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

See below for information about the prize.

 

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The Bravo Test and the Death and Life of the Global Ecosystem in the Early Anthropocene
Opening the Door to Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Women Cross DMZ
Civilization & Barbarism: Cartoon Commentary & “The White Man’s Burden” (1898–1902)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Deeply Flawed Partnership (TPP)
Zen and War: A Commentary on Brian Victoria and Karl Baier's Analysis of Daisetz Suzuki and Count Dürckheim
To Hell With Capitalism: Snapshots from the Crab Cannery Ship
Making More Enemies than We Kill? Calculating U.S. Bomb Tonnages Dropped on Laos and Cambodia, and Weighing Their Implications
Vietnam: Okinawa's Forgotten War
The Wired Seas of Asia: China, Japan, the US and Australia
Islam, a Forgotten Holocaust, and American Historical Amnesia
Juche in the United States: The Black Panther Party’s Relations with North Korea, 1969-1971
Japan's 1968: A Collective Reaction to Rapid Economic Growth in an Age of Turmoil
Africa and China's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
Ending a Nuclear Threat via a Northwest Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone
Australia in America's Third Iraq War
'Distancing Acts': Private Mercenaries and the War on Terror in American Foreign Policy
US Strategic Negligence, North Korea and the Sony Slideshow
Undermining Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Energy and Security Politics in the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Nuclear Nexus ···
The US ‘Pivot to Asia’, the China Spectre and the Australian-American Alliance
How Many Minutes to Midnight? On the Nuclear Era and Armageddon
The Ethics of Bombing Civilians After World War II: The Persistence of Norms Against Targeting Civilians in the Korean War
Japan's Secrecy Law and International Standards
The Radiation That Makes People Invisible: A Global Hibakusha Perspective
The Overseas Dispatch of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and U.S. War Preparations
Abe Shinzo and the U.S.-Japan Relationship in a Global Context
The Dulles Brothers, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, and the Fate of the Private Pre-War International Banking System
Worker-Intellectual Unity: Suicide, trans-border sociological intervention, and the Foxconn-Apple connection
Indonesia, Australia and the Edward Snowden Legacy: Shifting asymmetries of power
The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld (Updated March 13, 2014)
Addressing Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’ Issue From an Academic Standpoint
The San Francisco System: Past, Present, Future in U.S.-Japan-China Relations
Safecast or the Production of Collective Intelligence on Radiation Risks after 3.11
South Korea, the United States and Emergency Powers During the Korean Conflict
WikiLeaks and the Release of the Secret TPP Environment Report TPP
The Origins of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dispute between China, Taiwan and Japan
The Uncertain Future of a 'New Type' of US-China Relationship
Poison In Our Waters: A Brief Overview of the Proposed Militarization of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Leaving Asia? The Meaning of Datsu-A and Japan’s Modern History
The Asia-Pacific in the Eye of Super-storms
What Ever Happened to Japanese Electronics?: A World Economy Perspective
D.T. Suzuki, Zen and the Nazis
It Would Make No Sense for Article 9 to Mean What it Says, Therefore It Doesn’t. The Transformation of Japan's Constitution
Okinawa Dumpsite Offers Proof of Agent Orange: Experts Say
The Spectre Of U.S. Military Defoliants/Herbicides Buried In Okinawa
Cooking the Books: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the China Lobby and Cold War Propaganda, 1950-1962
Oliver Stone on Okinawa - The Untold Story
The Lius of Shanghai: A Chinese Family in Business, War and Revolution
The politics of global production: Apple, Foxconn and China's new working class
Guantánamo: A Useful Corner of the World
A Suicide Survivor: the life of a Chinese migrant worker at Foxconn

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.