July 27, 2011 — 2011 marks the 38th year of our partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation on the Luce Scholars Program. Launched in 1974 for young leaders under the age of 29 who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the course of their careers to know Asia, we have been privileged to oversee this remarkable program since its inception.
The heart of the year-long program continues to lie in the organizational placements arranged by The Asia Foundation for each scholar on the basis of their individual career interests and experience. Professional placements, along with intensive language training, are arranged in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, in diverse fields including the arts, journalism, law, medicine, science, public health, environmental studies, and international relations. Nearly 600 Luce Scholars have completed fellowships and gone on to extraordinary careers and leadership positions.
The 2011-2012 Luce Scholars include Adriana Akers, who will work on China’s urbanization challenges at the newly-established Urban China Initiative in Beijing; Daisy Larios, at Korea’s National Digital Library in Seoul; Kanika Metre, in Bandung, Indonesia with AKATIGA, the Center for Social Analysis; Perla Parra De Anda, with Bangkok’s Human Rights and Development Foundation; Abbie L. Van Sickle, who will join the documentation team at the Cambodia League for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights in Phnom Penh; Zimuzor Ugochukwu, at Ashoka India in Bangalore, supporting their Youth and Children program; and Mike Grundler, who will conduct field research and study ecological and evolutionary effects of climate change at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar.