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Professor Winichakul Wins Book Award

(Posted: 28 September 2004) The Mainichi Newspapers and the Asian Affairs Research Council (AARC) have awarded Thongchai Winichakul the Grand Prize of the 16th Asian Pacific Awards for the recent Japanese translation of his work, Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-body of a Nation.

Mainichi Newspapers, Japan's oldest daily, established the AARC in 1964. The annual Asian Pacific Awards were created by the AARC in 1989. According to a letter sent by the AARC, "the primary purpose of the council is to contribute to peace and prosperity of the Asian Pacific nations by promoting research and studies on this region." Professor Winichakul has been invited to attend the presentation ceremony to be held in Tokyo on November 24, 2004.

Thongchai, Professor of History, has been a faculty member of UW's Center for Southeast Asian Studies since 1991. Shortly after Siam Mapped was first published, it received the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies in 1995.



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