Frank Gibney Award in American-East Asian Relations


The Journal of American-East Asian Relations invites submissions for the Frank Gibney Award in American-East Asian Relations.

The award is given by the editors to an essay in the field of American–East Asian Relations written by a graduate student and submitted by his or her supervisor. The author will receive a $1,000 prize and the selected article will be published in the Journal in an issue in the year of submission.

The award honors the life and goals of Frank Gibney (1924–2006), an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Journal. Gibney worked for more than fifty years to educate the peoples on both sides of the Pacific about each other. He began his study of Japan as a military intelligence officer during World War II and the Occupation of Japan, then became a correspondent and editor at Time, Life, and Newsweek magazines before joining Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1966 to develop its presence in Asia. Gibney wrote or edited more than a dozen books on Japan and Asia. In 1979, Gibney co-founded the Pacific Basin Institute, now at Pomona College, Claremont California, to promote public understanding through lectures, conferences, and publications. He edited the Library of Japan series, which commissioned and translated works of Japanese fiction and nonfiction.

Deadline for submissions for the 2016 Award was February 1, 2016. More information about the 2018 Award will be added as soon as possible.

Please send submissions to Charles W. Hayford, Immediate Past Editor: Chayford@AOL.COM

Instructions for authors can be found on the journal's web page.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2008: Tristan Grunow, University of Oregon (Advisor: Jeffrey Hanes), “A Reexamination of the ‘Shock of Hiroshima’: The Japanese Bomb Projects and the Surrender Decision,” Vol. 12, No. 3-4.
  • 2010: Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, Brown University (Advisors: Professors Naoko Shibusawa and Robert G. Lee), “Birth Control and Socialism: The Frustration of Margaret Sanger and Ishimoto Shizue's Mission.” Volume 17, No. 3.
  • 2012: Wataru Yamaguchi, Keio University (Advisor: Koji Murata), “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Shift in Japanese Diplomacy at the Beginning of the Second Cold War, 1979: A New Look,” Volume 19, No. 3-4
  • 2014 Wen-Qing Ngoei, Northwestern University (Advisors: Michael Allen, Michael Sherry), “The Domino Logic of The Darkest Moment: The Fall Of Singapore, The Atlantic Echo Chamber And "Chinese Penetration" In U.S. Cold War Policy Toward Southeast Asia,” Vol. 21, No.3.

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