Asia Bridge Junior Fellowship Student Conference

Asia Bridge Junior Fellowship Student Conference

You are cordially invited to the Asia Bridge Junior Fellowship presentations, which are the culmination of students’ year-long research projects. Each presentation will last approximately 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for Q & A. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

5:00 – 6:45 p.m. (PDT)

Online – Zoom




5:00-5:10 PM: Introductory Remarks

5:10-5:25 PM: Cyan Thea Marie Balantac, “The Balancing Act: Discovering Filipino-American Identity and Decolonization through Cultural Dance and Performance”

Hello! I’m Cyan Balantac (she/hers) and I am a third-year International Studies major with a concentration in Global Politics and Societies and an Asian Studies Minor. My research examines the ways in which Filipino-Americans use cultural dance and performance as a site to explore their multiple and often conflicting identities as post-colonial diasporic people. My conversations with fellow Filipino-Americans about their experiences as dancers and performers have broadened my understanding of my personal identity as I continue my own journey as a Filipino-American dancer.

5:25-5:40 PM: Madison Burk, “Shifts in the Korean Feminist Movement: The Role of Online Activism in Confronting Sexual Violence”

Hi everyone! I’m Madison Burk (she/hers) and I’m a junior here at USF pursuing double degrees in Asian Studies and International Studies with a concentration in Global Politics. Through the Asia Bridge Junior Fellowship, I took my passion for sexual violence prevention and was encouraged to explore where, how, and why it intersects with my other passion for Asian cultures & societies. My research specifically examines the online shift of the feminist movement in South Korea and how this new space is not only a new way to perpetrate sexual violence, but also a new way for feminists to organize and protest against sexual violence.

5:40-5:55 PM: Evan Chan, “Under Pressure: Mainland Chinese Families and Negotiating Homosexuality”

Hello! My name is Evan Matthew Chan (he/him). I am a third-generation Chinese-American and San Francisco native. At USF, I am a sophomore double-majoring in Asian Studies and International Studies (Global Politics and Societies concentration), minoring in Chinese Studies, and also a J. Paul Getty Scholar within the Honors College. Using films and information from LGBTQ advocacy groups like PFLAG China, my research discusses mainland Chinese families’ negotiations of homosexuality. In my research, I highlight the current perpetuation of traditional values concerning homosexuality, while also discussing how these advocacy groups drive shifting dynamics in relation to homosexuality within some Chinese families.

5:55-6:10 PM: Emily Chang, “Singapore’s Two-Child Policy: The Reversal of a Nation’s Population”

Hi all! My name is Emily Chang (she/hers). I am a third-year Asian Studies and International Studies double major with a concentration in Global Politics and Policies, as well as a Minor in Chinese Studies. My paper focuses on the National Family Planning Policy in Singapore, with an emphasis on the Two-Child Policy. It is crucial to explore the policies set by the Singaporean government and highlight their achievements as a nation to see what they have done differently from other nations. Singapore was able to successfully improve the overpopulation dilemma the country faced post-World War II, and move forward with its social, political and economic development.

6:10-6:25 PM: Frances Eusebio, “Filipino Youth-Led Social Movements: Sparking Conversation and Raising Awareness about the Marcos Regime”

Hello! My name is Frances Eusebio (she/hers). I am a second-year politics and international studies double major. My paper looks at how youth-led social movements in the Philippines, such as online protests and rallies, are raising awareness of Martial Law under the Marcos regime. The paper highlights the importance of social movements in empowering voices of various demographics and educating Filipinos on the Marcos Regime. As young Filipinos face the issues of their generation and the past, they become significant agents for change and pave the way for a united consciousness and united fight for freedom in Philippine society.

6:25-6:40 PM: Natalie Ortez-Arevalo, “A Place In-Between: Transnational K-Pop Idols and Their Journey Within the K-Pop Industry”

Hello everyone! My name is Natalie Ortez-Arevalo (she/hers) and I am in my 4th year at the University of San Francisco; I am pursuing a major in International Studies with a concentration in Cultures, Societies, and Values and a minor in Asian Studies and Fine Arts. My Asia Bridge research focuses on popular culture and the impact it has on an economic, political, and social level. My paper specifically explores transnational idols and their experiences within the K-Pop industry. This issue of transnationality interests me deeply: As a first-generation Honduran-American, I understand what it is like to be in between two countries and cultures, trying to find a balance between the two.

6:40-6:45: Concluding Remarks