Professor Emeritus Thongchai Winichakul has been awarded the 2023 Fukuoka Grand Prize. The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 to honor the outstanding work of individuals, groups, and organizations in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia. The prize aims to foster and increase awareness of the value of Asian cultures, and to institute a broad framework for exchange and mutual learning among the people of Asia. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the inception of the Fukuoka Prize.
“In recent years, he has published eight sole-authored books in Thai that discuss the history, current status and future of Thailand’s monarchy and democracy, nation state and rule of law. Through these publications, he has played a pivotal role to lead and support the development of political awareness and activism among Thai students and citizens. His commitment to the progress of democracy and civil society, along with the originality of his activities at international level in academia make him a role model for Asian intellectuals. For such a contribution, Prof. Thongchai Winichakul is truly worthy of Grand Prize of Fukuoka Prize.”
To read more about the prize and Professor Winichakul’s contributions to the field, visit the Fukuoka Prize website.