Project Proposal

LIASE East Asian Waste Management Symposium

Project Participant: Shaoyin Sun

Description & overview of project:

Ohio Wesleyan University is working with the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) in achieving their goal of bringing new lights from the Asian perspectives to bear on the intellectual and pragmatic approaches in the West in the overall context of sustainability. The topic for the 2015-2016 school year is waste, and will be focused on East Asian management strategy, especially on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. A symposium collaborated with other colleges in Ohio will be hold on November 13th, the fall semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Through a careful examination of the East Asian culture, sociology, economics, geography, natural sciences and engineering, we could import some new ideas about waste management to the US. My project will be first focus on giving out a survey to the Asian student group to collect their opinion on waste. Then, through a careful analysis of those data, make a conclusion of what in particular caught the students’ attention about the difference in managing waste here in the US and in their home country. Based on their interest, I would do further research on that topic, and would give out a presentation about my findings at the symposium. I will also attend the discussion session on November 14, the day after the symposium, in order to contribute more to their planned trip to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan next summer, as well as the topic for the Spring 2016 Sagan National Colloquium, through my research, as well as my inputs as an East Asian international student. If I have chance and time next semester, I would love to help the trip in learning some basic words in mandarin, as a Chinese international student who’s first language is mandarin. And I would also love to gather some resources from my friends who speaks Japanese, Korean to help the team.

Important Dates:

  • October 7: give out the Waste Management survey to the International student population.
  • October 21: start the research on the particular topic that the student body is mainly interested, and brought more insights.
  • November 11: have the outline and PowerPoint/research paper ready for the presentation at the symposium the Friday, November 13.
  • November 14: mark my my calendar to leave this date free in order to join the discussion of waste topics with all the OWU students attending this discussion.
  • December 2: have the final project report ready for class.
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