AAS SEAC: A.L. Becker Book Prize Competition

The A.L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize will recognize an outstanding English translation of a work of Southeast Asian literature from any country of the region (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam).

Works translated from any Southeast Asian language are eligible. The Prize recognizes the importance of works of translation in teaching about the region. Any translation, published in any format, from a work that may be broadly defined as literature within the norms of the country of publication is eligible. The translator need not be a member of the AAS.

The Prize was established in 2011 and is awarded triennially. Only books with a copyright date of 2015-2017 will be eligible for this year’s competition. Nominations for the prize must be received by each member of the selection committee listed below no later than AUGUST 1, 2018. The winner will be announced at the 2019 AAS conference in Denver. There are no citizenship or residence requirements for nominees. Nominations may be made by publishers or by any member of the Association for Asian Studies.

Becker Prize Committee:

  • Nhung Tuyet Tran (Chair), University of Toronto, Dept of History, 100 St George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3 Canada
  • Thak Chaloemtiarana, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • John Marston, CEAA, El Colegio de México, Picacho Ajusco 20, Fuentes del Pedregal, México, CDMX 14110, Mexico