Honors Theses, Independent Studies, Prizes, and Awards

2016
Lily Susman, "The 'New Woman' in Colonial Korea"
(Sakura Christmas, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Katherine Carter, "The Environmental History of Tuna in Japan's Transwar Period"
(Sakura Christmas, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Ponpavi Sangsuradej, "Indigenous Labor and the Construction of the Burma Road"
(Sakura Christmas, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Elina Zhang, "China's ethnic minorities and global anthropological fictions"
(Belinda Kong, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Tenzin Dolkar Tsagong received the Chinese Language Prize.

Katherine Gallwey Carter received the Japanese Language Prize.

2015
Defining Democratic Change within the Lay Judge System
Mathieu, Alexandra

Coleman, Katie, "History, theory, and practices of ink painting"
(Peggy Wang, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Yeo, Younghyun, "Historiography of Japanese Colonialism in Korea"
(Tristan Grunow, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

Faller, Theresa, "Layering Assurance: Depictions of Disease in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Japan"
(Jayanthi Selinger, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

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
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

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)

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
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

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)

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
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

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)

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
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)

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
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)

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
Notes on Ouyang Xiu’s Collected records of the past

Stern, Charles Isaac

Lee, Jeongmin, "Democratization in South Korea"
(Henry Laurence, Independent Studies Faculty Advisor)

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

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

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
Realism, liberalism, and Pan-Asianism : the evolution of the Japanese empire (1905-1945)

Davis, Eric James

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
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

Timothy Gibson received a Fulbright Research Award.

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

2004
International trade and the economic development of Japan, 1858-1899

Goto, Christina Emiko


2003
Zhe zhong ren/"People like us" : consumption and the construction of gay community in contemporary Beijing, P.R.C.

Dunn, Andrew Thomas


2002
AIDS in China : a cultural study

Karlin, Amanda Rose


2001
War is hell : military conflict during China's spring and autumn period

Pitoniak, Jonathan Matthew


2000
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
Media representations of Asian Americans : perpetuating bias?
Ames, Kacy Kyung

1998
The internationalization of Sri Lanka's intrastate war

Buckley, Sarah S.


1997
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
A Karesansui Japanese-style garden

Cormier, Nathaniel S.

Tibetan tales : the soul of a culture in exile

Humphrey, Rachel

1994
Pre-War Japanese feminism

Crowley, Meredith A.



1993
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Traditional and modern Chinese funerals : social change in Taiwan and China mainland

Heyler, Daniel A.

1980
From the masses to the masses: a study of mass line theory and politics in Communist China
Nancy Utterback