The winner of the 2016-17 Asian Art Essay Prize is Ms. Tong Yijia (Tracy), for an essay entitled “Ran as Rhetoric: Reconsideration of Dutch-Japanese Interactions in Edo Period,” which is available to read here. This prize includes a cash award generously funded by the HKU Museum Society. Tracy wrote the essay originally for Dr. Hammers’ capstone seminar course ARTH4002 Perspectives in Asian Art. Since graduating in June, she has joined the MA program in East Asian Studies at UCLA. Honorable mention goes to Ms. Liu Chang for her essay “Interrelationship between Format and Function in Chinese Narrative Art.” The prize jury consisted of Drs. Hammers, Koon, and Wyma.