The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors an annual prize of $250 awarded for the best University of Chicago B.A. thesis dealing with topics related to East Asia (China, Japan and/or Korea).  Starting in 2009, one prize has usually been awarded to a paper in the area of humanities and one in the area of social sciences.  The selection committee also considers the specific content, regional focus, and methodologies of annual submissions.  Preference will be provided to papers utilizing original source materials in an East Asian language.

This prize is named in honor of Asada Eiji, the recipient of the first Ph.D. degree awarded by the University of Chicago in 1893. Professor Asada went on to enjoy an illustrious career at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

DEADLINE:  3:00 PM on FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022

APPLY ONLINE.   Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.  

This application requires one letter of recommendation, also due by the deadline.  Upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

For more information, please email Hyeonjin Schubert at


C. Aiko Johnston, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Memorial Rites for Credit Cards: The Framing of Kuyō by Shrines and Temples in Japan

Camrick Solorio, Anthropology
Circulation that Confuses: Tokyo Electronic Music from MOGRA to YouTube

Mark Chen, History
Translating a Paradigm: Empiricism in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Chemistry

Yufan Chen, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Fundamentals: Issues and Texts
Spectacular Surfaces: Lure, Transaction, and the Limits of Self-Representation

Alexander Hall, Global Studies
Kogai: The Disconnect Between Japanese Ontology and Environmental Policy

Peilun Hao, History
The Scramble for Rice in Wartime Shanghai, 1937-1945

Gabrielle Dulys, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
How to Speak Like an Otaku: Otaku Identity through the Lens of Self-Referentiality, Commodity, and Art

Elizabeth Smith, Laws, Letters, and Society
"We invited Shinzo Abe, but he was unable to attend." The First Conference of Museums Addressing the "Comfort Women" Issue

Aliyah Bixby-Driesen, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
What's New about New Baihua? Language Change and Indirect Contact in Modern Chinese Literature

Michelle Shang, History
"I Almost Forgot I Was A Girl": Maoist Gender Politics and the Memory of Gender in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976

Dake Kang, History
Not So Revolutionary: Soviet Insprirations and Military Justifications for the Planning and Construction of Beijing's First Subway Line, 1950-1969

Shauna Moore, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Sore Na!: Youth Politeness Strategies on Japanese Video Blogs

Zhou Fang, History
Navy and Nation: The Fuzhou Arsenal and China's Early Modernization

Keyao Pan, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Dissecting the East Asia Reparation Movement: A Case Study of the Unit 731 Germ Warfare Reparation Class Suit

Alexander Hoare, History; East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
The Secret History of Manga and History Textbooks

Jeffrey Niedermaier, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
I Shall Tell Both Home and Name: The Imperial Voice and the Yamato Political Imaginary in the Man'yōshū

Sandra Park, History
Remembering the ‘Jerusalem of the East’: Recalling the Christian Heritage of North Korean in Light of the Recent Phenomenon of Christianization among Refugees from the DPRK”

Keith Jamieson, History
Peculiar Circumstances: Hong Kong in Britain’s Empire, 1945-52

Feiyang Sun, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Dreams within Dreams: Fiction Commentary and the ‘Later Dream of the Red Chamber’

Yini Shi, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Stories of the Stone: The Multiple Voices of ‘Honglou meng’

Arieh Smith, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Democrats or Dictators: The CCP in Western Eyes

Hannah Airriess, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Suffering as Resistance: Subjectivity, Genre and the Female Body in Masumura Yasuzo’s ‘A Wife Confesses’

Rickisha C. Berrien, International Studies
Anti-African Prejudice in Modern China: Beyond the Racial Construct of Discrimination

Camila Dodik, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Eros and Resistance: Politicized Portrayals of Sexual Deviance in Two Postwar Japanese Works

Qi Stephanie Zhu, International Studies
Happy Body, Healthy Spirit: Conceptions of the Body and Wellness in Contemporary Shanghai

Lauren Kocher, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Japanese Feminisms and the ‘Gender-Free’ Controversy

Christopher Chhim, International Studies
New Beijing, New Olympics, New Wenming: A Study of the History, Theory, and Practice of Civilizing Campaigns Up to the 2008 Olympic Games

Pendry Haines, International Studies
Korean Ancestors and National Identity

Marianne Tarcov, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Beautiful Shadows of Ugly Things: Translations of Kuroda Saburo

Adam Bronson, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Japanese Folklore Studies and History: Pre-War and Post-War Inflections

Alexander Hsu, Religious Studies
The Means to Meaning: Viewing ‘The Journey to the West’ as Upaya

Juliane Jones, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Chinoiserie in Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

Andrew Elliott-Chandler, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Beyond Classroom Doors: Individuality in the Japanese Middle School

Matthieu Felt, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC)
Primacy of Text in the Discourse on Japanese Animation in America

Kinh N. Ngo, Political Science
Out of Their Element: The Indochinese Refugee Crisis and Japan

Sonia Rupcic, International Studies
Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Civil Society: The Organic Movement as an Example of Japanese Civil Society

* In 2009 it was decided to standardize the award by offering a $250 prize to a paper in each of the divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences.