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Dissertations & Theses

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The University of Hawai’i, Mānoa offers students a wide array of research and academic offerings related to Southeast Asia across academic departments. Each year, the CSEAS compiles a list of dissertations and theses on topics related to Southeast Asia as a resource for potential students, researchers, and friends of CSEAS and the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

Online access to dissertations via ProQuest requires UHM or other participating institution login. Works best with Google Chrome.


  • Dissertations

    Cai, Yanjun | Urban and Regional Planning | “Photovoice for Vulnerability: Resilience Building in the Philippines”

    Choo, Mei Sze | Psychology | “Cyberbullying on Facebook and Psychosocial Adjustment in Malaysian Adolescents”

    Fairfield, Benjamin Stuart | Music | “The Participatory We-Self: Ethnicity and Music in Northern Thailand”

    Ho, Chi Tim | History | “The Origins, Building, and Impact of a Social Welfare State in Late Colonial Singapore”

    Momen, Md Saifu | Education | “Information and Communication Technologies in Learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL): Attitudes of EFL Learners in Vietnam”

    Purvis, Jeanette Lee | History | “Land & Water: A History of Fifteenth-Century Vietnam from an Environmental Perspective”

    Rarrick, Samantha Carol | DARCH | “Exploring Evolving Programs in Architecture: A Detailed Analysis and Design for Future Proofing Singapore’s Changi Airport”

    Repollo, Charina Lyn Amedo | Oceanography | “Observations of Surface Currents in Panay Strait, Philippines”

    Theses

    Dickey, Jan Ryan | Art History | “Gazing Upon the Other: The Politics of Representing the Igorot in Philippine Modernism”

    Edkins, Erin Elisabeth | Communications | “Associations Between Watching Korean Dramas and Single Vietnamese Women’s Relationship Satisfaction and Commitment: An Interpretation Using Cultivation Theory”

    Endrizal, Cynthia Lynn | Dance | “Manariwa: A Filipina Perspective on Indigenous Contemporary Dance”

    Kuestner, Alexander Rolf | Asian Studies | “Nepomuceno Legacy: The Construction of an Elite Heritage”

    Luu, Amber Marie | Geography | “The Upshot of Upgrading: Seaweed Farming and Value Chain Development in Indonesia”

    Lynn, Kendra Janell | Art History | “Fragments and Empire: Cambodian Art from the Angkor Period”

  • “Utilizing Rock Art to Trace Human Migration: Case Studies from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.”
    Rachel Herman, Ph.D. | Anthropology | 2016

    “Gray Patronage: Rethinking Undocumented Migrant Workers’ Precarious Lives along the Thai-Burmese Border.”
    Phianphachong Intarat, MA | Anthropology | 2016

    “School Performance of Second Generation Southeast Asian Taiwanese Stigmatized and Undiscovered Potentials in Globalization.”
    Kim-Yung Keng, Ph.D. | Sociology | 2016 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Three Essays on Food Staples Sufficiency: Biophysical Assessment, Socioeconomic Analysis, and Policy Evaluation of the Rice Sector in Central Luzon, Philippines.”
    Rusyan Jill E. Mamiit, Ph.D. | Natural Resource & Environmental Management | 2016 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Dancing the Nation: The Politics of Exile, Mobility and Displacement along the Thai-Burma Border.”
    Tani Helen Sebro, Ph.D. | Political Science | 2016 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Indonesian Gene Flow and Implications for Marine Protected Areas.”
    Thao Cong Nguyen, Ph.D. | Anthropology | 2016 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

  • “Power Asymmetry in River Basins: Conflict and Cooperation in the Mekong River Basin.”
    Ellise Naomi Akazawa, M.A. | Political Science | 2015

    “A Sea of Rhetoric: Conjuring Kalayaan.”
    Dylan Michael Beatty, M.A. | Geography | 2015

    “‘Stay Where You Are Until Our Backs Are Turned’ Imagining the Border from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.”
    Nicholas James Cosmas, M.A. | Geography | 2015 |

    “The Perceived Progress in the Quality of Commune Civil Registration Service in Cambodia.”
    Sophal Leoung, M.P.A. | Public Administration | 2015 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Power, Ecstasy, And Enlightenment: The Role Of The Bale Kambang In 17th Century Balinese Kingship Daniel Pham.”
    Daniel Pham, M.A. | Art & Art History | 2015 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Contours of Responsibility: Corporate Social Investment & Development in Myanmar’s Oil Industry.”
    Hillary Windhaus Strasser, M.A. | Geography | 2015

  • “Nakem Pedagogy (Soul Consciousness) and Constitutive Elements of Nakem Praxis.”
    Jeffrey Tangonan Acido, Ph.D. | Education | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Application of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to Flood Hazard Management for Makassar City, South Sulawesi- Indonesia.”
    Urban El Fatih Bani Adam, M.A. | Geography | 2014

    “Gender and the Nation in Popular Cambodian Heritage Cinema.”
    Jessica Lynn Austin, M.A. | Asian Studies | 2014

    “On the Political Edge: Conservation in an Era of Decentralization and Democratization in Central Sumatra, Indonesia.”
    Keith Andrew Bettinger, Ph.D. | Geography | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Bohol and Beyond”
    Lurlyn Rulona Brown, M.A. | English | 2014

    “Socializing Chineseness: Cambodia’s Ethnic Chinese Communities as a Method.”
    Shih-Lun Chen, Ph.D. | Anthropology | 2014

    “Rondalya Ilokana: Constructing Rondalla Pedagogical Practices for an Ilokano Identity in Santa Lucia and Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.”
    Froilan Empleo Fabro, M.A. | Music | 2014 | Access Thesis Via ScholarSpace

    “Predictability in a Region of Strong Internal Tides and Dynamic Mesoscale Circulation: The Phillipine Sea.”
    Colette Gabrielle Kerry, Ph.D. | Oceanography | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “A Grammar of Baba Malay with Sociophonetic Considerations.”
    Huiying Nala Lee, Ph.D. | Linguistics | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (United in Diversity): Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Religion in Indonesian Higher Education.”
    Chiara Logli, Ph.D. | Education | 2014

    “Education Reform in Indonesia: Limits of Neoliberalism in a Weak State.”
    Sulaiman Mappiasse, Ph.D. | Sociology | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Revaluing Rainforests The Political Ecology of Market-Based Conservation.”
    Wendy Beth Miles, Ph.D. | Geography | 2014

    “Imagined Diasporas: Neoliberal Nationalism in Contemporary Singaporean Fiction and State Culture.”
    Narumi Naruse, Ph.D. | English | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Changing Tides: A History of Power, Trade, and Transformation among the Sama Bajo Sea Peoples of Eastern Indonesia in the Early Modern Period.”
    Lance Nolde, Ph.D. | History | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Urban Growth Characterization by Integration of Remote Sensing, Spatial Metrics and Population Data: A Case Study of Hanoi, Vietnam.”
    Duong Huu Nong, Ph.D. | Natural Res & Environmentl Mgt | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “2nd Year Vietnamese Heritage Language Learners in Higher Education: A Case Study.”
    Leon Marshall Potter, Ph.D. | Education | 2014 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “China and ASEAN: Strategic Partnership or Competition Over the South China Sea?.”
    Manca Sustarsic, M.A. | Asian Studies | 2014

    “Thai in Diaspora: Language and Identity in Los Angeles, California.”
    Kanjana Thepboriruk, Ph.D. | Linguistics | 2014

    “Reviewing the Kilns and Stoneware Ceramics of Angkor.”
    Charmaine Wong, M.A. | Anthropology | 2014

  • “The Creole City in Mainland Southeast Asia: Slave Gathering Warfare and Cultural Exchange in Burma, Thailand and Manipur, 18th – 19th C.”
    Bryce Grey Beemer,  Ph.D. | History | 2013 | World History Association 2014 Dissertation Prize | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Can a Basket Hide an Elephant? – Engaged Language Policy and Practices Toward Educational, Linguistic, and Socio-Economic Equity in Vietnam.”
    Thuy Thi Ngoc Bui, Ph.D. | Education | 2013 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Environmental Nonprofits Working in Indonesia: Content Analysis of Youtube Videos.”
    Suria Carvalho, M.A. | Communication | 2013

    “The Effects of Female Urban Migration on Rural Thai Household and Village Structures.”
    Genevieve Forbes Greer, M.A. | Asian Studies | 2013

    “Meeting the Information Needs of Students in the Ilokano Language and Literature Program: Assessing Hamilton Library’s Philippine Collection at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.”
    Nicolita Marie Sagun Garces, M.L.S. | Library & Information Science | 2013

    “Being Lahu in a Thai School: An Inquiry into Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Schooling.”
    Matthew Ryan Juelsgaard, Ph.D. | Education | 2013 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Philippine and North Bornean Languages: Issues in Description, Subgrouping, and Reconstruction.”
    Jason William Lobel, Ph.D. | Linguistics | 2013 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “The Origins and Development of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.”
    Jason Alan Lowe, M.A. | Asian Studies | 2013

    “Cai Luong Theatre Through the Oral/Life History of its Performers.”
    Trinh Kim Nguyen, Ph.D. | Theatre | 2013 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “The Implementation of Standards-Based Teacher Evaluation in Vietnamese Secondary Schools: A Case Study in Dong Thap.”
    Huy Quang Pham, Ph.D. | Education | 2013 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Ngekar Utatn Raat Kite: A Look into Cartographic Encounters in Counter-Mapping Exercises in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.”
    Albertus Hadi Pramono, Ph.D. | Geography | 2013 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

  • “Composing Disaster/Disastrous Compositions: Nature, Politics and Indonesia’s Mud Volcano.”
    Phillip Drake, Ph.D. | English | 2012 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Domestic Violence Against Married Women in Cambodia: Help-Seeking, Re-Abuse, and Severity of Physical Violence by Husbands.”
    Sreang Heak, Ph.D. | Political Science | 2012 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Testing the Woman Abuse Screening Tool in Primary Health Centers in Jakarta, Indonesia.”
    Livia Istania Dea Fla Iskandar, Ph.D. | Public Health | 2012 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Cross-Cultural Teaching: Experiences of American Teachers in Thai Higher Education.”
    Varaporn Jamklai Mann, Ph.D. | Education | 2012 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Fans Turned Prosumers: A Case Study of an Online Fansubbing Community.”
    Penn Pantumsinchai, M.A. | Sociology | 2012

    “Disaster Management in the Digital Age: A Case Study of the Role and Impact of Facebook During the 2011 Thailand Floods.”
    Uayporn Pasvekin, M.A. | Communication | 2012

    “Paka(Sarita)An: On Ilokano Language, Identity, and Heritage Education.”
    Julius Bajet Soria, Ph.D. | Education | 2012 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Thai street imaginaries : Bangkok during the Thaksin era (2001-2010)”
    Noah Keone Viernes, Ph.D. | Political Science | 2012 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    Jasmine S. Yep, MFA | Theatre | 2012

  • Khin Nyein Nyein Aung, MPH | Public Health | 2011

    “Jakarta: Of Other Spaces.”
    Thomas Ray Belfield, M.A. | Geography | 2011

    Jillian Rose Blakkan-Strauss, MFA | Theatre |2011

    Vannet Bun, M.A. | Asian Studies | 2011

    “Merry Christmas Huay Nam Khao: Domesticating Foreign Christmas Music in a Sgaw Karen Village in Northern Thailand.”
    Benjamin Stuart Fairfield, M.A. | Music | 2011

    “Mabuhay: A Documentary Poetry.”
    Gizelle Evangelista Gajelonia, M.A. | English | 2011

    “Desiring Cambodia.”
    Alvin Cheng Hin Lim, Ph.D. | Political Science | 2011 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Three Essays on International Remittances: Evidence From the Philippines.”
    Marjorie Cinco Pajaron, Ph.D. | Economics | 2011 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Blogging and Political Mobilization Among Minority Indians in Malaysia.”
    Asha Rathina Pandi, Ph.D. | Sociology | 2011 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Ethnic Social Cohesion and Population Health Case-Studies: Malaysia, Fiji, and South Africa.”
    Kiran Kaur Sagoo, Ph.D. | Sociology | 2011 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Contesting Conceptions of Disability in Javanese Society After the Suharto Regime: The Case of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.”
    Slamet Thohari, M.A. | Sociology | 2011

    “Prosody and Intonation of Western Cham.”
    Kaori Ueki, Ph.D. | Linguistics | 2011 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

  • “Community-Based Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines: Understanding Long-Term Commitment.”
    Sean Michael Mark, Ph.D. | Geography | 2010 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Community-Based Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines: Understanding Long-Term Commitment.”
    Khamla Phanvilay, Ph.D. | Geography | 2010 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “The Diurnal Variations of Rainfall and Winds Over Malaysia.”
    Sandra Scholastica Richard, M.S. | Meteorology | 2010

    “Erasing the Filipina Japayuki: Representations of Entertainers and Human Trafficking Reform in Japanese Newspapers.”
    Leandro Lopez Romero, M.A | Geography | 2010

    “The Gong Row Tradition of Central and North Sulawesi, Indonesia.”
    Mayco Axel Santaella, M.A | Music | 2010

    “Flight from the Philippines: The Social and Economic Causes of Filipino-American Marriages.”
    Brigida Ayson Schmidt, M.A | Asian Studies | 2010

    “The Transformation of Chinese Muslims Identities in Northern Thailand.”
    Suchart Setthamalinee, Ph.D. | Sociology | 2010 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Three Essays on Healthcare Utilization, Health Promotion, and Universal Coverage in Thailand: Empirical Analysis.”
    Kaewkwan Tangtipongkul, Ph.D. | Economics | 2010 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

  • “Site Selection for Sustainable Net Cage Grouper Mariculture in Waters off Kaledupa Island, Indoesnia”
    Hatim Albasri, M.A. | Geography | 2009

    “Parental Perceptions of Barriers to Immunization among the Hmong Community in Central California.”
    Dian Lorene Baker, Ph.D. | Nursing | 2009 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Advocating for Civic Spaces in Thailand: The Thailand Environment Institute Experience.”
    Katia Balassiano, Ph.D. | Urban & Regional Planning | 2009| Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Traditions of Ceramic Technology: An Analysis of the Assemblages from Angkor Borei, Cambodia.”
    Shawn Szejda Fehrenbach, M.A. | Anthropology | 2009

    “Negotiating Nationality: Immigration Regulation and Rightful Belonging in Sabah, Malaysia.”
    Bruce Anthony Lindquist, Ph.D. | Geography | 2009 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Brewing Development: Coffee and Livelihoods in the Central Highlands, Vietnam.”
    Giang Trieu Phan, Ph.D. | Geography | 2009 | Access Dissertation via ProQuest

    “Temporal and Spatial Impacts of Mining in Kalanaman Watershed, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia and the Local Perspective on Watershed Management.”
    Migraliette Urvidy Purbaranti, M.A | Geography | 2009

    “Virgins, Saints, and Fallen Women: The Representation of Women in Colonial-Era Filipino Devotional Art.”
    Marya Rosenberg, M.A | Asian Studies | 2009

    “Changing Patterns of Plant Use in Ayamaru, South Sorong District, West Irian Jaya (West Papua), Indonesia.”
    Susan Trida Salosa, M.A | Geography | 2009

    “Women’s Suicides in Early Twentieth-Century China and Vietnam.”
    Linh Dam Vu, M.A | History | 2009