James B. Palais Book Prize

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The James B. Palais Book Prize has been awarded annually since 2010 by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Pioneer Korean studies scholar James Palais is commemorated in the name of this prize.[1]

The Palais Prize acknowledges an outstanding English language book published on Korea; and the prize honors the author of the book.[2]

AAS prize[edit]

AAS is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association which includes 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 mission is to foster the exchange of information among scholars and to increase understanding about East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.[3]

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the AAS oversees the James Palais Book Prize.[2]

Select list of honorees[edit]

  • 2010 — Sem Vermeersch, The Power of the Buddhas: the Politics of Buddhism during the Koryo Dynasty, 918–1392 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008)[4]
  • 2011 — Hwasook Nam, Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea's Democratic Unionism under Park Chung Hee (University of Washington Press, 2009)[5]


  1. ^ Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 2001 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies; retrieved 2011-05-31
  2. ^ a b AAS, James B. Palais Book Prize; retrieved 2011-05-31
  3. ^ AAS, About the AAS; retrieved 2011-05-31
  4. ^ AAS, Palais Book Prize, list of winners; retrieved 2011-05-31
  5. ^ University of Washington Press, Award Winners; retrieved 2011-05-31