CKS News: Call for Nominations for the 2023 Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies

The Center for Korean Studies (CKS) at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce the deadline for the 2023 competition for the Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies. This annual award is open and flexible regarding academic discipline. It encompasses the conventional areas of Korean Studies (i.e., humanities, arts and media, and social sciences) but also Korean Studies texts that engage the Korean diaspora and/or comparative approaches. $10,000 will be awarded to the author(s) whose nonfiction English-language academic monograph about Korea demonstrates outstanding scholarly merit, research prowess, and methodological innovation. This book award was launched with the generous support of Whakyung Choi Lee.

The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2023. A publisher can submit titles released in 2021 and 2022 that explore the subject of Korea. Authors can also take initiative and submit books independently. Books submitted for the prior year competition that did not win and whose publication dates fall within the specified timeframe can be resubmitted to compete again this year. To submit a book for consideration, please send a digital version of the book (if available) by email to or a physical copy to the following address:

Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies

c/o Jinsoo An

Center for Korean Studies

University of California, Berkeley

1995 University Avenue, Room 510R

Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

The Center for Korean Studies establishes the policy and rules for the prize, appoints the selection committee for review, and administers the award event in honor of the awardee(s). The Koreanist faculty at UC Berkeley conduct the preliminary review of all submissions. Subsequently, the Center for Korean Studies forms an independent review committee composed of representatives from the field of Korean Studies outside UC Berkeley to review and assess the finalists’ books.

The result will be announced in the fall of 2023, followed by an award ceremony that includes the awardee(s)’s special lecture and an invited scholar respondent’s presentation at the Center for Korean Studies of UC Berkeley.

For more information about the award and prior awardees, please visit

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