Group shot of students in Tomodachi
23 Tomodachi Inouye Scholars traveled to Japan for a ten-day, international leadership development program.

AAAS faculty frequently offer and lead classes abroad. One example of this is the China summer trip that takes place in May of every year. In 2016, Professor Robin Wang offered the Philosophy and Religious Rituals course which was cross-listed with Philosophy, Theological Studies, ASPA, and Honors. It was designed to bring Chinese and LMU students together for two intensive yet rewarding weeks that combined lecture, discussion, and field experience by investigating religious rituals from Christian and Chinese traditions.

In addition, in 2014, Professor Curtiss Takada Rooks received a grant from the Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Program which is funded by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The grant enabled him to create, in part, a hybrid class that introduced Japanese culture as well as Japanese American history and experience to LMU students. In the summer of 2014, Professor Rooks brought 23 students to Japan for a ten-day visit as part of the international leadership development program.

In the spring of 2019, Professor Curtiss Takada Rooks took his course “Transpacific Japan” on a ten day trip to Japan as part of BCLA’s Global Immersion Program. As a class, students explored the lives, histories, and experiences of both the Japanese and Japanese Americans and explored themes of resilience, resistance, and reconciliation using a diasporic transnational lens. Students also built a class website to share their experience and research. More information on the course, the trip, and students work can be found here.