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Six scholars receive Yu Ying-Shih Prize for Humanities Research

2018/12/28 23:05:43

Huang Yi-chun (黃怡君, left), Hsu Sheng-kai (徐聖凱, center) and Hsu Hui-Lin (許暉林, right)

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) Six scholars were the recipients of the fourth Yu Ying-Shih Prize for Humanities Research, aimed at supporting promising researchers and scholars in the humanities, at a ceremony held in Taipei on Friday.

Three recipients were awarded a Monographic Book Prize and NT$360,000 (US$11,718) in prize money and the other three were awarded a Doctoral Thesis Prize and NT$240,000 in prize money, according to Academia Sinica, which organized the award.

One of the three recipients of the Monographic Book Prize was Howard Chiang (姜學豪), an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis, for his work "Translators of the Soul: From the First Chinese Psychoanalyst to the Rise of Transcultural Psychiatry."

In his work, Chiang has shown innovation in medical history by studying a culture-bound syndrome delusional disorder in which an individual has an overpowering belief that their sex organs are retracting and will disappear.

Another recipient of the Monographic Book Prize was Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of Chinese Language and Literature associate professor Hsu Hui-Lin (許暉林), for his work "Landscape, Sentiment, and the State: The Travels of Lao Can and the 1889 Yellow River Flood in Shandong."

Hsu's work uses literary and environmental issues to redefine key literary, social, political and scientific concepts, as well as sensory experiences.

The last recipient was National Chung Hsing University Department of History assistant professor You Yi-fei (游逸飛), for his work "Commandery-county Administration and Local Society in Early China."

One of the Doctoral Thesis Prizes went to National Taiwan Normal University Department of History PhD. candidate Hsu Sheng-kai (徐聖凱) for his thesis "The Public Recreation and Modernization of Recreation during the Japanese Colonial Period in Taiwan."

Hsu said there has not been a broad study of the role of leisure in Taiwan's history, and he hoped to learn about leisure's evolution on the island through the thesis . In the past, leisure was seen as something that was not meaningful, but society today believes leisure is something good and necessary, Hsu said.

The second winner of the prize was National Taiwan University Department of History PhD. candidate Huang Yi-chun (黃怡君) for her thesis "The Official Selection and Promotion System in Western Han Dynasty."

Huang said historical materials show clearly how grassroots bureaucrats of the Han Dynasty got promoted and the types of jobs and responsibilities that offered faster and smoother promotions.

Columbia University Department of East Asian Language and Cultures PhD. candidate Yang Chung-wei (楊中薇) was also honored for the thesis "Fiction as Intermedia: Printing, Visual Technologies, and Formation of Modern Fiction in Early-Twentieth Century China."

The Yu Ying-Shih Prize for Humanities Research was created in 2015 by Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih (余英時), who won the first Tang Prize in Sinology in 2014.

According to the Tang Prize Foundation, which has commissioned Academia Sinica to organize and manage the Yu Ying-shih award, the honor is aimed at supporting promising researchers in the humanities and granting financial assistance needed to complete dissertations and academic works.

The annual award has been in place since 2015, but next year will be its last edition, and Academia Sinica Vice President Huang Chin-shing (黃進興) hoped that another institution could continue to organize and host the award.

According to Academia Sinica, the Tang Prize Foundation has only commissioned the Academia Sinica's Institute of History and Philology, to carry out the Yu Ying-Shih Prize for Humanities Research on an annual basis for the period between 2015 and 2019.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and William Yen)
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