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Roland Lewinski – MA Spring 2016

Roland Lewinski, MA Spring 2016

Roland Lewinski, MA Spring 2016

Roland Lewinski focused on Sino-Japanese relations, International Politics and Diplomacy in his M.A. studies. He won a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Asian Studies M.A. program. He won a Chinese Government Scholarship in Language Training (2014-15), and he acted as Secretary/Public Diplomacy Specialist to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland March through June 2015. Roland graduated with a Master’s degree in Asian Studies in Spring 2016. Previously, he had earned an M.A. in Communication Design at the University of Wroclaw. Roland served as the Asian Studies undergraduate advisor, helping undergraduates to navigate Asian Studies requirements. His thesis explored the “Axiological Basis of the Ideological Discourse in Sino-Japanese Relations in Regard to Yasukuni Shrine.”


Feng Cheng – MA Spring 2016

Cheng Feng, MA 2016

Feng Cheng, MA Spring 2016

Feng Cheng graduated with a Master’s degree in Asian Studies in Spring 2016. He entered the program with a Promising Scholar Award in Fall 2014, having already M.A. degrees from Shanghai International Studies University and University of Bayreuth (Germany). His thesis, “Constructing a New Asian Masculinity: Reading ‘Lilting’ Against Other Films by Asian Filmmakers” raised important questions about western media traditionally representing Asian men as either effeminized or emasculated, by contrasting ways in which Asian media counter these stereotypes. After graduating from the Asian Studies M.A. program, Feng Cheng relocated to Boston, and is working for a company that specializes in translation, interpretation and foreign credentialing.



Kitt McAuliffe – MA Spring 2015

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Kitt McAuliffe – MA 2015

Kitt McAuliffe graduated with a Master’s degree in Asian Studies Spring 2015. Kitt entered the program in Fall 2013. During her master’s program, she served as the Asian Studies undergraduate advisor, holding regular office hours to assist undergraduates with various issues. Kitt’s study focused on Japan, and her thesis was especially topical: “The East China Sea Dispute in Japanese Politics.” Kitt will take the next year off before beginning graduate study in political science.



Rachel Wallner – MA Summer 2014

Rachel Wallner – MA 2014

Rachel Wallner graduated with a Master’s degree in Asian Studies Summer 2014. Rachel entered the Asian Studies master’s program in Fall 2010. In 2011, she applied for and was awarded a scholarship from the Confucius Institute to pursue Chinese language study at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and spent two years developing her language abroad. She returned to Asian Studies in Fall 2013 to finish her program. Her thesis title is: “Science, Space, and the Nation: The Formation of Modern Chinese Geography in Twentieth-Century China.” In the long run, Rachel hopes to make a contribution to Chinese social history. In fall 2015, Rachel begins her doctoral program in the History Department at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


Matthew Kane – MA Spring 2014

Matt Kane

— Matthew Kane – MA 2014

Matthew Kane graduated with a Master’s degree in Asian Studies in spring 2014. He entered the program in Fall 2005 after earning his B.A. with majors in Economics Philosophy and Pre-Law, where he won scholarships for academic excellence and memberships in various Honor Societies. Matt took an official leave from the Asian Studies Master’s Program to deepen his study of Japanese, returning in winter 2013 to finish his M.A. Matt’s thesis title is: “An Examination of Modern Expressions of Mindfulness Practice: Pertinent Questions and Potential Pitfalls.” Matt is currently teaching Zen meditation and mindfulness classes in Eugene.



Sara Menton – MA Winter 2014

Sara Menton – MA 2014

Sara Menton graduated with a Master’s degree in Asian Studies Winter 2014. Sara entered the Asian Studies master’s program in Fall 2012. She focused on Chinese painter Zhang Daqian. Her thesis: “Authenticity and the Copy: Analyziing Western Connoisseurship Chinese Painting Through the Works of Zhang Daqian.” Sara’s thesis committee: Jenny Lin (History of Art and Architecture), Albert Narath, (History of Art and Architecture), and Daniel Buck (Asian Studies). Currently, Sara is working on her law degree at the University of Miami in Florida.


Julie DePaulo – MA Spring 2013

Julie DePaulo- MA 2013

Julie DePaulo graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with a B.A. in World Religions. She entered the Asian Studies M.A. program in Fall 2011 and graduated in spring 2013. Her thesis, “Mizuko Kuyō Online: Digital Media and Religious Ritual in Contemporary Japan” shows how individuals now actively participate in dialogues about misuko kuyō online and how this affects its cultural practice. Her thesis explores the shift from a temple dominated religious practice to a more secular ritual. Julie’s thesis committee: Chair Alisa Freedman (East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), Committee members Daniel Buck (Asian Studies) and Jason Webb (EALL). She is currently working at Ohio State University in Admissions.


Jesse Rodenbiker – MA Spring 2013 Jesse is currently a Ph.D. student in Geography at UC Berkeley. He’s involved in the Sustainable Cities Initiative – China Programs. Jesse’s webpage at UCLA.


Jing Pei Goh – MA Spring 2012

Jing Pei Goh-MA 2012

Jing Pei Goh came to the University of Oregon Asian Studies program as a Fulbright Fellow from Malaysia. Her M.A. thesis presented an interdisciplinary study on identity politics of Malaysian Chinese education. She is currently serving Teach For Malaysia, the Malaysian partner of the Teach For All global network. Previously, she graduated from University of Malaya and worked for a boutique human capital consulting firm. Combining her interest in talent development and education, Jing Pei also works on a social venture focusing on talent development space in Southeast Asia.


Matthew Hayes – MA Spring 2012

Matthew Hayes – MA 2012

Matthew Hayes graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Religious Studies and returned for his M.A. in Asian Studies. His thesis presented geographical and social movement as possible forms of physical, cognitive, or even spiritual release from the strictures of Tokugawa society, an argument illuminated by the theoretical models of Pierre Bourdieu, Victor Turner, and Catherine Bell. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. He plans to continue his study of the treatment of ritual amidst social change in early modern Japan.