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Cornell's primary locus for the study of Asian humanities

Department of Asian Studies

The department is the home for instruction in the languages, literatures, religions, cultures, and intellectual histories of Asian societies and is one of the few departments in America that offers instruction in social sciences, the humanities and languages across all three regions of Asia: East Asia (China, Japan and Korea), Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh). The Department is committed to the examination of social, political, and cultural formations that transcend traditional national and areal boundaries.

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Kyoko Selden Translation Prize Announcement 2022

The Asian Studies Department of Cornell University is pleased to announce the Kyoko Selden Translation Prize for 2022 in this, our final year of the prize. 

In the category of previously published translators, the 2022 award went to Matthew Fraleigh, Honorable Mention in this category was  awarded to Shi-Lin Loh, and the award in the previously unpublished category was given to Yi Deng.

For more information, view our announcement.  

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