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and contemporary, and with the aim of making such materials more widely available, we ask that prize submissions be of unpublished translations.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  • 1 copy of an unpublished translation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

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

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Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus—Free Downloadable Course Readers!


NEW! The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus is pleased to announce the release of two new free volume-length e-book course readers.

In 2012, The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus announced the start of a new initiative: volume-length e-book compilations of essays on selected topics with explanatory introductions by scholars.

These volumes are designed to make it easier for teachers and students to use the Asia-Pacific Journal archive. The volume editors have chosen articles from the archive that lend themselves particularly well to classroom use and work well as a set. All volumes have been peer-reviewed, in addition to the initial review process each article went through when it was originally posted.

The Asia-Pacific Journal is proud of providing educational resources suitable for classroom use.
The readers are designed to be especially convenient for students; the readers are available any time of day, are storable on a computer, searchable, and cost nothing to them.

Fifteen readers are currently available on the following topics. For a quick look at the tables of contents and title pages of each reader, please open the files below. The full readers are accessible through the second set of links.


1. War and Visual Culture: Table of Contents

2. Environmental History: Table of Contents

3. War in Japanese Popular Culture: Table of Contents

4. Women and Japans Political Economy: Table of Contents

5. Public Opinion on Nuclear Power in Japan after the Fukushima Disaster: Table of Contents

6. Japan’s “Abandoned People” in the Wake of Fukushima: Table of Contents

7. The Politics of Memory in Japan and East Asia: Table of Contents

8. The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggle: Table of Contents

9. Japan, China, and Pan-Asianism: Table of Contents

10. Religion in Modern Asia: Tradition, State and Society: Table of Contents

11. Zainichi Koreans: The Past, the Present, and the Future: Table of Contents

12. Putting Okinawa at the Center: Table of Contents

13. White Peril/Yellow Peril and Japan's Pan-Asian Visions, 1850-1930: Table of Contents

14. Japan and the American-led Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Table of Contents

15. The Ainu People: Indigeneity, Culture and Politics: Table of Contents

To download the full contents of a reader, please click on the links below and enter your email address. The course reader will be emailed to you automatically.

  1. Japan and the American-led Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
  2. The Ainu People: Indigeneity, Culture and Politics
  3. War and Visual Culture edited by Hong Kal and Jooyeon Rhee
  4. Environmental History edited by Eiko Maruko Siniawer
  5. War in Japanese Popular Culture edited by Matthew Penney
  6. Women and Japan’s Political Economy edited by Valerie Barske
  7. Public Opinion on Nuclear Power in Japan after the Fukushima Disaster edited by Brian Earl
  8. Japan’s “Abandoned People” in the Wake of Fukushima edited by Brian Earl
  9. The Politics of Memory in Japan and East Asia edited by Sven Saaler & Justin Aukema
  10. The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggle edited by Kirsten Ziomek
  11. Japan, China, and Pan-Asianism by Alan Baumler
  12. Religion in Modern Asia: Tradition, State and Society by Michael Bathgate
  13. Zainichi Koreans: The Past, the Present, and the Future by Noboru Tomonari
  14. Putting Okinawa at the Center edited by Lonny Carlile
  15. White Peril/Yellow Peril and Japan’s Pan-Asian Visions, 1850-1930 edited by Owen Griffiths
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