CEAS Announces the 2024 Asada Eiji B.A. Thesis Prize Winners

June 5, 2024


The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies 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 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 name 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 2024 Asada Eiji B.A. Thesis Prize:


Aaron Yike Huang, East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Music
"The Making of Courtly Opera: Vernacular Music Reforms in the Qianlong Court, 1736-1746"
Aaron will be attending the University of Hamburg to study for a Master of Arts degree in Indology and Tibetology.  


Chenjie Song, Sociology and Political Science
"Talking Politics: China's Zero-COVID Era and the Middle-Class Political Consciousness"
Chenjie plans to take a gap year to travel, continue learning languages, and hopes to work in the development field in the future.

For more information, please review the resources available at CEAS Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities