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Welcome to the e-newsletter of EnviroLab Asia. Subscribe to learn about research opportunities, courses, and events related to environmental issues in East and Southeast Asia. EnviroLab Asia is a project at the Claremont Colleges funded by The Henry Luce Foundation.




EnviroLab Asia Research Salon

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, 4-5:30pm
Location: The Hive, Studio 2

Building off the success of last year’s Research Salon, EnviroLab Asia will be hosting another opportunity for 5C staff/faculty to meet and explore research topics related to Asia and the environment. EnviroLab Asia will also talk about various funding opportunities, including:

  • Research Pods,” which were created with the goal of sparking creative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-campus collaborations ($500 budget per group) for activities. Application due Feb. 22, 2019.
  • Research Labs” that offer $25,000 in funding per Lab. Application due Feb. 22., 2019.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit:





Spring Semester Application Due Dates

  • Course Re/Development: due February 8, 2019
  • Student-Faculty/Staff Summer Research Grants: due Feb. 8, 2019
  • Call for Proposals to Lead a Class Clinic Lab for the Clinic Trips to Korea (2020) and China (2021): Feb. 15, 2019
  • Research Pod: due February 22, 2019
  • Research Lab: due February 22, 2019
  • Events & Programs Funding Request Form: due dates 2/22/19, 3/15/19, 4/19/19

All applications and fund descriptions may be accessed at




Summer Research from 2018

Last year, Laura Zhang (Cognitive Science major, POM ’19) worked with Dr. Shannon Randolph, Director of Community and Global Engagement at the Hive, and the non-government organization Animals Asia to explore using human-centered design techniques to end bear bile farming in Northern Vietnam. Read about the research and watch Laura’s video! Photo from video by Laura Zhang.

Applications for the Student-Faculty/Staff Summer Research Grants are due Feb. 8, 2019.


Event: “Pollute first, clean up later: China’s environmental crisis and the evolution of awareness”

Date: Wed. 2/6/19, 4:15pm
Location: Hahn 101, Pomona College

Journalist Isabel Hilton will discuss her work with, an innovative, fully bilingual Chinese English website devoted to building with China a shared approach on climate change and environmental issues. Based in London, chinadialoguelaunched in 2006 and is now recognised as a unique, independent source of information on environmental and climate issues, widely read in China and in more than 200 countries around the world.

Event sponsored by Asian Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies, EnviroLab Asia, and Pacific Basin Institute.


Event: Workshop for Change

“The Fukushima Effect: Nuclear Accidents, Official Responses and the Lives of People”

Friday, March 8, 2019, 12-1pm

Shanahan Center, HMC, Lecture Hall 1430

Speakers: Caitlin Stronell, a Shinto priest who works with the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in Japan & Man-kei Tam, Alumnus, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Director, Amnesty International Hong Kong

On 11 March 2011 at 2:46 p.m., a Magnitude 9 earthquake rocked the eastern part of Japan. A 15m tsunami bypassed the breakwater at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and flooded reactors. This disaster triggered a nuclear meltdown that contaminated large areas of Fukushima and surrounding prefectures with radioactive particles. This workshop will look at the response of government and industry officials to the nuclear disaster over the ensuing eight years, including their decontamination projects and efforts to convince people to return to their homes. Meanwhile, we will look at how the affected people have in turn responded to these efforts, including those who have returned and their experiments with ways of living with radioactivity, as well as those who refuse to do so, challenging what they see as the ‘convenient truths’ of the Japanese nuclear regime.

Vegetarian lunch will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the lobby of the lecture hall. Lunch will open at 11:30am. Talk will begin at 12 noon.





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Student Conference Opportunity

Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment
April 26-27, 2019 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY

Vassar College, a fellow Henry Luce Foundation grantee, is pleased to announce our first Student Research Conferences on Asia and the Environment.  Undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the environment are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at this conference.

Proposals will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2019.

To learn more about the conference, please contact Professor Yu Zhou, professor of Geography and Asian Studies












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