Graduate Students


EAS-MA candidate presents research to peers at an AP Forum event, September 2017

Graduate students at APSI have a diverse array of disciplinary and regional interests, resulting in a robust and dynamic academic community within and beyond the classroom. Graduates go on to professional careers in such fields as business, education, law, media, and nonprofits or pursue doctoral degrees at some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Kaiyi Bi
Research Interests: Chinese economy, culture, and religion

Yiming Cai
Research Interests: film/media studies of Japan; cinematic representation of gender, modernity, and nation

Chengwei Chen
Research Interests: how urbanization influences East Asia, such as gentrification and international immigration issues

Ya Guo
Research Interests: religious studies in China

Chengjia Liu
Research Interests: premodern East Asian legal and cultural history; political and economic issues in the modern Chinese society

Xuehao Ma
Research Interests: Multimedia exposure, tourism and local economic revitalization using Asadora (morning/daytime dramas) as a case study

Yanping Ni
Research Interests: East Asian cinema; sociological research methods

Zhushengyuan Wang
Research Interests: relationship between Chinese high-tech infrastructure and social governance

Robert Werder
Research Interests: digital anthropology specifically in relation to social media, censorship, and their connection to identity in China

Yingzhi Xu
Research Interests: An empirical analysis of heterosexual dating markets in China using data from three main online dating sites

Aixin Yi
Research Interests: The ways Christianity in Wenzhou, China is empowering or undermining Chinese rural migrant workers’ agency, or whether we need a different analytical framework to understand why migrants have increasingly been drawn to Christianity

Li Yi
Research Interests: Images of Buddhist Triads in China, Korea, and Japan in the seventh and eighth centuries

Yaming You
Research Interests: the history of East Asian international relations

Hanye Zhang
Research Interests: pre-modern Chinese imperialism and its modern forms

Renxia Zhang
Research Interests: The history of migrants in the construction of the Xin’an River Hydroelectric Station or the Xin’an River Dam

Zheyuan Zhang
Research Interests: Asian culture and society

Xiao Zhou
Research Interests: The status quo of migrant workers’ collective activism and the role of labor NGOs in the context of authoritarian China

Chuang Zu
Research Interests: geopolitics, international relations in the Asian Pacific region