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UH Manoa Graduate Student Wins Inaugural Chinese Studies Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Apr 24, 2002

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate student Matthew Moneyhon was recently awarded the Center for Chinese Studies John DeFrancis Award for his paper entitled "Controlling Xinjiang: Autonomy on China‘s New Frontier," presented recently at the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies Graduate Student Conference. The award is a cash prize of $200, and is named in honor of Professor Emeritus John DeFrancis who is currently working on a comprehensive Chinese-English Dictionary.

"Controlling Xinjian: Autonomy on China‘s New Frontier" explores the legal structure, underlying agenda, and implication of autonomy in Xinjian. It begins with a brief political history of the Chinese presence in Xinjiang and moves on to examine the ongoing process of integration and assimilation by tracing the evolution of the Chinese Communist Party‘s minority policy. The paper concludes with an exploration into the legal structure of autonomy—specifically considering the rhetoric of "give and take."

Moneyhon is a candidate for dual degrees in the master‘s program in Asian Studies and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in the School of Law. His winning paper is available in the current issue of the Law School‘s on-line journal, the Asia-Pacific Law and Policy Journal, at