ICSA Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award Fund

ICSA_tradDear Friends,

We are writing to encourage you to contribute to the ICSA Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award Fund in the honor of Dr. Nan Lin.  The fund will be used to reward young scholars engaging in innovative research on Chinese societies.  Our fundraising target is $20,000.

Dr. Nan Lin is Oscar L. Tang Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Duke University.  As a world-renowned and highly respected sociologist, he has published substantive seminal work and mentored multiple generations of scholars in and beyond the research field of Chinese societies for about five decades.  He especially played a vital role in the rebirth of sociology in China in the late 1970s, and has made significant contributions to the development of sociology in the Greater China region.

Dr. Nan Lin is also the founder and the inaugural President of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association (NACSA) from 1981 to 1990, which was renamed as the International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) in spring 2018.  The Board of ICSA unanimously approved to rename the “Graduate Student Paper Award” as the “Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award” in spring 2018.  The rationale for this change is to recognize Nan’s pioneer and significant contributions to the association and to the research area on Chinese societies, and to inspire the research endeavors of future generations of young scholars working on Chinese societies.

Annually the ICSA Graduate Student Paper Award Committee selects one graduate student paper and announces the award at the dinner of the ICSA annual conference.  The ICSA Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award Fund will be used to recognize and reward emerging young scholars in the study of Chinese societies through a cash prize of 500 USD.  ICSA will use the fund as the principal to yield bank interests to pay for the cash prize.

To reach the fundraising goal in Dr. Nan Lin’s honor, we are writing to his colleagues, collaborators, students, postdocs, and friends to make the push.  Nan has been a colleague, mentor and friend to many of us throughout our careers.  He has befriended and adopted us into his intellectual family.  We know that you have many opportunities to make worthy charitable donations.  We hope that you will consider supporting the ICSA community in honoring Nan’s contributions.  You do not need to be an ICSA member in order to make a donation.  We will gladly publish the names of contributors on the ICSA website.

You can make your donation in two ways.  You can donate online via PayPal Giving Fund (https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1705707).  PayPal covers all fees.  After you donate online, you will receive your PayPal Giving Fund tax receipt by email.

The other way is to mail a check (with “International Chinese Sociological Association” on the pay-to-order line and “Nan Lin Award Fund” on the memo line) to the following address.  After receiving your check, ICSA will send you a receipt by mail.


International Chinese Sociological Association

ATTN: Dr. Lijun Song

Treasurer, ICSA

Department of Sociology
Vanderbilt University
PMB 351811
Nashville, TN 37235-1811


Please feel free to forward this message to other colleagues, collaborators and friends of Nan, or let me (Lijun Song- lijun.song@vanderbilt.edu) know of others I might contact.  We lucky students of Nan’s thank you for your consideration and kind support!




Yanjie Bian (University of Minnesota, Xi’an Jiaotong University)

Ronald S. Burt (University of Chicago)

Chih-Jou Jay Chen (Academia Sinica)

Qiang Fu (University of British Columbia)

Gina Lai (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Hang Young Lee (Macquarie University)

Sancha Medwinter (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

M. Kristen Peek (University of Texas Medical Branch)

Danching Ruan (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Joonmo Son (National University of Singapore)

Lijun Song (Vanderbilt University)

Felicia Tian (Fudan University)

Yanlong Zhang (Peking University)

Min Zhou (University of California, Los Angeles)

Xueguang Zhou (Stanford University)