Fall 2020 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce that it has awarded publication subventions to Columbia University Press and the University of Michigan Press during its fall 2020 application cycle. 

The awards will support the publication of The Religious Ethic and Mercantile Spirit in Early Modern China by Ying-shih Yü and The Culture of Language in Ming China by Nathan Vedal, (both Columbia University Press), as well as the print edition and open-access publication of Writing Pirates: Vernacular Fiction and Oceans in Seventeenth Century China by Yuanfei Wang (University of Michigan Press).

The next application deadline is March 1. Award applications for subventions (including the open-access publication of new or previously published works) and projects that make possible the sharing of Ming scholarship during the Covid-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged.

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New Board Members

The Geiss Hsu Foundation is pleased to welcome Zoe S. Kwok to the Board of Directors. Her three-year term will begin in spring 2021. A specialist in Chinese Art, Kwok is Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and earned a PhD from Princeton University. Other recent additions to the board are Kathlene Baldanza, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and Yijun Wang, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at New York University, who became members in fall 2019 and spring 2020, respectively. 

Spring 2020 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of their spring 2020 awards, made in support of publications and projects that confirm the Foundation’s mission.

In the category of publication subventions:

Columbia University Press, In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty by Muhammad Sadiq Kashghari, translated by David Brophy

University of Washington Press, The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons: A Seventeenth-Century Novel, translated by Kristin Ingrid Fryklund with an introduction by Mark Edward Lewis and Brigitte Baptandier, and notes by Brigitte Baptandier

University of Washington Press, The Objectionable Li Zhi: Fiction, Criticism, and Dissent in Late Ming China, edited by Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline Lee, and Haun Saussy

In the category of projects:

Dream of the Red Chamber: The Collaborative Study and Operatic Premiere of a Classic, Principal Investigator Ann Waltner (University of Minnesota), with Christine Marran (University of Minnesota), Mark Russsell Smith (University of Minnesota, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies) and Pearl Lam Bergad (Chinese Heritage Foundation)

Korea and Vietnam before the Twentieth Century: Comparisons and Connections, Principal Investigator Sixiang Wang (University of California, Los Angeles), with Kathlene Baldanza (Pennsylvania State University), Bradley Camp Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University), and John D. Phan (Columbia University)

Performing “Ghost Village” at the Symposium “Sensorium of the Early Modern Chinese Text,Principal Investigators Ariel Fox (University of Chicago), Paize Keulemans (Princeton University), and Suyoung Son (Cornell University)

Congratulations to the awardees!

The deadline for the next round of applications is September 1, 2020. 

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Fall 2019 Awards

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its fall 2019 awards, made in support of publications and projects that confirm its mission.

In the category of publication subventions:

Columbia University Press, The Diary of 1636: The Second Manchu Invasion of Korea, translated by George L. Kallander

Columbia University Press, Plum Shadows and Plank Bridge: Two Memoirs About Courtesans, translated and edited by Wai-yee Li

University of Washington Press, Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China, by Ian Miller

University of Washington Press, Further Adventures on the Journey to the West, translated and annotated by Robert Hegel and Qiancheng Li 

In the category of projects:

An Intercalary Conference on Late Imperial China, Scholars of the Southeast USA, Principal Investigator, Maria Franca Sibau (Emory University), with Karin Myhre (University of Georgia), and Ihor Pidhainy (University of West Georgia)

The deadline for the next round of publications is March 1, 2020.

New Web Site

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation has a new web site! Please visit to learn more about the Foundation’s mission, the types of supported activities, and upcoming deadlines to apply for awards.

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Exile to the Stage

Congratulations to Columbia University Press, which received a spring subvention award for its forthcoming publication, Exile to the Stage: Costuming and Personhood in Early Qing Drama, by Guojun Wang, assistant professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Exile to the Stage examines theatrical costuming in drama texts and performances of 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyle and dress based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothes, and identities dissociated by political turbulence. 

The deadline for the next round of publication subventions is September 1, 2019.

2018 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is pleased to announce awards made in spring and autumn 2018 for publication subventions and projects.

Awards for publication subventions were made to the following scholarly presses:

Cambridge University Press, for The City of Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and the Early Modern World by Anne Gerritsen

Columbia University Press, for Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China by Yuhang Li

University of Washington Press, for Jesuits and Matriarchs: Domestic Worship in Early Modern China by Nadine Amsler