, Yale University

2016: Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut

2015: Pawan Dhingra, Tufts University

2014: Prema Kurien, Syracuse University


The Section on Asia and Asian America's Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award

2012: Hung Cam Thai, Pomona College

2009: Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut

2007: Esther Ngan-ling Chow, American University

2005: Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley

The Section on Asia and Asian America's Exemplary Early Career Award

2012: Nadia Kim, Loyola Marymount University

2010: Anjana Narayan

2009: Pawan Dhingra, Oberlin College

2008: Dina Okamoto, University of California, Davis

2007: Xiaogang Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

2006: Award not given

2005: Lisa Park, University of California, San Diego


The Section on Asia and Asian America's Graduate Student Research Paper Award

2019: Emma Zang and Cameron Campbell, “Males’ Later-Life Mortality Consequences of Coresidence With Paternal Grandparents: Evidence From Northeast China, 1789–1909,” Demography 55(2):435-457. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Esther Cho, “Engaging in Security Work: Selective Disclosure in Friendships of Korean and Mexican Undocumented Young Adults”

2018: Yaejoon Kwan, University of Illinois, Chicago, "Transcolonial Racial Formation: Constructing the 'Irish of the Orient' in U.S.-Occupied Korea," Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3(2):268-281. 2017.

2018: Carolyn Choi, University of Southern California, "Moonlighting in the Nightlife: From Indentured to Precarious Labor in Los Angeles Koreatown's Hostess Industry," Sexualities 20(4):446-462. 2017.

2017: Le Lin, University of Chicago, "Capitalism Out of the Shadow: Double Ambiguity and the Privatization and Marketization of China’s Education and Training Industry"

2016: Aimee Yoon, “Understanding the Role of Schools in the Asian-White Gap: A Seasonal Comparison Approach,” Race Ethnicity and Education, online

2016: Yang Zhang, “Insurgency in Interstice: Rebellion Ecology and the Rise of the Taiping Movement”

2015: Chengpang Lee and Myung-Sahm Suh, “State-Building and Religion: Explaining the Diverged Path of Christianity in Taiwan and South Korea, 1950-1980,” American Journal of Sociology 123(2):465-509. 2017.

2014: Wasudha Bhatt, University of Texas, Austin, "The Little Brown Woman: Gender Discrimination in American Medicine," Gender & Society 27(5):659-680. 2013.

2014: Catherine Man Chuen Cheng, University of Toronto, "Circuits of Reproductive Labor: Sex Work and Mothering in Contemporary China"

2013: Elena Shih, University of California, Los Angeles, "Freedom Turns to the Market: Transnational Circuits of Sex, Work and Ethnicity in the Anti-Human Trafficking Movement in Beijing, Bangkok and Los Angeles"

2012: Naomi Hsu, University of California, Berkeley, "Local Political Contexts and the Puzzle of Asian American Under-Participation in Electoral Politics"

2011: Andrew Le, University of British Columbia, "Destiny of the Poor: The Transnational Migration of Vietnamese Laborers to Trinidad and Tobago"

2011: ManChui Leung, University of Washington, "Do Asian American women and men differ in their response to stress? Discrimination, Financial Strain and Mental Health"

2010: Bin Xu, Northwestern University, Xiaoyu Pu, The Ohio State University, "Dynamic Statism and Memory Politics: A Case Analysis of the Chinese War Reparations Movement,” The China Quarterly 201:156-175. 2010.

2009: Lijun Song, Duke University, "Cultural Revolution Depressed Education Homogamy in Urban China," Social Forces 88(1):257-270. 2009.

2008: Leslie Kim Wang, University of California, Berkeley, “Multicultural Negotiations in a Chinese State-Run Orphanage”

2007: Becky Hsu, Princeton University, "Confucian Ethics and Dyadic Ties: Strong Relationships, Weak Groups, and Micro Credit Repayments in China"

2006: Erin Murphy, University of Illinois, Urbana, “Prelude to Imperialism: Witeness and Chinese Exclusion in the Reimaging of the United States,” Journal of Historical Sociology 18(4):457-490. 2005.

2005: Hwa-Ji Shin, State University of New York, Stony Brook, "Trajectories of Nation: Remaking Citizenship, Immigration, and National Self-Image in Japan"

2004: Award not given

2003: Eileen Otis, University of California, Davis, “Global Restructuring and the Production of Femininities in China’s Emergent Service Industry”

2002: Young-Jin Choi, Univeristy of Hawaii, “Managerial Styles, Workforce Competition, and Labor Unrest: East Asian Invested Enterprises in China”

2002: Jun Xu, University of Indiana, “Why Do Asian Americans Register Less?”


The Section on Asia and Asian America's Outstanding Book Award

The award was first conferred in 1997. The award will alternate every other year between a subject matter dealing with Asia and Asian America.

2012: Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work. University of California Press. 2010.

2012: Leland Saito, University of Southern California, The Politics of Exclusion: The Failure of Race Neutral Policies in Urban America. Stanford University Press. 2009.

2011: Joel Andreas, Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class. Stanford University Press. 2009.

2010: Grace Cho, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War. University of Minnesota Press. 2008.

2009: Nadia Kim, Imperial Citizens: Korean and Race from Seoul to LA. Stanford University Press. 2008.

2009Wang Feng, Boundaries and Categories: Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China. Stanford University Press. 2008.

2008: Monisha Das GuptaUnruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States. Duke University Press. 2006.

2008: Moon-Kie JungReworking Race: The Making of Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement. Columbia University Press. 2006.

2007Xueguang Zhou, Stanford University, The State and the Life Chances in Urban China: Redistribution and Stratification.

2006Jennifer Lee, University of California, Irvine, and Min Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles, Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity. Routledge. 2004.

2006Lisa Sun-Hee Park, University of California, San Diego, Consuming Citizenship: Children of Asian Immigrants Entrepreneurs. Stanford University Press. 2005.

2005: George Alter, Indiana University, Tommy Bengtsson, Lund University, Marco Breschi, Universita di Udine, Goran Brostrom, Umea University, Cameron Campbell, University of California, Los Angeles, Renzo Derosas, Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia, Martin Dribe, Lund University, James Z. Lee, California Institute of Technology, Matteo Manfredini Ricercatore, Universitya di Parma, Hideki Nakazato, Konan University, Muriel Neven, Universite de Liege, Paul Nystedt, Linkoping University, Erniko Ochiai, Kyoto University, Rossella Rettaroli, Universita di Bologna, Norikp O. Tsuya, Keio University, and Feng Wang, University of California, Irvine, Life Under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900. MIT Press. 2004.

2003: Hagen Koo, University of Hawaii, Korean Workers: The Culture and Politics of Class Formation. Cornell University Press. 2001.

2003: Prema Kurien, Syracuse University, Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity: International Migration and the Reconstruction of Identities in India. Rutgers University Press. 2002.

2002: Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States. Rutgers University Press. 2000.

2001: Morrison G. Wong, Texas Christian University, The Power of Tiananmen State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement. University of Chicago Press. 2001.

2000: Leland T. Saito and Roger Daniels, University of San Diego, Race and Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites in Los Angeles Suburbs. University of Illinois Press. 1998.

1998: Yen Le Espiritu, University of California, San Diego, Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws and Love. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 1997.

1998: Pyong Gap Min, University of New York, Qeens College, Caught in the Middle: Korean Mearchants in America’s Multiethnic Cities. University of California Press. 1996.

1997: Eiko Ikegami, Yale University, Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan. Harvard University Press. 1995

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