Session Abstract: This special panel brings together award-winning graduate students from the AAS-affiliated regional conferences to share their research. Selected from among the prize-winning students of nine regional academic organizations, these students’ papers are among the best of up-and-coming scholarship on topics that address the state’s efforts to control and define specific societal ideals—and, in some cases, resistance by local groups and communities. McClean begins with an insightful analysis into the role of bureaucratic institutions and the judiciary in limited international refugees ability to win asylum in South Korea. Kim moves to a socio-economically disadvantaged South Korean neighborhood and its struggles to keep its identity in the face of tourism and government-led urban renewal projects. Riddle turns to the wartime efforts of Japanese propagandists to define “femininity” for Filipino women (and their efforts to redefine it) in the early 1940s. Shutz stays in the Philippines but goes back to the sixteenth century, using microhistory to breakdown diplomacy between Ming China and the Spanish Empire in the face of pirate raids on Manila. Feng helps us rethink the relationship among music, ritual, and politics in early China, highlighting patterns that continued for centuries. These papers are sure to be of interest for those who study modern and pre-modern government, international relations, music and the arts, gender and women’s status, and neighborhood politics.
Paper Presenter: Minji Kim – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Paper Presenter: Chi Feng – University of Colorado, Boulder
Paper Presenter: Travis Shutz – Binghamton University
Paper Presenter: Angela Yoonjeong McClean – University of California, San Diego
Paper Presenter: Julz E. Riddle – Waseda University