Student Research

2016 Summer Research

The Principality of Sealand: Citizens Around the World

Dawson Taylor, Laura Kulik, Liz Holland

"The Principality of Sealand is an oil platform about seven miles off the coast of England.

Sealand was declared an independent nation in 1966 by Roy Bates, a pirate radio DJ. After a few scuffles with the British coast guard, the British government took the Bates family to court.

To everyone’s surprise, the court ruled that Sealand was an independent nation and therefore the British government had no jurisdiction over it.

This was the beginning of Sealand as a micronation."

- Kulik

Distant Worlds, Together: Modernization and the Traditions and Cultural Practices of the Shinto Religion and its Relation to Contemporary Japanese Lifestyle and Popular Culture.

Ian Dizon

"Arriving in Japan is an adventure in itself. And when you get there it's like walking through the future.

The Tokyo streets are a sensory overload of lights, signs, and people. It is without a doubt the beating heart of Japan."

- Dizon

The Reel Problem With Digital: The Challenges of Preserving Motion Pictures in Digital Formats.

Nicholas Sy

"Over the past century, preservationists have developed practices in preserving motion pictures shot on celluloid film...

however, with the rise of digital cameras, which record digitally onto drives, as well as digital tools and digital effects, preservationists now face the new challenge of preserving motion pictures in its new native digital format."

- Sy

Helping the Help: The Fight for Empowerment for Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

Philippa Adams

"When I was a child in Hong Kong, I grew up with a Filipino helper, as did many of my friends. They were an undisputed part of the landscape, and seeing them sitting on the streets every Sunday never raised any questions within me. They were just there.


The many challenges facing domestic workers in Hong Kong are not unknown. Economic inequality leads many educated women into unskilled, domestic labour in Hong Kong, where they may face a number of obstacles. Discrimination, homesickness, sexual abuse, unjust employers…none of this is new information and there is much research surrounding it.

But I am interested in the groups, charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that seek to solve these problems and empower domestic workers. What people in Hong Kong are helping the help? What issues to them are the most pressing, and how can they be eliminated? Does the inability to apply for permanent residency hinder the empowerment of foreign domestic workers?

Children grow up, and I am back in Hong Kong to ask questions for the first time."

- Adams