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The Asia Center Publications Program is one of the world’s most widely respected publishers of scholarly books in East Asian Studies, publishing about 15 new titles per year. The program has published nearly 500 titles since its founding in the 1950s; it became part of the Asia Center in 1998. In the past decade, books published by the Asia Center have won more than a dozen major awards in their respective fields.

One distinctive aspect of the Asia Center's Publication Program is its longevity—the Harvard East Asian Monographs series began in the mid-1950s. By the time the Publications Program became part of the Asia Center in 1998, a total of approximately 210 titles had been published in the two main monograph series over their 40+ years of existence. In 2011, the Publications Program also assumed responsibility for the Harvard Contemporary China series, active since 1985, from Harvard University Press.

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