Mary Bohn, East Asian Studies, Highest Honors
"Telling and Selling Your Story: Rightful Citizenship, Profit, and Belonging in the North Korean Migrant Community"
Mary Bohn is a senior majoring in East Asian Studies with a minor in Global Development Studies. Her committee chair and primary advisor is Dr. Julia Bullock. Mary’s thesis explores how North Korean migrants narrate their stories of escape and discuss their background in South Korean public spaces. Mary specifically analyzes how migrants tell their stories in three public "spaces": South Korean protestant churches, a South Korean variety TV show "Now I am Coming to Meet You," and migrant-run YouTube channels. By analyzing how North Korean migrants tell their stories differently based on each space's respective setting and audience, Mary's research reveals that migrants' personal narrative storytelling functions as a tool to gain social and monetary capital in South Korea. Ultimately, Mary's thesis explores a marginalized group's strategies to "belong" in South Korean society in contestation with hegemonic discourses of citizenship and national belonging.
Connor Innes, East Asian Studies, Honors
"The Adaptive Nature of Traditional Korean Medicine in Atlanta and Boston"
Connor's committee chair was Dr. Jia-Chen Fu. Environmental factors have historically contributed to the evolution of Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM) on the Korean peninsula, and the influence of professional and social structures distinct to America would suggest that TKM is undergoing a similar process of change in the United States. The characterization of TKM in the U.S. is largely under studied, and the previous scholarship that does exist demonstrates a medical practice that primarily serves Korean American communities. The objective of this study is to characterize TKM clinics and their practitioners through a qualitative analysis of outbound marketing materials, practitioner profiles, and practitioner interviews from the Atlanta and Boston areas. Overall, it can be seen that the practice of TKM observed in the U.S. is inconsistent both between and within clinics as practitioners have differentially appealed to patients through recognition of the professional Western and traditional medicine sectors. Thus, TKM in the U.S. is best defined broadly by its adaptive nature.
Suji Kim, Japanese, Highest Honors
"Medieval Japanese Aesthetics and Ideals: A Close Analysis of Tsurezuregusa"
Nicole Penn, Chinese, High Honors
"China's One Child Policy: Chinese Identity across Cultures"
Nicole is a senior majoring in Chinese Studies. Her committee chair and academic advisor is Dr. Hsu-Te Cheng. Nicole’s thesis investigates the formation of Chinese identity among Chinese adoptees, American born Chinese, and Chinese international students. Nicole is particularly interested in researching the intricacies of Chinese identity formation as it pertains to the ethnic and cultural identity saliency versus dissonance experienced by individuals identifying with the respective groups. Nicole’s thesis explores these identity relationships through the administration and analysis of an independently crafted survey distributed to individuals across the United States. Overall, Nicole’s thesis expands upon the historical background of China’s one child policy, a nationally administered family planning policy launched in 1979, and the cultural impact experienced by Chinese adoptees who were adopted internationally during the policy’s application.