Student Thesis Projects

Academic Year 2009-2010

Allison McFarland: "Cognitive Frame Switching of Biracial Asian American/Caucasian Individuals."
    Grantee, The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Lara Torii: "An Education: Memoirs of an Asian American Girl Looking for (Self) Representation."

Academic Year 2008-2009

Trisha Cuison: "Take Care of Me: Expectations of Caregiving Across Asian American Generations."

Melissa Buno: "Filipino Americans in Politics: Leadership, Activism and Making a Change."

 Academic Year 2007-2008

Christopher Ball, "Asian Americans and Affirmative Action."
    Law Student, Loyola Law School

Michael Berino, "Making the Invisible Visible: Filipino-Americans in the Political Arena."
    Grantee, Riordan Community Service Award
    Peace Corp Volunteer, Burkina Faso, West Africa

Meredith Tanaka, "Asian American Women and the Double Eyelid Surgery."

Academic Year 2006-2007

Lindsay Agulto, "Calls from Home: A Comparative Study of the Influence of the Lives of Jose Rizal and Carlos Bulosan on the Formation of Filipino and Filipino American Identity."

Cathy Dang, "The Haoles Keep Winning: The Racialization and Subordination of Native Hawaiians through the Legal System."
    Graduate Student, MSW Program, Department of Social Welfare, UCLA
    Recipient of the Joseph Ito internship with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Reed Nakamura, "The Yellow Rap" 
    Grantee, The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

Pamela Orfano, "Filipino-American Activism."

 Academic Year 2005-2006

Brandi-Jean Nalani Balutski, “Life Rests in the Hawaiian Language.”

Bryant Verador, “Filipina-American Women in the Technology Sector”

Shalimar Zabanal
, “Parent-Child Conflicts in the Filipino American Community.” 
    Program Assistant at The Liberty Hill Foundation

Academic Year 2004-2005

Marianne Gorospe, "Asian American Discrimination and Abercrombie & Fitch."

Petrice Oyama, "The Himeyuri Experience: Envisioning Okinawan American Women's Identity."
     Ph.D. Student, School of Gerontology, USC. 

Trina Roldan, "The Balikayan Component: Filipino Americans and Tourism to the Philippines."
     M.B.A. Student, School of Business, LMU.

Krystle Swaving, "Dutch Indonesian Diaspora and Their Southern California Immigration."

Leezel Tanglao, Transparent Generation: Filipino Bridge Kids and Beyond." Reporter, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California.
    Graduate Student, Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA

Academic Year 2003-2004

Lisa Chong, “Politics of Asian Americans and Hate Crimes.” 
    Administrative Director, Asian American Dispute Resolution Center,
 Los Angeles,California.

Joy E. Inouye, "Asian American Panethnicity and Hate Violence." 
    Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona.

Academic Year 2002-2003

Vladimir Gaad, “Struggle for Equality: Filipino American Veterans and the Politics of Recognition.”
     Law student, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii.

Gerald Ngor, “Asian Americans and the History of Racial Exclusion.”

Jamie Sauler, "The Women Warrior and Bone: Finding Personal Identity through Cultural Understanding and Family Reconstruction." 
    Graduate Student, Department of English, CSULB

Academic Year 2001-2002

Sela Foukimoana. "The Voices Unheard: Exploring the Opinion of Pacific Islanders in Light of Census 2000." 
    Graduate Student, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Gregory A. Pacificar. "A Minority From Within: Gay Filipino Americans Rethinking The Roles in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic."

Revi-ruth Enriquez. "The Stone Bursts with Telling: The Aesthetics of Obasan."
 J.D. Student, Georgetown Law Center, Georgetown University.

Shane Sasaki. "InvASIAN": The Rave Scene and Asian American Involvement."

Academic Year 2000-2001

Charity Robertson. "Visual Representations: Korean Americans and the Media."

C. Paul Valen. "Asian Investment Trends in United States Real Estate." 
    Staff Counselor, WRAP Family Services, Los Angeles.

Academic Year 1999-2000

Amy Nawatani. "Sense of Place within the Japanese American Community." 
    Ph.D. Student. School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Vicki Chiang. "Culture Conflicts and Mental Health Aid for Parents and Children in the Chinese American Family." 
    Psy.D. Student, California Professional School of Psychology.

Stephen C. Gomez, "Language Lost: A Study of the Post-Colonial Effects on Filipino-American Ethnic Identity."

Gitanjali (Gina) Singh. "The Asian Indian Experience: History, Social Change, and the Future." 
    Recipient of the prestigious Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship
    Ph.D. Student, Department of Women's Studies, UCLA
    M.A.  Student, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA.