Significance of the Freeman Book Awards

Since the early 1990s, the Freeman family has made significant contributions to the understanding of Asia of the American people. Through the Freeman Foundation, the family has supported thousands of programs and created impacts on millions of people. The vision, dedication and devotion of the Freeman Family have left deep marks on the people to people relationships between the United States and East and Southeast Asia, and will continue to bring about positive changes in those relationships. The Freeman Foundation believes that having the Freeman Book Awards would be the most appropriate way to recognize the Freeman Family, and would further enhance the efforts of many American educators in promoting education about Asia in this country. The Freeman Foundation hopes that the Freeman Book Awards will encourage writers to write more books on Asia, teachers to teach more of those books, and students to read more of those books.

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is a flagship program in education about Asia in this country.  During the past two decades, the Freeman Foundation and NCTA have collaborated effectively in creating and implementing programs on Asia in K-12 schools throughout America. NCTA and its member sites, in collaboration with the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies, administer the Freeman Book Awards.