Interdisciplinary Curriculum and International Collaboration in Liberal Arts Education for Future Asias

Dr. Jie Zhang1, Dr.  Haili  Kong2, Dr.  Jin  Feng3, Dr.  David  Ribble4, Dr.  Katharina  Yu5

1Trinity University, San Antonio, United States, 2Swarthmore College , Philadelphia , USA, 3Grinnell College , Grinnell , USA, 4Trinity University , San Antonio , USA, 5Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC), Zhuhai , PRC

Roundtable chair: Professor Jie Zhang


This panel features three path-breaking models of Asia-focused curriculum in America’s higher education. Specifically, it explores how faculty members across different disciplines (Chinese/Biology/Environmental Studies/International Studies/Russian) and geographical boundaries (US/China/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Japan/Vietnam/Russia) work collaboratively to offer students a global experience that combines cultural immersion, comparative inquiries, and experiential learning. All presenters are established scholars and administrators with an extensive international education background. They share their insights in curricular innovation, institutional strategies, and international partnerships. Together, they reflect how hundreds of American students experience multiple sites of Asia within and beyond the American liberal arts curriculum in the second decade of the twenty-first century.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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