Book Awards


Congratulations to our authors Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath! Their edited volume, Maoist Laughter, has been awarded Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title 2020!

The Outstanding Academic Title list includes 531 books and digital resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff from among the over 3,500 titles reviewed by Choice during the past year. These outstanding works have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as an important—often the first—treatment of their subject.

Maoist Laughter is highly recommended by Choice Reviews:

“This scholarly study of what made people laugh during the Mao era convincingly demonstrates the diversity, complexity, and dynamics of various cultural productions in Mao’s China. . . The first in-depth examination of an interesting subject and a welcome addition to the literature on Maoist culture.” —Choice

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Congratulations to our author Miriam Driessen! Her book, Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia, has won an Honorable Mention for the Francis L. Hsu Book Prize 2020 from the Society for East Asian Anthropology!

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Congratulations to our author Timothy Grose for winning the 2020 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award in the Social Sciences category for his book Negotiating Inseparability in China: The Xinjiang Class and the Dynamics of Uyghur Identity!

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