Ashley Ke, Senior, Psychology Honors

My senior honors thesis explores the gender differences in how Asian Americans cope with identity threats and discrimination, especially with the significant rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and harassment during the pandemic. Using an existing data set of 32 interviews conducted by Han Na Shin, I cleaned the transcripts and used Braun and Clarke’s (2006) thematic analysis approach to qualitatively code them last semester. Additionally, I drafted my introduction and methods section and conducted a preliminary literature review. I am currently finalizing my findings and hope to present them in a way that highlights gender’s role in shaping a narrative based on gender for Asian Americans’ experiences. I am very fortunate and grateful to work under Dr. Mari Kira, who has provided wonderful support and mentorship.