Madeline Hsu’s "The Good Immigrants," a Hamilton Finalist, wins five book awards

Fri, March 17, 2017
Madeline Hsu’s
Prof. Madeline Y. Hsu, author of "The Good Immigrants"

Professor Madeline Y. Hsu’s book The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority, has received several awards since its publication by Princeton University Press in April 2015. It was also selected a finalist for the 2016 Hamilton Book Award.

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Chinese American Librarians Association, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society have recognized The Good Immigrants with these honors:

  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations' Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize, in 2016, in recognition of distinguished scholarship in the history of American foreign relations.
  • Immigration and Ethnic History Society's Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award, 2015
  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association's Honor Book Award, 2015
  • Chinese American Librarians Association's 2015 “Best Book” prize (nonfiction category).  The prize was announced and the certificate presented at the CALA Annual Award Banquet in Orlando on June 26.
  • Association for Asian American Studies' History Book Award

Read an interview with Dr. Hsu on writing, research, and publishing at:

In addition, Professor Hsu was awarded the Organization of American Historians (OAH)-Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) 2016 Japan Residency at Ritsumeikan University.  The award was announced at the annual meeting of the OAH in Providence, Rhode Island, on April 9, 2016. The OAH and the JAAS, with the generous support of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, selected two U.S. historians to spend two weeks at Japanese universities giving lectures, seminars, advising students and researchers interested in the American past, and joining in the collegiality of the host institution. It is part of an exchange program that also brings Japanese graduate students who are studying in the U.S. to the OAH Annual Meeting. Professor Hsu’s residency, at Ritsumeikan University, focused on the themes of transnationalism, transpacific history, and U.S.-East Asian relations.

Read more about Dr. Hsu's work at:

Related: Read a selection of articles written by Prof. Hsu on Not Even Past.

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