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JAPAN-AMERICA COLLEGIATE EXCHANGE TRAVEL PROGRAM GRANTEES 2012

 

Grantee University of Utah

Project Title

Authority and Architecture in Japan: Literary Depictions of Power and Disaster in the Built Environment

Project Director

Mira Locher, Associate Professor, Architecture

JF Grant Total

$33,009.00

Study-Tour Description

Together with a 4-week combined course in literature and architecture to be taught in Utah, the tour will allow students to visit the buildings and landscapes depicted in their readings. By examining how power functions on social and structural levels as depicted in Japanese novels, short stories, memoirs, and films, as well as in actual buildings, landscapes and urban areas in Japan discussed in the literature, this course focuses on the roles that architecture and geography play in shaping the world of Japanese literature.

 

Grantee University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Project Title

Japan Summer 2012 Short-Term Study Abroad Tour

Project Director

Jason Christopher Jones, Assistant Professor, Japanese, Foreign Languages and Literature Department

JF Grant

Total

$18,738.71

Study-Tour Description

The course objective is to enhance student understanding of both traditional Japanese culture and Japanese popular culture, through first-hand experience of venues connected with traditional and pop culture and lectures that provide students with the knowledge they will need to interpret their experience.

 

Grantee University of Arkansas Little Rock

Project Title

The Cultural Aspects of Software Development in Japan

Project Director

Chia-Chu Chiang, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

JF Grant Total

$18,500.00

Study-Tour Description

The course is designed around the Japanese cultural influences in software development. The tour will help students see how the culture is practiced in software development and how the cultural aspects of software is educated and exercised in colleges. Ultimately, the tour provides students with experience in understanding the differences in software development in the USA and Japan, and further promotes the potential for collaboration in the future.

 

Grantee St. Olaf College

Project Title

Asian Conversations Semester 2: Experiencing Asia

Project

Director

Karil J. Kucera, Luce Associate Professor, Asian Studies and Art History

JF Grant Total

$38,500.00

Study-Tour Description

The goal of this course is to immerse Japanese language students in Japanese culture and daily life within the larger construct of studying Asia. The study tour is designed for maximum interaction with Japan in the form of pre-arranged interviews with their peers on a college campus, assignments focused on mapping Tokyo through visual and textual means, and visits to historical sites connected with the evolution of Tokyo from past to present.

 

Grantee Bethel University

Project Title

Travel Writing in Japan

Project

Director

Paul Reasoner, Professor of Philosophy

JF Grant Total

$58,500.00

Study-Tour Description

The objective of this study tour is to encourage students to recognize and articulate various personal, community, and cultural norms and their role is sustaining Japanese culture. Students will also analyze how their own individual experiences, language, culture, family and community values influence their views of the United States and Japan and consider and articulate the values and challenges of travel.

 

Grantee Depauw University. Greencastle, IN

Project Title

From Chopsticks to Robotics: Experiencing Japanese Culture through the Spirit of “Craftsmanship”

Project Director

Hiroko Chiba, Associate Professor of Modern Languages

JF Grant Total

$66,400.00

Study-Tour Description

The primary purpose of the project is for students to experience Japan culturally with a special focus on the spirit of craftsmanship. Participants will examine how the traditional spirit has influenced making things in design and production from daily commodities to advanced technology. The participants will also have a small-scale ethnographic experience, immersing themselves in Japanese society through a homestay.

 

Grantee Bucknell University

Project Title

Sustainability – Japan’s power, environment, culture and language

Project Director

Elizabeth Armstrong, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies Department

JF Grant Total

$33,300.00

Study-Tour Description

The objective of this tour will be to examine the concept of sustainability regarding Japan’s power sources, the environment, culture and language. Students will address the first two topics by visiting Fukushima to learn about the effects of the nuclear disaster of 2011, and by visiting prominent ecologists and environmentalists in Tokyo and Kyoto. The aim is to learn about Japanese culture and languages and how convention and tradition is being sustaining in the process of continuous cultural/linguistic evolution.

 

Grantee Villanova University

Project Title

Japan Transforming

Project Director

A. Maria Toyoda, Associate Professor, Political Science

JF Grant Total

$45,600.00

Study-Tour Description

This study tour will complement a full semester course on Japanese political, economic, and social transformation. The site visits are meant to address specific themes and topics in the course, such as the contrast between rural and urban representation, family life and youth culture, globalization’s impact on traditional industries, Japan’s foreign policy and affairs, etc. Students will directly engage with policymakers, officials and private actors.

 

Grantee University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Project Title

History 371 Japan Study Tour: Evolution of Japanese Civilization and Its Modern Transformation

Project Director

Zhiguo Yang, Professor of History, History Department

JF Grant Total

$46,000.00

Study-Tour Description

In addition to providing the students with a context for their knowledge of Japanese culture and history that they will be introduced to in the pre-tour lectures, the study tour is also designed to deepen their understanding of the uniqueness of Japanese civilization in Asia and its connection with other East Asian culture; the tradition of Japanese culture, society and political system during and after the Meiji Era; and the Japanese perspective on World War II and Japan’s wartime experiences and post-WWII reforms.

 

Grantee University of Findlay

Project Title

Kyosei (co-existence) with Animals: Relationship with Pets among Contemporary Japanese

Project Director

Hiroaki Kawamura, Chair, Department of Language and Culture

JF Grant Total

$56,000.00

Study-Tour Description

This tour will be incorporated into a semester-long course, Introduction to Japanese Culture. The study tour will contribute to the course by providing opportunities for students to learn more about human-animal relationships in Japan through interviews and visits to numerous places to experience first-hand the similarities and difference in culture between Japan and the US.

 

Grantee Kent State University

Project Title

Experiencing Japanese Culture Firsthand

Project Director

Judy Wakabayashi, Professor of Japanese, Modern & Classical Languages & Studies

JF Grant Total

$47,650.00

Study-Tour Description

The goal of this study tour is twofold: (1) to motivate students in the undergraduate Japanese Culture course to relate at a more personal level to topics and themes studied during the semester; (2) to add a richer dimension to the course by providing experiences not possible in a classroom setting through direct immersion in traditional contemporary Japanese culture. This will help dispel stereotypes, deepen their perspective, and offer more diverse insights. The trip will also offer opportunities for students to practice their Japanese language skills.

 

Grantee University of Hawaii

Project Title

Indigeneity in Japan: Ainu and Okinawan Identity and Culture in Historical and Contemporary Context

Project Director

Lonny E. Carlile, Associate Professor, Asian Studies

JF Grant

Total

$36,000.00

Study-Tour Description

The objective of this study tour is to gain through first-hand observation and exposure a deep and nuanced understanding of the complex, multi-dimensional nature of the identities of “indigenous” peoples in Japan today through site visits, lectures and listening to the voices of Okinawans and Ainu people.

 

Grantee University of La Verne

Project Title

Experiencing Japan, Its Culture, and Its People

Project Director

Dr. Gloria Montebruno Saller. Department Associate, Modern Languages

JF Grant Total

$30,880.00

Study-Tour Description

Stops in Tokyo, Kamakura, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima, along with visits to museums and historical sites, will allow students to be exposed to the history, literature, and culture of Japan. Focus will be on the blending of the traditional/historical elements within a society with an aggressive push for modernity; on issues of change and continuity in historical and social issues; and on the understanding of concepts of morality and beauty in the arts.

 

Grantee Pratt Institute

Project Title

Tokyo Planning and Urbanism

Project Director

Jonathan Martin, Associate Professor, School of Architecture

JF Grant Total

$51,000.00

Study-Tour Description

The course goals are to expose American students to Japanese planning and urban design approaches (including planning issues surrounding response to Japan’s March 11th Disasters) through interaction with faculty, students, professional practitioners (e.g. architects and planners), and government officials. The tour also aims to provide joint learning opportunities for American and Japanese urban planning students through academic interaction and to introduce relevant aspects of Japanese society and culture, including customs, geography/economy, arts, and language.

 

Grantee University of Nebraska Omaha

Project Title

The Ancient Foundations of Contemporary Japan

Project

Director

Halla Kim, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion

JF Grant

Total

$30,700.00

Study-Tour Description

This trip focuses on understanding the unique character of Japan and its intellectual heritage. In particular, the trip focuses on the question of the making of contemporary Japan out of ancient and medieval foundations.

 

Grantee St. Mary’s University

Project Title

Challenges on Japan’s Educational System and Labor Market in an Era of a Declining Population

Project Director

Dr. Eva P. Bueno, Chair, Department of Languages

JF Grant Total

$48,500.00

Study-Tour Description

The major goal of this study tour is to investigate the extent that such demographic shifts and changes as the aging and declining population and low fertility rates have impacted contemporary Japanese society an economy, and how sectors of society – the government, academia, the private and public pre-collegiate institutions, the export-oriented and domestic-based industries – have addressed these challenges from the human resources management viewpoint.

 

Grantee University of Wyoming

Project Title

Japanese Art and Culture

Project

Director

Noah Miles

JF Grant

Total

$46,000.00

Study-Tour Description

The primary objective of this course is for students to experience the complexities and nuances of Japanese Art and Culture firsthand and to be able to articulate the unique artistic contributions that Japan has made to the world.

 

Grantee Glendale Community College

Project Title

Glendale Community College Japanese Language Program Travel to Japan

Project Director

Tomomi Hayashi and Shigeko Toyota, Japanese Language Instructors, Communication and World Languages Department

JF Grant Total

$56,800.00

Study-Tour Description

Students will have a better understanding of complex socio-cultural perspective of Japanese language including proper usage of Keigo (honorifics and humble expressions), formal/informal language and gender differences in speaking. Furthermore, students will have various opportunities to communication with native speakers on various topics and expand their practical vocabulary.

 

Grantee University of Texas at San Antonio

Project Title

Walking the Japanese Culture

Project Director

Mimi Yu, Director, East Asia Institute (EAI)

JF Grant

Total

$43,100.00

Study-Tour Description

This course will allow students to deepen their language skills and experience Japan, its society, people, history, geography, nature, religions, and culture first-hand so that they will have a well-rounded perspective on japan and its language. The tour will also include a four-night homestay to experience Japanese style home living in Kyoto.

 

Grantee University of Indianapolis

Project Title

Hiroshima Peace Study

Project Director

Kyoko Amano, Associate Professor, Department of English

JF Grant

Total

$34,600.00

Study-Tour Description

Through this study tour, students will begin to understand universal human concerns related to world peace, how hibakusha’s experiences have be interpreted in literature, and to gain a deeper understanding of their class readings through visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki and meeting A-bomb survivors.

 

Grantee Mount Holyoke College

Project Title

Way-finding and urban space in Japan

Project

Director

Joshua H. Roth, Chair, Sociology and Anthropology Department

JF Grant Total

$27,000.00

Study-Tour Description

The objective of this study tour is threefold: 1) to deepen students’ understanding of Japanese society and culture, 2) to create lasting relationships between American and Japanese students that can lead to ongoing exchanges in the future, and 3) to engage students in a research project on way-finding and urban spaces that will develop student’s understanding of research design and data gathering.

 

Grantee Colorado College

Project Title

Japanese in Japan: Economy, Society and Culture

Project

Director

Joan E. Ericson, Professor of Japanese, Dept. of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages

JF Grant Total

$38,500.00

Study-Tour Description

This course explores aspects of Japanese literature, culture and economic and commercial development while traveling the Tokaido (East Sea) Route of the Edo Period (1603-1868). For the economic component of this course, students will visit artisanal produces, the Mikimoto Pearl Factory, Toyota Automobile Manufacturers and Yamaha Piano Corporation. For the cultural, historical and literary components, students make visits to Mt. Fuji, Ise, Nara and Kyoto.

 

Grantee Oakland University

Project Title

Oakland University Urban Japan: Then and Now

Project Director

Jane W. Yamazaki, Special Lecturer, International Studies

JF Grant

Total

$58,265.00

Study-Tour Description

The study tour provides the experiential dimension to the students’ study of cities in the classroom. Students will gain an appreciation of urban life as having different realizations in different settings and be able to broaden their understanding of “urban” beyond the West, US ideas of urban living.

 

Grantee Elmira College

Project Title

Culture and People of Japan

Project Director

Kunihiko Imai, Associate Professor, Political Science Department

JF Grant

Total

$40,925.00

Study-Tour Description

The objectives of this course are to enable students to 1) acquire basic skills in Japanese, 2) travel to some of the major sites of cultural historical, and political significance in Japan, and 2) obtain a basic understanding of the culture and people of Japan.

 

Grantee University of Hawai’i Leeward Community College

Project Title

Leeward CC Language and Cultural Study Tour 2013

Project

Director

Kazuko Nakamitsu, Japanese Language Instructor, Language Arts Department

JF Grant Total

$58,200.00

Study-Tour Description

This project aims to provide students with firsthand experience that will allow them to gain a more nuanced and balanced understanding of Japan. Students will have the opportunity to make realistic connections between what they have learned in class and everyday life in Japan, engage in meaningful interactions with Japanese people, and visit the significant historical sites of Japan.

 

Grantee Tulane University

Project Title

Architectural History/Theory Seminar: Kyoto and New Orleans

Project Director

Kentaro Tsubaki, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

JF Grant Total

$34,420.00

Study-Tour Description

Through classroom and study-tour curriculum, students will compare Kyoto and New Orleans from historical, architectural, and cultural perspectives in order to grain a deep appreciation for Japanese contributions to art and architecture. Study-tour activities will explore how the similarities and difference between Kyoto and New Orleans provide rich sources for further inquiry, as well as inspiration and knowledge that can inform the future.

 

Grantee University of West Florida

Project Title

Japanese Language and Culture Study Program

Project Director

Shigeko Honda, Director, Japan Center and FL-Japan Institute

JF Grant

Total

$35,550.00

Study-Tour Description

This 2-week Japanese language and culture study program will provide students with a firsthand learning experience of Japanese language, culture and society, extensive opportunities to interact with people in Japan, and to nurture the students’ leadership and goodwill ambassadorial skills.

 

Grantee Emerson College

Project Title

“Asia in World History: 1750-2000”

Project Director

Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury, Historian-In-Residence, Journalism Department

JF Grant Total

$33,500.00

Study-Tour Description

On this study-tour, students will travel to Japan to learn about the evolution of the Japan-US relationship, as part of a course on the changing relationships of selected Asian nations – including Japan in particular – with the western world.

 

 



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