This page provides links to Chi Chai's academic work while  pursuing her Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) at the University of San Francisco.


master's Thesis
Challenging filipino colonial mentality with cultural art

The University of San Francisco's MAIS program requires an International Studies Applied Project or Thesis. I chose to write a thesis. In order to complete my thesis, I conducted research while living in Manila, Philippines for nearly two months. 

The MAIS department awarded my thesis with the title "Most Original Research" for the class of 2016. This is the description the department gave when introducing my thesis:

Francesca's thesis examines the relationship between Filipinos, whiteness, and the legacies of Spanish and American imperialism in the Philippines. Through her fieldwork (primarily surveys and oral interviews) in the Philippines, she analyzes how Filipino artists engage with and critique white supremacy and the vestiges of colonialism. According to her thesis adviser, James Zarasadiaz: “Francesca's focus on the diaspora's art community was especially original given the timing with the new (and controversial) presidential administration in the Philippines (Duterte). Moreover, like geopolitics, economics, and popular culture, the West's hold over the international art world often overshadows the robust creative scene in places like the Philippines.”

Legal Position Paper
Pacific Islands against Climate Change: Small Island
Developing States of the Pacific’s
 Need for International Cooperation to Survive

The final for the MAIS class "International Law and Human Rights" required students to write a legal position paper. For the paper, students must make a stance on a human rights issue, use international law to strengthen our arguments, and propose changes to current laws in place. We were also required to make a 10-minute presentation of our paper. (View image on the left)

I addressed the life-threatening effects climate change has on small island developing states. I argued  that we need a legally binding agreement in which world leaders must work together in preventing more environmental damage, assisting small island developing states in adapting to the environmental changes made by climate change, and redefine the term refugee in order to open their borders for those displaced by climate change.

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Paper on Global Health
Reproductive Health vs. Religion: the Philippine Dilemma
with its growing population

The MAIS class "Food Security & Global Health" assigned students to write an analytical paper about an argument for a global health issue. Students had to present the importance of the issue, the strengths and weaknesses of opposing positions, and elicit our position with specific empirical evidence.

My paper explored how the Philippine government is conducting a form of structural violence towards its population—especially towards women and girls—by systematically prohibiting reproductive health rights.