Reflecting on outcomes of the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), ASIANetwork Exchange has dedicated three issues to articles by faculty on the impact of LIASE on their research, teaching, and scholarship. Edited by EnviroLab Asia’s Professor Char Miller, the second issue presents four innovative projects and collaborations exploring environmental awareness and activism in China, new courses within the context of Japanese environmentalism, the influence of Buddhism on conservation in Myanmar, and the impact of rural-to-urban migration in China.
This is the second of three special issues of ASIANetwork Exchange (ANE) devoted to a series of explorations of the generative impact of the Luce Foundation’s LIASE initiative Luce (Foundation) Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). Designed to increase the integration of Asian and Environmental Studies in our classrooms, research, and practice, the LIASE program has had a profound effect in each domain. This issue (Spring 2020) nicely demonstrates how the grant has enabled colleagues at four institutions to develop innovative research questions that have led to new lines of scholarship. By implication, that engagement has also deeply informed their work with their students and across their campuses, an interplay that is as manifestly a part of the mission of liberal arts colleges and the Luce Foundation itself.