John K. Fairbank Prize Recipients
Established by a gift to the Association from the friends of the prominent historian of China and East Asia at Harvard and President of the Association in 1968, the John K. Fairbank Prize is awarded for the best work on the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan since the year 1800.
2013 Fairbank Prize
Barbara Mittler, Heidelberg Univ.
A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture (Harvard Univ. Asia Center of Harvard Univ. Press)
Barbara Mittler systematically explores in A Continuous Revolution how and why various art forms of the Cultural Revolution in China, often dismissed as mere propaganda, were popular during the time and remain so to this day. In mobilizing an eclectic range of ideas to analyze a dazzling array of sources, the book provides a systematic yet nuanced analysis of the continuities and the contradictions infusing art, politics, society, and memory in contemporary Chinese history.