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Freeman Book Awards for Children’s and Young Adult Literature on East and Southeast Asia

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University announce the establishment of annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature.

August 4, 2017
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The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University announce the establishment of annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia.
 
Inaugural Awards – 2016
 
Children's Books 
 
• Winner: My Night in the Planetarium, by Innosanto Nagara (Seven Stories Press)
• Honorable Mention: Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, by Misuzu Kaneko (Chin Music Press)
 
Young Adult/Middle School
 
• Winners: Somewhere Among, by Annie Donweth-Chikamatsu (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) and The Night Parade, by Kathryn Tanquary (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)
• Honorable Mention: Falling into the Dragon's Mouth, by Holly Thompson (Henry Holt BYR/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
 
Young Adult/ High School 
 
• Winner: Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland (Amulet, an imprint of ABRAMS)
• Honorable Mention: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group)
 
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October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.

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