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September 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Burmeister Receives Funds for South Korea Research

Dr. Larry Burmeister with Baker center in the background

Dr. Larry Burmeister

Dr. Larry Burmeister, Professor of Sociology, received funding from the Association for Asian Studies for his continuing research in South Korea on food, agriculture, and rural development issues.

His research this summer focused on data collection on recent changes in rice production and consumption in South Korea, and he also did follow-up interviews with local officials about the outcomes of two local rural development projects that he has been studying with a South Korean colleague for several years. This summer research will facilitate completion of research papers on parallel developments in the interconnected California and South Korean rice markets and on causes of differential outcomes of local rural development initiatives that resulted from local autonomy reforms in South Korea giving county governments more latitude to initiate local-level development projects.

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers a grant program in Korean studies designed to assist the research of individual scholars based in North America to improve the quality of teaching about Korea on both the college and pre-college levels and to integrate the study of Korea into major academic disciplines.

The Association for Asian Studies is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 7,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind. Through its publications, online resources, regional conferences, and annual conference, the AAS provides its members with a unique and invaluable professional network. The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies). It has gone through a series of reorganizations to serve better the broadening disciplinary and geographical interests of its membership. AAS is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies, actively participating with its sister societies in a wide range of activities, including joint participation in research and informational exchanges.

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