Buchanan Prize

Franklin R. Buchanan Prize

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) invites submissions for the 2024 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, 2022 and include well-articulated and detailed teaching strategies in order to be competitive.


The 2024 Buchanan Prize will be awarded to the author(s) of the work at the AAS Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, March 14-17, 2024. The prize includes a $1,000 monetary award and a one-year membership to AAS.


Submissions are due November 1, 2023.

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

2022 Award

Winner and Citation

Anne Prescott, Yurika Kurakata, John Frank, and Arlene Kowal, Walking the Tōkaidō: A Multi-Disciplinary Experience in History and Culture (self-published, intended for grade levels 9-12)

Walking the Tōkaidō: A Multi-Disciplinary Experience in History and Culture is an innovative virtual curriculum project which allows educators and students to explore Japanese history and culture as they journey along the Tōkaidō from Edo to Kyoto. As participants reach selected milestones, they receive an email with information and links to resources on a given topic (see the syllabus or the seventeen milestone emails). As outlined on the syllabus, the basic course of study includes ten required and seven optional stations, and each station includes a list of readings, videos and webinars on the topic of that station, as well as suggested educator and student discussion prompts. Each milestone can be used as a stand-alone unit of study if desired.

Walking the Tōkaidō can be used for educator professional development (appropriate for K-16) or for classroom instruction (most appropriate for high school). 

Past Awards

Franklin R. Buchanan Prize

1996 Jackson Bailey

1997 Gary M. Mukai

1998 Lynn Parisi, A Humanities Approach to Japanese History

1999 Steven I. Levine, The China Box and China Talk: A Handbook for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

2000 Roberta Martin, Contemporary Japan: A Teaching Workbook

2001 Yong Jin Kim Choi, Korea: Lessons for Grades 1-12

2002 The China Studies Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Contemporary Chinese Societies: Continuity and Change

2003 Linda Menton, Eileen Tamura, Noren Lush, and Chance Gusukuma, Rise of Modern Japan

2004 Waka Takashi Brown, Religions and Philosophies in China: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism

2005 Donald Johnson and Jean Johnson, India: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

2006 The China Institute of America, From Silk to Oil: Cross Cultural Connections along the Silk Roads

2007 Gregory Francis and Stefanie Lamb, China’s Cultural Revolution

2008 Waka Takashi Brown and Selena Lai, Chinese Dynasties: Parts I and II

2009 John Dower, Meredith Melzer, and Lynn Parisi, Visualizing Cultures: Yokohama Boomtown Curriculum

2010 Rylan Sekiguchi, Joon Seok Hong, Rennie Moon, and Gary Mukai, U.S.-South Korean Relations and Uncovering North Korea

2011 Lynn Parisi and Peter Perdue, China in the World: The Rise and Fall of the Canton Trade System

2012 Andrew Blackadar, Sarah Massey, and Tanya Waldburger, The United States in Afghanistan

2013 Constantine N. Vaporis, Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns

2014 Leah Elliott, Maya Lindberg, and Tanya Waldburger, Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

2015 Rylan Sekiguchi and  Risa Morimoto, “My Cambodia” and “My Cambodian America”

2016 Dorinda Neave, Lara Blanchard and Marika Sardar, Asian Art

2017 Anne  Prescott, East Asia in the World: An Introduction

2018 Aili Mu, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text

2019 Michael A. Fuller, An Introduction to Chinese Poetry: From the Canon of Poetry to the Lyrics of the Song Dynasty

2020 Jason A Carbine, Gary Marcuse, and Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Global Environmental Justice Collection

2021 Rylan Sekiguchi, “What Does It Mean To Be An American?”