University of the Ryukyus
Ms. Bixia Chen
Dr. Bixia Chen is an associate professor at Faculty of Agriculture, University of the Ryukyus, Japan. She has been working on the Fengshui village landscape and Fengshui trees in Okinawa, Japan, from a comparative perspective with the other regions in East Asia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Korea. She is the co-author of “Traditional Rural Landscapes in Island Topography in East Asia” and several relevant book chapters. She has published refereed articles in diverse fields of forestry, landscape and rural tourism. Her current work includes the inventory of remnant Fengshui trees on small islands of the Ryukyu Archipelagos, and conservation strategy for traditional village landscapes and old growth trees on the islands. Prior to joining University of the Ryukyus, she worked as lead researcher of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) initiated by Food and Agriculture Organization. She is also interested in rural tourism and regional development in East Asian Countries, seeking for appropriate strategy to sustain rural communities and environment.