Book Awards

2015 George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies

This book draws on a formidable body of sources, including interviews, archival documents and a vast range of published material, to situate the Javanese religious experience from the 1930s to the present day in its local political, social, cultural and religious settings.  


Shortlisted: ICAS Book Prize 2015


The Khmer Lands of Vietnam: Environment, Cosmology and Sovereignty Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800 Islamisation and Its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious HIstory, c. 1930 to Present
By Philip Taylor By John N. Miksic By M.C. Ricklefs


Finalist: Hart Socio-Legal Prize for Early Career Academics 2015


Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State b
y Lynette J. Chua


2014 Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award

Limbang Rebellion: 7 Days in December 1962  by Eileen Chanin
This is the gripping story of eight days in December 1962, when self-styled Prime Minister of a united northern Borneo, Sheikh A. M. Azahari, mounted his anti-Malaysia insurrection the opening act of the military and diplomatic conflict that became known as Konfrontasi. 


2013 Asian Publishing Awards - Best Insight into Asian Societies (non-fiction): Excellence Award

Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story by William A. Haseltine
This is the story of the Singapore healthcare system: how it works, how it is financed, its history, where it is going, and what lessons it may hold for national health systems around the world. Singapore ranks sixth in the world in healthcare outcomes, yet spends proportionally less on healthcare than any other high-income country. Singapore achieves its results at less than one-fourth the cost of healthcare in the United States and about half that of Western European countries. This is the first book to set out a comprehensive system-level description of healthcare in Singapore, with a view to understanding what can be learned from Singapore's unique system design and development path.


2012 Asian Publishing Awards - Best Insights into Asian Societies (non-fiction): Excellence Award

Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Singapore and Malaysia  by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh
What happens after a country splits apart? Forty-seven years ago Singapore separated from Malaysia. Since then, the two countries have developed along their own paths. Seeking answers, two Singaporeans set off to cycle around Peninsular Malaysia, armed with a tent, two pairs of clothes and a daily budget of three US dollars each. They spent 30 days on the road, cycling through every Malaysian state, and chatting with hundreds of Malaysians. Not satisfied, they then went on to interview many more people in Malaysia and Singapore. What they found are two countries that have developed economically but are still struggling to find their souls.


2012 Asian Publishing Awards - Best Book on the Asian Media Industry: Excellence Award

Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore  by Cherian George 
For several decades, the city-state of Singapore has been an international anomaly, combining an advanced, open economy with restrictions on civil liberties and press freedom. Freedom from the Press analyses the republic's media system, showing how it has been structured - like the rest of the political framework - to provide maximum freedom of manoeuvre for the People's Action Party (PAP) government. 


2011 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asia Studies

Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Minangkabau Through Jihad and Colonialism

by Jeffrey Hadler

Muslims and Matriarchs is an interpretative expose of Minangkabau social, cultural, and intellectual history. The chapters cover topics as diverse as the shapes of houses, structures of the family, education, and natural disasters, but each chapter draws readers into much larger social and cultural issues. The result is a deeply revealing assessment of the internal dynamics of a society that has produced a disproportionate number of political and business leaders in Indonesia.



2007 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asia Studies

Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asia Frontier, 1865-1915
by Eric Tagliacozzo
Over the course of the half century from 1865 to 1915, the British and the Dutch delineated colonial spheres in the process of creating new frontiers. This book analyzes the development of these frontiers in Insular Southeast Asia as well as the accompanying smuggling activities of the opium traders, currency runners and human traffickers who pierced such newly drawn borders with growing success.


2006 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asia Studies

Making Enemies: War and State Building in Burma by Mary Callahan
The Burmese army took political power in Burma in 1962 and has ruled the country ever since. The persistence of this government ­ despite its poor economic performance, and in the face of protest by activist Aung San Suu Kyi ­ has puzzled scholars. In this book, Mary P. Callahan seeks to explain the extraordinary durability of the Burmese military regime. In her view, the origins of army rule are to be found in the relationship between war and state formation.