EnviroLab Asia is a dynamic 5C program that focuses on understanding environmental issues in East and Southeast Asia. We aim to engage communities and explore what comes out of the intellectual exchange between the humanities and social sciences, environmental analysis, and various other fields to generate new scholarship about environmental issues in Asia. This initiative at the Claremont Colleges is entering its second year of a four-year grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.
EnviroLab Asia Student Fellow Commitments:
5C students who are interested in learning about environmental issues in Asia are invited to apply to become an EnviroLab Asia Student Fellow. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to partake in this unique cross-disciplinary initiative. Students must commit to:
- Taking the EnviroLab Asia Class in Spring 2019 (EA21, date and time of class TBA)
- Clinic Trip to Japan (May 20-31, 2019) – cost of travel is covered by EnviroLab Asia
About the EnviroLab Asia Class:
The EnviroLab Asia Class is a unique course that embodies a liberal arts approach to understanding environmental issues in Asia. The Class will prepare students to conduct research on the Clinic Trip, which will take place after the end of the Spring semester. Travel costs will be covered by EnviroLab Asia. The class must be completed successfully by a student before he/she/they may go on the Clinic Trip. Students will be exposed to methodologies from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Guest lecturers from different disciplines will also visit the class. Students will also be divided into Class Labs that will work on some type of research project advised by a faculty member.
Spring 2019 Overview:
For Spring 2019, the EnviroLab Asia Class will examine environmental issues in Japan. The class will explore the following themes: infrastructure & power, modernity, biodiversity, agriculture, nuclear energy, community, and landscapes. EnviroLab Asia will cover the travel costs of the Trip (airfare, lodging, and meals). Professor Marty Meyer (Biology, Pomona) will teach EA21. The Class will have four Class Labs.
Class Lab Descriptions:
Access for disabled people in Japan, led by Angelina Chin (History, Pomona College)
My lab will focus on public access for disabled people. I plan to take my lab members to do fieldwork at public facilities, e.g. urban parks, libraries, cultural centers, etc. to examine their landscape and environmental design. For preparation, we will read articles on disability and elderly studies as well as architecture and urban planning in Japan. We will also have a chance to study policies on related issues. My lab will collaborate with the Department of Robotics and the Department of Environmental Design at the Osaka Institute of Technology to conduct the fieldwork.
Japanese Futures, led by Warren Liu (English, Scripps College)
This lab will focus on representations of Japan in both Japanese and American post-WWII science fiction. In particular, we will seek to explore how science fictional imaginations of and from Japan dramatize modernity’s impact on the environment, social codes and norms, and the notion of the “human.” Additional research questions may include: What are the differences or similarities between Japanese and American science fictions about Japan? How does science fiction address contemporary issues such as climate change, technological mediation, political upheaval, and large-scale ecological disasters? And how might science fiction proffer new and alternative ways to imagine possible futures?
Food and Rural Issues, led by Marc Los Huertos (Environmental Analysis, Pomona College) with Albert Park (History, Claremont McKenna College)
This Clinic Lab will explore social and natural sciences approaches to understanding the intersection between agriculture, food issues and rural development in Japan and the region. This lab will evaluate the pressures on the environment due to increasing global food demand and changes in diet. We will look at the rise of alternative systems of food production in Japan and other parts East Asia that are ecologically sensitive and community oriented for social renewal in the rural. In so doing, this lab will evaluate policies related to food security/sovereignty, sustainable food production and climate change and protecting and enhancing rural life and culture.
Biodiversity Sanctuaries, led by Wallace Meyer (Biology, Pomona College)
My lab will examine patterns of biodiversity across urban landscapes to provide key insights into how to create sustainable cities where all species are appreciated and protected. Specifically, we plan to examine biodiversity in shrine forests and adjacent habitats (urban and non-managed forests) to delineate what constitutes a sanctuary for the other species that share our planet.
Application is due September 28, 2018.
If you have any questions, please email Karin Mak, Project Administrator of EnviroLab Asia, at kmak[at]cmc.edu.
Application questions are below. Please submit responses via: https://tinyurl.com/StudentFellows
- How did you hear about this opportunity? (Please answer in 100 words or less.)
- Why are you interested in the EnviroLab Asia Class and Clinic Trip? (Please answer in 200 words or less.)
- Tell us more about yourself and any experiences, courses, qualifications, languages, career goals, etc. that would make you a good fit to be an EnviroLab Asia Student Fellow. (Please answer in 250 words or less.)
- While this is an interdisciplinary initiative, each student will be assigned to a Class Clinic Lab. See above for descriptions of each Lab. Please describe how you are a good candidate for each Lab. What do you hope to learn? What questions would you like to explore? What past experiences make you a good fit? How would you contribute? Please write a separate answer for all four Labs. Please limit each response to 150 words or less.
- Please rank the Labs according to which one you would most want to participate in (1 is first choice, and so on)
- Please provide the name and email of one faculty or staff member who may serve as a reference for you.
- Is there anything else you would like to share (in 100 words or less)?
- Please attach resume.