Current Program Fellows

Program Fellows: Summer 2023

The 2023 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program (SFF) was funded by the Freeman Foundation to support undergraduate projects in East and Southeast Asia. Summer 2023 teams included some whose projects were postponed in 2020 and 2021. ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to supporting this program. We also thank all applicants and recipients this year and in the past for their interest and support for the SFF program.

SFF Mentors and Projects


Bucknell University
Women’s Leadership in Japan: Promoting gender awareness and diversity in wildlife conservation
Mizuki Takahashi, Associate Professor of Biology and Animal Behavior

Coastal Carolina University
Covid 19, Hallyu, soft power, and destination resilience
Bomi Kang, Professor of Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hope College
Intercultural Art Practice in South Korea
Leekyung Kang, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

Monmouth College
Gender, Carework, and Globalization: Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore
Marlo Marie Beard, Professor of English,
Jialin Li, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Roanoke College
The Legacy of American Protestant Missionaries in Contemporary South Korea
Whitney Leeson, Professor of History and Anthropology
Stella Xu, John R. Turbyfill Professor of History

Skidmore College
Remittances to North Korea and Transborder Kinship
Joowon Park, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The University of Findlay
DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in Japan: Old and New Issues
Hiroaki “Hiro” Kawamura, Associate Professor and Director, Area of Modern Languages 


Denison University and Kenyon College 
The Aspirations of Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Labor Migrants, and Immigrants in Japan
Taku Suzuki, Professor of International Studies, Denison University
Sam Pack, Professor of Anthropology, Kenyon College  

Hobart and William Smith Colleges  
Envisioning post-pandemic tourism through Japanese history
Lisa Yoshikawa, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

Scripps College 
The Three-Ringgit Opera: Participatory Action Research Theatre Creation of a Contemporary Ballad Opera in Malaysia, in the time of COVID
Anne Harley, Associate Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Humanities


Berea College  
Sacred Geography and Environmental Change in the Mekong River provinces in Vietnam
Jarrod W. Brown, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Bucknell University  
Epistemology of Primatology in Japan and the U.S.
Regina Paxton Gazes, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Animal Behavior

Eckerd College  
Sociocultural Impediments to Ending Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia
Nancy Janus, Professor of Human Development

Lake Forest College 
“Doing Business in Taiwan”:  Investment Opportunities and Challenges under the Current Economic Environment
Dimitra Papadovasilaki, Assistant Professor of Finance
Ying Wu, Assistant Professor of Chinese

Randolph Colleg
From “Maiden Aunts” to “Virtuous Renouncers”: Changing Opportunities for Buddhist Nuns in Nepal
Suzanne M. Bessenger, Associate Professor & Chair of Religious Studies

Warren Wilson College   
A Study of Agriculture, Marketing and Environmental Practices of Rural Communities in Taiwan 
Dongping Han, Professor of Political Science