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Academia Sinica vice president: Tang Prize can complement Nobel
唐獎漢學及法治獎 黃進興:彌補諾貝爾獎

Academia Sinica Vice President Huang Chin-shing, left, presents Chan Yan-yi, winner of this year’s Yu Ying-shih Fellowship for the Humanities with the award at the Museum of the Institute of History and Philology at the Academia Sinica in Taipei on Dec. 28.

Photo: CNA

Academia Sinica Vice President Huang Chin-shing, talking about the Tang Prize during an interview with the media on Dec. 28, said that the awards for Sinology and rule of law were something that the Nobel Prize lacked, and could be complemented with.

To encourage young scholars to put their efforts into research into the humanities, Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih, the winner of the first Tang Prize in Sinology, used his award to set up a research fellowship, for a period of five years from 2015 to 2019, to fund young scholars in the field in the writing of papers and doctoral dissertations. The third Yu Ying-shih Fellowship for the Humanities award ceremony was held in Taipei on Dec. 28.

Huang said that there were many awards in Taiwan, but if these were to be counted as international awards then they would need to differentiate themselves and transcend race, nationality, religion and gender before they would be acknowledged as such, as the standards were very high for international awards.

Huang said that the implementation of the prize was tied in with the Nobel Prize, and when they were planning the Tang Prize in the past they had learned from the experience of the Nobel Prize.

Huang also said that his own hopes for the Tang Prize for Sinology was that it could be more diverse, and could be used to help scholars involved in research into Sinology to have a chance to win the prize, which would be a big incentive for the whole world.

In addition, he said he hoped that younger people would be awarded the Tang Prize in Sinology, and that it wasn’t just given to more senior scholars as a form of lifetime achievement award.


1. Sinology

n. 漢學

(han4 xue2)

2. be counted as

phr. 稱得上

(cheng1 de2 shang4)

3. learn from [others’] experience

phr. 取經

(qu3 jing1)

4. lifetime achievement award

phr. 終身成就獎

(zhong1 shen1 cheng2 jiu4 jiang3)

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)






除此之外,他也希望漢學獎得獎者的年齡可以年輕一點,而不是都頒給年長學者,變成終身成就獎的性質。 (中央社)

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