Undergraduate Program

Honors

Any student who has maintained an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher is eligible to be considered for honors. Students who wish to receive honors must submit a bachelor's thesis. This paper is read by two members of the department and, if judged to be of superior quality, the student is recommended for graduation with honors. With the consent of the departmental adviser, honors students are required to enroll in at least two quarters of the Senior Thesis Tutorial (EALC 29500, 29600, 29700), typically autumn and winter.

2016

Rosaley Gai:  Real and Ideal: Practicing Gendered Consumption in Contemporary Gurume Manga

Shauna Moore:  Sore na!: Youth Politeness Strategies on Japanese Video Blogs

Jacqueline Oshiro: Aloha Pankêki: Changing Patterns in the Commodification of 'Hawaiiana' in Contemporary Japan

Hannah Rausch: Testing the Limits of Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China

Alina Scotti: Journal as Medium: Visual Language of Xiaoshuo yuebao (The Short Story Magazine), 1919-1921

2015

Keyao Pan, “Dissecting the East Asia Reparation Movement: a Case Study of the Unit 731 Germ Warfare Reparation Class Suit”

2014

Anna Gustafson
"Catching Meanings in Their Nets: Two New American Translations of the Dao De Jing"

Yasmine Krings
"The Futility of a Self-Made Identity: Sex and the Abject in Murakami Ryū's 'Tamago'"

Jeffrey Niedermaier
"I Shall Tell Both Home and Name: The Imperial Voice and the Yamato Political Imaginary in the Man'yōshū"

2013

Angela Sherman
"Exotically Familiar:  Half-Korean Male Actors in Contemporary South Korean Television Drama"

2012

Steven Pelcovits
"Brave New Words: Borrowed Terms for Queer Conceptions of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan"

Feiyang Sun
"Dreams within Dreams: Fiction Commentary and the Later Dream of the Red Chamber"

2011

Yini Shi
"Stories of the Stone: The Multiple Voices of Honglou Meng"

Dennell Reynolds
"Finding the Horizon: Tourism, Ethnicity, and Landscape in China's Shangri-La"

Arieh Smith
"Democrats or Dictators: The CCP in Western Eyes"

2010

Hannah Airriess
“Suffering as Resistance: Subjectivity, Genre, and the Female Body in Masamura Yasuzo's A Wife Confesses

Bailey Pickens
“My Henro”

James Stand
“Peking, Duck! A Century of Modernization and Historical Preservation in the Old City of Beijing, 1911-2010”

2009

Michael Carbone
“Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Life: Hu Shih and John Dewey in China”

Camilia Dodik
“Eros and Resistance: Politicized Portrayals of Sexual Deviance in Two Post-War Japanese Works”

Kate Lipkowitz
“The Case of the Two Katherin Masfields: Ling Shuhua and Katherine Mansfield in China”

Dana Lutenegger
“China’s Galileo: The Criticism of Ma Yinchu and Factionalism in Chinese Politics”

Jillian Marshall
“In Search of Place: Colonial Korean and Taiwanese Identity Formation during Kominka’s National Language Movement and Military Volunteer Programs, 1937-1945”

Charlotte Sœsanto
"It's a Butoh-ful Life"

2008

Lauren Kocher
“Japanese Feminisms and the ‘Gender-Free’ Controversy”

David Pisano
“People and Emperor: Reform in the Japanese Imperial Household”

John Thompson
“Tears that Flutter and Fade: Emo, Authenticity, and the Market in Beijing”

2007

Mike Yong
“Beyond Fragmentation: Yokmitsu Riichi’s ‘The Machine’”

2006

Michael Monteleone
“Knocking from Within: Contemporary Social Unrest and its Consequences for a Stable China”

Marianne Tarcov
“Beautiful Shadows of Ugly Things: Translations of Kuroda Saburo”

2005

Adam Bronson
“Japanese Folklore Studies and History: Pre-War and Post-War Inflections”

Dan Cadwell
“Land of the Kami, Ruler of Realm”

Mehan Jayasuriya
“Overcoming Postmodernity: Commodity, Femininity and Subjectivity in the Literature of Haruki Murakami”

Juliane Jones
“Musical Chinoiserie: Turandot and the Assertion of Ambiguity”

Matt Jong
“The Philosophy of Psychology in Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s Naomi

Pui Hoon Ong
“To Leave or Not to Leave, That’s Not the Question: An Examination of Ba Jin’s ‘Families’”

Julie Parks
“American Prostitutes in Colonial Shanghai: The American Girl Image and its Power”