According to the press release, the award "recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Asian and Pacific American alumni of IU." Eoyang arrived at IU as a graduate student in 1966. He taught East Asian languages and comparative literature at IU for 33 years, retiring in 2003; since then, he's taught English at Lignan University (until 2008) and "workshops in translation" at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Among his many accomplishments, Eoyang established—and directed for half a decade—the East Asian Summer Language Institute at IU, as well as three scholarships or prizes in honor of colleagues.
The Association will present the award to him during an August 9 ceremony at IU Bloomington's Lilly Library, held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will also feature a booksigning for his latest work, The Promise and Premise of Creativity: Why Comparative Literature Matters, published by Continuum.