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Awards in Asian American Studies

These awards honor and recognize outstanding students in Asian American Studies. Undergraduate students are formally nominated by faculty in the spring quarter and then approved by the Committee on Asian American Awards.

2018-2019 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Katherine Lo (Weinberg '19)

Distinguished Essay

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Will Paik (Weinberg '20)

Land Paved with Gold American Fantasies in the Korean Diaspora

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Justine Kim (Medill '19)

Asian American Bermuda Triangle

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Philip Zehnder (McCormick '20)

GAZE

Good Citizenship

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Laura Carther (Weinberg '20)

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Ying Dai (Weinberg '20)

Asian American Summer Community Fellowship

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Lillian Guo (SESP '20)

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Will Paik (Weinberg '20)

2017-2018 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Alicia Zheng (Weinberg '18)

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Karen Adjei (Weinberg '18)

Distinguished Essay

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Seri Lee (Weinberg '20), 
Subverting the Gaze that Consumes the Other: Opacity and Transparency in Cathy Park Hong's Dance Dance Revolution

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Anna DiStefano (SESP '18), 
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono – The Sovereignty of the Land is Maintained in Harmony

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April Navarro (SESP '19), 
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono – The Sovereignty of the Land is Maintained in Harmony

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Karen Adjei (Weinberg '18), 
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono – The Sovereignty of the Land is Maintained in Harmony

Good Citizenship

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Latinx Asian American Collective
From left to right: Erykah Nava (Weinberg '20), Professor Yuh, Seri Lee (Weinberg '20), Jessica Wang (Weinberg '19), Natalie Vega (Weinberg '19), Sophia Mayen (Comm '21), Isabella Ko (Weinberg '20), and Jailene Ochoa (SESP '20). 

Asian American Summer Community Fellowship

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Julia Song (Weinberg '19)

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Seri Lee (Weinberg '20)

2016-2017 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Diana Fu (Weinberg '17)

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Hayeon Kim (Weinberg '17)

Distinguished Essay

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Stacy Tsai (Weinberg '18),
Carrier Bag Theory of Asian American History

Good Citizenship

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Jessica Wang (Weinberg '19)

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Joon Choe (Weinberg '19)

Asian American Summer Community Fellowship

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Jailene Ochoa (SESPE '20)

2015-2016 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Kevin Luong
Kevin Luong (Weinberg '16)

Distinguished Essay

Theanne Liu
Theanne Yang Liu (Communications '16)
Houston Chinatown as a Second Home: Racial and Ethnic Identity Formation in Chinese and Southeast Asian American Young Adults

Johan Qin (Weinberg '16)
Chinese-American Attitudes Toward Mental Illness: How Culture, Family, and Experience Influence Perceptions of Stigma

Good Citizenship

Hayeon Kim
Hayeon Kim (Weinberg '17)

Asian American Summer Community Fellowship

Phan Le Hong
Phan Le Hong (SESP '17)
Interned at Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Newsletter Title Contest

Mia Zanzucchi
Mia Zanzucchi (Medill '17)
Newsletter title: "AASPire"

2014-2015 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Junnie Kwon (Medill '15)


Tiffany Chang (Weinberg '15)

Distinguished Essay


Thelma Godslaw (Weinberg '16)


Yoona Ha (Medill '15)

Good Citizenship


Cinthya Rodriguez (Weinberg '16)


Kevin Luong (Weinberg '16)

Asian American Community Summer Fellowship


Alejandro Banuelos (Weinberg '15)

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement


Stephanie Bergren (Weinberg '14)


Sofia Sami (Weinberg '14)

Distinguished Essay


Heather Menefee,
"The Fourth Branch of Government: Raciality, Covert Operations and Media Convergence in the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba" (Weinberg '15)


Aozora A. Brockman (Weinberg '15)

Good Citizenship


Nina Rogers (Communications '14)


Noor-Ul-Ain Shahid Hasin (Weinberg '14)

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement


Aozora Brockman (Weinberg '15)

Distinguished Essay


Hyungjoo Han (Weinberg '13),
"Alien Citizens to Student Ambassadors: The Relocation of Nisei Students from Internment Camps to College during World War II"


Gregory Uzelac (SESP '13),
"Ethnic Callaloo: A Study of the Formation of Indo-Caribbean Ethnic Identity"

Good Citizenship


Satugarn Peter Limthongviratn (Weinberg '13)


Junnie Kwon (Medill '15)

Summer Fellowship


Stephanie Bregren (Weinberg '14)
Read about her experience this past summer with South-East Asia Center here.

2011-2012 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement


Hyungjoo Han
For her captivating video "The Sherman Wu Incident" and her exceptional thesis "Increasing Access for Underrepresented Groups to the University of California Post-Proposition 209: The Institutional Responses from UCLA and UC Davis to Maintain Campus Diversity"

Distinguished Essay

Good Citizenship


Irene Tu

Summer Fellowship


Hao-Kai Wu (SESP '14)

2010-2011 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Distinguished Essay

Good Citizenship

2009-2010 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Distinguished Undergraduate Essay

Good Citizenship

2008-2009 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Distinguished Essay

Good Citizenship

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