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Japan-America Collegiate Exchange Travel Program Grantees: Pilot Round

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Traditional Japanese Theater in Osaka, Japan
Project Director: Jeremy Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literature
The purpose of this tour is to expose students to the major theatrical traditions of Japan through extensive reading and attendance of live theatrical performances. 

John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
Popular Culture in Times of Crisis: Japan 2012
Project Director: Susan Long, Professor, Department of Anthropology
This study tour will study the impact of natural disasters on popular culture in Japan with visits to Tokyo, Kyoto-Osaka, and earthquake/tsunami-affected regions.  The design of this study tour is consciously modeled on that of Japanese school trips (shuugaku ryokou); students will work to plan the trip in accordance with their individual interests and research projects.  

Leeward Community College, Oahu, HI
Leeward CC Language and Cultural Study Tour
Project Director: Yumiko Asai-Lim, Associate Professor, Language Arts Division
The objective is to provide students with firsthand experience that will allow them to gain a more nuanced and balanced understanding of Japan.  Students will have opportunities to make connections between what they have learned in class and the authentic situations in Japan.  

College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
Contemporary Japan and Its Roots
Project Director: Jennifer Morris, Associate Professor, Department of History
Students will study major artistic, historic, and religious developments in pre-modern Japan and their influence on contemporary Japanese and Japan.  They will also compare these developments with developments in the U.S.. 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Tokyo Planning and Urbanism (Summer 2012)
Project Director: Jonathan Martin, Associate Professor, Grad Center for Planning
The goal of the course is to expose 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, and government issues.  Relevant aspects of Japanese society and culture (e.g. customs, geography, economy, arts, and language) will also be introduced.  

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
Travel for Learning, Travel as Learning: Myths and Realities of Japanese Women
Project Director: Yoko Ueda, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Students will gain firsthand knowledge of Japanese history, culture, and tradition.  In addition, students will have opportunities to interact with Japanese people and enhance their understanding of social, cultural, and political dynamics in relation to women in contemporary Japanese society. 

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Hiroshima Peace Study
Project Director: Kyoko Amano, Associate Professor, Department of English
This course and study tour will allow students to begin to understand Japanese literature, particularly Atomic Bomb literature.  The object of the tour is for students to understand class readings more deeply by visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and by meeting survivors of the Atomic Bomb.  

University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY
Japanese Visual Cultural Study Tour
Project Director: Akiko Takenaka, Assistant Professor, Department of History
The course and tour will cover approximately three centuries from the beginning of the 18th century to the end of the 20th.  The study tour will give students the chance to learn about modern Japanese history through primary visual resources; visual media that will be explored include architecture, photography, film, prints, and other two and three-dimensional visual productions.  

University of Nebraska, Omaha: Board of Regents, Omaha, NE
The Making of Modern Japan out of the Intellectual Tradition
Project Director: Halla Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
The course is focused on understanding the unique character of Japan and its intellectual heritage.  Through visits to historical sites and by exploring religious symbols, students will begin to understand Japanese humanism and the Enlightenment spirit.  

Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Japan’s Resilient Responses to Disaster: From the Second World War to the ‘Triple Disasters’
Project Director: Andrew Oros, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & International Studies
This tour seeks to augment and further development themes set out in a “Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy” course taught by the project director.  Students will meet first-hand with Japanese students their age, with Japanese citizen-activists and relief workers, with both local and national government officials, and local professors.  The tour will also expose students to Japanese culture broadly through visits to local shrines and temples.