The MAPS Capstone project serves as an opportunity for students to synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge on a topic related to the Asia Pacific region. Independent research, original ideas, a survey of existing scholarship, and an evidence-based argument sustained throughout a discussion of at least 5000 words are some of the basic features of the Capstone. The final result is both a public presentation and a comprehensive essay that together forms a culminating academic experience for all students in the M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program.

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Master's Projects/Capstones from 2018

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Foreign Villains Shape the World: Transnational and Global Antagonists within the Martial Arts Film Trilogy Ip Man, Kelvin Chan

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Educational Prevention Program of Surgical Site Infections (SSI) at a Metropolitan Pediatric, Daniel Chavez

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Complexities of Chinese Contemporary Art, HONGJIA CHEN

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Betraying Revolution: The Foundations of the Japanese Communist Party, Matthew J. Crooke

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“The Lolelaplap (Marshall Islands) in Us: Sailing West to East (Ralik→Ratak) to These Our Atolls (Aelon Kein Ad) Ad Jolet Jen Anij (Our Blessed Inheritance from God)”, Desmond N. Doulatram

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From Proletariat to Past Glory: Nationalism's Evolution in Modern China, Lance Ekelund

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Contending Identities: Taiwan and China's Cross-Strait Relations, Jing Feng

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Bridging the Gaps in Business Between the West and China: From Cultural Barriers to Cultural Understanding, Michaela Furdzova

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Asian Buddhists and Religious Symbolic Objects: Consumerism Under the “Sacred Canopy”, Son TN Giang

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A Meltdown of Trust: Institutions, Information, and Nuclear Risk in Japan, Blake Hackett

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Gendered Literature In Colonized China: A Close Analysis of Mei Niang’s Yu, Xie, Bang, Lu Han

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The Significance of Mongolia's Foreign Policy and Security Apparatus on a Global and Regional Scale, Bolor Lkhaajav

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起死回生(RESUSCITATION): JAPAN'S SEARCH FOR MACHINES AND THEIR MEANINGS, Justin McDonnell

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Currents of Consumption: How National Narratives of Japanese Cuisine Collide with Localized Forms of Sushi in Northern California, John Ostermiller

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Adapt or Die! The Social and Economic Dynamics of Japan’s Animation Industry, You Pan

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From Habits to Habitus: Chinese Elites Attempt to Create an Aristocratic Class Along the British Model, Karina Salomatina

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The DPRK of the Future: Reconciliation, Managed Distrust, or War?, Nolan Smash

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“At War for OPPA and Identity”: Competitive Performativity among Korean-Pop Fandoms, Brittany Tinaliga

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China’s Sharing Mobility Economy, Yifan Zhou

Master's Projects/Capstones from 2017

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Korean Soil, Japanese Faces, American Empire: Repatriation and the Korean War Experiences of Japanese Laborers and Japanese American Soldiers, Jaclyn S. Knitter

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Celebrating the Feminine: Daoist Connections to Contemporary Feminism in China, Dessie Miller

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XINGHUN: A "COOPERATIVE MARRIAGE" TIES CHINESE LESBIANS AND GAYS, Rongdian Zhu