Honors Theses, Independent Studies, Prizes, and Awards

Guidelines
The Asian Studies Prize:
Awarded to a member of the senior class majoring in Asian Studies who has attained an exceptional cumulative average in Asian Studies courses and/or undertaken an advanced independent study or honors project in the major.

The Chinese Language Prize: Awarded to a student with demonstrated motivation and commitment to the study of Chinese language and culture.

The Japanese Language Prize: Awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in Japanese language and contributes to cross-cultural understanding through service or research.

2018

Awards and Prizes

Pauline Marie Unietis won the Goldsmith Adams Research Award to pursue her project "Chinese Language at Princeton in Beijing."

Yujin Moon was awarded the Wolstencroft Fellowship to pursue their project "Princeton In Beijing Language Program and its influence on my future career as a Chinese herbal medicine researcher."

Adriana Nazarko won the New England Japanese Essay Contest, Beginner Division, First Place

Marty Dang won the New England Japanese Essay Contest, Advanced Division, First Place tie.

Valeria Magallan won the New England Japanese Essay Contest, Advanced Division, First Place tie.

Ethan Barkalow won the New England Japanese Essay Contest, Advanced Division, Third Place.

Samuel Alexander Kyzivat, ’18 won the Chinese Language Prize.

Ethan Glenn Barkalow, ’18 won the Japanese Language Prize.

Daniel Castro Bonilla, ’17 won the Asian Studies Prize.

2017

Honors Theses
Mitsuki Nishimoto received Highest Honors for her Honors Project: Meme Butterfly: Tracing Heterogeneity and Agency in Madame Butterfly and Her Diasporic Descendants

Sophia Walker received High Honors for her Honors Project: The Scars of War: The Demonic Mother as A Conduit for Victimization, Collective Guilt and Forgiveness in Postwar Japanese Film, 1949-1964

Independent Studies
Wu, Guo Wei, "Chinese Poets and Poems of Tang Dynasty"
(Xiaoke Jia, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Michael Amano won the Japanese Language Prize.

Louis Frumer won the Chinese Language Prize.

Mitsuki Nishimoto won the Asian Studies Prize.

Samuel Kyzivat won second place among advanced-level contestants in the Chinese Bridge Speech Contest and was chosen as one of six "Hainan Airlines Cultural Ambassadors" to travel with an all-expense paid trip to China.

Daniel Castro Bonilla placed second at the intermediate level in the Chinese Bridge Speech Contest.

Lillian Saunders placed third at the advanced level in the Chinese Bridge Speech Contest.

Mairead Campbell won a Wolstencroft China Fellowship to pursue her project titled "Global Mindset: Studying in China with Princeton in Beijing."

Ethan Barkalow won the Goldsmith Adams Research Award to pursue his project titled "Urban Space on the Frontier: The Development of Sapporo in Meiji Japan."

2016

Independent Studies
Acosta, Maggie, "India's Janana Suraksha Yojana (Safe Motherhood Programme): State Intervention and the Power to Control Birth"

(Rachel Sturman, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Adoumie, Lara, "Comparison of Legal Response to Communal Violence in the 1993 Bombay Riots and the 2002 Gujarat Riots: Shifting Frameworks and Discourses on Culpability"

(Rachel Sturman, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Carter, Katherine, "The Environmental History of Tuna in Japan's Transwar Period"

(Sakura Christmas, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Faucher, Grégoire, "The Yakuza - business practices and relationship with the police"

(Henry Laurence, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Sangsuradej, Ponpavi, "Indigenous Labor and the Construction of the Burma Road"

(Sakura Christmas, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Susman, Lily, "The 'New Woman' in Colonial Korea"

(Sakura Christmas, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Zhang, Elina, "China's ethnic minorities and global anthropological fictions"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Tenzin Dolkar Tsagong received the Chinese Language Prize.

Katherine Gallwey Carter received the Japanese Language Prize.

2015

Honors Theses
Defining Democratic Change within the Lay Judge System, Mathieu, Alexandra

Independent Studies
Coleman, Katie, "History, theory, and practices of ink painting"

(Peggy Wang, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Faller, Theresa, "Layering Assurance: Depictions of Disease in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Japan"

(Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Yeo, Younghyun, "Historiography of Japanese Colonialism in Korea"

(Tristan Grunow, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Justin Ehringhaus received the first Japanese Language Prize at the 19th Annual Honors Day Celebration.

Yunhui Jeong received the first Chinese Language Prize at the 19th Annual HOnors Day Celebration.

Margaret A. Bryan selected to JET Program.

Justin Ehringhaus recommended by Consul General of Japan for MEXT (Ministry of Education and Technology) Scholarship to fund a year of study at Hiroshima University in Japan.

Kevin Mackenzie awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship in Dalian, China.

Tyrone Li named alternate to Critical Language Fellowship to fund study in Japan.

Violet Ranson, recipient of a Goldsmith Adams Research Award, is spending the summer in Tokyo, Japan on a research internship at Temple University, Japan campus conducting sociological research on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

Justin Ehringhaus, Alexandra Mathieu, and Tianchen Zhou all placed in a recent Japanese language contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.

Ponpavi Sangsuradej awarded a Wolstencroft China Fellowship.

Violet Ranson awarded a Riley Research Grant.

2014

Honors Theses
Beyond contemporary "Chinese" art : interpreting post-'80 art and artists from Sichuan, China, Li, Hongbei

Rebalancing economic growth in China : the importance of Special Economic Zones and Yuan convertibil
, Query, James Tucker

Village loudspeakers to virtual chatrooms : mass media and multigenerational memory in Sino-Japanese, Rothschild, Viola Luolan

Independent Studies
Li, Ziqi, "An Yimin and defender of Chinese heritage: Zhang Daqian's landscape paintings on self-exile"

(Peggy Wang, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Zhang, Yiran, "The Horizontal Construction of Asian American Identity by the Positioning of an Individual"

(Nancy Riley, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Zhao, Yu, "Youth, Homelessness, and Lack of Social Belonging in Japanese Films of the 1990s and 2000s"

(Shu-chin Tsui & Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisors)

Honegger, Jean-Paul, "Changing Nuclear Identities: Nuclear Protest in India and Japan in the Pre and Post-Fukushima World"

(Tristan Grunow, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Talbot, Ashley, "Masculinities and Japanese Male Idols: The Case Study of Arashi"

(Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Viola Rothschild received a Fulbright Research Award in China.

Maya Little awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship studying Chinese.

Alexandra Mathieu won the Goldsmith Adams Award.

Yu Zhao won first place in the Consulate General in Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest.

Katherine Carter won second place in the Consulate General in Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest.

Theresa Fuller selected to do research in the sciences at the USTIP Program at University of Tokyo Kashiwa campus, but declined.

J. Tang received a Maine Space Grant - Swarm Artificial Intelligence with Stephen Majercik.

2013

Honors Theses
From Demo to the Diet : political participation among postwar Japanese labor unions
, Bogardus, Willem Reeves

Buddhism, resistance and dynastic legitimacy during the Huichang Suppression
, Brandstadt, Maxwell Joseph

Dynamics of fertility policy in Japan
, Kristofferson,Karen Mai

Independent Studies

Barber, Carolyn, "Monogatari no wayaku to eiyaku no kokoromi (A foray into translating fiction from Japanese to English and English to Japanese)"
(Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Farrar, Julianne, "Ningen wa jidai ya bunka ni yotte osoreru mono wa chigau (What People Fear Differs Based on Culture and Time Period)"
(Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Li, Ziqi, "Caught Between the Market and the Ideal: A Case Study of Yu Hong's Work and the Art Market"
(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Kim, Minnie, "Migrant workers in contemporary Chinese literature and film"
(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Carolyn Barber selected for JET Program.

Kim Lacey selected for JET Program.

Ruiqi Tang selected for JET Program.

Will Bogardus received Grua/O'Connell Research Award to support travel to Japan related to his honors project on 1960s labor movements in Japan.

Kim Lacey in JPN 206 won the third prize in an essay contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.

Alexandra Mathieu selected for Japan-America Student Conference.

2012

Honors Theses
Exploring the deviance of lesbianism and Asian American female hypersexuality in Mei Ng's Eating Chi
, Chin, Samantha Ark

China in Latin America : the transnational experience
, Fenichell, Nicholas Bryan

Independent Studies
Pan, Jennifer, "Images of Asian women in U.S. film history"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Spalding, Elizabeth, "The Generation Gap in Rural China"

(Rachel Connelly, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Vallimarescu, Sarah, "Comfort women in fiction and history"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Fenichell, Nicholas, "Chinese-Latin American Relations: Exploring Chinese-Latin American Interactions through the Lens of Global Capitalism"

(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Houdlette, Christopher, "Reflections and Reverberations of the Chinese Culture Revolution in Contemporary Fiction"

(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Fenichell, Nicholas, "China in Latin America: The Transnational Experience"

(Nancy Riley, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Leask, Annie, "Media Depictions of Muslims in 1920s U.P."

(Rachel Sturman, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Huang, Chloe, "Tiananmen fictions, dramas, and memoirs"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Shazeda Ahmed accepted to JET, but declined.

Julianne Farrar received the Bridging Scholarship to fund study-away in Japan.

Park Soon-Ho in JPN won the second prize in an essay contest organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston.

Shazeda Ahmed received a financial award to attend the Middlebury Summer Language School.

Alithea McFarlane was selected and received funding to attend the Japan-America Student Conference.

Tamara Perreault received a Coastal Studies Fellowship.

Samantha Chin received a Student Research Fellowship.

2011

Independent Studies
Kung, Angela, "Visual Narrative in Heian and Kamakura Emaki"

(Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Berrada, Salma, "Jewish Communities in 20th c. Marrakech"

(Rachel Sturman, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Alex Haskins received a financial fellowship sponsored by Harvard Graduate School.

Zoe Eddy received a financial fellowship sponsored by Harvard Graduate School.

George Amoithe received a financial fellowship sponsored by Columbia Graduate School.

2010

Independent Studies
Mondello, Luke "Gender, postcoloniality, and globalization in Chinese martial arts cinema"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Pena, Yaritza, "Soft Power in Harajuku? Japan's Influence on Global Fashion"

(Henry Laurence, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Lord, Sarah, "Dravidian Goddesses of South India and Sri Lanka"

(John Holt, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Reid, Eric, "Political and Popular Rhetoric via 'Crazy English'"

(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Crawford, Dylan, "Nationalization and Nation Building: Railroad Development in Meiji Japan"

(Thomas Conlan, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Eddy, Zoe, "The Life and Times of the Japanese Sweet Potato: A Not-So-Rooted Visual Pilgrimage"

(Thomas Conlan, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Emerson, Kathleen, "Cultivating Mutual Respect: France and Bakumatsu Japan"

(Thomas Conlan, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Mei, Yong, "Scenes Inside and Outside the Capital: The Rakuchu Rakugai Zu of Sixteenth Century Kyoto"

(Thomas Conlan, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Rudick, Zachary, "Elements of Perceived Civilization: The Historiography of Tea, 1565-Present"

(Thomas Conlan, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Goldman, Rachel, "Advertising and Female Beauty in Femina Magazine Photography"

(Rachel Sturman, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Chen, Yongfang, "Shikumen - Architectural Reflection of Shanghai's Past and Present"

(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Lee, Elizabeth, "Questions on International Advertising and Luxury Goods in China"

(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Fung, Tin Wai Amos, "Hong Kong: Double Trauma, Fears and Anxieties, Politics of Disappearance"

(Nancy Riley, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Niu, Gabrielle, "Selling Femininity: Advertising and Feminine Ideals within Chinese Consumer Society"

(Shu-chin Tsui, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Laflam, Rosie, "Creating a Modern Muslim Education in late-19th and early 20th c. Bengal"

(Rachel Sturman, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Kong, Toni, "Contemporary Hong Kong fiction"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Zhang, Ivan, "Asian America's aging reading list"

(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Cronopulos, John, "An Investigation into the Interests of Chinese Natural Resource Investments in Africa"

(Yao Tang, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Blankmeyer, Isabelle, "Explaining Japan's Falling Birth Rate"

(Henry Laurence, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Colin Matthews received a Grua/O'Connell Research Award, supporting his travels to Hong Kong and Beijing.

John Burlinson received a Maine Space Grant - Swarm Artificial Intelligence with Stephen Majercik.

2009

Honors Theses
Notes on Ouyang Xiu’s Collected records of the past
, Stern, Charles Isaac

Independent Studies
Lee, Jeongmin, "Democratization in South Korea"

(Henry Laurence, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Awards and Prizes
Jessica Lian selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Hong Kong.

Charles Stern, recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Award to Sichuan University in Chengdu for the full academic year.

Ikumi Crocoll selected for the JET Program.

Matthew Gray selected for the JET Program.

Samantha Scully selected for the JET Program.

Samuel Modest awarded a Global Citizens Grant.

2008

Honors Theses
The Mount Ōe picture scrolls : an annotated translation and commentary
, Gray, Matthew Timothy

Security implications of future force development in the era of revolution in military affairs : a dialectical comparative analysis of the United States and the People’s Republic of China
, Li, Rong

Prizes and Awards
Andrew Steltzer awarded a Fulbright grant to support a year of study and research in Japan.

Grace Park selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Korea.

Robert Rezvani selected for the JET Program to teach English in Japan.

Kenneth Akiha selected for the JET program to teach English in Japan.

Rong Li awarded the ACC Field Study Program, which supports field-trip research in rural China.

John Burlinson received a Bridging Scholarship for fall semester study away.

George Aumoithe, Freeman-ASIA Grant winner for summer study away.

Anna Remillard awarded a DACOR Fellowship.

2007

Honors Theses
Realism, liberalism, and Pan-Asianism : the evolution of the Japanese empire (1905-1945)
, Davis, Eric James

Prizes and Awards
Karen Tang awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Japan.

Samantha Scully was selected and received funding to attend the Japan-America Student Conference.

2006

Honors Theses
Taiko : the formation and professionalization of a Japanese performance art
, Bensen, Daniel Maier 

Imposition and adaptation : the Japanese confrontation and manipulation of European notions of the "East”, 1860-1905, Damerville, Sarah Mari

Prizes and Awards
Timothy Gibson received a Fulbright Research Award.

Philip Friedrich received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Sri Lanka.

2004

Honors Theses
International trade and the economic development of Japan, 1858-1899
, Goto, Christina Emiko

2003

Honors Theses
Zhe zhong ren/"People like us" : consumption and the construction of gay community in contemporary Beijing, P.R.C.
, Dunn, Andrew Thomas

2002

Honors Theses
AIDS in China : a cultural study
, Karlin, Amanda Rose

2001

Honors Theses
War is hell : military conflict during China's spring and autumn period, Pitoniak, Jonathan Matthew


2000

Honors Theses
Wang Shuo steps out
, Carroll, Catherine S.

Okinawa and Tokyo : the protest movement and conflict accommodation
, Kuba, Meredith T.

A Chinese opera version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Triplett, Patricia Elain

1999

Honors Theses
Media representations of Asian Americans : perpetuating bias?
Ames, Kacy Kyung

1998

Honors Theses
The internationalization of Sri Lanka's intrastate war
, Buckley, Sarah S.

1997

Honors Theses
The six faces of Lord Murukan : religious change and the birth of Bhakti in the classical Tamil Tiru
, Carpenter, Stephen Patrick

Gender expectations, workplace socialization and the university experience in contemporary Japan
, Sturk, Joshua Jay

1995

Honors Theses
A Karesansui Japanese-style garden, Cormier, Nathaniel S.

Tibetan tales : the soul of a culture in exile
, Humphrey, Rachel

1994

Honors Theses
Pre-War Japanese feminism
, Crowley, Meredith A.


1993

Honors Theses
Tamed and transformed : the Yaksa as transitional deity
, Carbine, Jason A.

Inside Apocalypse : the role of the end of the world in a Japanese new new religion, DeTemple, Jill

The Macartney Embassy to China in 1793 : a seminal event in China's relations with the West
, Mallen, Justin

1992

Honors Theses
Province of prosperity: the political and economic power of Guangdong Province and their effect on Guangdong’s development process
, Bell, Sean M.

Practice and theory in the Japanese legal system
, Hollis, Duncan Baker

"The emperor is far away" : Chinese imperial trade policy and its local subversion prior to the opium war
, Simon, James E.

1991

Honors Theses
"Socialist Trains Running Late" : An examination of "Socialist Modernization" in the People's Republic of China, Auerbach, John Charles

Mao's legacy : political interference with economic reform in the People's Republic of China 1979-85
, Messer, Miwako Gillespie

1990

Honors Theses
Tun-huang evidence for Buddhist acculturation, Cantor, Selena

A spiritual perspective on Wang Mang's political, social and economic reforms
, Goldsmith, Jennifer Lynn

The Chinese Communist Party reacts to divergent views on democracy
, Kehoe, John Breffni

The quest for democracy; a look into China"s future past, MacCabe, Andrew Balfour

A leap forward and a leap back: Western media coverage of the 1989 Beijing spring, Najberg, Adam Sheiner

1989

Honors Theses
Finding turquoise in brass and pearls in foam : diverging paths in Chinese literature of the 1930's 
, Farrington, Katherine Paige

Flowing gowns and jade consorts : images of women in T"ang literaturs, Shao, Kathy

1988

Honors Theses
The search for a center and the displacement of meaning through systems of correspondence in Chinese, Collier, Peter Forsyth

The Shamantic tradition in Japan
, Cornell, Marcia J.

The Red detachment of women : the political implications of a Chinese Communist dance, Stone, Leslie B.

1987

Honors Theses
Traditional and modern Chinese funerals : social change in Taiwan and China mainland
, Heyler, Daniel A.

1980

Honors Theses
From the masses to the masses: a study of mass line theory and politics in Communist China, Nancy Utterback