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Selected Project Profiles

A video from Dr. Chris Coggins of Bard College at Simon's Rock, on the traditional Chinese feng shui method of forest conservation, is available here.

Paul Jackson, Mike Thai, and Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak from St. Olaf prepare egoma transplants at the Asian Rural Institute, Nasushiobara, Japan

“We expect to see… many more students and faculty engage in collaborative activities to better understand sustainability.” — Professor Ron Loftus, director of Asian studies, Willamette University

Professors Daumae, Iwamoto and Koseki from Wako University, with St. Olaf students and faculty at the local ecological restoration site, Machida, Tokyo, Japan

St. Olaf students and faculty perform a site survey at the junction of the Takano and Kamo rivers in Kyoto, Japan

Exploration Grants

Beloit College, Beloit, WI—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Carleton College, Northfield, MI—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Centre College, Danville, KY—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Furman University, Greenville, SC—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Implementation Grants

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY—An implementation grant of $400,000.

Bard College is using the LIASE grant to offer field experiences in China, Japan, and Korea, and to embed a significant focus on Asian environmental issues into the broader curriculum. These developments will reach students at the undergraduate campuses in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and Simon’s Rock, MA, as well as in the graduate program at Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy. more

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL—An implementation grant of $400,000.

Eckerd is building opportunities for cross-disciplinary training, giving faculty and students from the Asian studies department a chance to gain exposure to scientific techniques, and encouraging faculty and students in the sciences to study an Asian language and culture. more

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA—An implementation grant of $400,000.

Hampshire College is fostering the study of sustainable agriculture, environment and communities through partnerships with institutions in China and Thailand and a program that includes both faculty exchanges and original research opportunities for students. more

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN—An implementation grant of $400,000.

St. Olaf College is making Asian Environmental Studies a more accessible topic through the program Environmental Connections: Building Bridges for the 21st Century. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Environmental Studies Paul Jackson notes that “one primary commitment is to shift discussion toward emerging, innovative solutions to environmental issues in Asia, and away from the premise that Asia is only a source of environmental problems.” more

Willamette University, Salem, OR—An implementation grant of $400,000.

Willamette is expanding its long-standing collaboration with Tokyo International University (TIU) and Tokyo International University in America (TIUA) by adding opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, environmental study and observation, and active environmental service. more


Exploration Grants

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Earlham College, Richmond, IN—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA—An exploration grant of $50,000.

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Whittier College, Whittier, CA—An exploration grant of $50,000.


Exploration Grants

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA—An exploration grant of $50,000.

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Willamette University, Salem, OR—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Implementation Grants

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA—A four-year implementation grant of $400,000.

Dickinson College is using the LIASE grant to build a broader awareness of East Asian and Environmental studies among the faculty and student body. The college will develop relationships with partner institutions in China and Japan and offer summer courses on aspects of Asian studies co-taught by Dickinson faculty and Asian scholars. more

Lawrence University, Appleton, WI—A four-year implementation grant of $400,000.

Lawrence University is developing the “Sustainable China” initiative, a multi-disciplinary expansion of the university’s course offerings and field experiences. “Sustainable China” will be a tiered program, designed to offer students progressively more direct and intensive experience in East Asian environmental studies. more

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA—A four-year implementation grant of $400,000.

Occidental College is using the LIASE grant to link its long-standing program in urban environmental studies to similar initiatives by Chinese universities and NGOs. Occidental plans to collaborate with Nanjing University to offer coordinated courses on Environment and Society, with students at each school undertaking a shared assignment, videoconferenced student presentations, and a joint chat room for student discussions. more

Trinity College, Hartford, CT—A four-year implementation grant of $400,000.

Trinity College is expanding its study abroad, internship, and research opportunities in Asia. Building upon the popular River Cities of Asia summer course, Trinity is using the LIASE grant to enhance a base (Trinity-in-Shanghai) at Fudan University with excursions to secondary cities in the Yangtze River Delta region, and a second base linking Chongqing with Kunming and the Greater Mekong Subregion, especially Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. more


Exploration Grants

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Lawrence University, Appleton, WI—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA—An exploration grant of $50,000.

Trinity College, Hartford, CT—An exploration grant of $50,000.

ASIANetwork, Bloomington, IL—A two-year exploration grant of $100,000

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St. Olaf students tour the Obubu Tea Farm in Wazuka, Japan

“One primary commitment is to shift discussion toward emerging, innovative solutions to environmental issues in Asia, and away from the premise that Asia is only a source of environmental problems.”
— Professor Paul Jackson, St. Olaf College

Willamette students present environmental research in Japanese at Tokyo International University

Students do field work in a forest preserve as part of Willamette's summer intensive in Japan

“Asian understandings of the natural world, and the place of human beings and other living creatures in that world, offer insights in areas ranging from forestry and agriculture to urban design and environmental law. These can be as local as the recent shift from coal-fired to propane kilns in the pottery city of Jingdezhen in China, as national as the fate of nuclear energy in Japan or the success of congestion taxes in Singapore, and as transnational as the borderless realities represented by air and water pollution and carbon emissions."
- from Dickinson College's LIASE website