A Glimpse into the Japanese Global Development Field

By Tabatha Donley

Analyzing project data from the Philippines, discussing cross-cultural politics at lunch, attending a seminar at Tokyo’s World Bank, and rescuing an injured hawk: interning at CITYNET Yokohama from May to July of 2016 brought a wide range of experiences.

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Site visit with interns, co-workers, and boss
Site visit with interns, co-workers, and boss
Learning the importance of self-help in disasters
Learning the importance of self-help in disasters
View of Minato-mirai, the district CITYNET Yokohama is located in.
View of Minato-mirai, the district CITYNET Yokohama is located in.


Fall 2016 Courses

HIST 387-06 History of Taiwan
Wednesdays 4.30pm – 7.10pm
Instructor: Prof. Gerrit Van Der Wees

This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and people of Taiwan and its success in transforming itself from an authoritarian, underdeveloped country into a free and vibrant democracy.

The first part of the course will survey the history of Taiwan and will cover the original aborigine inhabitants, the Dutch occupation, the Koxinga period, the Manchu (Ch’ing) era, Japanese colonial rule, and the Republic of China on Taiwan after World War II.

The second and third parts will focus on the momentous transition to democracy in the late 1980s.  As we travel through the country’s history, we will also touch on a broad range of issues such as the environment, arts and culture.

RELI 315 Buddhism
Mon and Wed 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Instructor: Prof. Cuong Nguyen

buddhaBorn in India, Buddhism found a home in many different Asian societies, whose cultures have been profoundly shaped by Buddhism’s unique religious vision.

This course will examine the historical development of Buddhism in India, China, and Japan, including both Theravada and Mahayana traditions, and explore its philosophical and religious significance, as well as its social and political influence in South Asian and East Asian countries.


Who We Are

CAPEC is an informal network of faculty, staff, students, university partners, and community friends committed to advance economic, cultural and social understanding of the Asia-Pacific economies through education and experiential learning for the Mason community.

We provide service to the university by supporting curricula and research development, exchange activities, cross-cultural events, student mentoring, and partnership building.

Our emphasis:

  • Build interdisciplinary linkages and partnerships
  • Support curricula development
  • Promote cross-cultural exchanges
  • Engage students and faculty in research and scholarship

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Cooperation (CAPEC)
George Mason University
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Fairfax, VA 22030, U.S.A.

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