GPASC2017 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Call for Papers

12th Annual Undergraduate Conference

Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium (GPASC)

Call for Papers

Saturday, April 22, 2017

La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Frank Chance

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

GPASC invites proposals for its 12th annual undergraduate conference on Asian Studies.  We invite you to submit proposals of no more than 250 words on any topic in any discipline relating to any area of Asia, including West, East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Please submit your proposals through the following linked page:

http://tinyurl.com/GPASC2017

You will be asked for your name, email and other contact information, and the name and email of your faculty sponsor.  Papers written for a course are welcome.   Students will need to identify a faculty sponsor in the proposal.  There is no conference registration fee.  We will inform faculty sponsors and paper presenters about two weeks after the deadline.

A total of $500 in prize money is available for awards for the outstanding papers of the conference.

This year’s conference will be held at La Salle University on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, with coffee at 8:30 am.  The conference will include a luncheon, a keynote speaker, and an awards reception.  This is a wonderful opportunity to network and to share your enthusiasm about Asian Studies.

Updates and information, including the conference schedule when available, will be posted at https://greatphilaasia.wordpress.com/

Contact: Matthew Mizenko, Chair, GPASC

mmizenko@ursinus.edu

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GPASC 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference

Here is the program for the GPASC 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference to be held on Saturday, April 16, at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.

PROGRAM FOR GPASC UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE

Saturday, April 16, 2016

9:00-9:30AM     

Registration and continental breakfast Olin 104 (Lounge)

9:30-10:45AM    Session I

Panel A. Culture: Ancient and Modern Olin 103

Chair: Prof. Matthew Mizenko

 Patrick McTear, “The Iconography of Bhaiṣajyaguru,” Penn State Abington, Faculty Advisor: Pierce Salguero

Chukyi Kyaping, “The Unintended Legacy of Hellenism: The Development and Dissemination of the Buddha Image,” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Hugh Clark

Binglei Yan, “Du Shiniang Sinks Her Jewel Box in Anger: A Story to Defend Folk Literature,” Bryn Mawr College, Faculty Advisor: Shiamin Kwa

Melvin Ellis, “Apocalyptic Japan,” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Matthew Mizenko

Panel B. Politics: Domestic and Global Olin 107

Chair: Prof. Shigehiro Suzuki

 Yusi Du, “Delicious Appetizer before Big Dinner: What Political Implication Did Xi’s Anti-corruption Campaign Reveal,” Bryn Mawr College, Faculty Advisor: Seung-Youn Oh

Evan McKernon, “The Bent Eagle: The Violation of Traditional American Principles in U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Asia (1899-1913),” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: Thomas Buckley

Patrick Riley, “American Deterrence: The Struggle for Unity Between China and Taiwan in the 1950’s,” Villanova University, Faculty Advisor: Shigehiro Suzuki

Piper Martz, “Sowing Seeds for Strategic Partnership: Understanding the Role of Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Agriculture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Brazil,” Bryn Mawr College, Faculty Advisor: Seung-Youn Oh

Patrick Hardy, “China Past and China Future: An Analysis of Chinese Economic Transition,” Villanova University, Faculty Advisor: Hailin Zhou

Panel C. Work and Play Olin 108

Chair: Prof. Ayako Kano

 Kaitlyn Ugoretz, “Who Cares for the Care Workers? A Case Study of the Feminization of Foreign Workers in Japan,” University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Advisor: Ayako Kano

Shawn Dell Kelley, “Shadows in the Mirror: How the Japanese Entertainment Industry Reflects on Society,” University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Advisor: Ayako Kano

Kelly White, “Sweet Escapes: Escapism and the Cultural Influences on Dance-hostesses in 1920’s to 1940’s Shanghai,” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: James Carter

Danielle Cullen, “Sharing Health in Indonesia,” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: Amber Abbas

11:00-12:15 PM Session II

Panel A. Politics of Identity Olin 103

Chair: Prof. James Carter

 Fatimah Cassim Madha, “Gender and Sexuality: Evolving Understandings in Muslim Communities,” Arcadia University, Faculty Advisor: Rob Buscher

Stephanie Rauch, “Survivors of Shanghai,” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: James Carter

Matthew Robert Kent, “China and Its Women,” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: James Carter

Rosendo Lopez-Duran, “On the Methodology for Analyzing Discrimination against Burakumin,” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Matthew Mizenko

Panel B. Developments in Japanese Society Olin 107

Chair: Prof. Masako Nakagawa

 Brianna Evans, “Changing the Mindset to Reduce the Jishi: Social and Psychological Reasons for Japan’s High Suicide Rate,” University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Advisor: Ayako Kano

Shane Metivier, “Searching for the Next Place in Society,” West Chester University, Faculty Advisor: Michael Di Giovine

Harrison Bade, “The Culture of Car Modification in Japan and the United States,” Villanova University, Faculty Advisor: Masako Hamada

Sean Locke, “Japanese Westernization of Business: From Zaibatsu to Bijinesu,” Villanova University, Faculty Advisor: Masako Nakagawa

Panel C. Constructions of Meaning Olin 108

Chair: Prof. Qian (Stephanie) Sun

 Keeley Tulio, “The Red Lanterns as Boxer Propaganda,” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: James Carter

Darrah Hewlett, “Anime and Identity: The Reception of Sailor Moon by Adolescent American Fans,” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Matthew Mizenko

Eliott Oblander, “The Politics of [Mis]Translation,” University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Advisor: Ayako Kano

12:15-1:45 PM

Luncheon Wismer Center, Bears’ Den

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Clark, Ursinus College

“A Professor’s Path to (De)Constructing China.”

2:00-3:15 PM Session III

Panel A. Nationalisms and Ethnicities Olin 103

Chair: Prof. Hailin Zhou

 Xiaomeng Hu, “The Illusion of Chinese Online Nationalism: A Case Study of Nationalistic Expressions about the 2015 China Victory Day Parade on Chinese Microblogging,” Bryn Mawr College, Faculty Advisor: Seung-Youn Oh

Catheline Phan, “The Terms and Regulations of Freedom – Vietnamese Agency in the Face of American Imperialism,” Haverford College, Faculty Advisor: Andrew Friedman

Duncan Montague, “Turkish Nationalism and the Kurds,” Saint Joseph’s University, Faculty Advisor: Amber Abbas

Krystian Seebert, “A Culture of Indifference: Koreatown Riots and Asian Racial Issues,” Villanova University, Faculty Advisor: Hailin Zhou

Panel B. Grains: Sociocultural Sustenance Olin 107

Chair: Prof. Hugh Clark

 Corinne Cichowicz, “The History of Grains Throughout the World,” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Hugh Clark

Heidi Maurer, “Maize,” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Hugh Clark

Benjamin Klybor, “Rye: A Grain that Is Hardly Used” Ursinus College, Faculty Advisor: Hugh Clark

3:20 PM Closing Reception and Announcement of Paper Awards

Olin 104 Lounge

GPASC Undergraduate Research Conference 2016: Call for papers

11th Annual Undergraduate Conference

Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium (GPASC)

Call for Papers

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Hugh Clark

Professor of History, Ursinus College

GPASC invites proposals for its 11th annual undergraduate conference on Asian Studies.  We invite you to submit proposals of no more than 250 words on any topic in any discipline relating to any area of Asia, including West, East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Please submit your proposals through the following linked page:  http://tinyurl.com/gpasc2016

You will be asked for your name, email and other contact information, and the name and email of your faculty sponsor.  Papers written for a course are welcome.   Students will need to identify a faculty sponsor in the proposal.  There is no conference registration fee.  We will inform faculty sponsors and paper presenters about two weeks after the deadline.

A total of $500 in prize money is available for awards for the outstanding papers of the conference.

This year’s conference will be held at Ursinus College on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, with coffee at 8:30 am.  The conference will include a luncheon, a keynote speaker, and an awards reception.  This is a wonderful opportunity to network and to share your enthusiasm about Asian Studies.

Updates and information, including the conference schedule when available, will be posted at https://greatphilaasia.wordpress.com/

Contact: Matthew Mizenko, Chair, GPASC

mmizenko@ursinus.edu

GPASC 2015 Call for Papers

This year’s undergraduate conference will be held at Villanova University on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. It includes a luncheon, a keynote speaker, and an awards reception. This is a wonderful opportunity to network and share your enthusiasm about Asian Studies.

Go to the Call for Papers for full details and proposal submissions.

Register early for discounted fees

Our registration site is now open. Pre-register for discounted fees, renew or sign up for membership to MARAAS. New this year: a fee option for non-presenters to attend, and lunch and a complimentary brunch are included in the registration fee. We expect to have Dr. Ted Bestor deliver a talk during the lunch business meeting. The evening banquet with our Distinguished Asianist is an additional $20. Pay by credit or check by following the on-screen instructions.