The China and the Environment program at Occidental College is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asia Studies and the Environment (LIASE).
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The program consists of partnerships with universities and non-profits, primarily in Hong Kong and Nanjing; course work and student research opportunities that explore environmental issues, policies, research, and community action; develop a research program focused on three core areas (air quality, built environment and land use, and food systems); create new publications; and provide opportunities for exchange for students, faculty, researchers, and environmental advocates. (Read More)
...and look below for information on how to to apply for future trips!
- Your name, major and class
- Name of a faculty member who can serve as your reference
- A one-page, single spaced essay which clearly outlines your research interest in the selected issue area of food justice, built environment or air quality. Tell us why this is of interest and share examples of any past curricular/co-curricular activities or projects. Articulate why you are interested in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – is it because of a current relevant environmental issue? Or courses at the university? Do you want to explore the language and culture? And finally share how this summer abroad opportunity will contribute to your personal, intellectual and cultural development.
2013-2014 Academic Year
Bloom or Gloom? Cycling Future of Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Guangzhou
Interested in China and the Environment? Check out our related classes below!
|UEP 101||Environment and Society||Polanco, Vallianatos|
|UEP 210||Transportation and Living Streets||Vallianatos|
|UEP 306||Food and the Environment||Gottlieb|
|DWA 280||Soft Power: How Nations Interact Without War||Shearer|
|DWA 377||Rising Nations: The Political Economy of the BRIC Nations||Shearer|
|HIST 243||Modern and Contemporary China||Day|
|PHIL 330||Globalization and Justice||Morrisey|
|CHEM 240L||Integrated Concepts/General Chemistry Lab||Udit|
|CHEM 295||Directed Research||Udit|
|CHIN 201||Intermediate Chinese||Chen|
|CHIN 295||Topics in Chinese Studies. Representations of the Environment in Chinese Literature and Culture||Chen|
|CSP 8||(CSP) Water||Udit|
|CSP 10||(CSP) Science and You||Udit|
(CSP) China in a Globalized World: From the Opium War to Post-Mao Reforms
|RELS 266||Environmental Ethics in China||Wright|
China on the World State - Ready for Primetime? | March 6, 2014
by Prof. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UC Irvine
US-Chinese Cultural Differences and How they Manifest in the Academic Setting and Student Affairs Encounters | Feb 6, 2014
by Prof. Xiao-huang Yin, Occidental College
Chop Suey, USA: The Rise of Chinese Food in America | October 31, 2013
by Prof. Yong Chen, UC Irvine
Can People Transform Nature? Mass Movements and Their Impacts on Environment in China | April 12, 2013
by Li Lifeng
Grassroots NGO's and the Emergence of Civil Society in China | March 5, 2013
by Dr. Anthony J. Spires
Environmental Policy and Action Research in Hong Kong and China: The Lessons from Civic Exchange | September 26, 2012
by Simon Ng
The Urban Environment in the Global City: Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China
Edited/Authored by Robert Gottlieb (UEPI) and Simon Ng (Civic-Exchange)
Read a synopsis and check out the table of contents
The Cost of a Global Food Chain
Op-Ed by Robert Gottlieb, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy
A century of rural self-governance reforms: reimagining rural Chinese society in the post-taxation era
by Alexander F. Day, Assistant Professor of History
When Obama and Xi Meet, Make It a Green Summit
Article by Derek Shearer, Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs
To Play Ball, Not Make War
Article by Derek Shearer, Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs
The Principal Investigator, Robert Gottlieb, is the Henry Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. He is the author and co-author of twelve books, including Food Justice with Anupama Joshi (MIT Press, 2010), Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (MIT Press, 2007), The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City with UEPI faculty and staff Mark Vallianatos, Regina Freer and Peter Dreier (UC Press 2006); Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (Island Press, 1993); A Life of its Own: The Politics and Power of Water (HBJ 1989), and Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change (MIT Press, 2001). He is also the editor of several MIT Press series and imprints, including "Urban and Industrial Environments," "Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Books," "Food, Health, and Environment," and "Food and Society Books". Professor Gottlieb was the 1996 University of California Distinguished Wellness Lecturer and has received the award on two occasions for supervising the most outstanding student project from the American Institute for Collegiate Planners. A long time environmental and social justice activist, Professor Gottlieb has been engaged in researching and participating in social movements for more than 50 years.
The Co-Principal Investigator for this project is Xiao-huang Yin. Professor Yin (PhD, Harvard) is a recipient of the Haynes Fellowship, John D. Sawyer Fellowship, NEH Summer Stipend, Smithsonian Fellowship, Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, and Harvard-Yenching Fellowship. He has taught at Harvard as a visiting professor and represented major U.S. educational organizations in program reviews in China. Specializing in Asian American studies, U.S.-Asia relations, and modern China, he is the author of Chinese American Literature since the 1850s (University of Illinois Press, 2000) and co-editor of The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations: Transnational Networks and Trans-Pacific Interactions (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). He is also a frequent contributor on China and Chinese Americans to the Los Angeles Times.
|The Administrative Director for this project is Heng Lam Foong, who joined UEPI as Program Director in 2009 and is an adjunct faculty with the College’s new Public Health minor. She’s supported various UEPI projects including Food & Transportation and the Healthy School Food Coalition, and is currently responsible for the Luce China Environment and Community Health Engagement programs. Heng also represents UEPI in the campus wide Community Engagement initiative with the Center for Community Based Learning and the Office of Community Engagement. Prior to her time at UEPI, Heng Lam worked at various community non-profits which focus on prevention and health care access including Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) South Los Angeles; Healthy Parks, Healthy Communities at the Trust for Public Land; and PALS for Health/ALAS para tu Salud. She loves the diversity of the city and when she is not on campus, you can probably find her eating at mom & pop owned restaurants, working in the garden or running through the neighborhoods of Los Angeles.|
The Research Coordinator for this project is Mark Vallianatos. He is Policy Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute and Adjunct Instructor in the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. Mark is co-author of The Next Los Angeles: the struggle for a livable city and has written widely on transportation, land use, food and globalization. He serves on the steering committees of Los Angeles Walks, CICLE, Take Back the Boulevard and NELA Bicycle Friendly Business District. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and University of Virginia School of Law.
Skye Harnsberger is the Web and Social Media Assistant for this project and is currently a sophomore at Occidental College seeking to major in Biology and minor in Fine Arts. She is responsible for designing and updating web content and social media outlets for UEP/UEPI and aims to combine her interests in the arts and the natural environment.
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- Phone: (323) 259-2991
- Mailing Address: Occidental College, UEPI (MS-M1), 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041