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Japan-related Research Projects

Building on their Japanese language and culture study here and abroad, upper class students conduct independent research, delving into diverse subjects with support from faculty. The most promising of these projects evolve over two semesters in the senior year and are awarded departmental honors.

2015
Theresa Faller, "Layering Assurance: Depictions of Disease in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Japanese"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

Younghyun Yeo, "Historiography of Japanese Colonialism in Korea"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tristan Grunow)

2014
Jean-Paul Honegger, "Changing Nuclear Identities: Nuclear Protest in India and Japan in the Pre and Post-Fukushima World"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tristan Grunow)

Hongbei Li, "Beyond contemporary "Chinese" art: interpreting post-80 art and artists from Sichuan, China."
(Honors Project Advisors: Shu-chin Tsui and Peggy Wang)

Ashley Talbot, "Masculinities and Japanese Male Idols: The Case Study of Arashi"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

Yu (Shirley) Zhao, "Youth, Homelessness, and Lack of Social Belonging in Japanese Films of the 1990s and 2000s"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

2013
Carolyn Barber, "Monogatari no wayaku to eiyaku no kokoromi (A foray into translating fiction from Japanese to English and English to Japanese"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

Willem Bogardus, "From Demo to the Diet: Political Participation among Postwar Japanese Labor Unions."  Received Highest Honors. (Honors Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

Maxwell Brandstadt, "Buddhism, resistance and dynastic legitimacy during the Huichang Suppression."
(Honors Project Advisors: John Holt and Leah Zuo)

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

K. Mai Kristofferson, “Birthrate Policy in Modern Japan.” Received High Honors.
(Honors Project Advisor: Henry Laurence)

2011
Angela Kung, “Visual Narrative in Heian and Kamakura Emaki”
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

2010
Isabelle Blankmeyer, "Explaining Japan's Falling Birth Rate"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Henry Laurence)

Dylan Crawford, “Nationalization and Nation Building: Railroad Development in Meiji Japan”
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

Zoe Eddy, “The Life and Times of the Japanese Sweet Potato: A Not-So-Rooted Visual Pilgrimage”
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

Kate Emerson, “Cultivating Mutual Respect: France and Bakumatsu Japan”
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

Yong Mei, “Scenes Inside and Outside the Capital: The Rakuchu Rakugai Zu of Sixteenth Century Kyoto"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

Yaritza Pena, "Soft Power in Harajuku? Japan's Influence on Global Fashion"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Henry Laurence)

Zachary Rudick, "Elements of Perceived Civilization: The Historiography of Tea, 1565-Present"
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

2008
Matt Gray, “The Mount Ōe Picture Scrolls: An Annotated Translation and Commentary.” Received Honors.
(Honors Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

Ngoc Pham, “The Unnatural Sciences of Alchemy: Bodily Transformations in Japanese Animation”
(Independent Study Project Advisor: Vyjayanthi Selinger)

2007
Eric Davis “Realism, Liberalism, and Pan-Asianism: The Evolution of the Japanese Empire (1905-45).” Received High Honors.
(Honors Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

2006
Daniel Benson, "Taiko: The Formation and Professionalization of a Japanese Performance Art."   Received high honors.
(Honors Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)

Sarah Damerville, “Imposition and Adaptation: The Japanese Confrontation and Manipulation of European Notions of the "East " 1860-1905." 
(Honors Project Advisor: Tom Conlan)