Asian Languages and Civilizations

The Doshisha Asian Studies Prize

The Doshisha Asian Studies prize from the income of a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, is awarded for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia. Recommendations are made by the Asian Languages and Civilizations Faculty for work that exemplifies an understanding of Asian culture in a liberal arts context.

Past Winners


  • YiLu - Constructing the Republican Line: Workers of Kunming-Haiphong Railway, 1903-1910
  • Catherine Morse - Elvers to Kabayaki: From the Backwoods of Maine to the Markets of Japan, the Amazing Journey of the American Eel


  • Bobbi Mason - Remembering, Rebuilding, Redefining Hiroshima: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Alice Wang - Ai Weiwei: The Politics of Art in Postmodernity


  • Sarah Schear - Valuing Daughters: Contestations of Kinship and Activism Surrounding Sex-Selective Abortion in India


  • Roman Gautman -  Indian Opinions on Tibet: The Indian Press, Foreign Policy, and the Emergence of Popular Sympathy for Tibet, 1947-2962
  • Alicia Ciccone - The Class of 1978:  New Waves in Music and the Chinese Diaspora


  • Charles C. Hall - Tales of the Brave Fish: Whaling, Nation, and Nature in Contemporary Japan


  • Ross Wolfarth - Not Charity for the Poor but Life to the Dead:  Protestant Missionaries and the Great North China Famine of 1876-1879


  • Lola Milholland - Bitter Medicine, Luscious Delicacy: A Cultural History of Beef in Modern Japan


  • John Kim - And Then Went Down the Navel...the Opacitization of Language in Chinese and English Poetry and Literature
  • Douglas Schrashun - The Sage of the Sakyas Meets the God of Manga: Tezuka Osmu's Interpretation of the Buddha Biography


  • Joshua Skiles -Buildings in Dialogue with Tradition: Hara Hiroshi's Kyoto Station Building and the Works of Takamatsu Shin
  • Erin Tanaka - Someone Else's Problem: Purity, Impurity, and the Social Construction of AIDS in Japan


  • Olga A. Zlotnik - Japanese "Parasite Single" Women in the Mecca of Haute Couture
  • Geoffrey Brounell - The Japanese Prime Minister


  • Megan Lau


  • Margaret Smart - A Conscious Balance: Japanese Women Creating Roles in Transition


  • Reginald Jackson - A Robe by Any Other Name: An Investigation of Robe Katami in Japanese Literature and Drama


  • George Solt - The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: A Fragile Linchpin of Stability in East Asia


  • Fumiaki Tosu -Okinawa, The 1950's Land Struggle


  • Andrew Hecht - Have Your World and Eat it Too
  • Victor Hu - 
  • Amy Stone - From the Kitchen We Can See the World: Collective Identity, Personal Transformation, and Lifestyle Politics in Japan's Seikatsu Club Cooperative


  • Senoe Torgerson - Journeys: A Bi-Cultural Account of the Shikoku Eighty-Eight Temple Pilgrimage


  • Venessa Fong - Iron Girls, Model Workers, Virtuous Wives, and Good Mothers: Gender Inequality and Elite Constructions of Urban Womanhood in the People's Republic of China


  • Kevin Carr - Rising from the Earth: A Study of the Freer Jizo bosatsu reigenki emaki and the Transformation of Jizo Belief in Kamakura Period Japan

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