Students, Faculty Arrive in Japan to Study After-Effects of Environmental Crises

A group of seven students and three faculty from the Department of Asian Studies has arrived in Japan for a trip supported by a Bowdoin Humanities Initiative grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

During the twelve-day trip they will research topics related to the theme of “Japan and the Environment.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

The Mold Transforming Japanese Cuisine (Atlantic)

Koji is a fungus found in soy sauce, miso, and sake. The mold, known for its toxicity, was domesticated by humans about 9,000 years ago. Though its closest relatives can be deadly, koji is nontoxic.

Originally used for alcohol, the fungus has been implemented by Asian chefs for centuries. Read more in The Atlantic.

Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 on Rex Tillerson and Northeast Asia (Project Syndicate)

Christopher Hill ’74, H’14

Career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 discusses US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent trip to Northeast Asia. The visit provided an opportunity for the Trump administration to determine its strategy in the region and address perhaps the biggest international challenge: North Korea’s push for deliverable nuclear weapons.

Though many have praised Tillerson’s visit for its smooth transition, Hill believes the administration must replace its policy of patience with a “coherent and comprehensive” plan. Read more in Project Syndicate.

Hill is dean of the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. He previously served a number of diplomatic roles, including that of Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia; U.S. special envoy for Kosovo; and negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords. Hill was also the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009.

Hill returns to campus April 24, 2017, to deliver the talk, State of the World: America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Challenges.