The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies sponsors an annual prize of $250.00 awarded for the best University of Chicago B.A. thesis dealing with topics related to East Asia (China, Japan and Korea). Since its inception in 2009, one prize has been awarded to a paper in the area of humanities and one in the area of social sciences.  Preference is 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.

The Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Asada Eiji B.A. Thesis Prize. 


Gabrielle Dulys, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

"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"

To view previous year winners, please click here.