The Department of Japanese Studies received a generous donation of $20,000 from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Singapore, to support its newly-developed Field Study in Japan. Each summer, a department faculty member will lead 10-15 Japanese Studies majors on a Field Study for approximately two weeks.
During this time, students will attend lectures, go on excursions, and conduct group-based or independent research related to the Field Study theme. Students will have the opportunity to ground classroom theories in actual experience in Japan, receive training and experience in fieldwork, and develop their interest in Japanese language and culture.
The inaugural Field Study theme is Ecotourism and Development. In sites around Northern Kyushu, students will investigate the intersection of state-led development projects, growing environmental concerns among consumers, and entrepreneur-led ecotourism initiatives. Dr Chris McMorran (Visiting Fellow) will lead the first Field Study in May 2011.
The JCCI donation will help reduce the cost of the Field Study for each student. With the goal of one day enabling every Japanese Studies major to spend time in Japan prior to graduation, the Department hopes that this JCCI donation will help make Japan more accessible for those who otherwise cannot afford the opportunity.