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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.

Normally the award recipient is expected to present the award-winning paper at the Section meeting during the AFS annual conference in October. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, however, this year (2021) the award recipient will be recognized at the virtual section meeting. 

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 activities, 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 send all materials via e-mail to: 

[email protected] 

Dr. Fariha Khan
Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania
166 McNeil Bldg., 3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA.

All completed applications must be received by July 15 and the winner will be notified by July 30, 2021.



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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