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Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Journal Takes Top Honors

One of the world’s leading interdisciplinary journals on Asia, Rice University-based positions: east asia cultures critique, was unanimously selected as the winner of the 2008 Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) award for Best Special Issue for “War Capital Trauma.”

Edited and founded by Tani Barlow, director of Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, the publication also received the prestigious 2005 Best New Journal award from CELJ.

The special issue explored the notions of trauma and memory in relation to societies in Asia in recent history. Essays ranged from discussions of ghosts and politics to analysis of militarized sexual slavery during Japanese imperialism. It also included reflections on surviving Khmer Rouge extermination camps in Burma, an examination of the 1997 Asian finance crisis and a discussion of fantasies about the atom bomb contained in the manga “Akira.”

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“I am particularly proud of this award because ‘War Capital Trauma’ seeks to make a historical and philosophical contribution to thinking about our own moment,” said Barlow, who also serves as the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies. “It is a great honor to receive the Best Special Issue award from our peers and to know that scholars and readers are claiming a stake in this debate