At the recent American Library Association conference in Washington, D.C., Wenxian Zhang, professor and head of archives and special collections, won the Chinese American Librarians Association’s Jing Liao Award for Best Research for his book, China Through American Eyes: Early Depictions of the Chinese People and Culture in the U.S. Print Media.
The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) commended Zhang for his comprehensive and profound study of the images of China and Chinese as reflected in the western print media from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. The collected images have great breadth, accompanied with rich historical information, and reflect different aspects of the Chinese social, economic, and political life and status, which reveal a biased yet changing view of the people and culture of China and the Sino-U.S. relations. This research has important and unique value in Chinese studies as well as the archive study field.
CALA is an active affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member of the Council of National Library and Information Associations (CNLIA). CALA is the only professional organization in North America dedicated to promoting better communication among Chinese American librarians, serving as a forum for the discussion of mutual problems and professional concerns among Chinese American librarians and promoting the development of Chinese and American librarianship with scholarships and grants.