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ASIANetwork awards professor, students grant to study in Vietnam

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

ASIANetwork has awarded Assistant Professor of Economics Diep Phan and four students a $24,595 student-faculty fellow grant to conduct research in Vietnam this summer. ASIANetwork is a consortium of more than 170 North American colleges that strives to strengthen the role of Asian studies within the framework of liberal arts education.

Phan and her students will spend five weeks in the rural village of Mai Chau in Vietnam’s Hoa Binh province to study sustainable development and what is called “community-based tourism,” a form of tourism in which local communities invite tourists to visit their living spaces and experience their traditional culture.

Through assessing the impact of community-based tourism on poverty, inequality, education and the environment, the goal of the project is to determine under what conditions community-based tourism can be a sustainable way to develop a poor rural village. 

The students who will be visiting Vietnam to conduct this research are:

  • Hilary Walker’15, an internal political economy major from Westerville, Ohio.
  • Margaret Cress’15, a sociology and international political economy major from Gunnison, Colo. 
  • Jon Hammon’15, an international political economy major from Janesville, Wis.
  • Wenxin Xu’15, an education and economics major from Beijing, China.

To learn more about the trip, read the Feb. 15 Beloit Daily News article here.

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