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Research Projects Undertaken by Japanese Students

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.

2013

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

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

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)

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

2008

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

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

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)