Kyle is an honor student from UNLV relocating to SF for our summer internship
He will be receiving a scholarship from UNLV, but it is not enough given the expensive Bay Area housing cost. Any donation received here will go toward his relocation cost for the summer!
As a History Research Intern for the Pacific Atrocities Education, I will be focusing my work on the Post War Economy of Asia, specifically with Japan. A once totalitarian nation, as well as an enemy of the United States during the second world war, is now the world’s strongest, non-Western, economy of both centuries. I will analyze the social and economic growth of Japan after the Meiji Restoration and post-war economic and monetary policies. In doing so, I will be able to identify the effects Japan’s economic policies had onto its people, such as economic freedom, and its indirect influence on the development of neighboring nations and the rest of Southeast Asia. I want to discover to what extent did Japan’s post-war “economic miracle” have on the economies of neighboring nations that are now a few of the world’s leading economies.
My research will predominantly stem from searching historical documents and records dating back to Japan’s Meiji rule, where I evaluate the economic prosperity relative to that time. I will then compare the former with statistical evidence and documentation of Japan’s “economic miracle” post-World War II. The design of this research will be tentative upon approval at this year’s Pacific Atrocities Education orientation as well as at the discretion of my research partner. I will be working with a research partner where we will be discussing certain topics of interests and subjects that we would like to specifically include in our published research book. Additionally, if there are any other potential subjects the Pacific Atrocities Education finds apt for my intended research, I plan to interview these individuals on their experience that is aligned with my research.
Though my major is Political Science does not relegate my aspiration in understanding how economic policies and reform affects societal growth and development. In order to understand Asia’s social and political issues, influenced by economics, it is here where I set my endeavor to find the truth. I hope to return back to UNLV with not just more knowledge, but a breadth of understanding of two things: my culture and how far my culture has come. I study my culture not by taking a class, but through breaking down historical events and reciprocating this back to many UNLV students who are interested in Asia’s robust economy. In conclusion to the research I will conduct with the Pacific Atrocities Education, my work will be published and distributed to local schools and universities educating not just Asian culture, but how a heavily agrarian society transformed into one of the top economies in history.
Learning that I received the position as a summer History Research Intern was more than I expected my summer to detail. I was ecstatic about the opportunity, but also skeptical about the expenses since I would be relocated to San Francisco for the duration of my summer. And realizing the Bay Area is known to be exorbitant in housing, food, and travel, I felt as if my financial situation would hinder my opportunity to conduct meaningful research in my academic field.
Airfare - $202.00
Housing - $2,700
Commute to Work - $282.00
Average Cost of Food - $900
Total as of now: $4084.00
*All donations are tax-deductible