Asia Society Announces Five Finalists for 2010 Bernard Schwartz Book Award

NEW YORK, August 2010 - Asia Society is pleased to announce the finalists for its second annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award—five books selected by a jury panel of experts for their exceptional contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or US-Asia relations.

A winner will be chosen from among the finalists and announced in September.

The Bernard Schwartz Book Award recognizes nonfiction books offering outstanding contributions and new perspectives into understanding contemporary Asia or US-Asia relations. In keeping with the Asia Society's mission, the award is designed to further public awareness of the changes taking place in Asia and the implications for the wider world, and to raise the profile of authors making a meaningful contribution to this dialogue.

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2010 Finalists

Amitav Acharya
Whose Ideas Matter?: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism
(Cornell University Press)

Saleem H. Ali
Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan
(Oxford University Press)

Barbara Demick
Nothing to Envy
(Spiegel & Grau)

James C. Scott
The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia
(Yale University Press)

Jay Taylor
The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China
(Harvard University Press)

Jury Members

Carol Gluck (Co-chair)
George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University

Tommy T.B. Koh (Co-chair)
Ambassador-At-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Hassan Abbas
Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor, South Asia Institute, Columbia University

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Senior Editor, Hindustan Times

C. Raja Mohan
Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Andrew J. Nathan
Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Kazuo Ogoura
President, Japan Foundation

Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Professor of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Susan Shirk
Director, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation,
UC-San Diego; Arthur Ross Fellow (2008-09), Asia Society

Simon Tay
Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs;
Professor, National University of Singapore
Bernard Schwartz Fellow (2008-2009), Asia Society

For additional information on the award, please contact:

Hee-Chung Kim
Senior Program Officer, Policy Initiatives
Asia Society
725 Park Ave
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212-327-9317