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2016-2017 Luce Scholar Annie Peyton, on a year-long placement with Landprocess Co., Ltd., a landscape architecture and urban design company in Bangkok, is chronicling her experience in Asia with a series of blog posts on ProFellow, a site offering in-depth information on professional and academic fellowships, for aspiring fellows. So far, Annie has written about making the decision to upend her life for a year in Asia, the summer language intensive, getting to know a new country, and working in a new language. The posts offer a glimpse at the energizing, challenging, and unexpected aspects of a Luce Year.
"The Islamic State’s butchery and takeover of territory in Iraq and Syria dominate the headlines, but a much less violent yet little-known conflict exists in Indonesia, where more Muslims live than in all of the Middle East." 1985-86 Luce Scholar Margaret Scott, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School, offers an analysis of three recent works on Indonesia in The New York Review of Books. Scott spent her Luce Scholar Year in Hong Kong, on a placement with the Far Eastern Economic Review.
1998-1999 Luce Scholar Joshua Kurlantzick is a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. A grant from the Foundation's Asia Program helped to launch research and programming on Southeast Asia at the Council in 2008, and the program has since renewed its support with further grants in 2011 and 2016. Kurlantzick, who spent his Luce Scholar year with the Bangkok Post in Thailand, has recently authored State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World, published this April by Oxford University Press.
With Myanmar transitioning rapidly towards democracy - where do LGBTQ rights fit in? Current Luce Scholar Brandon Tensley, analyses the situation for Slate.com. Brandon is on a year-long placement at The Irrawaddy, a news magazine based in Thailand that covers Myanmar and Southeast Asia.
Diana Won, a 2015-2016 Luce Scholar at a year-long placement at South Korea's first social-impact consulting firm, has written an analysis of the role social entrepreneurship could play in the country's troubled economy.
From studying puppet theatre in Yogyakarta to taking care of young patients in Luang Prabang; from helping launch a brand-new university in Yangon to working for the Mayor’s Office in Seoul; from supporting sustainable agriculture in Beijing to investigating natural resource extraction in Ulaanbaatar, this year’s Luce Scholars are learning a lot from their placements and their local communities – and giving a lot back. At the midway point through their year in Asia, the Scholars took a moment to reflect on what this experience is teaching them – and how much they still hope to learn. Click here
to read the 2015-2016 edition of the Notes from the Field