Publishers Accolade for Outstanding Production Value
Ying Zhou, Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center. Birkhäuser Verlag, 2017.
This in-depth study describes the strategies, players, and processes of a uniquely Chinese model of urban transformation, inviting the reader to rethink the necessity of urban resilience in the face of globalization’s impact for change.
Most Accessible and Captivating Work for the Non-specialist Reader Accolade
Jeffrey W. Alexander, Drinking Bomb & Shooting Meth: Alcohol and Drug Use in Japan. Association for Asian Studies, 2018.
This study explores the efforts of those who brewed, distilled and synthesized Western alcohol and innovative pharmaceuticals in Japan, and what their advertising campaigns say about Japan’s shifting culture.
Specialist Publication Accolade
Jianlin Chen, The Law and Religious Market Theory: China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Chen’s book sets out the precise nature of religious competition envisaged by the current legal regimes in the three jurisdictions and analyses how certain restrictions on religious practices may facilitate normatively desirable market dynamics.
Teaching Tool Accolade
Dal Yong Jin, Smartland Korea: Mobile Communication, Culture, and Society. University of Michigan Press, 2017.
Smartland Korea examines the technology’s innovation and the evolution, the digital economy through the lens of political economy, and the youth culture embedded in the Korean smartphone context.
Ground-Breaking Subject Matter Accolade
Ward Keeler, The Traffic in Hierarchy: Masculinity and Its Others in Buddhist Burma. University of Hawai`i Press, 2017.
Keeler’s thought-provoking analysis of Burmese social relations, both within and beyond a monastery’s walls, balances theoretical insights and ethnographic observation to produce a rich and challenging read.
Edited Volume Accolade
Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter (eds), Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements. Brill, 2018.
The first comprehensive guide to the vast East Asian new religious panorama. Penned by leading scholars, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for those interested in the crucial new religious actors and trajectories of the region.
Best Art Publication
John A. Lent and Xu Ying, Comics Art in China. University Press of Mississippi, 2017.
Meticulously, Lent and Xu describe the evolution of Chinese comics within a global context, probing the often-tense relationship between expression and government, as well as proving that art can be a powerful force for revolution.