Chia-ju Chang is professor of Chinese at Brooklyn College-The City University of New York, USA. Her research interests include Chinese environmental humanities, multispecies and critical animal studies, and eco-Buddhist studies. Her first book in Chinese, The Global Imagination of the Ecological Communities: Western and Chinese Ecocritical Praxis / 《全球環境想像：中西生態批評實踐》(Jiangsu University Press, 2013), won the 2013 Bureau of Jiangsu Province Journalism and Publication Book Award (Social Science division). Her articles (in both English and Chinese) have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals in Asian Cinema, ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment), Journal of Chinese Cinemas, JMCLC (Journal of Modern Chinese Languages and Literatures), Paragraph,《東岳論叢》,《文藝理論研究》, as well as scholarly collections in the U.S., China, and Taiwan. Chang has edited two volumes, Chinese Environmental Humanities: Environing at the Margins (Palgrave, 2019) and Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environment, and the Arts (co-edited with Scott Slovic, 2016). She also guest-edited the Special Issue on “Animal Writing” in the journal of Taiwan Literature Translation Series (2018). In 2016, she was Kiriyama Professor in the Asia Pacific Center at the University of San Francisco.
Shiuh-huah Serena Chou
Shiuhhuah Serena Chou (周序樺) is Associate Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Her interests in scholarship include organic farming and Asian American environmental literature. Her research aims to frame literature, writing, and critique into a knowledge-making ethos adequate to our global-local situation. Such research would theorize an urban-centered future wherein farming and eating, country and city, earth and place, considered in a far-flung as well as local production and consumption nexus, can be brought into greater public responsibility and transformed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Chou’s recent publications include “Chinatown and Beyond: Ava Chin, Urban Foraging, and a New American Cityscape” (ISLE, 2017), “The Good Food Revolution: Will Allen and the African American Urban Farming Tradition” (Review of English and American Literature 2017), “Pruning the Past, Shaping the Future: David Masumoto and Organic Nothingness” (MELUS, 2009), and “The Secret of Shangri-la: Agricultural Travels and the Rise of Organic Farming” (Comparative Literature Studies, 2013). At a time when sufficient amount of reliable climate and environmental sciences have shown the urgency of global socio-environmental crises, she takes the rethinking of eco-narratives as pivotal to solving eco/equity problems and environmental denial and inaction. Her research aims to show how narratives and knowledge used to convey problems or offer technical, financial, or ethical solutions by both experts and the public are often produced for “the already converted” through biased language or problematic stories insensitive to cultural and socio-economic differences. Her comparative East-West frameworks in organic farming and modes of life, from Cornell University (U.S.), Nanking University (China) to ethnic American enclaves of San Francisco, Detroit, and other interconnected sites from the early 20th century to the present, hence debunk taken-for-granted binaries and imaginings to forge a shared holistic vision of integrated planetary relatedness much needed by the world. Chou is currently working on a manuscript about American organic farming literature and culture.
Jon Christensen teaches and conducts multidisciplinary research at UCLA focusing on equity and the environment, strategic environmental communication, and journalism, media, and storytelling. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Luskin Center for Innovation, Department of History, and Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is editor of LENS Magazine, and a producer of ‘Earth Focus,’ a documentary series produced in collaboration with KCET/PBS SoCal/LinkTV and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, a National Design Award-winning interactive design and technology firm specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications.
Jon was executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford University before coming to UCLA. He has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Nature, High Country News, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, and radio and television shows. Jon was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 2002-2003 and a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University in 2003-2004, before returning to Stanford to work on a Ph.D. in environmental history and the history of science.
Jon serves on the boards of directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles River State Park Partners, and on the advisory board of Friends of the Los Angeles River.
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From a perspective of social-cultural analysis on nature, Yih-ren Lin continues to explore the relationship between environmental values and social change of different social groups. His main research topics during the past years include: the multi-cultural perspective on the ecological values of the Chi-lan cypress forests; indigenous community mapping and traditional territories; traditional indigenous ecological knowledge and socio-ecological system; political ecology of natural disasters; indigenous ecological governance; ecological pedagogy; and exploration of participatory action research methodology.
Yih-ren Lin has published his findings both in Chinese and English. He was invited in 2005 by Professor J. B. Callicott, the former president of the International Society of Environmental Ethics (ISEE), to assist in a case study on why environmental values are important, published in the textbook Principles of Conservation Biology (Sunderland: Massachusetts : Sinauer Associates) and representing one of the few cases of Taiwan’s nature conservation in international society at that time. In 2008, He hosted Professor Holmes Rolston, III, the founding father of environmental philosophy and founding president of ISEE, for the St. Fransis Assisi Lectures at Providence University, serving as the translator for his talk on “God’s Providence and Eco-centrism.”
Other than scholarly work, Yih-ren Lin has integrated his research into the general education pedagogy, with 4 years as the director to reform the teaching system of general education in Providence University. He has also been chosen by the Ministry of Education as a distinguished teacher for his work in the course “Peoples and the Environment”. From the perspective of action-oriented research, he combined the ideals of general education and the usage of pedagogy to delve into the social practice field with “service learning” and received the Ministry of Education’s 2007 National service learning/volunteerism teacher of the year award. Starting in 2006, with the support of Shei-pa National Park, He worked alongside the Wu-Shiang Workshop and the company “Path of Light” in the production of the movie Once upon a Time, which is a DVD display of Tayal traditional ecological knowledge. This film won the Platinum prize in the ethnic/culture category at the April 2008 Remi Awards in the International Film Festival of Houston. This movie displays the topics of traditional indigenous knowledge and related issues to the general public through the networking of community universities and indigenous villages.
In the past years, Yih-ren Lin has actively participated in related international conferences, and has invited the key scholars from Australia, Canada, UK, and USA close to his academic field to Taiwan for academic exchange. Until now, he serves as an editorial advisory board member of the journal Environmental Humanities published by Duke University. Since 2017, he has been invited as an honorary researcher by the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia.
Yih-ren Lin is an active member of the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE), having taken part in the work of setting up the code of ethics for working with indigenous peoples (including Chinese translation) and was invited to be a part of the international research team (see the following link: https://www.ethnobiology.net/what-we-do/core-programs/ise-ethics-program/code-of-ethics/). In 2008, he was elected the ISE Asian representative. In his term as the Asian representative, he hosted the First Asian Conference of Ethnobiology (FACE) in 2009 in Taiwan. 2014, he was re-elected as the regional representative of Oceania and Pacific Islands of International Society of Ethnobiology. In 2016, he organized the international eco-farmers walking workshop in Taiwan on behalf of ISE. He continues to write critiques and comments for indigenous peoples’ rights on the newspaper and social media. Here below are the websites.
- Common Wealth Opinion
- The Reporter
Arupjyoti Saikia is Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT Guwahati, India. His research interests include economic, environmental and political history of modern Assam. He is also the author of The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra (Oxford UP, 2019), A Century of Protests: Peasant Politics in Assam since 1900 (Routledge, Delhi, 2014), Forests and Ecological History of Assam, 1826-2000 (Oxford UP, Delhi, 2011).