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2023 AAPI Award Recipient: Professor Bradly Reed

We are super excited to announce AAPAAN’s 2023 AAPI Advancement Award recipient: Professor Bradly Reed!

The award honors faculty at the University of Virginia for their contributions to the AAPI community, and the recipient is chosen by alumni through an online nomination and voting process.

We will honor Professor Reed at the AAPAAN Celebration and Rotunda Dinner event on April 22, 7-9pm EST. We hope you’ll join us! Registration for this event closes this Saturday, April 15 at 11:59pm.

In addition to honoring Professor Reed, three distinguished UVA faculty members – Professors Leonard Schoppa, Fiona Ngô, and Charles Laughlin – will each give a TED-talk-style talk on some of the unique challenges/opportunities currently facing our community.

Name of Lecture: “The Asian Menace”: As American Politics Obsesses Over the “The China Threat”, Can We Avoid a Re-Run of what Happened When We Worried About Japan?

Leonard Schoppa HeadshotLeonard Schoppa is currently Professor of Politics for The Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. He has devoted his career to the study of Japanese politics and foreign relations. He is the author of Race for the Exits: The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection, Bargaining With Japan: What American Pressure Can and Cannot Do, and The Evolution of Japan’s Party System. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program.

Name of Lecture: The Perfectible Refugee and the Welfare Queen: The Reordering of Race and Disability

Fiona Ngô is an Associate Professor in American Studies. She is the author of Imperial Blues (Duke University Press, 2014), which focuses on the role of imperialism in shaping the gendered, racial, and sexual logics of Jazz Age New York. She has also co-edited a special issue of positions on “Southeast Asian Diaspora” (Summer 2012) with Mimi Thi Nguyen and Mariam Lâm, and published an article called “Sense and Subjectivity,” concerning the figure of the Cambodian refugee, in camera obscura (May 2011).

Name of Lecture: The Challenge of Getting Real in Modern Chinese Culture: Writing, Film and What People Care About.

Charles A. Laughlin is Weedon Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experience (Duke, 2002) and The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity (Hawai’i, 2008). He also co-edited and contributed an introduction and translations to By the River: Seven Contemporary Chinese Novellas (Oklahoma UP, 2016). He is currently working on projects on Desire in Chinese Revolutionary Literature and Film and on Images of Aging in Chinese Film, and coediting a volume on Contesting Reportage: New Perspectives from the Sinophone World.

2023 AAPI Advancement Award Recipient: Professor Bradly Reed
Corcoran Department of History

Bradly W. Reed is an Associate Professor of History at UVA. Students who took his “Modern China” course described him as an “incredibly engaging”, “intensely knowledgeable” and “inspiring” teacher. Former students also appreciate how he incorporates personal anecdotes from his time working and living in China into his lectures to draw in the class, and they praised his passion for the subject that “permeates every lecture” and pushes them to care as well.

Professor Reed’s teaching and research focus on Late Imperial and Modern China, and his main specialties include Late Imperial Law and Society, Local Government and Administrative Practice, and Cultural Revolution Studies. His book Talons and Teeth, County Clerks and Runners in the Qing Dynasty has been lauded as a valuable contribution to the study of a sophisticated bureaucracy in a non-Western, nonmodern setting. He is currently researching the influence of bureaucratic administration on the judicial process during the Qing era.