Recent Student Projects

Students who have completed the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate have written their Senior Seminar Capstone Theses on various topics and issues. Each research paper encompasses their accumulated knowledge gained in Certificate courses, along with relating such academic material to their personal lives and everyday experiences. Below is a sample of some recently completed Certificate projects.


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  • "The Effect of Anime on the Public Image of Asian Americans"
  • "A Multimedia Journey Through the Korean-Japanese War 1592-1598"
  • "Acculturation and Sexual Health Among Asian American Women"
  • "An Intergenerational Study of Asian American Experiences and Identity"
  • "Human Rights and Gender Equality in China"
  • "Asian Americans and Emerging Media Images on YouTube"
  • "Asian American Women, Model Minority Pressures, and Mental Health Resources"
  • "A Videologue of the Cambodian Refugee Experience"
  • "The Development and Cultural Implications of the Korean Hallyu"
  • "Spoken Word Inspirations on Being an Asian American Male"
  • "Comparison of Nutrition and Dietary Patterns of Asians and Asian Americans"
  • "China's Modern Educational System: Its Development and Controversies"
  • "The Cultural Contexts and Constraints Faced by Asians and Asian Americans in Professional Sports"
  • "Dimensions of Asian Culture and Stereotypes"
  • "Asian American Short Stories: Explorations of Identity and Literature"
  • "The Intersections of Ethnicity and Culture: Why People Like Korean Entertainment"
  • "Reflections on Education, Retention of Chinese Culture, and Being an American: An Intergenerational Case Study"
  • "A Historical and Contemporary Review of Taishanese in the U.S. and Taiwan"
  • "Asian Americans and Interracial Relationships: Experiences from Around the Globe"
  • "Comparisons and Contrasts in Economic Development Since World War II: Japan & South Korea and China & The Philippines"
  • "Intergenerational Differences in Experiences and Identity Among Filipino Americans"
  • "Hello Kawai'i: Cute Culture in Japan and Its Implications"
  • "Motivations and Effects of Membership in Asian American Greek Organizations"
  • "Surviving The Wars: Life Histories of Vietnamese and Cambodian Refugees"
  • "Asians and Asian Americans in Professional Sports"
  • "Availability and Accessibility of Healthcare for Low-Income Asian Immigrants in Massachusetts"
  • "Portrayals of Asian American Characters in Young Adult Novels"
  • "Domestic Violence Against Asian/ Asian American Women"
  • "Asian/Asian-American Adoptee Identity and Development in the United States"
  • "Asian Americans in the U.S. Labor Force: Successes and Challenges"
  • "The History of Tibet and Contemporary Geo-Political Issues"
  • "The Mask of Western Society: Cosmetic Surgery Among Asian American Women"
  • "The Asian American Perspective on Child-Rearing"
  • "The Aesthetics and Cultural Context of Asian Automotive Design"
  • "Korea's Globalization: History and Current Circumstances"
  • "Representations and Cultural Implications of Portrayals of Asian American in History Textbooks"
  • "Interracial Dating and Gender Relations Within the Asian American Community: White Men, Asian American Men, and the Ownership of Asian American Women"
  • "Stereotyping the Asian American Male: Expectation, Limitation, and Repercussions"
  • "Framing Vietnamese History: Effects on Prosocial Behavior Towards In- and Outgroup Members among Vietnamese Americans"
  • "The Cultural Dynamics of Interracial/International Asian Adoption"
  • "The Internal and External Potential for the Democratization of China"
  • "Tibet: The Struggle for Freedom Misunderstood"
  • "Defining 'Success' for Asian American Students and Their Parents"
  • "Vietnamese Americans and Mental Illness in Springfield, Massachusetts"
  • "Who Am I? Constructing a Vietnamese American Identity"
  • "'ABCs' in Hong Kong: Chinese American Identity in a Hong Kong Cultural Context"
  • "An Identity Crisis in Progress"