We seek to expand our course offerings through the development of 4 new areas in security and legal issues in EA to be offered both in traditional and on-line formats. SHAPS and the Freeman Foundation are providing partial funding for the on-line components.
Islam in East and Southeast Asia
This course will focus on security issues related to Islam in East and Southeast Asia. Dru Gladney will develop and teach the course, which will complement one developed in our present grant cycle, “China’s Interactions with Central Asia: Implications and Consequences for the Region’s Moving Cultures,” team taught by Dru Gladney and Eric Harwit. It also will complement the “Identity and Religion, Performing Arts, and History” project written into this year’s UH NRCSEAS grant proposal.
Role of the Internet in East Asia
This course will have both teaching and research foci on the role the Internet plays in contemporary East Asia. Instructed by Eric Harwit and J. I. Kim. The course will examine such subjects as the contribution of the Internet to civil society in East Asia, and the effects of the “digital divide” in urban/rural China.
Political Risk in East Asia
This course will examine the multiple factors involved in the calculations of political risk in East Asia for foreign investors. Political risk differs considerably from the conventional economic risk of doing business in that it results primarily from sociopolitical factors, rather than economic. L. Carlile will develop the course in collaboration with faculty in UH CIBER’s Pacific Asia Risk Institute. We seek funding for a 1 month summer salary in year 1 and release time in year 2.
East Asia Law
The area of East Asia law will be strengthened in two ways. First, we seek partial salary in years 1 and 3 to bring in a leading professor of law from Korea to introduce Korean law practices to our students and community; this will complement existing law courses. The UH Law School will also contribute to the scholar’s salary. Second, we request travel funds for R. Brown in year 2 to incorporate the economic and political dimensions of the Japanese and Korean legal systems into his existing course on Asian Comparative Labor Law.