EALC Students Who Completed a Thesis 2014


Wendy Hatch

Advisor: Lionel Jensen

"Challenge of the Human Landscape: Economics, Politics, and Reproduction in China‘s New Birth Policy"

In my thesis I examine the history of the One Child Policy and the emergence of the new Two Child Policy. I also analyze possible explanations including societal, economic, and happiness levels for why the One Child Policy changed.



Megan Hsu

Advisors: Diane Murray &
Francesca Bordogna

“Tensions of Tradition and Modernity: TCM in China Today”

Should Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine (WM) be integrated, or do such efforts create insurmountable tension between tradition and modernity? To explore this question, I  conducted primary research in Beijing and employed a multidisciplinary approach including scientific, political, economic, societal and cultural perspectives. 


Hannah Pawelczyk

Advisor: Lionel Jensen

“Media Globalization in China: The Influence of U.S. Television ”

My thesis analyzes media globalization and the television landscape in China.  As U.S. TV shows become an increasingly popular form of entertainment in China, they are changing Chinese television.


Dominic Romeo

Advisor: Peter Moody

“Wukan: Chinese Approved Democracy?”

My thesis examines the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the protests in Wukan represents a movement towards democracy in China. I argue that although Wukan may be a breakthrough case in what seems to be a general shift toward a more democratic regime in China, presently such democratic change will only have enduring significance provided it has support from the central government.


Christopher Broughton

Advisor: Kathryn Hemmann

"Murakami Haruki: A Voice for the Existence and Intrinsic Worth of the Individual”

My Thesis explores the themes of individuality and loneliness throughout the work of Murakami Haruki, but focuses on three of his novels: Sputnik Sweetheart, 1Q84, and Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. These themes stand out as being some of the most important of his works and give an idea of what he wishes to accomplish with his writing. He wants to discuss the individual and not the system, giving his work a special focus that many authors, Japanese and otherwise, do not have.

EALC Students Who Completed a Thesis 2012

Jee Seun Choi

Jee Seun Choi

Department of Political Science
Minor in Chinese
Adviser: Victoria Hui

"Myth of South Korean Anti-Americanism?”

I am exploring whether anti-Americanism exists in South Korea. The public discourse in newspapers seems to imply that anti-Americanism exists there to a substantial level, but public opinion polls say otherwise. Through analyzing newspaper op-eds, public opinion polls, and my own survey results, I explore the nature of public perception of anti-Americanism and its actual existence.

Caroline Hudson

Caroline Hudson

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese)   Supplementary major in preprofessional studies
Adviser: Lionel Jensen

“HIV/AIDS in China: Economic Impact and Other Consequences”

Many Westerners don’t even know the problem of HIV/AIDS exists in China, and there is much to learn from the epidemic. How the government has dealt with it, the public’s perception of it, and even the types of groups commonly infected all reflect flaws in China’s public health system. I contend we must consider how the country has dealt with HIV/AIDS when discussing China as a future economic super power.


Mariel Lee

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese)
Minor in Mediterranean/Middle East studies
Adviser: Xiaoshan Yang

“Chinese International Students’ Acculturation at Notre Dame

My thesis explores the quality of life for Chinese international students at Notre Dame. It evaluates their academic, emotional, and social well being through interviews and an online survey. My inspiration stemmed from conversations with friends who are Chinese international students. I realized I wanted to evaluate whether Notre Dame was doing everything it could to make these students’ transitions to life here as easy as possible.

Mary Longenbaker

Mary Longenbaker

Department of Political Science
Minor in Chinese
Adviser: Xiaoshan Yang

“Countercultural Daoism: The Dialectic of Religious Daoism and Confucianism in Ge Hong’s Traditions of Divine Transcendence”

Through a contradiction of the traditional social order in the narratives compiled in Traditions of Divine Transcendence, third century author Ge Hong attempts to convey his personal view of the Dao as a key method for achieving transcendence. Through a greater understanding of Hong’s work, I hope to call further attention to the influence of religious Daoism in past and present Chinese society.




Michael Sabella

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese)
Adviser: Liangyan Ge

“Inequality and the Harmonious Society Concept in Post-Socialist China”

I address China’s national dilemma: reconciling the transition to a market economy and rapid economic growth with rampant inequality and instability. By contrasting the governmental policy of “harmonious society” with myriad forms of inequality throughout the country, one realizes the dangerous lack of social and political harmony in China—and the potentially devastating consequences. I became interested in this topic after studying and interning in Beijing.




Hanna Yang

Department of English
Minor in Japanese
Adviser: Yasmin Solomonescu

“Samuel Coleridge: Sympathy and Imagination”

I explore the transformation of the role of sympathy and imagination in a series of poems that span the turbulent years of Samuel Coleridge’s life. Coleridge first caught my attention above all other Romantic poets because of his in-depth struggle with concepts of religion and imagination, two concepts with which I often struggle.