ASIANetwork is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Marianna McJimsey Award for the best undergraduate student paper dealing with Asia. The winning paper is entitled “Sunshine: Bright over Seoul,” written by Karin Honarvar, Smith College senior East Asian Studies and Architecture double major. Her faculty advisor for the essay is Dennis Yasutomo, Professor of Government.
Ms. Honarvar will receive the award at the Annual Conference in Chicago, April 7-9, 2017. The essay will also be published in a forthcoming issue of ASIANetwork Exchange. Her paper “analyses three cases over the history of North and South Korea’s formal relations to argue that, despite Seoul’s official changes in diplomatic policy towards Pyongyang, the core principles of the sunshine policy as articulated by Kim Dae-jung have been present throughout Seoul’s actions and rhetoric since the formal initialisation of North-South relations in 1971.”
The Award Committee also recognized Melina Oliverio, Elon University, for honorable mention as the first runner-up for her paper entitled “Migration and Identity: Gender Dynamics and Religious Participation among Sikh Women in North Carolina” in this year’s national competition. Her faculty advisor is Amy L. Allocco, Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
The members of this year’s selection committee express their appreciation and admiration for all of the entries for this award.