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2013 (Seattle, WA)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Stephen Sumida
Bob Suzuki 

Excellence in Mentoring Award
Jigna Desai

Early Career Award
Jonathan H.X. Lee
Cathy Schlund-Vials 

Best Graduate Student Paper Award
K. Ian Shin

Honorable Mention: Timothy K. August, Stephen H. Chen, Morgan Kennedy, Qing Zhou

Anita Affeldt Graduate Travel Fund Award
Vivian Huang
Elena Shih 

Leadership Award
Diane Narasaki

Community Award
Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Book Awards

Cultural Studies
Chandan Reddy
Thuy Tu 

Poetry & Prose
Lee A. Tonouchi

Social Sciences
Junaid Rana 
Honorable Mention: Nazli Kibria

Andrea Geiger 
Honorable Mention: Richard S. Kim

Literary Studies 
erin Ninh 
Honorable Mention: Rocio G. Davis, Julia Lee

2012 (Washington, DC)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Franklin Odo
Gary Okihiro

Excellence in Mentoring Award
Yen Le Espiritu

Early Career Award
Anita Mannur

Best Graduate Student Paper Award
Ma Vang

Anita Affeldt Graduate Travel Fund Award
Ruth Kim
Laura Kwak

Leadership  Award

Honorable Norman Mineta

Community Award

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

Organization of Pan Asian American Women 

Book Awards
Awards given for books published in 2010

Cultural Studies
J.B. Capino
Dream Factories of a Former Colony: American Fantasies, Philippine Cinema (University of Minnesota Press)

Honorable Mention:
Leslie Bow
Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South (New York University Press)

Tan Lin
Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking: [AIRPORT NOVEL MUSICAL POEM PAINTING FILM PHOTO HALLUCINATION LANDSCAPE] (Wesleyan University Press)

Karen Tei Yamashita
I-Hotel (Coffee House Press)

Honorable Mention:
Neela Vaswani
You Have Given Me a Country (Sarabande Books)

Social Science
Eleana Kim
Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging (Duke University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Robyn M. Rodriguez
Migrants for Export: How the Philippine Brokers Labor to the World (University of Minnesota Press)

Lisa Rose Mar
Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada's Exclusion Era, 1885-1945 (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Him Mark Lai
Chinese American Transnational Politics (University of Illinois Press)

Erika Lee and Judy Yung
Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (Oxford University Press)

Literary Studies
Steven Yao
Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity (Oxford University Press)


2011 (New Orleans, Louisiana )

Engaged Scholarship Award
Shirley Hune

Lifetime Achievement Award
Elaine Kim

Leadership and Community Award
Vatsana Chanthala
Marina Espina
Diem Nguyen
Minh Nguyen

Community Award
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation, Inc

Book Awards
Awards given for books published in 2009

Cultural Studies
Margo Machida
Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (Duke Univerisity Press)

Honorable Mention:
Sunaina Maira
Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire after 9/11 (Duke University Press)

Poetry / Prose
Rakesh Satyal
Blue Boy (Kensington)

Social Science
Wei Li
Ethnoburb: The New Ethnic Community in Urban America (Hawaii University Press)

Greg Robinson
A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America (Columbia University Press)

Literary Studies
Timothy Yu
Race and the Avant Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry (Stanford University Press)

Anita Affeldt Graduate Travel Fund Award
Kevin Escudero
Lily Ann Welty

2010 (Austin, Texas)

Individual Community Service Award
Ms. Amy Wong Mok is the Founder of the Asian American Cultural Center and the President of the Asian American Community Partnership in Austin, Texas. These two organizations have initiated many activities that foster the community spirit, preserve the history, advocate awareness of APIDA issues, and empower political participation of Asian Americans. Amy has served on numerous civic boards and won many honors by exercising her leadership role. She is the first Asian American to be elected President of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. She tirelessly advocates justice for Asian Americans by providing culturally significant information to the Austin Police cadets training yearly. Proud of her Asian American cultural heritage, Amy has instituted many cultural events including the annual Dragon Boat Race and Festival. She is an outstanding community servant, a mentor and a leader who works diligently and effectively for the APIDA community. Because of her passion to civic service, Amy was selected in the American Trustee Project.

Organizational Community Service Award
SAHELI for Asian Families is a non-profit organization that provides a broad range of services from counseling to crisis intervention to emergency housing for domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking victims of Asian descent. SAHELI stands for Support, Advocate, Heal, Empower, Listen, and Inform.

From its founding in 1992 as a support group for the Asian Indian community, SAHELI has evolved to address the cultural and language needs of all Asian and other immigrant families affected by domestic violence. The agency also provides phone support, referrals, and system advocacy to all parts of Texas and outside of the state for those who cannot access similar services within their local jurisdiction. Linda Phan was hired in 2005 as SAHELI’s first full-time executive director and also represents the Austin APA community as a representative to the Commission on Immigrant Affairs providing advice to Austin’s City Council.

SAHELI’s bold, creative approach has helped it develop a reputation as not only a domestic violence program, but a go-to organization for advocacy on a range of issues affecting the entire Asian American and immigrant community. SAHELI has become a resource of choice for not only the Asian American community, but also the African, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern immigrant communities. See http://www.saheli-austin.org/

Event Community Service Award
Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is committed to celebrating the best in independent Asian cinema and bringing awareness to global issues and causes. The 6th annual Austin Asian American Film Festival was held during November 12-15, 2009 at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar and funded, in part, by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Grant. It featured 40 films and various social and networking events. Numerous free events and films were held at The Mexican American Cultural Center and The University of Texas at Austin, including a panel discussion and the film, ‘White on Rice’ with 300 in attendance. Two awards, “Best Feature” and “Best Short”, were given to films that embodied innovation, entertainment value, and community empowerment. The success of this festival is due to the commitment and tireless efforts of the Executive Director, Masashi Niwano, and his volunteer staff. Our community is fortunate to be enriched by this incredible annual event celebrating Asian culture and heritage through films.

Book Awards
Awards given for books published in 2008

Cultural Studies
Lisa Nakamura
Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota Press)

Poetry / Prose
Preeta Samarasan
Evening is the Whole Day (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Honorable Mention:
Wendy Lee
Happy Family (Grove Atlantic, Inc)

Julie Shikeguni
Unending Nora (Red Hen Press)

Social Science
Lynn Fujiwara
Mothers Without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and Welfare Reform (University of Minnesota Press)

Jamillah Karim
American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah (New York University Press)

Scott Kurashige
The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Gordon H. Chang
Mark Dean Johnson, and Paul J. Karlstrom, Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (Stanford University Press)

Literary Studies
Josephine Nock-Hee Park
Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian American Poetics (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Eleanor Ty and Christl Verduyn
Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

2009 (Hawai’i)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ron Takaki

Engaged Scholar Award
Don T. Nakanishi

Outstanding Service Award
Hawai’i's People’s Fund

Chinese Community Action Coalition

Bamboo Ridge Press.

Special Commendation to a University Initiative Engaging Students in Community Service
The Program for Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning, Ethnic Studies Department, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

Anita Affeldt Graduate Award
Ronak Kapadia

Anthony Ocampo

Book Awards
Awards given for books published in 2007

Cultural Studies Award
Celine Parrenas Shimizu
The Hypersexuality of Race (Duke University Press)

Jasbir Puar
Terrorist Assemblages (Duke University Press)


Poetry/Prose Awards
Lisa Chen
Mouth (Kaya Press)

Wang Ping
The Last Communist (Coffee House Press)

Social Science Award
Rhacel Parrenas and Lok Siu
Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions (Stanford University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Pawan Dhingra
Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (Stanford University Press)

Angie Y. Chung
Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press)

History Award
Daisuke Miyao
Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom (Duke University Press)

Literary Studies Award
Amie Elizabeth Parry
Interventions into Modernist Cultures: Poetry from Beyond the Empty Screen (Duke University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Rocio Davis
Begin Here: Reading Asian North American Autobiographies of Childhood (University of Hawaii Press)



2008 (Chicago)

Awards given for books published in 2006

Cultural Studies Award
Allan Punzalan Isaac
American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America (University of Minnesota Press)

Honorable Mention
Grace Hong
Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color, Feminism, and the Culture of Immigrant Labor (University of Minnesota Press)

Poetry/Prose Awards
Patrick Rosal
My American Kundiman (Persea Books)

James Janko
Buffalo Boy and Geronimo (Curbstone Press)

Social Science Award
Monisha Das Gupta
Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States (Duke University Press)

History Award
Moon-Ho Jung
Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Linda Espana-Maram
Creating Masculinity in Los Angeles’s Little Manila: Working Class Filipinos and Popular Culture, 1920s-1950s (Columbia University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Yuji Ichioka (eds. Gordon Chang and Eiichiro Azuma)
Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History (Stanford University Press)


2007 (New York)

Awards given for books published in 2005

Cultural Studies Award
Colleen Lye
America’s Asia: Racial Form and American Literature, 1893-1945 (Princeton University Press)

Poetry/Prose Awards
Victoria Chang
Circle: Poems (Southern Illinois University Press)

Chieh Chieng
A Long Stay in a Distant Land (Bloomsbury)

Honorable Mention: Mary Anne Mohanraj, Bodies in Motion: Stories (Harper Collins)

Social Science Award
Lok Siu
Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama (Stanford University Press)

History Award
Eiichiro Azuma
Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford University Press)

Mary Ting Yi Lui,
The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder,
Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn- of-the-Century NYC (Princeton University Press)

Honorable Mention: K. Scott Wong, Americans First (Harvard University Press)

2006 (Atlanta)

Awards given for books published in 2004

Cultural Studies Award
Rajini Srikanth
The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America (Temple University Press)

Poetry/Prose Award
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press)

Aimee Phan
We Shall Never Meet (St. Martin’s Press/Picador)

Honorable mentions: ?Ishle Yi Park, The Temperature of this Water (Kaya Press) , Gary Pak, Children of a Fireland (University of Hawai’i Press)

Special Citation: ?Ayako Tanaka Ishigaki, Restless Wave: My Life in Two Worlds (The Feminist Press at the City University of New York)

Social Science Award
Andrea Louie,
Chineseness Across Borders (Duke University Press)

Honorable Mentions: ?Linda Trinh Võ, Mobilizing an Asian American Community (Temple University Press), Sharmila Rudrappa, Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and the Cultures of Citizenship (Rutgers University Press)

History Award
Mae Ngai,
Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of America (Princeton University Press)

Sucheng Chan,
Survivors: Cambodian Refugees in the United States (University of Illinois Press)

Honorable Mention: Sharon Delmendo, The Star-Entangled Banner: One Hundred Years of America in the Philippines (Rutgers University Press)


2005 (Los Angeles)

Awards given for books published in 2003

Social Science Award
Yen Le Espiritu
Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries (University of California Press)

Poetry/Prose Award
Linh Dinh
All Around What Empties Out
(Tinfish Press)

Monique Truong
The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin)

History Award
Catherine Ceniza Choy
Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (Duke University Press)

Erika Lee
At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (University of North Carolina Press)

Cultural Studies Award
Elaine Kim, Margo Machida, Sharon Mizota
Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art (University of California Press)

Honorable Mention:
Martin Manalansan
Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Global Divas (Duke University Press)


2004 (Boston)

Awards given for books published in 2002

History Award
Lon Kurashige
Japanese American Celebration and Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival, 1934-1990 (University of California Press)

Xiaojian Zhao
Remaking Chinese America: Immigration, Family, and Community, 1940-1965 (Rutgers University Press)

Cultural Studies Award
Laura Hyun Yi Kang
Compositional Subjects: Enfiguring Asian/American Women (Duke University Press)

Social Science Award
Joshua H. Roth
Brokered Homeland (Cornell University Press)



2003 (San Francisco)

Social Science Award
Viranjini P. Munasinghe
Callaloo or Tossed Salad? East Indians and the Cultural Politics of Identity in Trinidad (Cornell University Press)

Cultural Studies Award
Anthony Lee
Picturing Chinatown: Art and Orientalism in San Francisco (University of California Press)

History Award
Nayan Shah
Contagious Divide: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown (University of California Press)

Special Award for Most Outstanding Reference Tool on Asian American History
Gary Y. Okihiro
The Columbia Guide to Asian American History (Columbia University Press, 2001)

Prose Award
Brian Ascalon Roley
American Son (W. W. Norton Publishing)


2002 (Salt Lake City)

Cultural Studies Award
Manalansan, Martin.
Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple University Press)

History Award
Hsu, Madeline.
Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home (Stanford University Press)

Poetry/Prose Award
Lee, Priscilla.
Wishbone (Heyday Books — Roundhouse Press)

Louie, David Wong.
The Barbarians are Coming (The Berkeley Publishing Group)


2001 (Toronto)

History and Social Science Award
K. Scott Wong and Sucheng Chan (eds.)
Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era (Temple University Press, 1998)
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New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

Poetry/Prose Award
Frank Chin
Bulletproof Buddhists and Other Essays (University of Hawaii Press, 1998)

Cultural Studies Award
Aihwa Ong
Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logic of Transnationality (Duke University Press, 1999)

David Eng and Alice Hom (eds.)
Q & A: Queer and Asian American (Temple University Press, 1998)


2000 (Scottsdale)
No Book Awards Given.



1999 (Philadelphia)
No Book Awards Given.


1998 (Honolulu)

History and Social Science Award
Kyeyoung Park
The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Snall Business in New York City.

Fiction Award — Rescinded.
Lois Ann Yamanaka
Blu’s Hanging.

Cultural Studies and Literary Award
Dorinne, Kondo
About Face

Poetry Award
Roy K. Kiyooka
Pacific Windows: Collected Poems.


1997 (Seattle)

Lisa Lowe
Immigrant Acts

Pyong Gap Min
Caught in the Middle.


1996 (Washington, D.C.)

History Award
Judy Yung
Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (University of California Press, 1995)

Special Award
Mary Kimoto Tomita
Dear Miye: Letters Home From Japan, 1939 – 1946 (Stanford University Press, 1995)

Cultural Studies Award
Annette White-Parks
Sui Sin Far/Edith Maude Eaton: A Literary Biography (University of Illinois Press, 1995)

Literature Award
Sigrid Nunez
A Feather on the Breath of God (Harper Collins Publishers, 1995)


1995 (Oakland)

Gina Marchetti
Romance and the “Yellow Peril” (University of California Press, 1994)

Cris Friday
Organizing Asian American Labor: The Pacific Coast Canned-Salmon Industry, 1870 – 1942 (Temple University Press, 1994)

Wakako Yamauchi
Songs My Mother Taught Me (The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1994)

Timothy Fong
The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (Temple University Press, 1994)


1995 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre (Bamboo Ridge Press)

Barbara Kawakami
Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press)

Faye Myenne Ng
Bone (Hyperion Press)

Yen Le Espiritu
Asian American Panethnicity (Temple University Press)


1993 (Ithaca, New York)

Kimiko Hahn
Earshot (Hanging Loose Press)

Dana Takagi
Retreat From Race: Asian Admissions and Racial Politics (Rutgers University Press, 1992)

Renqiu Yu
To Save China, To Save Ourselves: The Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance of New York (Temple University Press, 1992)

Epifanio San Juan Jr.
Racial Formations – Critical Transformations: Articulations of Power in Ethnic and Racial Studies in the United States (Humanities Press, 1992)

Gary Pak
The Watcher of Waipuna and Other Stories (Bamboo Ridge, 1992)


1992 (San Jose, California)

Gary Y. Okihiro
Cane Fires, The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945 (Temple University Press, 1991)

Darrell H. Lum
Pass On, No Pass Back! (Bamboo Ridge Press, 1991)

Stephen S. Fugita and David J. O’Brien
Japanese American Ethnicity: The Persistence of Community (University of Washington Press, 1991)

Stephen H. Sumida
And the View From the Shore: Literary Traditions of Hawai’i (University of Washington Press, 1991)


1991 (Honolulu, Hawai’i)

Jessica Hagedorn
Dogeaters (Penguin Books, 1990)

Mary Paik Lee
Quiet Odyssey, A Pioneer Korean Woman in America (University of Washington Press, 1990)


1990 (Santa Barbara, California)

Asian Women United of California (ed.) , Making Waves: Writing By and About Asian American Women.

Ronald Takaki
Strangers From a Different Shore, A History of Asian Americans (Penguin Books, 1989)

James M. Freeman
Hearts of Sorrow, Vietnamese- American Lives (Stanford University Press, 1989)


1989 (Hunter College, New York)

Yuji Ichioka
The Issei, The World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrants, 1885-1924 (The Free Press, 1988)

Hisaye, Yamamoto
Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories (Women of Color Press, 1988)


1988 (Pullman, Washington)

Sucheng Chan
This Bitter Sweet Soil, The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860-1910 (University of California Press, 1986)


1987 (San Francisco, California)

Wing Tek Lum
Expounding the Doubtful Points (Bamboo Ridge Press, 1987)

Edward D. Beechert
Working in Hawaii, A Labor History (University of Hawaii Press, 1985)

Timothy J. Lukes and Gary Y. Okihiro.
Japanese Legacy, Farming and Community Life in California’s Santa Clara Valley (California History Center, De Anza College, 1985)

Sandy Lydon
Chinese Gold, The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region (Capitola Book Company, 1985)