MA Theses @ UP Asian Center (2013–Onwards)

This section features abstracts and/or PDFs of MA theses done in the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. This list, under construction, covers research produced from 2013 onwards. View a list of theses from 1963 to 2012


The Role of Post-1990 Bollywood Films in Identity Formation of Second-Generation Indian Transnationals in Metro Manila

Written by Gilbert Que. Posted in MA Theses @ UP Asian Center (2013–Onwards)

This study explores the impact of post1990 liberalization Bollywood films on the lives of second-generation Indian transnationals in Metro Manila, particularly the role of Bollywood in identity formation of these Indian transnationals. The study uses Bourdieu's three capitals to facilitate the research. These capitals are the economic capital, the social capital, and the cultural capital.

Bollywood, or the mainstream Hindi-language film industry of India, has started tapping on its transnational communities since the 1990s, and non-Indian international audience since the mid-2000 onwards. Because of this, the Bollywood filmmakers have become more conscious in using Bollywood as a carrier of the Indian cultures and traditions. This is done not only to allow the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to be reconnected to the Indian motherland, but also to encourage them to invest in India. For the non-Indian audience, this is to change perceptions on India, and attract non-Indians to go to India for tourism or for investments as well.  


"Maximizing The Social Life Chances:" A Case Study on the Cross-Border Adaptation of First-Generation Indonesian Migrants in the Municipality of Glan, Sarangani Province

Written by Erika Tadeo. Posted in MA Theses @ UP Asian Center (2013–Onwards)

Recent discourses on migration and diaspora evolved from migrants’ hopes for return to migrants’ finding home outside their homeland. Such inquiries seek to explore life after reaching one’s destination given that migration opens the door for newer possibilities and challenges. These new endeavors trigger the need to adapt and to develop innovative ways to survive— a reality to millions of migrants, refugees, and other individuals dispersed/displaced from their country of origin, including those Sangir Indonesians in southern Mindanao. 


Illustrating Recovery: Traditional Japanese Art Styles and Modern Graphic Design Styles in the Graphic Design of Tokyo 1964

Written by Clio Tantoco. Posted in MA Theses @ UP Asian Center (2013–Onwards)

The study meticulously interprets the graphic design of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games as propaganda motivated by the desire to promote an image of a recovered Japan against negative perceptions and controversies surrounding the country at the time of the first Tokyo Olympic Games. The said study attempts to reconstruct the graphic design of Tokyo 1964's design process by connecting the historical backgrounds and features of the graphic design styles it applied to address socio-political issues and express evidences of Japan's economic recovery during the 1950s to 1960s. This research will show that the synergy of traditional Japanese art styles and modern graphic design styles in the graphic design of Tokyo 1964 was an elaborate graphic design solution that simultaneously denied and obscured issues that unsettled the public and exaggerated the image of a wealthy, peaceful, and recovered Japan. 

Author: Clio Tantoco • Year of Completion: 2016 • Degree: MA in Asian Studies (Northeast Asia, Japan)