Posted by: Jason | December 1, 2009


From December 1-19, I’ll be in China with twelve students and two other faculty members from Lawrence University, and since we’ll have internet access at least every other day, I’m planning to post regular rundowns over the next few weeks.

The trip is part of a new program at Lawrence called EAST Meets ENST. EAST is East Asia Studies, and ENST is Environmental Studies, so this is an interdisciplinary crossover between two interdisciplinary programs.  During our eighteen days in China, we’ll be looking primarily at domestic water issues. The highlight of the trip (in my mind at least) is a three day boat trip down the Yangtze, from Chongqing to Yichang, which is the site of the Three Gorges Dam. The area we’re boating down will be submerged by the 400-mile reservoir in a relatively short number of years, so I’m incredibly happy to see the area before it’s lost.

The trip is possible thanks to the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, an organization devoted to developing increased understanding between China and the US, as well as a number of other worthy goals.   The entire group – faculty and students alike –  is incredibly appreciative of the opportunities the Luce Foundation helped create.

If you’d like to follow along, here’s a Googlemap I made for the trip – we start in Hong Kong, fly north, slowly make our way east, and fly home from Shanghai.  If you’ll permit me a cliche, it’s a whirlwind.



  1. I will follow and enjoy your messages, photos and progress of this wonder ful trip. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience!!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to document your travels. I am a friend of Tam and look forward to vicariously travelling with your group!

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