Published by CUHK Press in 2018, How the Red Sun Rose: The Origins and Development of the Yan’an Rectification Movement, 1930–1945 received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize on 14 February. That the Levenson Prize, being among the most prestigious academic book prizes in the field of China Studies, was conferred on a translated work whose Chinese original appeared 20 years ago, speaks volumes about the enduring significance of the work. Prof. Gao Hua, the late historian who passed away eight years ago, became the first Chinese native scholar to be honoured by this prize, and the Press the first Asian publisher to reap the prize.
Professor Gao dedicated 20 years to research for and pen this book. The Chinese original, published by the Press in 2000, has undergone 31 printings, with more than a hundred thousand copies sold. Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian spent five years since 2013 in translating it.