Significance of the Freeman Book Awards

Since the early 1990s, the Freeman family has made significant contributions to the Americans’ understanding of East Asia. Through the Freeman Foundation, the family has supported thousands of programs with beneficial impacts on millions of people. The vision, dedication and devotion of the Freeman family have nurtured relationships between the United States and East and Southeast Asia. Past and current efforts continue to profoundly enhance those relationships. The Freeman Foundation believes that the Freeman Book Award is a most appropriate way to recognize the Freeman family, and will aid the work 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.