Recent Senior Theses

The senior thesis represents the culmination of the undergraduate curriculum at Princeton. For students in the EAS department, the thesis should be an original contribution to scholarship on East Asia, based at least in part on source materials in the student's language of specialization.

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Class of 2021

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2021 James Raymo The Perception of Difference: Combating Cultural Consciousness of Mental Illness within Contemporary Japanese Society Felicity Audet
2021 Erin Huang HEARD, BUT NOT SEEN: An Exploration of East Asian Representation through Music in American Musical Theater from the 1950s to the Present Madeline "Maddie" Wu
2021 Xin Wen Protecting the Little Guy: A Confucian Perspective on Conceptions of Intellectual Authorship and Exchange during Song Dynasty China Sergio Serna
2021 Xin Wen One Belt - Many Roads: The People's Republic of China's Rhetoric Surrounding the Silk Road and the Minzu (民族) That Helped Build It Louison Sall
2021 Steven Chung Juingong: Examining Reader-Character Interaction in Korean Webtoons Samuel "Sam" Choi
2021 Federico Marcon “Where Are They Now?”: Analyzing Depictions and Perceptions of the Monstrous in Online Chinese Fantasy Novels Reginald "Regi" Quartey
2021 Steven Chung "Korea's Online Persona" Morgan McGrath
2021 Atsuko Ueda Kikuchi Kan and Prewar Film Alec Leng

Class of 2020

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2020 Ksenia Chizhova Fashion and Upheaval: Bottom-up Creations of Intimacies in East Asia Sofie Kim
2020 Chih-p'ing Chou & Jennifer Jennings The Growth of Ed-Tech Under China's Market Education System Leanna Nguyen
2020 Amy Borovoy Have you eaten?: Analyzing young Korean women’s relationship with food in K-Dramas and its intersection with K-Pop and K-Beauty Cecilia Vergara
2020 Brian Steininger Re-Queering Utena: Localized and Global Queerness in the Anime Series Revolutionary Girl Utena Jacob Williams
2020 He Bian Tasting Communism: Comrade Cookery and the Politics of Eating in Mao’s China, 1949-1965 Seth Paternostro
2020 Franz Prichard Assembling This Corean Body Soyeong Park
2020 Guangchen Chen & Anna M. Shields An Objective Identity: The Role of the National Palace Museum in the ROC and Taiwanese Narratives Brandon Mintzer
2020 Anna M. Shields & Joshua Freeman Do Women Still Hold Up Half the Sky? An Analysis of Female Representation in the Contemporary Political Landscape in China Natalie Nagorski
2020 Paize Keulemans Knowing Subjects and Known Objects: The Disappearance of the Individual in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction Coby Goldberg
2020 Atsuko Ueda Those Who Have Eyes to See, Let Them See: Examining Media Representations of the “Comfort Women” Issue Eunice Kim
2020 Erin Huang Southeast and East Asian Documentary Films: The Responsibility of Filming Violence Isabella Chung
2020 Sheldon Garon China’s Mismanagement of Medical Supply Chains: Analyzing Inefficiencies and Identifying Solutions for the Blood and N95 Mask Supply Chains Michael Kamsky

Class of 2019

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2019 Franz Prichard (Re)Constructing Tohoku: Iterations of Tabi in Post-March 11th, Tohoku Japan Sophie Wheeler
2019 Paul Nadal, Erin Huang, & Franz Prichard Modeling Minorities and Model Majorities: Picturing Neoliberal Commodities in the film Crazy Rich Asians Kai Liu
2019 Steven Chung “The Blood Soaked Cry of Those Who Seek Revenge / is Ringing in The Sky Over Sinchon”: An Analysis of the Portrayal of the Sinchon Massacre in North Korean Propaganda Faith Garcia
2019 Federico Marcon Japan’s Brand of Entrepreneurship: A Contemporary Look at its Development and Modern Manifestation Ashley Berland

Class of 2018

Class Year Advisor Title Author


Federico Marcon Urban Folk Religions: A Study on Modern Manifestation of Japanese Folk Religion Alisa Fukatsu
2018 Amy Borovoy The Development of Public Health in China: An Exploration of Health Education in Chinese Primary and Secondary Schools Julie Goldstein
2018 Erin Huang Hip Hop as a Constructed Identity: Understanding the Social and Political Movement of Hip Hop from the US to Asia through Afro Asian Relations Melanie Ho
2018 Anna M. Shields The Struggle for Greater Autonomy: Article 23 and the Development of the Pro-Democracy movement in Hong Kong (An Examination of Post-Handover Challenges) Audrey Lee
2018 Ksenia Chizhova “They are Our Fellow Countrymen:” Koryo Saram and the Korean Nation Elizabeth Maxey
2018 Martin Kern “WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS?” An Analysis of the Art World, Gender Bias and Feminist Discourse in Contemporary China Julia Selignan
2018 Franz Prichard Atmospheric Water Generation: Disruptive Technological Solution for Addressing Chinese Potable Water Demand Guoen Sheng
2018 Yu Xie Language Choice and Identity in Hong Kong Mathew Troiani

Class of 2017

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2017 Benjamin Elman “不如死一半,給一半人吃飽” “It is Better to Let Half of the People Die so that the Other Half Can Eat Their Fill”: Analyzing Consumption Patterns During China’s Great Famine (1958-1962) Andrea Jenkins
2017 Ksenia Chizhova Yi Chong-jun’s “A Story of Us Worms” (Beolle iyagi): A Translation and Critical Reading Matt Wie
2017 Sheldon Garon Will China’s debt crisis and real estate bubble implode? Determining the origins, the severity and the Chinese government’s tools in managing the debt and real estate crises. Murad Mahmudov
2017 David Leheny "Under the Same Blue Sky:" A Study of Media Portrayal of Children of Chinese Migrant Workers and Education Inequality Sophia Su
2017 Pieter Keulemans Transnational Horror Cinema: Seeing with New Vision in Jian Gui and The Eye Matt Blazejewski
2017 Steven Chung Translated Selections from Come Back by Friday: The Sewol Ferry and the Construction of Cultural Trauma through Narrativized Interviews Jiyoon Kim
2017 He Bian Seeking an Oasis: Alaer City, Economic Development, and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in Contemporary China Alicia Lamb
2017 Ksenia Chizhova The Politics of Colonial Identity: Collaboration and Development in Yun Ch’i-ho’s Diary Sheila Sisimit
2017 Atsuko Ueda Nihon wa nandesu ka: Discerning Okinawa's Place in Modern Japan A.J. Ohiwerei

Class of 2016

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2016 Benjamin Elman Winter-Worm Summer-Grass: Caterpillar Fungus and the Invention of a Wonder Drug? Zoe Zhang
2016 Patrick Caddeau Stereotypes Traverse Language: Being "Raced" in English-to-Japanese Translation Briana Christine Teresa Freeman
2016 Pieter Keulemans Rhetorical Ambiguity and Its Reception Abroad: A Roadside Perspective of the "One Belt, One Road" Project Nicholas G. Keeley
2016 Erin Huang Radical Intimacies in the Queer Public Sphere of Postsocialist China Ross Donovan
2016 Pieter Keulemans Jia Pingwa's December, January: Social Status and Influence in China in the Aftermath of Post-Collectivization: An Analysis and Translation Bradley Berman
2016 Steven Chung Exploring Communication and Language Change in South Korea Joyce Da-Hyun Kim
2016 Yu Xie Dreaming in Chinese: The Politics of China's Entrepreneurship Promotion Daniel Nicholas Taub
2016 Amy Borovoy Caregiver or Laborer? Examining the Role of Japanese Women from the 'Japanese-Style Welfare Society' to the 'Social Investment' State

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Class of 2015

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2015 Federico Marcon Vengeful Ghost: The Evolution of the Woman Ghost Antagonist from Japanese Folktales to Modern J-Horror Jameson Mitchell Creager
2015 Atsuko Ueda Re-Imagining Identities through "Japanese" Literature Lucas Broïdo
2015 Benjamin Elman Nurturing Life Amidst the Smog: The Air Pollution Experience in Contemporary China Charles Thomas Fortin
2015 David Leheny Not Here to Stay?: Chinese Globalization and Transnationalism in Serbia Andres L. Parrado
2015 Thomas Hare Music as an Instrument of Colonization in Meiji Japan Oliver Marsh
2015 Steven Chung Monster Movies as National Allegories: Difficulties in Defining Genre in Korean Cinema Jennifer Jee Cho
2015 David Leheny The Misery of Quicksilver: Myth, Memory, Performance, and Soil Pollution Remediation in China Gavin Gillespie Cook
2015 Sheldon Garon "A Matter of the Greatest Urgency": An Evaluation of the Work-Life Balance of Working Women in Japan Kelsey Jennifer Henderson
2015 Amy Borovoy It Takes a Village to Feed a Child: Motives of Food Education in Japanese Elementary Schools Jessica Daryl McLemore
2015 Pieter Keulemans A Hungry Dog Isn't Afraid of a Wooden Stick: On Allegory, Social Critique, and the Rise of ‘Pop Avant-Garde’ Theater in Contemporary China Julia Rose Knox Hammer
2015 Steven Chung The Good Life in the Context of South Korea: A qualitative study on Korean college students’ perception and experience of well-being Erin Kim
2015 David Leheny Debunking "Copycat" Culture in China: An Examination of the Chinese Internet Landscape Hugo Jin Yi Ou
2015 Janet Chen Bridging Zhongguancun and Silicon Valley: How the Chinese Government is Constructing a Technology Ecosystem That Conforms to Western Standards of Innovation Michael Noah Katz

Class of 2014

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2014 Atsuko Ueda “Somehow, Crystal: A Translation of Tanaka Yasuo’s Nantonaku, Kurisutaru” Jennifer Memie Alexis Greene
2014 Janet Chen “Putting a Price on a Hero: Marketing Morality & Martyrdom Through Model Emulation Propaganda in Reform-Era China” Alexandra Elizabeth Small
2014 Thomas Conlan “The Paper Tiger of PRC Policy: Nuclear ‘No First Use’ in China’s National Defense White Papers, 1998-2013” Emily Hannah Erickson
2014 Everett Zhang A New Kind of Border Town: Spatial Intersection in Tourist Fenghuang Cameron Langeluttig White
2014 Martin Kern “The King’s Speech: Language and Ritual in the ‘Great Proclamation’ of the Classic of Documents” Mary Kathleen Schulman
2014 Steven Chung Japanese Language Textbook Development Following WWII — The Meaning of the Japanese Textbook in the 21st Century Max Batt Behar
2014 Everett Zhang “From Essential Mandates to Forgotten Classrooms: A Framework to Examine English Education Policies in Rural Counties” Margaret Kathy Wang
2014 David Leheny “Fan Creations, Fan Expressions: A Comparative Study of Derivative Works as Reflections of Fan Communities of Anime and Manga in Japan and the USA” Asumi Shibata
2014 David Leheny “Crying ‘Nanking’: The Microblog Approach to Macro-Level Sino-Japanese Relations — A Pop Cultural Analysis” Marianne Nichole Nell-Tascon
2014 Steven Chung “A Comparative Visual Analysis of Graphic Design in China” Leila Arisa Howard
2014 Willard Peterson “‘Broad’ Nationalism Among the Young Turk and Chinese Revolutionaries?” Ruofan Cheng
2014 Brian Steininger “All in the Family: A Filmic Analysis of Family Caregiving of the Mentally Ill in Contemporary China” Nicole Jian Min Hung

Class of 2013

Class Year Advisor Title Author
2013 Martin Kern Watching the "Political Show" From Afar: Chinese Media Coverage of the 2012 United States Presidential Election Benjamin Goldstein
2013 David Leheny Uneven Rural “Development” in Contemporary China: The “Neoliberalization” of Space and Bodies in Two Chinese Villages Jonathan Cheng-Ping Lin
2013 Martin Kern Towards a Southern Sun: Race, Order & Empire in Japanese Micronesia Chloe Ferguson
2013 Pieter Keulemans Spirit Wood by Liu Qingbang: Translation and Critical Introduction by Thomas Merckens Thomas Merckens
2013 Paul Muldoon Spirit Wood Thomas Merkens
2013 Amy Borovoy Remolding Japanese Minds: Combating Low Fertility with Pronatal Policy and Social Education Daniel Velasco
2013 Pieter Keulemans The Politicization of Disaster Relief: A Comparative Study of the 1999 Taiwan Earthquake and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake Adam Chin
2013 Benjamin Elman Party Over: Communist Party Prestige, the History of Modern China Series, and the Cultural Revolution Jackson Popkin
2013 Janet Chen The New Chinese Diaspora in Brazil: Changes in Overseas Chinese Policy Reflecting the PRC Agenda to Foster China-Brazil Trade Ties,1990 - 2012 Anna A. Lorentz
2013 David Leheny Mobile Values and Moral Devices: The Rise of Mobile Phone Culture among Chinese College Students and the Ideological Response James A. McGlone
2013 Patrick Caddeau “An Impossible Art”: Early Japanese Bible Translation In the Nineteenth Century Kendra Meilin Namiko Simon
2013 Martin Kern Examining Governmental and Non-Governmental Efforts to Improve Migrant Children’s Access to Education in China

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