Over the late spring and summer I worked on a political ecology project with Professor Kyunghee Pyun at the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, studying the topic and how it related to art (specifically non-Euro-American art) to infor, us on proposing subjects for a renowned Korean minhwa artist Seongmin Ahn. It was definitely a really important project, I had a lot of fun working on it and I learned a lot more. Plus it made me excited about political ecology, which I previously was completely ignorant about.
Part of the project was a series of roundtables and conferences on the east coast. I couldn't go to most but I decided to make an exception for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Asian American Studies Conference at UPenn, both so I could attend at least one of the conferences and also so I could revisit UPenn and take a tour.
It was a good time, tour went well and we even got to go to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for some birding (where there was a massive amount of mute swans and great egrets, it was great). Tour also covered the part of campus I didn't really go to so it was nice. The conference was also a lot of fun, I got to meet and talk to a bunch of professors from around the country and explain the project I did, plus learned some stuff about the Korean War and Japanese participation in it.
Here are some photos from the conference