Hanan Prize

Patrick D. Hanan Book Prize

The Hanan Prize for Translation (China and Inner Asia) was established in 2015 and is given biennially to an outstanding English translation of a significant work in any genre originally written in Chinese or an Inner Asian Language, from any time period. 


$1,000 to the translator.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Works with copyright dates of 2017 or 2018 are eligible for nomination.
  • There are no citizenship or residence requirements for nominees. 
  • Translators need not be AAS members to be considered.
  • Please send a hard copy of the nominated book (hardcover or paperback) to each member of the review committee at the addresses posted below. If the book is published in electronic format only, please send the PDF file and a link to the published text.
  • The nomination should be accompanied by a short description of the translated work addressing its significance, especially the specific literary, linguistic, historical, or other qualities that the prize committee should consider in reviewing the text (200 words maximum).

Nominations may be made by trade book publishers, university presses, or any member of the Association for Asian Studies. Self-nomination is not allowed.


The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2019.

Hanan Prize Committee

Michael Gibbs Hill (Chair)
Dept of Modern Languages & Literatures
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

William H. Nienhauser, Jr.
1208 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Asian Lang. & Cultures
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

Chaohua Wang
23 Thornhill Square
London N1 1BQ

2020 Awards


Eleanor Goodman, The Roots of Wisdom by Zang Di, Zephyr Press
Honorable Mention

Michael Berry, Remains of Life by Wu He, Columbia University Press

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