The summer 2016 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF) is the eighteenth funded by the Freeman Foundation to support undergraduate projects in East and Southeast Asia. Over $283,000 will be allocated to fourteen faculty mentors and forty-five students in four teams led by a single mentor and five teams led by two mentors. They will conduct projects in Japan (two teams), the People’s Republic of China (four teams), the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. If one counts the 2016 recipients, the SFF program has awarded 210 grants to 998 faculty members and students at 106 AN member institutions.
ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to fostering undergraduate research and engagement in Asia, and providing the opportunity for college students to have a mentored, in-depth experience in Asia. We also express our appreciation to the faculty mentors, supported by their campus administrators, who lead their students to Asia each summer for these transformative experiences.
Those who have worked with this program from its inception have evidenced the growing strength of Asian Studies programs among participant colleges. Proposals are becoming more sophisticated, the credentials of students and faculty are stronger, and the range and depth of research is impressive. We are especially pleased that students and faculty at AN member institutions have responded positively to the SFF program’s new theme of “Engaging Asia” this year. We wish to thank all applicants this year and in the past for their interest and support for the SFF program.
|Institution||Project Title||Faculty Mentor||Student Fellows|
|Beloit College||War and Peace: Museums and the Construction of Collective Memory||Joy Beckman (Art History) and Susan Furukawa (Japanese)||Emma Dawson, Sarah Herendeen, Jasmine Vasquez, Sasha Feinberg, Emma Mooney and Mieke Miller|
|Colby College||New Museum Culture in Contemporary Beijing||Mariola Alvarez and Ankeney Weitz (Art)||Wilder Davies, Nellie Lavalle, Lynna Lei, Ling Maclean, Shauna Yuan and Jacob (Zhicheng) Zhang|
|Earlham College||The Relationship between Family Planning and Migrant Labor in China||Rajaram Krishnan (Economics) Peng Yu (Politics)||Jacob Daniel Breen, Jacob Ebbs, Truman McGee, Hao Mai Hoan Nguyen, Dante Petti, and Elizabeth Swomley|
|Eckerd College||Local Forest Use and the Feasibility of Carbon Credit Programs in Kam Cha i, Thailand||Jeff Felardo (Economics)||Robert Musci, Julia Sparks, Michael Bartosewicz, and Grace Miller|
|Kalamazoo College||The Role of Okinawan Identity in the Anti-base Protests||Dennis Frost (Asian Studies)||Dalbyeol Bae, Hannah Berger, Emerson Brown and Frank Meyer|
|Kenyon College||The Road Ahead: Navigating the Impact of Tourism on Igorot Youth in the Philippines||Sam Pack (Anthropology)||Tristan Biber, Alexandra Hansen, Bradley Rainor and Camila Velasquez|
|Monmouth College||Wellbeing in Singapore’s unique third places||Kristin Larson (Psychology)||Kelci Foss, Stephanie Saey and Elizabeth Hippen|
|Slippery Rock University||Climate Change, Land Cover Dynamics and Land Access in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region||Xianfeng Chen and Robert Livingston (Geography, Geology, and Environment)||Alexander Edmonds, Tyler Pollman, Nicholas Orbash, Victoria Yeager, Trevor Chambers and Luke Sherer|
|Virginia Wesleyan College||Saving China’s Cultural Heritage: Balancing Preservation and Development at Wutai Shan and the Yungang Grottoes||Steven Emmanuel (Philosophy) and Zizhong Wang (Computer Science)||Brian Hanna-Sauro, Nicholas Hipple, Victoria Laughlin, Ching Lee, Robert McComb and Alana Peters|