Asia Society Seeks Submissions for Second Annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award



Asia Society established the annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award in 2009 and selected Duncan McCargo the author of Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell University Press) as the inaugural winner. This major international award recognizes nonfiction books that provide outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations.  Books are evaluated based on their ability to:

· Provide special insights and new perspectives into understanding contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations
· Describe and explain changes taking place in Asia or in U.S.-Asia relations and the implications for the wider world to a general audience
· Bring forth ideas that make a significant impact on policy dialogues relating to the region

An independent jury comprised of experts in the fields of policy, media, academia, cultural affairs, and business will select the winner, who will receive a $20,000 prize and will be honored at a special event at the Asia Society.  In addition to the winner, four books will be chosen to receive honorary mentions.

Rules & Eligibility:

1. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2010.
2. Books submitted must be published in English. 
3. The first English edition of the book must have been published between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. 
4. Entries published in another language between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 and translated into English and published between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 are eligible for submission.
5. Submissions by publishers (including non-U.S. publishers) or individuals are eligible.
6. Biographies, autobiographies and historical books are eligible, if they meet the criteria of the award as described above.
7. For the purposes of this award, “Asia” is defined by Asia Society as comprising of countries from Iran to Japan down to Australia and New Zealand.  It does not include the Middle East.

1. To submit an book, please email a one-page overview of the book to no later than March 31, 2010,
and include the following information:
· Title
· Author
· Publisher and Publication Date
· Short summary and/or reviews describing the book’s qualifications to meet award criteria (no more than 300 words)
· Complete contact information (mailing address, email, telephone number)

Please do not mail books until contacted to do so.

2. If selected to be considered by the jury, Asia Society will contact the publisher or individual to mail up to 12 copies of the book. 

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

About Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Washington, DC. On the web at

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