The Society for East Asian Anthropology recognizes three categories for outstanding contributions to the field of East Asian Anthropology. For more information on each award, see the specific award page.
- Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize
This award recognizes the English-language book published in the previous calendar year judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. The prize is named for the late Francis L.K. Hsu (1909-2000), renowned cross-cultural anthropologist and former President (1977-78) of the American Anthropological Association.
- Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper
This award recognizes the best graduate student paper on any aspect of East Asian anthropology and/or East Asian anthropology’s contribution to the broader field. The prize is named in honor of Ted Bestor, the first president of the SEAA.
- David Plath Media Award
This award recognizes the best work (film, video, audio, and multimedia) on any aspect of East Asian anthropology and/or East Asian anthropology’s contribution to the broader field in the previous two calendar years. The prize is named in honor of David Plath, renowned Japan-scholar and producer of award-winning documentary films