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JSIS Japan Studies 2019 Graduates

June 13, 2019

The following students are pleased to announce their graduation with a Master of Arts in Japan Studies as of June 13th, 2019.

Chris Choi

Area of study: I studied Japanese businesses, specifically Japanese medical device firms competing in the US. I also studied Japanese national security, namely modernization of the Japan Self Defense Force, the Northern Territories/Southern Kuriles dispute, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute.
Post-graduation plans: After graduation in June 2019, I will work as a Consumer Marketing Manager at Philips Healthcare, at their Bothell, WA campus.


Dylan Plung

Area of study: Upon entering the JSIS Japan Studies Program, I began to develop a keen interest in World War II Japan and US-Japan relations. In particular, I began to research the firebombing of Japan and learned about the replica Japanese villages that were erected in Utah during the war to develop and test napalm. After that, I wanted to learn more about the social ramifications of these developments and policy shifts aimed at, and within, Japan, so for my capstone Essay of Distinction I focused in on the Japanese evacuee experience at the end of the war–how the people in Japan were directly affected by the firebombing.
Post-graduation plans: After graduation I have received a Blakemore-Freeman Fellowship to fund Stanford’s Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies 2019-20 in Yokohama. After I complete that program, I hope to continue on to work in either academia or in an Asia policy-related think-tank like the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), where I currently intern. The Japan Studies Program at UW gave me the skills, connections, and opportunities to succeed thus far, and I will take all of these lessons with me wherever I go.

Monica Twork

Area of study: During my time in the Japan Studies program, I have enjoyed researching topics ranging from the post-war journey of imperial Japanese military maps, to the international controversy around the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Post-graduation plans: After graduation, I will be putting my International Studies degree to work as a librarian at a college with a large number of students from diverse international backgrounds (including Japan!).


Daniel White

Area of study: I graduated from the Japan Studies MA program with a focus on regional security and the US-Japan Alliance. My graduate research papers examined the future of the US-Japan Alliance and the intertwined narrative of the atomic bomb and the US Secretary of War, Henry Stimson.
Post-graduation plans: I am currently looking towards testing for the Foreign Service in addition to searching for internationally related work within the private and public sector.

Japan Studies Program

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650