"Pearl of the Orient Reconstructed: How Great Power Politics Shaped Hong Kong’s Sovereignty"
In “Pearl of the Orient Reconstructed,” Jeffrey Ngo does something quite uncommon: he takes a well-worn subject, the 1997 handover of Hong Kong by the British to the Chinese, and he reads it through “Great Game”-style, twentieth-century geopolitics with the pen of a mystery writer. In a text that difficult to put down, he walks the reader through a wide range of perspectives on the central actors, including the diplomats at the Bandung Conference that preceded it as well as those of Nixon and others, in combinations that one does not often see. The thesis makes ample use of original archival research undertaken in the Nixon Archives, in London, and in UN collections housed at NYU.
Arline Lee - "To Explore, To Seek Out, and To Boldly Go: How Science Fiction Film Creates, Reflects, and Deconstructs Myths of Science"
Merisa Sahin - "Critique and Emancipation: Musical and Philosophical Interpretation in Adorno’s Thought"