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.
Yufan Chen: Spectacular Surfaces: Lure, Transaction, and the Limits of Self-Representation
Joseph Along: The Decline of South Korean International Undergraduate Presence in the United States
Grace Bologna: Political Dysfunction, Social Stigma, and Political Illiteracy: Falling Youth Voting Rates in Japan
Hayley Gray: Overlapping Meanings: Omamori in the Lives of Japanese Young People
Noa Solomon-Auger: Looking Through ‘Flower and Smoke’: Gendered Representation and Discourse of Opium Smoking in China
Samuel Baureis: Ethical Failure in the Analects: Managing Desires Through Action
Gabrielle Dulys: How to Speak Like an Otaku: Otaku Identity Through the Lens of Self-Referentiality, Commodity, and Art.
Nicolle Bertozzi: The Global Chajin: Evolving Traditions in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
Aliyah Bixby-Driesen: What’s New about New Baihua? Language Change and Indirect Contact in Chinese Vernacular Literature, 1790-1924
Celine Kwon: Shifting Landscapes of Labor: Female Entrepreneurship in Post-Mao China
Michelle Shang: “I Almost Forgot I Was A Girl”: Maoist Gender Politics and the Memory of Gender in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976
Andrew Wonjay Shin: The Changing Face of Fatherhood in Contemporary South Korea
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
Keyao Pan, “Dissecting the East Asia Reparation Movement: a Case Study of the Unit 731 Germ Warfare Reparation Class Suit”
"Catching Meanings in Their Nets: Two New American Translations of the Dao De Jing"
"The Futility of a Self-Made Identity: Sex and the Abject in Murakami Ryū's 'Tamago'"
"I Shall Tell Both Home and Name: The Imperial Voice and the Yamato Political Imaginary in the Man'yōshū"
"Exotically Familiar: Half-Korean Male Actors in Contemporary South Korean Television Drama"
"Brave New Words: Borrowed Terms for Queer Conceptions of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan"
"Dreams within Dreams: Fiction Commentary and the Later Dream of the Red Chamber"
"Stories of the Stone: The Multiple Voices of Honglou Meng"
"Finding the Horizon: Tourism, Ethnicity, and Landscape in China's Shangri-La"
"Democrats or Dictators: The CCP in Western Eyes"
“Suffering as Resistance: Subjectivity, Genre, and the Female Body in Masamura Yasuzo's A Wife Confesses”
“Peking, Duck! A Century of Modernization and Historical Preservation in the Old City of Beijing, 1911-2010”
“Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Life: Hu Shih and John Dewey in China”
“Eros and Resistance: Politicized Portrayals of Sexual Deviance in Two Post-War Japanese Works”
“The Case of the Two Katherin Masfields: Ling Shuhua and Katherine Mansfield in China”
“China’s Galileo: The Criticism of Ma Yinchu and Factionalism in Chinese Politics”
“In Search of Place: Colonial Korean and Taiwanese Identity Formation during Kominka’s National Language Movement and Military Volunteer Programs, 1937-1945”
"It's a Butoh-ful Life"
“Japanese Feminisms and the ‘Gender-Free’ Controversy”
“People and Emperor: Reform in the Japanese Imperial Household”
“Tears that Flutter and Fade: Emo, Authenticity, and the Market in Beijing”
“Beyond Fragmentation: Yokmitsu Riichi’s ‘The Machine’”
“Knocking from Within: Contemporary Social Unrest and its Consequences for a Stable China”
“Beautiful Shadows of Ugly Things: Translations of Kuroda Saburo”
“Japanese Folklore Studies and History: Pre-War and Post-War Inflections”
“Land of the Kami, Ruler of Realm”
“Overcoming Postmodernity: Commodity, Femininity and Subjectivity in the Literature of Haruki Murakami”
“Musical Chinoiserie: Turandot and the Assertion of Ambiguity”
“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’”
“American Prostitutes in Colonial Shanghai: The American Girl Image and its Power”