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Saboohi I. Khan Award

The Transnational Asia/Pacific Section of the American Folklore Society is proud to present the Saboohi I. Khan Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore.

The award aims to mentor graduate and undergraduate students and to foster and encourage scholarly research and publication on Asian and/or Asian American folklore and folklife. The $500 prize winner will be announced at the AFS annual meeting for the best student paper that contributes to Asian and/or Asian American folklore studies through research and analysis. The award recipient is expected to present the award-winning paper at the Section meeting during the AFS annual conference in October in person or virtually.

The co-conveners of the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section will form the selection committee, together with three additional members, including Dr. Fariha Khan, who sponsors this award. At the time of submission, the applicant must be a registered full-time graduate or undergraduate student. He or she may be enrolled in any discipline in any U.S. or international academic institution. The work must show compelling prospects for the publication of his or her scholarly work and demonstrate a dedication to research and/or teaching folklore studies.

All applications must include a one-page cover letter describing the applicant’s background and current scholarship, indicating why the applicant deserves consideration for this award; a one-page CV; a research paper, double-spaced, 2500 – 5000 words long; and one letter of recommendation from an academic institution or equivalent.

Please submit all materials through the common AFS Prize Form.

Deadline extended: All completed applications must be received by August 15 and the winner will be notified by September 1, 2022.

Please direct questions about the award to Dr. Fariha Khan at [email protected]



Isabel Bush

“Viral Monsters for a Viral Era: Japan’s folkloric response to the COVID-19 pandemic”


Wei Liu, The Ohio State University

“Network Building and Community Formation Through Private Letters”


Mario DeGrandis, The Ohio State University

“’Camel Spring’: Shifting Representations of Salars’ Myth of Origin in China”

Junjie Jiang, Harvard University
“In the Name of ‘Phoenix’: Creative Con-fusion and Cosmopolitan Concoction”

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