Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Asian Studies program are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2023

Dana Fried, Chinese (CHIN) 2023, One King, Two Swords, Three Heads: Lu Xun’s “Forging Swords” in Translation

Aravindh Subramanian, Japanese (JAPN) 2023, Understanding Mishima Yukio: A Thirst for Ecstacy

Submissions from 2022

David Ahrens, Chinese (CHIN) 2022, Un|readable art: Xu Bing's Conceptions of Text Beyond Culture

Will Gershman, Japanese (JAPN) 2022, Dazai Osamu and His Contemplation of Sacrifice: Hope and Hopelessness in Wartime and Immediate Postwar Japan

Submissions from 2020

Joey Cook-Gallardo, Japanese (JAPN) 2020, The Hikikomori Phenomenon: A Road to Peace and Destruction

Augustus Holley, Asian Studies (ASST) 2020, Nányīn as “Living Fossil:” Uses of the Past in Nányīn Discourse

Olivia Powell, Asian Studies (ASST) 2020, Changing Conceptions of Masculinity in Imperial China

Submissions from 2019

Joshua Crotts, Asian Studies (ASST) 2019, How Foreign is too Foreign? The "Westernization" of Contemporary Japanese

Submissions from 2018

Diana Laura Delgado, Asian Studies (ASST) 2018, Neither a Good Wife nor a Wise Mother: Destabilization of Female Gender Conventions in Japanese Detective Fiction

Peter Mackenzie, Japanese (JAPN) 2019, The Historical Phonology of Old Japanese and Proto-Japonic

Walter Dirk Pugil, Japanese (JAPN) 2018, The Invisible Japanese: Buraku Identity and Education in "Education, Discrimination, and I"

Submissions from 2015

Graeme Harten, Asian Studies (ASST) 2015, The Propaganda of Business: Changes in Language from Liberation to Liberalization in the P.R.C.

Submissions from 2014

Peter Scripps Brown, Chinese (CHIN) 2014, Consistency or Confusion: The Aftermath of Simplified Chinese Characters

Rebecca Erin Katz, Japanese (JAPN) 2014, It's A Small World After All: Is Tokyo Disneyland a Manifestation of Cultural Imperialism in Japan?

Austen Learman McBain, Japanese (JAPN) 2014, Hatsune Miku and the "Sound of the Future:" How a Single Voice is Revolutionizing the Japanese Idol Industry

Submissions from 2013

Anna Kristin Callahan, Asian Studies (ASST) 2013, Simla: Deconstruction of a City and its Social Body

Laura Jessica Nelson, Japanese (JAPN) 2013, Mobile Suit Gundam and the Changes in the Japanese Family System: How Robots Reflect Japanese Society

Submissions from 2012

Maxwell Johannes Diddams, Chinese (CHIN) 2012, DON'T PANIC: A Descriptive Translation Studies Analysis of 徐百柯 and 姚向辉's Translations of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Elizabeth Kate Furuya, Asian Studies (ASST) 2012, Exploring the Intersection of art, feminism, and identity in the works of Yayoi Kusama Chiharu Shiota

Leah R. E. Justin-Jinich, Asian Studies (ASST) 2012, Ono no Komachi Iconography in Ukiyo-e: Satire, Sex & Social Rebellion

James Lu Morrissey, Chinese (CHIN) 2012, Issues Affecting Modern Chinese Youth: Globalization as Depicted in Five Chinese Films

Han Seongwu, Asian Studies (ASST) 2012, Manga for Young Men Going Global, Transnational Readership of Kingdom

Alexander Macneil Stevens, Chinese (CHIN) 2012, Fallen City, Fallen Women, Fallen Masks: Zhang Ailing, The Dream of the Red Chamber, and the Aestheticism of Disaster

Submissions from 2011

Adam Anderson, Asian Studies (ASST) 2011, Miko in Japan: Female Shaman Power Lost?

Nora Murnane Driscoll, Chinese (CHIN) 2011, The Facade of the Cities: Women as allegory in Chinese Film

Rose Hyson, Asian Studies (ASST) 2011, Shaping Shangri-la: NGOs and Guided Cultural Change in the Land of Snows

Robert Orion Martin, Asian Studies (ASST) 2011, Food Marketing Systems in Yangon: The Unexpected Success of the Supermarket Model

Robin Sachi Okimoto, Japanese (JAPN) 2011, Lessons of Fantasy: The Hero's Journey in Ogiwara Noriko's Fūjin Hishō (The Secret Texts of the Wind Spirit)

Ger Yang, Chinese (CHIN) 2011, Exploring the Tao in Chinese Military Strategies: The Art of War, The 36 Strategies, and Red Cliff

Submissions from 2010

Lauren Elizabeth Burkhart, Japanese (JAPN) 2010, China Nights and Manchurian Dreams: Pan-Asianism in the Shiki Theater Company's Showa Trilogy

Mengxi Shen, Chinese (CHIN) 2010, Qi—the psychosomatic component of Chinese medicine—ties between medicine, literature and philosophy

Laura Akilah Treneir Woodland, Asian Studies (ASST) 2010, Orthographic Selection and Japan: Social Implications of Script Selection in Japanese Magazine Advertisements

Benjamin Zivan, Chinese (CHIN) 2010, Alphabetizing Chinese: Enlightened Reform or Misguided Idealism?

Submissions from 2009

Lisa Dyson, Asian Studies (ASST) 2009, Chinese history, Uyghur identity: Chinese history education and the place for Uyghurness in modern China

Kenneth Geiger, Chinese (CHIN) 2009, Jia Zhangke's The world and Still life

John D. Schlaefer, Chinese (CHIN) 2009, Madness in contemporary Chinese literature: a case study of Lu Xun's use of madness carried out through contemporary Chinese writers