GEORGETOWN, KY – Associate Professor of History Liyan Liu is recipient of the 2013 Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences (ACPSS) in the United States’ “Best Scholarly Publication Award.” It was presented in early November at a University of Louisville conference held in collaboration with the United Societies of China Studies (USCS).
The Award recognizes Dr. Liu’s first book to be published in the United States, entitled, Red Genesis: The Hunan First Normal School and the Creation of Chinese Communism, 1903-1921, published in December 2012 by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press (256 pages, hardcover and electronic versions). Scholarly works must have been published between 2011 and the first half of 2013 to be eligible for award competition.
Professor Liu, a member of the Georgetown College history faculty since 2001, has written two previous books: Reflections across the Yellow Sea (Hong Kong: Milky Way Press, 2001) and Edward H. Hume M.D. in China (written in English, published in Chinese) (Hong Kong: Milky Way Press, 2000).
According to its Web site, ACPSS, founded in 1995, has as its three-fold mission: (1) to promote and protect the rights and interests of Chinese scholars of social sciences and humanities who currently hold teaching and research positions in academic institutions, (2) to sponsor and facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration in social sciences, humanities and other relevant fields, and (3) to provide a platform of scholarly exchange and information sharing for all Chinese professionals living around the world.
There are currently more than 500 registered members from these academic disciplines: political science, economics, sociology, philosophy, law, history, religion, education, communication, anthropology, archeology, literature, arts, musicology, psychology, geography, linguistics, library science, public administration, women’s studies, development studies, business management and other commonly recognized fields of social sciences and humanities.
Most ACPSS members grew up in China and have maintained extensive and close connections with China socially and professionally. Having received systematic and rigorous academic training in North American universities, they all hold professorships in academic institutions in North America.
An increasing number of them are rapidly gaining professional recognitions in their respective fields. Given their Chinese cultural heritage background, both Chinese and Western academic training, and wide range of specialties, ACPSS members are uniquely positioned to promote scholarly exchanges between China and the West, develop innovative interdisciplinary projects, coordinate scholarly efforts, and provide valuable advices to policy-makers.