• Student Spotlight

1st Annual Connie Chin Memorial Prize for Writing in East Asian Studies Awarded

MA Students

Rose  Adams
  • Korea

North Korean affairs, media/propaganda in authoritarian regimes; effects of media and culture on inter-Asian relations

Rika  Aoki
  • China

Chinese politics and foreign policy; maritime issues

Fedelle  Austria
  • Korea

Internationalization of business, evolution of the healthcare landscape in South Korea and East Asia at large

Photo of Lauren Barnes
  • China

Concepts and self-understanding of identity amongst East Asian immigrants to the United States; formation of early immigrant diaspora communities

Photo of Rebecca Brown
  • China

Chinese politics and foreign policy; China’s role in South Asia

Photo of Ying Cheng
  • Japan

Contemporary Japanese society; gender inequality; mental health

Sam  Chetwin George
  • China

Chinese foreign policy in the South Pacific

Photo of Wooju Chong
  • East Asia

Comparative studies between Korea and Japan; cultural diplomacy; digital media; visual arts; contemporary political relations

Photo of Sasha Earnheart Gold
  • East Asia

Startups and Venture Capital

Photo of Wanning Fu
  • East Asia

Modern Japanese history; transnational history of China and Japan; historical and contemporary Sino-Japanese relations, especially Mongolian-Japanese relations; wartime memories in East Asia

Photo of Dylan Goldfine-Middleton
  • China

Daoist philosophy and cosmology; Sino-Japanese history, historiography, and linguistic anthropology; Multiculturalism and transculturalism in East Asia and diaspora communities

Photo of Xiaopeng Lan
  • China

Social, cultural and intellectual history of Early Modern China; Ethnicity and identity in the so-called "China proper" during late imperial period and their relations to late imperial Chinese politics in both central and local level; Local history of Huabei (North China); Minority literature in China; Imperial Studies

Xingchen  Lan
  • China

Political Economy; Authoritarian Politics; Distributive Politics; Chinese and East Asian Politics; Applied Game Theory and Quantitative Methods

Photo of Jiah Lee
  • Korea

Inequality and discrimination against “others” as a result of hypernationalism or nativism in South Korea; the effects of damunhwa (multiculturalism); postcolonial traumas; Korean diaspora; gender studies

Photo of Yoojung Lee
  • East Asia

Political communication; International relations of East Asia and US; Political behavior;  Peace studies.

Photo of Yanni Li
  • East Asia

Comparative institutional study of China and Japan's cultural policy and public diplomacy; intersection of culture, politics and ICT in China; national image and identity

Photo of Lemeng Liang
  • China

The formation and change of public opinions in China; social stratification and inequality; the development of new media and its impact on modern China society; China's national image and soft power.

Sai  Ma
  • China

Spatiality in modern Chinese literature; Modern Chinese history; Japanese literary modernism; Digital humanities

Cole  McFaul
  • China

US-China relations; Chinese engagement in Africa; the objectives and impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative

Photo of Kerstin Norris
  • Korea

U.S.-R.O.K. Relations; U.S. military; Neocolonialism; Political Theory; U.S. Foreign Policy; South Korean Public Opinion; Korean Politics

Josephine  O'Neil
  • China

Dynastic calligraphy and painting and its influence on contemporary ink art; cross-cultural influence between the arts of China and Japan; decorative arts from the Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties; Edo period screens; modern and contemporary Japanese photography

Photo of Alice On
  • China

Chinese documentaries and reality television; depictions of rural life in popular media; China's entertainment industry

Photo of Wolfgang Petermann
  • East Asia

ASEAN's strategic rapprochement regarding politics, economics, and regional security cooperation to balance outside influence through the lens of Thailand's constitutional monarchy and foreign policy.

Wren Ponder
  • China

The political economy of modern China

Victoria  Rahbar
  • Japan

The print culture history of shoujo manga magazines in Japan and North America. How East Asia Libraries in North America catalog, develop, and preserve manga collections. Art History; Fan Studies; History of the Book; Library and Information Science; Manga Studies

Machi  Saito
  • East Asia

Contemporary relations and foreign policies of East Asian nations; Interrelationship between the United States, Japan and China; US foreign policy toward East Asia; Chinese history, politics and foreign policy

Photo of Wushuang Shen
  • China

Modern Chinese history and material culture.

Photo of Jessie Shin
  • East Asia

Correlation of foreign policy and cultural interactions in East Asia

Photo of Robert Shore
  • China

Chinese political economy;  East Asian technology trade;  Chinese economy and financial system

Jingxuan  Shou
  • East Asia

Fostering mutual understanding and avoiding conflict between the US, China, and Russia. The history of the three bilateral relationships: China and the US, Russia and the US, and China and Russia

Alek  Sigley
  • Korea

Foreigners in North Korea, focusing on foreign students and their experiences of everyday life and social control; anthropology; cultural studies

Hong  Song
  • China

Chinese migration and diaspora; women and gender history; identity formation; transnational history

Josh  Stelwagen
  • China

Contemporary history and politics; foreign policy, especially China’s role in global governance; international security; national identity and cross-cultural negotiation in authoritarian regimes

Photo of Sen Kit Suen
  • Japan

History of Buddhism and Shinto in Japan; religions in East Asia; history of the Japanese Empire; nationalism and colonialism in East Asia; US-China relations; Sino-Japanese relations

Yuze  Sui
  • China

Local governance in China, state-society relations in China, Central-local relations in China, and accountability in Authoritarian regimes

Lily Amelia  Susman
  • East Asia

Culture and society in modern and contemporary China; East Asian transnational cultural history; Women and Gender Studies; Modernity, nationalism, and revolution

Benjamin Villar
  • Japan

Zainichi Koreans, a Korean minority residing in Japan, and focus on identity studies, how they struggle with that identity, and how they manifest through social media outlets and the struggles they face online and in daily life from others/Japanese society.

Xinyi Wang
  • East Asia

Economic history of modern China; Income inequality in China (the urban-rural divide); East Asian Buddhist art.

Photo of James Watson
  • China

Chinese foreign policy and strategic communications;  modern Chinese history; the evolution of nationalism in China; national identity in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan;  Taiwan indigenous history and contemporary issues; cross-strait relations.

Photo of Mary Willett
  • China

Chinese history, politics, and foreign policy; particularly how history and tradition is used by Chinese leaders to shape the language, legitimacy, and framing of both domestic and foreign engagement.

Photo of Yifan Xu
  • East Asia

China, Japan, United States; politics and foreign policy; international security; alliance politics

Alyssa  Yee
  • China

China's economic, political and security objectives in the Central and South Pacific, especially in connection with the Belt and Road initiative

Photo of Yiyin Zhong
  • China

National infrastructure in post-pandemic China; urban studies; East Asian religions