2018 Tang Prize in Sinology goes to Japanese Shiba, American Owen

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2018 Tang Prize in Sinology goes to Japanese Shiba, American Owen

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Yoshinobu Shiba of Japan and Stephen Owen of the United States were named Wednesday as joint winners of the 2018 Tang Prize in Sinology for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields of China studies.

Shiba was honored for his mastery and depth of insight into Chinese socio-economic history, achieved through his original theoretical lens that fuses the distinctive fortes of Chinese, Japanese, and Western scholarship, according to the citation of the Tang Prize Selection Committee.

Shiba's breakthrough insights into the study of Chinese history, particularly in Song Dynasty studies, make him eminently worthy of emulation, according to the citation.

Owen, meanwhile, was cited for his penetrating scholarship and theoretical ingenuity in Classical Chinese prose and poetry, especially Tang poetry and its translation.

The Harvard professor has been the single most important scholar of Chinese Classical poetry in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, according to the citation.

A leading scholar on Tang poetry, he has also written widely in other literary fields and has translated important writings in both prose and poetry, the Tang Prize committee said.

It said that through his work, Owen brings not only penetrating insights to Sinology, but also a breadth of comparative applications and theoretical sophistication that have made his scholarship unique worldwide.

(By S.C. Chang)
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