The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes ceremony took place on the 12th in Fukuoka City, where Thai historian Thongchai Winichakul received the Grand Prize. Organized by Fukuoka City, the award, now in its 33rd year, honors individuals who have significantly contributed to academia, arts, and culture in Asia. The ceremony was attended by Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko.
Thongchai Winichakul, an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin, was recognized for his impactful research on how the concepts of nations and states have been arbitrarily and intentionally created through map-making, using Thailand as a case study. Winichakul expressed gratitude, saying the award not only honors his past achievements but also serves as an inspiration for future contributions to humanity.
In other categories, the Academic Research Prize was awarded to Cambodian political scientist and Southeast Asia researcher Kataria Um, and the Arts and Culture Prize went to Chinese film director Zhang Lu. Source: Fukuoka Prize / NHK
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