EnviroLab Asia Class & Clinic Trip

EnviroLab Asia provides an experiential learning component known as the Clinic Trip, where students and faculty travel to specific sites in Asia to study environmental issues there. Prior to the Clinic Trip, students are required to take EnviroLab Asia Classes, which are co-taught by two professors from different disciplines. The themes of the classes will change year-to-year, depending on the location of the Clinic Trip. Due to the demands of preparing for the Clinic Trip, there are two classes required (EA21 & EA31). This requirement allows the time necessary to prepare students for cross-disciplinary training needed to conduct field research. Students will be exposed to methodologies from the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Class Clinic Labs are also an aspect of the class. Each lab will be expected to produce some type of research or communications product that will be advised by a faculty member. The EnviroLab Asia class will also feature at least one joint class session with Yale-NUS and/or other Asian Partners via teleconference.

Clinic Trip

EnviroLab Asia held its first Clinic Trip in January 2016 to Singapore and Malaysian Borneo. Eight faculty members and 10 students from the Claremont Colleges joined six faculty members, eight students, and one staff member from Yale-NUS. The group embarked on a 10-day immersive learning experience seeing how development, sustainability, food systems, human rights, and sovereignty connect to environmental issues. The group visited an oil palm plantation and met with Dayak Tribes in Borneo to study the impact of dams and oil palm on their livelihood. The group also met with officials from Wilmar International — one of the largest producers of oil palm, and NGOs, such as Birdlife International and Save Rivers.

Clinic Trip Schedule

The following is a schedule of upcoming Clinic Trips. Each of the trips and associated research will be conducted in close cooperation with partnering institution Yale-NUS, and local universities and organizations.

Year 1 (2018) Thailand

The first EnviroLab Asia Classes (EA21 & EA31) will be offered in Spring 2018 in preparation for the Clinic Trip to Thailand, which will take place in May 2018. The Class and Trip are being planned with Faculty from the Music and Performing Arts (MUPA) Department at Burapha University (BUU) in Chonburi, Thailand.

Themes: infrastructure & power, water quality, biodiversity, hydro-modification, aquaculture, agriculture, trans-boundaries & governance, agency & built environment, performance art & resilience

Contact person for more information: Albert Park, CMC History Department

Year 2 (2019) Japan
Themes: intersection of nature, nuclear history and infrastructure, social movements and activism, conservation (rare seabird), artistic expression & activism

Contact person for more information: Albert Park, CMC History Department

Year 3 (2020) Korea
Themes:  contested infrastructure & ecological development, human agency and social organization/transformation, specifically related to military demands (missile defense systems in Seongju, naval base in Cheju that threaten coral reef), rural and urban ecology (as related to farms near the DMZ, Nanji Park and Cheonggyecheon)

Contact person for more information: Albert Park, CMC History Department

Year 4 (2021) China
Themes: agriculture, development, infrastructure, sustainability ( nature reserves), Rural/urban, Populations, Industrialized/De-industrialized

Contact person(s) for more information: Albert Park, CMC History Department, Marc Los Huertos, Pomona Environmental Analysis, Branwen Williams, Keck Sciences