in North America
and Across Asia
ASIANetwork Leads in
Education about Asia
in the Liberal Arts
ASIANetwork fosters collaboration among individuals and institutions in North America and Asia, working with our partners to deepen intercultural understanding. Our leading liberal arts colleges and universities set the standard for education about Asia at the undergraduate level, cultivate tomorrow’s leaders through global engagement, and build capacity for teaching and learning about Asia.
Since 1992, ASIANetwork has received over $12 million in support of our innovative programming for students, faculty, institutions and communities across North America and in numerous Asian regions, delivering on the mission of our funding partners including Mellon, Luce, Freeman, Ford, and Fulbright.
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program
Prepares recent Ph.D. graduates for careers in education about Asia
The teaching fellow program leads member colleges by enhancing their Asian Studies curriculum with cutting-edge scholarship of recent Ph.D.’s. Teaching fellows bring Asia to students across the curriculum and help ensure that Asia remains an important part of undergraduate liberal arts education.
Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Visual Culture
“Following my year as the ASIANetwork Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Haverford College, I was invited to remain on the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor. Based upon the success of my postdoctoral position, the Provost’s Office at Haverford supported a new tenure-track search in contemporary Japanese art and culture. I applied and successfully received the tenure track offer.”
The postdoctoral fellowship delivers by giving recent Ph.D.’s the opportunity to hone their teaching skills in small classes, under the guidance of mentors, within the context of America’s finest liberal arts colleges and universities. As 1- or 2-year teaching fellows, they reflect on teaching and pursue scholarly research while preparing to enter the job market. And they are successful. Of the 24 teaching fellows who have completed their fellowships since 2010, over 20 now hold tenure-track or continuing positions at universities across the United States and the world. And half of the fellows have secured positions at ASIANetwork colleges.
Associate Professor of History
“My experience as a teaching fellow at Washington & Jefferson College confirmed for me the value and virtue of liberal arts education for civil society and convinced me that undergraduate teaching is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Phillip B. Guingona
Assistant Professor of History
“My ASIANetwork postdoc provided perhaps one of the most impactful opportunities in my life. It moved me from the status of protected graduate student to that of naive but eager colleague. My year in Marietta allowed me to counterbalance my mega-university experience by throwing me into the intimate setting of a liberal arts seminar. I made friends and mentors whom I still keep in touch with to this day.”
ASIANetwork Postdoctoral Teaching Program
Funded by: Henry Luce Foundation
Level of Support: $1,900,000
Years Active: 2010-present
Impacts: 25 colleges hired and mentored early-career teacher-scholars; over 85% moved into teaching positions at liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities.
Student-Faculty Fellows Program
Supports innovative, mentored student projects addressing global issues in an Asian context
The Student-Faculty Fellows Program supports teams of students and faculty to carry out summer projects in Asia that address current global issues in an Asian context. Students collaborate with Asian people, and under strong faculty mentorship, develop practical and professional skills.
Japanese Media Specialist and Entrepreneur
Kemushichan, New York City & Tokyo
Student-Faculty Fellow, 2009, College of William and Mary
Currently based in Tokyo, Loretta received a full-ride, Japanese government “MEXT” scholarship for her graduate studies, and completed a Masters in Business Administration at Yokohama National University. While there, she conducted a series of case studies with Tokyo-based startups that tracked their expansion into English-speaking markets. Since 2019, Loretta has been working in Tokyo as a consultant for many of these companies. Loretta also works in media, both as a YouTuber and guest reporter on NHK World.
“My tenure at graduate school here in Japan was very much inspired by my research through ASIANetwork. My faculty mentor, Professor Hamada-Connolly, always found ways to apply case studies and ethnographic research as a problem-solving mechanism for companies and institutions. I mentioned her and our work with ASIANetwork in my application, citing how it not only prepared me to do research in a bilingual sphere, but taught me how to use my love of languages, startups and research to excel in Japan.”
The Student-Faculty Fellows Program projects engage students closely with Asian people to advance knowledge, address local challenges, and inspire others to make a difference in a globally-connected society. Students gain hands-on experience that prepares them for graduate school and careers.
Loans that Change Lives: Interrogating Microcredit in Cambodia
Professor Maryanne Bylander, of Lewis and Clark College, and three students, Andrea Blobel Pérez, Peter Bradley, and Lacey Jacoby, interviewed microfinance institution managers, government officials, and borrowers to understand the challenges and opportunities of small-scale entrepreneurship in Siem Riep province, Cambodia.
“Microfinance has a tremendous social and political impact,” Dr. Bylander said. “There’s the rhetoric of what microcredit is supposed to do, and then there’s the reality.”
Building a Coffee Community with a Global Mindset for Environmental and Social Justice
Seattle University Professors Quan Le and Le X. Hy, together with students Braden Wild, Samantha Henry, Grace Jovanovic, Linh Bui, Don-Thuan Le, and Danielle Alday, worked with ethnic minority agricultural communities in the central highlands of Vietnam toward improving the livelihoods of those impacted by climate change.
“Growing coffee sustainably will allow future generations of farmers to continue producing coffee while preserving the ecology and biodiversity of the central highlands,” said Dr. Quan. The collaboration has resulted in a student-run fair-trade coffee business in Seattle.”
ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program
Funded by: Freeman Foundation
Level of Support: $7,354,658
Years Active: 1998-present
Impacts: 249 grants to 1210 fellows from 119 member institutions.
Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Washington & Jefferson College
Conferences and Speakers Bureau
Enable the sharing of successful approaches to undergraduate education about Asia
The annual conference draws teacher-scholars and their students from across the U.S. in a 3-day weekend of intensive exchange and collaboration in pedagogy, research, and skills development. Conference locations include all regions of the U.S., and members gather from across North America and several Asian countries.
The ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau opens the rich storehouse of scholarly expertise within ASIANetwork to our institutions and their communities. Composed of peer-nominated Asian Studies scholars with focus areas in Asian history, language, culture, the fine arts, society, and contemporary affairs, our speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, injecting new energy to conversations on topics of crucial importance to our students, the next generation of global leaders.
Professor of Modern Japanese Cultural Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Keynote Speaker, 2019 Annual Conference at the University of San Diego
“The Future is Also a Different Country and We Should Do Things Differently There”
Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art
Conference Keynote Speaker, 2021 Annual Virtual Conference
“Crossing Boundaries: Multidisciplinary Approaches Add Relevance and Value”
Our members share their top-tier research and pedagogy, creating an enriching conference environment that generates collaborative relationships and innovative projects. Our speakers are available to address topics of timely interest in open forum seminars and as guest visitors at colleges across the country.
Recent conference panels include:
- “Teaching Postwar Japanese Fiction: New Approaches for Diverse Classrooms”
- “China in the World, the World in China: Teaching Chinese Culture and Society Across Disciplines and Borders”
- “The Digital Visual: Interactive Visual Technology in the Classroom”
- “Looking Within: Visualization, Imagination, and Reflection as Pedagogical Tools”
Speakers Bureau Profile:
Christopher Reed Coggins
Professor of Geography and Asian Studies
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
- “God Mountains and Fengshui Forests: Spiritual Landscapes, Sacred Watersheds, and Nature Conservation in China”
- “The Ecological State (Shēngtài Lìguó 生态立国) and Ecological Civilization (Shēngtài Wénmíng 生态文明): Who Will Rise to Meet China’s Global Environmental Challenge?”
- “Rethinking the Environment, the Indigenous, and the Nation in the Chinese Anthropocene”
- “China’s Village Fengshui Forests: Geographic Distribution, Sociocultural Features, Ecological Significance, and Conservation Prospects”
Professor Chris Coggins’s research focuses on rural China, political ecology, biodiversity, sacred landscapes, protected area management, and the social construction of nature, property, and personhood under colonialism and globalization. He is the author of four books and many articles on environmental and ecological anthropology and is a leading expert on the fengshui forests of southern and central China.
Annually Since 1993
Program: Hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and arranged sessions, plus invited panels, workshops, keynote speakers, films, student posters and more.
ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau
Program: Dynamic liberal arts experts in contemporary Asian Studies speak and engage faculty and students during 2-day residencies.
Impacts: Extensive, constructive networks of collaboration and shared practices in teaching and research about Asia.
Embodied Learning About Asia Program
Creates powerful, immersive cultural exchange opportunities for U.S. students and communities
The Embodied Learning About Asia Program creates opportunities for students and communities to learn about Asia through immersive involvement and direct participation. Grants support the invitation of an experienced practitioner of an Asian art or cultural practice to ASIANetwork campuses for a period of residency. Participants from the host campus community enhance their knowledge about Asia in a way that goes beyond reading texts, listening to lectures, or viewing demonstrations. The program emphasizes performative, first-person experience facilitated by the visiting resident(s) along with self-reflection, dialogue and mentoring.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
“The value and promise of the Embodied Learning About Asia (ELAAP) program couldn’t be more clear. While none of us could have anticipated enduring an extensive period of remote and distanced learning during the pandemic, all of us can now appreciate the benefits of a program that seeks to capture the very best of in-person, experiential education.
As campus leaders and communities begin to reimagine programming that celebrates the kind of learning that best occurs—or perhaps is only truly possible—in a face-to-face setting, we at ASIANetwork are thrilled to support our members in conceiving short-term campus residencies that bring people together for first-hand experience, cultural dialogue, and informed reflection. We eagerly await creative, collaborative, and compelling proposals and look forward to supporting initiatives students, faculty, and communities will cherish and remember.”
Embodied Learning About Asia Program
Funded by: Private Donor in honor of Donald Clark, Professor of History Emeritus, Trinity University
Level of Support: $250,000
Years Active: 2019-present
Impacts: Inaugural cohort 2021
Enhancing Asian Studies
Expertise to improve the teaching of Asia at the undergraduate level
This project leverages the expertise and experience of ASIANetwork faculty to improve the teaching of Asia at colleges and universities across the country. It assists colleges conducting program reviews or seeking outside advice on ways to strengthen the study of Asia on their campus. Guided by a team of expert educators in the liberal arts, the Enhancing Asian Studies Program curates a digital resource guide for teaching about Asia at the undergraduate level and provides consultations to smaller and underserved institutional programs, building capacity in the curriculum and co-curriculum, and creating student opportunities.
The Enhancing Asian Studies Program carries out approximately five comprehensive college and university program reviews annually, providing best-practice guidance and engaging administrative decisions that improve the student academic experience, help keep Asia an important part of the curriculum, and strengthen faculty hiring decisions.
Associate Professor of History
“I am very grateful for having an opportunity to work with Stephen Udry and Kammie Takahashi who were ASIANetwork consultants for Guilford College’s Asian Studies program. Throughout the whole process, Steve and Kammie were patient, accommodating, and supportive to Asianists at Guilford. They worked very hard within a tight timeline in order to get the consultants’ report ready before our program prioritization deadline. Their report highlights the strengths of our Asian Studies program and makes a compelling case for the importance of Asian Studies in Guilford’s curriculum. We submitted this report as part of the International Studies – Asian Studies program review. I believe that their report played an important role in saving Guilford’s Asian Studies program from proposed cuts. Steve and Kammie’s consultation provided us with timely programmatic and emotional support during a very difficult time. I am thankful!“
Assistant Professor of History
Tennessee State University
“The ASIANetwork consultancy program has been an immense support system. Rather than replicate a singular model of Asian Studies, the structure of the program is to assist in building or strengthening a program that is organic to the individual institution. One of the greatest benefits is working with the consultants and the resulting report that provides a summary of the initial on-campus consultancy meeting, strengths and areas of improvement, and concrete suggestions for future initiatives. The program has provided guidance, resources, and additional external financial support through our institutional membership to ASIANetwork. For me, the greatest benefit is that the convening of the consultancy meeting allowed me to identify and collaborate with colleagues campus-wide, specifically within the College of Liberal Arts, to consolidate, amplify, and elevate Asian Studies efforts at Tennessee State University.”
ASIANetwork Enhancing Asian Studies Program
Funded by: Henry Luce Foundation
Level of Support: $220,000
Years Active: 2018-present
Impacts: Curated digital resource for teaching about Asia in the liberal arts, and external academic program reviews, with an emphasis on small and minority-serving institutions.
Builds capacity for transformative education about Asia
ASIANetwork supports the ongoing education of faculty to improve teaching and research about Asia, as exemplified by the Mellon-funded Faculty Enhancement Program. This project provided 10 faculty members each year the opportunity to study and travel to a country in Asia outside their primary expertise. Each program was led by a 2-person team of ASIANetwork faculty members with extensive experience in the country and included 3-week, on-site programming in India, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and China. Faculty teams met in the year prior and shared their work with a broader audience at ASIANetwork annual conferences and other venues.
Participants in the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program transformed their teaching with richer and more engaging content, generated fruitful collaborations across U.S. institutions and with international partners, and produced numerous conference presentations and publications that have improved academic engagement with Asia across disciplines. Students have benefited from access to higher-quality education on-campus and new study-abroad opportunities.
Professor of History
“ASIANetwork and its dedication to inviting scholars from liberal arts institutions to explore Asia in its many facets has been a critical development in my career. I was able to travel to Vietnam with ASIANetwork and that experience has enhanced my teaching, my scholarship and my professional development in many ways.
Today I serve the organization as a board member and my life has been enriched with the colleagues, who I call friends, that I have made through this wonderful organization.”
Professor of Sociology
Warren Wilson College
“I was involved in two ANFEP programs, as a participant in the Japan program and as a co-leader for the Indonesia program. Through the Japan program, I have been able to improve several of my courses, especially those connected to the interrelationship between Japan and Southeast Asia. As a co-director of the Indonesia program, I shared my knowledge of my home country with ten enthusiastic ASIANetwork faculty members.
One of the most important aspects of this program is the creation of continuing collaborations and networks between the American participants and across American and Indonesian institutions that enhance teaching, research, and other academic activities.”
ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program
Funded by: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Level of Support: $700,000
Years Active: 2011-2018
Impacts: 74 faculty members representing 55 colleges participated in this program, which included a 3-week, on-site summer workshop. They subsequently developed new and revised existing courses, published articles, created international partnerships for their university, and initiated new study abroad programs. We are currently seeking support to continue this program area.
ASIANetwork Science Initiative
Supporting collaborative projects and basic research to improve health and the environment in Asian communities and the world
Our liberal arts colleges and universities value interdisciplinary engagement across fields of study, and seek insights that from the application of tools of discovery about the natural world with cultural lenses, to the benefit of local communities and broader society.
In an era in which the specters of pandemic disease, global climate change, and unsustainable agricultural development loom large in the the United States and across the world, our young scholars and future academic and political leaders need to develop the skills to address current and future crises, many of which have important connections to Asia.
ASIANetwork proposes to administer a program of educational exchange that pairs U.S. and Asian students, and their faculty mentors, in meaningful high-impact research and service projects related to the intertwined challenges of human and environmental health and agricultural development. Under the guidance of expert faculty, and in partnership with local communities in Asia, students will hone their professional skills and develop cultural competencies for greater career success in a changing world.
Bat Conservation Biology in the Philippines
“Seeing animals up close is pretty fabulous,” said Jodi Sedlock, Associate Professor of Biology at Lawrence University, and with the support of the ASIANetwork-Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program, undergraduate students have had a chance to carry out impactful research among threatened bat populations and address real-world problems under expert mentorship. In collaboration with Filipino scientists and conservation professionals, including scientists at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Lawrence University undergraduates have documented bat diversity in forests, caves, and agricultural areas across the archipelago of the Philippines to better understand how bats respond to human-caused landscape changes. ASIANetwork’s support of science brings students’ fresh eyes to Asia and opens them to new possibilities for their own research interests and future careers to make a difference in the health and environmental challenges of today and the future.
ASIANetwork Science Initiative
Our vision: Collaborative programming with our Asian partner colleges and universities to build international teams of undergraduate researchers and scholars.
Benefits: Address local health and environmental problems in the context of global issues, while fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.
We look forward to discussing these possibilites with sponsors.
Leveraging the liberal arts toward student, faculty, and community centered initiatives
For decades, ASIANetwork colleges have been at the forefront of innovative, paradigm-shifting scholarship and pedagogy. The resulting student experiences have been transformative. Our active membership and engaged Board of Directors is always seeking new ways to respond to changed in teaching methods and evolving content, to adapt best practices in education to the needs of contemporary students and to advance knowledge. We foster our membership’s interests in emerging project areas with the potential to reach across the liberal arts and into national undergraduate education.
ASIANetwork programming is wide-reaching and highly impactful. Our innovative work regularly generates new curriculum, scholarly investigations by students and faculty, resources for the wider academic community, and professional development opportunities for undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and the professoriate. Our Board of Directors and Executive Director are experienced administrators of funded programs within budgetary scope and in meeting project objectives.
Internships in Asia: Professional Training for Student Success in a Global Economy
ASIANetwork has delivered transformative student-centered programming since the 1990s and the preparation of succeeding generations of young scholars and professionals with experiences in and about Asia is central to our mission. We envision semester and summer-term internships in Asia, focusing on collaborative problem-solving and practical skill sharing and development, especially among students who would otherwise not have an opportunity to participate in international work or study. This program would add value to host organizations and communities (cultural exchange, skill sharing) and increased capacities of students seeking employment or graduate training in the U.S. or overseas.
Blackness in Asian Studies: Critical Perspectives on Race and Scholarly Engagement in Asia
ASIANetwork began with the goal of enhancing the teaching about Asia by bringing diverse perspectives on Asia to undergraduate classrooms. Following in this tradition, we have launched an effort that focuses on the academic study of the lived experience of Blackness in Asia, its depiction in Asian Studies, and the work of African American and other Black scholars of Asia. We have begun by working with HBCUs interested in enhancing their Asian programming and by inviting Black scholars of Asia to share their research and experience in various venues. We envision a comprehensive effort that includes conference events, publications, curricular development, and student involvement.
Social Justice and Pedagogy
In response to recent global and domestic events that have brought issues of social justice, human rights, and equality to the forefront, ASIANetwork has begun an initiative focused on integrating this content into the teaching about Asia. Drawing on our faculty members and other scholars, we envision developing ideas/assignments for integration into courses, compiling resource databases, and collaborating toward publishing projects in ASIANetwork Exchange, Education About Asia, and other scholarly journals that include pedagogy.
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: Global Asia in the Classroom and Society
In the midst of renewed conversations about race, migration, globalization, the environment, etc., that are unfolding in the United States and globally, and in a period of increasing connectedness and cultural exchange between Asia and North America, ASIANetwork seeks to provide avenues of understanding Asia and Asian Americans for our students and our broader communities. Although Asian Studies and Asian American Studies developed under different circumstances with different assumptions and theoretical frameworks, they overlap in many ways, especially in the context of undergraduate education. We envision a suite of programs to advance curriculum toward a more full and impactful engagement with global Asias, past and present, and in their cultural, political, economic and other dimensions. We will support new points of contact between liberal arts institutions and community organizations that sustain dialogue between Asian America and broader society, and foster student projects that explore American pluralism. Among these efforts, we propose to initiate a digital storytelling project that will collect oral histories of the Asian-American experience from across the United States, documenting the living journey from immigrants to American citizenry and sharing these rich narratives of heritage, resilience, and transformation.
Socially Engaged Art: Creative Pursuits Toward Social Change
ASIANetwork seeks to support projects that encourage artists, activists, scholars, and communities in North America and Asia to collaborate through artistic or creative practice with the goal of improving social conditions. Critical to this effort would be projects that examine diverse approaches and meanings applied to Asian art and social engagement including community-based art, collaborative art, participatory art, contextual art, public art, and littoral art. We envision students playing a close role in exciting Socially Engaged Art projects involving artist residencies, community-academic partnerships, and publications that seek to use social practice as a scaffolding through which to create new experiences, relationships, and knowledge.
Emerging Project Areas
Our vision: Serve our membership, our home communities and overseas partners, and the broader academic endeavor in timely, impactful, interdisciplinary approaches to innovative undergraduate education.
Prospects: We anticipate the further growth of these project areas, with additional support, into programs with even greater reach.
We look forward to discussing these possibilities with sponsors.
Fosters high-quality scholarship in teaching and research about Asia at the undergraduate level
As the only peer-reviewed journal of Asian Studies in liberal arts, ASIANetwork Exchange fosters much-needed dialogue on the emerging pedagogies and research fields that impact faculty and students across their academic careers. The journal provides insightful analyses and new scholarship, essays on teaching and learning in the undergraduate setting, and key reviews of books, films, websites and other resources with an eye to instruction. ASIANetwork Exchange advances important conversations in disciplinary research areas, applications of research to issues affecting society, interdisciplinary collaboration, and pedagogical innovation.
ASIANetwork Exchange is an open-access, fully digital platform, reaching educators and students worldwide. Publishing twice per year, the journal regularly invites leading experts to assemble themed issues across disciplines, most recently the Asian environment, digital pedagogy, and contemporary Vietnam.
“Creating Harmony from Diversity: What Confucianism Reveals about the True Value of Liberal Education for the 21st Century”
by Kenneth Berthel, Whittier College
“Collaborative Environmental Science Courses: Bridging between Undergraduate Research into Energy Issues in Malaysia and the United States”
by Kathleen L. Purvis-Roberts, Claremont McKenna College
Format: Peer-reviewed, scholarly articles, open access
Frequency: Two issues per year
Since: December 1992, and as a peer-reviewed scholarly journal since 2008
Impacts: Accessible worldwide via Open Library of the Humanities
ASIANetwork Book Series
Publishes transformative, open-access works of undergraduate-focused scholarship
The ASIANetwork Book Series publishes high-quality, original monographs embodying a rigorous liberal arts approach to Asian Studies. These works raise broad questions of interest for Asian Studies scholars in the liberal arts and in the undergraduate classroom. The work published is relevant and timely, and reaches students, instructors, and a broader reading public with reliable and accurate scholarship about Asia, in North America and around the world.
Associate Dean of Faculty
Professor of Anthropology
“The ASIANetwork Book Series is precisely the kind of resource that all Asian Studies faculty — whether early or late in their career —need for themselves as researchers and as teachers who work with undergraduates in engaged learning. With projects from a wide range of disciplines and areas throughout Asia — South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia — and editorial boards and editors who are colleagues at liberal arts colleges, the ASIANetwork Book Series distributes its books through open access, promoting equity and educational justice that is also sustainable and on the leading edge of information technology.”
This groundbreaking series is peer-reviewed and digital native, enabling rich multimedia content and superb scholarship that can present research and teaching content in novel, engaging ways. Housed on an open-access platform, the ASIANetwork Book Series is free to all, anywhere in the world.
ASIANetwork Book Series
Format: Peer-reviewed, scholarly monographs, open access
Frequency: Two to four volumes per year
Impacts: Freely downloadable, innovative digital-native publications, accessible worldwide for teaching and research