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The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

See below for information about the prize.

 

May 06, 2006

The New Face of the South Korea-U.S. Alliance and the North Korea Question
Aging and Official Abandonment Carries a Japanese Village to Extinction
The Imaginary Geography of a Nation and its De-nationalized Narrative: Japan and the Korean Experience
Family Skeletons: Japan s Foreign Minister and Forced Labor by Koreans and Allied POWs Japanese Translation Available
Shutdown: US Financial Allegations Toward North Korea
Minamata at 50: The tragedy deepens
Iran + America = Armageddon
"The North Korean Problem", Japan and the US: The Politics of Hypocrisy
South Korea-Japan Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute: Toward Confrontation
Japanese Business Group Calls on P.M. to Halt Yasukuni Visits
Youth Employment in Japan's Economic Recovery: 'Freeters' and 'NEETs'
The "Second Plateau": Japan's Economy and Structures of Inequality
The US Geopolitical Nightmare: The Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia
Japan Stares into a Demographic Abyss
China's Port Development and Shipping Competition in East Asia
The Martyrdom: Children and the Battle of Okinawa
Japan's Indian Ocean Naval Deployment: Blue water militarization in a "normal country"
Exporting the American Model: Markets and Democracy
Now Is the Time to Reclaim Rural Japan: Toward Societal Renewal
Kaesung Ignites U.S.-SK Tensions: Low wages and support for North Korea raise questions
Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims Sue Dow and Monsanto in US Court
Views of Japanese Ethnic Identity Amongst Undergraduates in Hokkaido
Iran in the Crosshairs as Russia and China Drift Toward US Position
The Rails Are Geopolitics: Linking North and South Korea and Beyond
The Retrial of the Yokohama Incident: A Six Decade Battle for Human Dignity
Japan and the Intensifying Global Whaling Debate
Asia Between China and India

The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University is pleased to announce the 2019 prize honoring the life and work of our colleague, Kyoko Selden. The prize will pay homage to the finest achievements in Japanese literature, thought, and society through the medium of translation. Kyoko Selden's translations and writings ranged widely across such realms as Japanese women writers, Japanese art and aesthetics, the atomic bomb experience, Ainu and Okinawan life and culture, historical and contemporary literature, poetry and prose, and early education (the Suzuki method). Recognizing the breadth of Japanese writings, classical and contemporary, and with the aim of making such materials more widely available, we ask that prize submissions be of unpublished translations. Collaborative translations are welcomed. In order to encourage classroom use and wide dissemination of the winning entries, prize-winning translations will be made freely available on the web. The winning translations will be published online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Prize selections will take into account both the quality of the translation and the significance of the original work. In cases where a text already published in English is deemed worthy of retranslation, new translations of significant texts are accepted (please provide date and place of earlier publication). Applicants should submit the following hard copies to the Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853:

  • 1 copy of an unpublished translation
  • 1 copy of a statement of up to 1,000 words explaining the significance of the text. Although we do not require that the translator has already obtained permission to publish the translation from the copyright holder, please include in the statement information about whether preliminary inquiries have been made or whether or not the work is in the public domain.
  • 1 printed copy of the original Japanese text
  • A brief c.v. of the translator
  • In addition, please send electronic copies of all the above as attachments to seldenprize@cornell.edu.

The maximum length of a submission is 20,000 words. In case

of translation of longer works, submit an excerpt of up to 20,000 words. Repeat submissions are welcomed. Please note that

the closing date for the prize competition this year will be August 1, 2019. For the 2019 competition, one prize of $1,500 will be awarded in two different categories:

1) to an already published translator; 2) to an unpublished translator. The winners will be informed by November 1, 2019.

For further information, please visit the Asian Studies website or send questions to seldenprize@cornell.edu.