The Asia Society is an American organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. Founded in 1956, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution seeking to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture.
The Asia Society recently announced the establishment of the annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award. This major international award will recognize non-fiction books that provide outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations. The award seeks to increase public awareness of the changes taking place in Asia and the implications for the wider world, and to raise the profile of authors making a significant contribution to this dialogue.
An independent jury comprised of experts in the fields of policy, media, academia, cultural affairs, and business will select the winner, who will receive a $20,000 prize and will be honoured at a special event at the Asia Society. In addition to the winner, four books will be chosen to receive honorary mentions.