Dear readers, in the interests of salvaging what little credibility I may have left on this site as a source of fact and opinion in the area of Chinese history and Sino-Japanese relations in particular:
Dear Dr Cathcart,
It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that Patricia Nash and yourself have been awarded the 2009 Gordon White Prize for your co-authored article entitled “‘To Serve Revenge for the Dead’: Chinese Communist Responses to Japanese War Crimes in the PRC Foreign Ministry Archive, 1949–1956” (December 2009, No. 200, pp 1053–1069).
This prize is awarded annually for the most original article by a young scholar published in the CQ in memory of Gordon White. Gordon White achieved great distinction for his analysis of modern Chinese politics and society, and for his efforts to promote teaching and research on China. He served as a member of the Editorial Board and Executive Committee of The China Quarterly from 1991 until his death in 1998.
The judges are drawn from among the Editorial Board and Executive Committee. The value of the prize is £500 and it will be announced in the forthcoming June issue of the journal.
Congratulations… As you know, it is not easy to get published in the CQ, and to have a paper
selected as the most original in a year is certainly an achievement to be proud of….
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The full text of the (now “prize-winning”) article is available here, and I believe that my co-author Patricia Nash is on her way to setting up a new scholarly base camp somewhere in the southern reaches of that titanic exhalation of dust and creativity which is Los Angeles.
Cheques and honours from London…would that every week brought such nice letters, or the completion of such an apparently worthy piece of writing! Cheers, mates.