ASIANetwork is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Marianna McJimsey Award for the best undergraduate student paper dealing with Asia. The winning paper entitled “Tua Ji Peh: The Intricacies of Liminality in the Deification of Chinese non-Buddhist Supernatural Beings in Chinese Malaysian Communities,” was written by Whitney Webb of Davidson College. Congratulations to Ms. Webb and to her academic advisor, Prof. Hun Y. Lye, Religion Department, Davidson College. Ms. Webb was also a member of the 2010 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows research team whose project, “Globalization and Localization of Chinese Malaysian Religiosity: Case-Studies on Minority Imaginings and Constructions of Identity,” was supervised by Professor Lye. Her winning paper used materials from that summer research. The paper will be published in the Spring 2012 edition of ASIANetwork Exchange. We would like to express our thanks and admiration for the many other accomplished entries that competed for this prize.
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