Buchanan Prize

Franklin R. Buchanan Prize

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) invites submissions for the 2022 Franklin R. Buchanan Prize.

Established in 1995 by the AAS Committee on Educational Issues and Policy and the Committee on Teaching about Asia, the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding pedagogical, instructional, or curriculum publication on Asia designed for K-12 and college undergraduate instructors and learners. Any format is acceptable, including print, CD, video, and online formats. Submissions that address underrepresented regions of Asia, as defined by the Association for Asian Studies, are encouraged.

The mission of the Buchanan Prize is to recognize excellence and innovation in curricular and instructional materials, especially for non-specialists teaching in K-12 and college undergraduate classrooms. To that end, the winning submission will reflect current scholarship as well as innovative pedagogical methodologies that emphasize student-centered learning and skill development. Submissions should enhance teaching beyond conventional textbooks, primary source readers, or collected or academic essays. The winning submission will contribute qualitatively to the available materials for teaching the specific content and make a significant impact on the intended audience. Submissions must have been published after January 1, 2020 and include well-articulated and detailed teaching strategies in order to be competitive.


The 2022 Buchanan prize will be awarded to the author(s) of the work at the AAS Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 24-27, 2022. The prize includes a $1,000 monetary award and a one-year membership to AAS.


Submissions are due November 1, 2021.

For more information and a submission form, please contact the Chair of the Committee:

Kristi Roundtree
East Asia Resource Center
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
302B Thomson Hall Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
Phone: (206) 685-1389

2021 Awards

Winner and Citation

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Rylan Sekiguchi, What Does it Mean to Be an American? Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and the Mineta Legacy Project, 2019.

“What Does It Mean to Be An American?” was inspired by the life and career of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, whose parents were immigrants to the United States from Japan. The six standards-aligned lessons use primary source materials, interactive exercises, and personal videos that connect to students’ lives and showcase a diverse range of American voices—from young adults to former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The six themed lessons are: Immigration, Civil Liberties & Equity, Civic Engagement, Justice & Reconciliation, Leadership, and U.S.-Japan Relations. The curriculum can be use by students at home or by teachers in classrooms. There are separate “Student” and “Teacher” menus. “What Does It Mean To Be An American?” is designed to encourage critical thinking through class activities and discussions and introduce new voices and perspectives in issues that are as relevant today as they have been for much of America’s past. The curriculum focuses on topics such as immigration to the United States from Japan, the impact of World War II on Japanese Americans, and contemporary U.S.-Japan relations, and extends the discussion of topics like civil liberties and equity to other groups in the United States such as African Americans and Muslim Americans. An important aspect of the curriculum is that it illustrates how the United States is interconnected with Asia through its significant and fastest growing ethnic group, Asian Americans.

Honorable Mention

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Kusum Knapczyk and Peter Knapczyk, Reading Hindi: Novice to Intermediate. Routledge, 2019.