As a scholar of Japanese literature, I have a long-standing teaching and research interest in Japanese literature and film about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings and their long aftermaths. The Fukushima nuclear disaster has hugely complicated nuclear issues in Japan, known for its nuclear "allergy," but also in other parts of East Asia. In order to be a more informed and effective teacher and colleague at Oberlin, I need to learn about how the nuclear age is imagined and understood in other parts of East Asia, especially given volatile regional dynamics (and not only in Japan and the U.S.). My NDI project is to study the present and future of nuclear energy, and to gain new perspectives on the Japanese case and East Asia as region by learning about public opinion, policy, and cultural discourses about nuclear energy in China and the Koreas. A combination of intensive study and travel to East Asia will substantially broaden my intellectual horizons and my effectiveness as a teacher of the humanities. First I will read scholarly, artistic and journalistic sources on nuclear power. The readings will help me get up to speed on basic policy, economic, social, cultural, and political issues pertaining to nuclear technologies in the region, and especially in Korea and China, about which I know relatively little. Second, I will go to Japan, Korea, and China in order to interview and interact with policy makers, artists, and citizens on the topic of nuclear energy.