An article about my family’s experience in China is now available here.

After we’ve only been back from China for less than two months, I’m amazed that my friend and colleague David Mears and his family are off to China for their Fulbright experience at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.  David has started a blog–Middle Earth Law.  In Chinese, China is “Zhong Guo” or “Middle Kingdom/Country.”

He desribes the goals of his blog this way:

“Middle Earth Law” is my effort to capture three themes that I hope to address over the coming year on this page:  (1) my adventure to a strange and wonderful far away land; (2) my effort to understand the state of the ecology of China, its landscapes and natural systems; and (3) my examination of the way in which law is being used or could be used to address the major environmental challenges confronting the People’s Republic of China as it copes with the consequences of its rapid economic expansion.

For folks still interested in my family’s Fulbright experince, our old blog Vermont2China is still up.


Would you like to be a Fulbright Scholar in China?  It’s not too late.  I just received the following email.

Dear China Fulbright alumni in law:

We are now a little less than a week away from the August 2 deadline for the 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar awards. My recent review of the number of applications in law awards in China–submitted and pending–indicates that for whatever reason there is a significant drop off in the number of applicants in law–both the regular award and the distinguished lectureship.

I am writing to ask your assistance in bringing these opportunities to the attention of potential applicants as quickly as possible. You are probably thinking if there is enough time to submit an application. There is, because if people start their applications by August 2, they have until August 20 to complete them.

To facilitate your helping us with this late recruitment effort, you will find an announcement below that you can send out to list serves, post on a webpage, put on a bulletin board, etc.

Thanks very much for your help.

Best regards,


David B. J. Adams, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications

Institute of International Education

Department of Scholar and Professional Programs

Council for International Exchange of Scholars

3007 Tilden St. NW, Suite #5L

Washington, DC 20008-3009

202-686-4021 | 202-3632-3442

dadams@iie.org | www.iie.org/cies

The Fulbright Scholar Program and Humphrey Fellowship Program are administered by the Institute of International Education’s Department of Scholar and Professional Programs, which includes the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and Humphrey divisions.

The competition for 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar grants is now open. The application deadline for most programs is August 2, 2010. U.S. scholars and professionals can learn how to present their credentials at www.iie.org/cies.


The Fulbright Scholar Program in China offers interesting opportunities for specialists in law, especially specialists in administrative, business, constitutional, investment, tax, civil, intellectual property, comparative and contract law.The grants are for 5 or 10 months with a starting date in late August 2010 or February 2011 for one-semester awards and late August 2011 for academic year awards. Grantees are placed in the top Chinese universities. A unique feature of the China Fulbright Scholar Program is a salary supplement stipend. For more information visit http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=1089 or contact Gary Garrison at ggarrison@iie.org or 202-686-4019.

The Wall Street Journal reports that China has become the world’s top enery user, surpassing the United States.  China has already passed the U.S. in overall greenhouse gas emissions.  At the same time China is reluctant to accept its status as a economic and polluting powerhouse.

Let me start out by stating that the United States has failed in its leadership to develop international climate change policy.  And the Chinese government and Chinese scholars often point this out.  At the same time, China, in some sense, has not been willing to accept its role as a global leader.  At a Roundtable discusion in China that I participated in with Chinese scholars, it was clear that, for strategic purposes, China wants to be seen as the leader of the developing world (i.e., the king of the BASIC countries-Brazil, South Africa, India, China), but, at least on the environmental front, does not want to have the same level of responsibility as the developed world especially the U.S.  The problem is that on other accounts China deeply desires to a be superpower–see, e.g., Olympics, World Expo, UN Security Council.   The question is whether China’s dramatic rise comes with more responsiblity.  This concern might be why my Chinese colleagues and students often downplayed or denied that China is overtaking Japan as world’s second largest economy.

(Note: There is a large cultural aspect to this as well in terms of comfort level with accepting and announcing one’s own success, and choosing to impose one’s value systems on others.  Chinese and U.S. citizens and foreign policy are culturally different in this way.)

My friend and Vermont Law School Professor David Mears has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and to assist the environmental law clinics at Sun Yat-sen University and the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims at the China University of Political Science and Law during the 2010-2011 academic year. He also intends to reach out to other universities across China that are interested in establishing environmental law clinics.

Read the full press release here.

David actually lives down the road from me in Montpelier, and will be living in the same apartment building in Guangzhou where I lived last year while on my Fulbright.