ENVIRONMENT AND ENVIRONMENTALISM IN EAST ASIA

Presented by the Taiwan Studies program and  sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies and the China Institute.

This conference will bring together 30 distinguished scholars, representatives of environmental NGOs, and journalists from around the Pacific Rim to consider the challenges of environmental protection and sustainable development in East Asia. Research presentations and roundtable discussions on June 4-5 will emphasize such topics as nuclear power and renewable energy, the environmental costs of high-speed growth, and the roles of public opinion, policy, and technology in environmental protection. Our aim is to encourage participants to engage the conference themes rigorously and interactively by comparing the experiences of China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.


DATE

The conference will be held June 3-7 2016. Guests are scheduled to arrive on the evening of June 3, 2016, where a welcoming dinner will be hosted. The conference will be held on June 4-5On June 6-7, conference participants will have the opportunity to continue these conversations during sightseeing excursions to the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and other locations showcasing the beauty of the Canadian Rockies.   


LOCATION

Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H5

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 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Keynote Lecture: Stevan Harrell,
University of Washington, “Is the Environmental Kuznets Curve Real? The Past and Future of the East Asian Environment”

Keynote Lecture: Ya-lin Chen
SET TV, “Reporting Environmental News in Taiwan”

Keynote Lecture: Jeffrey Broadbent
University of Minnesota, “Changing Japanese Responses to Environmental Issues from the 1950s to the Present”

Keynote Lecture: Koichi Hasegawa
Tohoku University “Climate Change Networks in Japan”


ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION TOPICS

Participants are welcome to present their research or join  a round table discussion, here are possible topics:

– Media reporting on environmental news
– Environmental activism
– Nuclear power
– Energy policy
– Climate change
– Sustainable development
– Law and policy in environmental protection
– Technology and adapting to environmental change

Is there a topic of interest that doesn’t appear here? Your suggestions are welcome!


PARTICIPANTS

  1. Abramson, Dan – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  2. Broadbent, Jeffery – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
  3. Chang, Hsi-Wen (Lenglengman Rovaniyaw) – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  4. Chang, Tieh-Chih – TALK TO TAIWAN
  5. Chen, Ya-lin – SET TV
  6. Chiu, Hua-Mei – NATIONAL SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
  7. Ding, Iza – HARVARD UNIVERSITY
  8. Efird, Rob – SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
  9. Esarey, Ashley – UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
  10. Feng, Chien-san  NATIONAL CHENGCHI UNIVERSITY
  11. Haddad, Mary Alice – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
  12. Harrell, Stevan – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  13. Hasegawa, Koichi – TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
  14. Houlden, Gordon – UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
  15. Hsu, Shih-Jung – NATIONAL CHENGZHI UNIVERSITY
  16. Kim, Chungho – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  17. Lai, Wei-Chieh – GREEN CITIZENS’ ACTION ALLIANCE, TAIWAN
  18. Lewis, Joanna – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
  19. Lowe-Lee, Florence – GLOBAL AMERICA BUSINESS INSTITUTE
  20. Song, Myung-Jae – SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
  21. Taiban, Sasala – I-SHOU UNIVERSITY
  22. Urquhart, Ian – UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
  23. Whang, Jooho – KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
  24. Wingfield-Hayes, Rupert – BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC)
  25. Xiao, Qiang – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY
  26. Yeh, Emily – UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
  27. Zhang, Xiaobo – UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

AGENDA


POST-CONFERENCE SUMMARY


 

TRAVELING TO CANADA

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have introduced a new eElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) which affects Foreign Nationals Flying into Canada. Starting March 15, 2016, foreign nationals from countries who did not previously need authorization (visas) to fly to Canada by air will now need an electronic travel authorization (eTA). This includes those who hold a work or study permit issued prior to August 1, 2015, those who do not hold visa, visitors to the university, and American Green Card holders.

People who will be affected by this change:

– Foreign Workers and Students at the University who hold a work or study permit issued prior to August 1, 2015 (please note that from August 1, 2015, an eTA was built into all new work and study permits);

– Any foreign visitors who are travelling to the University and do not hold a Temporary Resident Visa or authorization for a Canadian work or study permit dated after August 1, 2015.

– American Green Card holders (permanent residents who hold foreign passports from outside the US).

 People who are not affected by this change:

– People from countries who already require a visa to enter Canada will continue to apply for Temporary Resident Visas to travel and do not need a separate eTA: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp

– Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not need an eTA. Canadian citizens continue to use their passport and Canadian Permanent Residents (PR’s) use their Permanent Resident Card to travel.

– American citizens do not need an eTA to enter Canada.

Find out the travel documentation you may be required to apply for, by visiting Government of Canada website. You may be required to apply for the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). It costs just $7 and lasts for up to five years. The process only takes a few minutes to complete on-line.


FLIGHT AND TRAVEL INFORMATION 

If you have institutional funds to cover your travel costs, we encourage you to use them. If not, the Taiwan Studies Program is able to cover your airfare, ground transportation, meals, and hotel accommodations at the Banff Centre for up to five nights. For assistance with travel arrangements, please contact our administrative team at taiwanst@ualberta.ca.


ACCOMMODATIONS 

Accommodations will be provided by the Banff Centre with rooms and suites designed with the visitor in mind. The hotels are strategically situated on the side of Tunnel Mountain, with exceptional views, offering guests quick access to all the exciting activities and attractions Banff has to offer. Guests are also provided with property-wide WiFi, parking, admission to The Banff Centre’s Walter Philips Gallery, and PLUS Membership at to the extensive fitness and recreation facilities.

For more information about accommodations, please visit Banff Centre website for more details.


THE CITY OF BANFF

The City of Banff is a vibrant tourist attraction, located in the province of Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is located 128 km west of Calgary and 401 km southwest of Edmonton and 850 km. The Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. It is home to natural wonders and cultural treasures and considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For information about activities and events, visit the City of Banff website.

Located in the heart of Canadian Rockies, the city is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty encompassing over 6,641 square kilometres of mountainous terrain, glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Banff National Park is one of the world’s most spectacular destination spots. For more information about park, click here to access the Parks Canada website.


HOW TO GET TO THE BANFF CENTER

Banff Airporter is the official airport shuttle provider of The Banff Centre and the best way to get to and from the Calgary International Airport. Banff Airporter offers 9 departures daily between the Calgary International Airport and The Banff Centre. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you travel to Banff.

You can also book by calling toll free: 1 (888) 449-2901 or (403) 762-3330, or for questions and more information, email: info@banffairporter.com.

Early morning Calgary Airport departure? Late night arrival? Another option is to travel to and from The Banff Centre in comfort and style with Banff Airporter’s sedan service, Banff Sedan. On your arrival, your driver will meet you at your flight gate, ready to transfer you directly to Banff, regardless of flight time. To book, call Banff Sedan at 1.403.762.3330 or email charters@banffairporter.com.

For more information visit the Banff Conference Center by clicking here.


NEARBY AREAS IN BANFF

Restaurants:

– Balkan Restaurant, 120 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B6

– Ticino Restaurant Ltd, 415 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B5

– The Bison, 211 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1E4

– The Maple Leaf, 137 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1C8

– Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Pub, 119 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B6

– Melissa’s Missteak, 218 Lynx St, Banff, AB T1L 1A9

– Grizzly House Restaurant, 207 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B4

– Rustic spot for fondue & exotic meats, 203 Caribou St, Banff, AB T1L 1A8

Banking/Financial:

– CIBC Bank, 98 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1A8

– Bank of Montreal (BMO), 107 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B3

– ATB Financial, 317 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1B2

Grocery stores/Pharmacies:

– Banff Provision General Store, 115 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A4

– Safeway, 318 Marten Street, Banff, AB T0L 0C0

Transportation:

– The Banff Transportations and Tours connects you to the city. To order a service call 403 762 0000 or visit their website, by clicking here.


OUR SPONSORS

This conference is hosted by the Taiwan Studies program and is sponsored by the Department of East Asian and China Institute at the University of Alberta.

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The Taiwan Studies program at the University of Alberta is an interdisciplinary project that seeks to encourage greater understanding of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformation since the 17th century. The program promotes student learning through courses on Taiwan, lectures by visiting scholars, documentary film nights, conferences, student research grants, and study abroad programs. Affiliated scholars have conducted research on Taiwan’s history, literature, and popular culture; democratization, national identity, and political reform; national security and foreign relations.

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The Department of East Asian at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, the Department provides students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.

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The China Institute at the University of Alberta (CIUA) is dedicated to enhancing understanding between Canada and China.  CIUA’s mission is to advance scholarship at the University of Alberta, to enhance and support new teaching and research activities between Canada and China, and to promote strong academic linkages between the University of Alberta and Chinese universities. CIUA’s vision is to become well-known in China, Canada and internationally as a unique Canadian enterprise that stimulates outstanding China-related teaching, research initiatives and interdisciplinary collaboration. Spanning a wide range of disciplines, the Institute encourages the participation in the scholarship of China by undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty from the University of Alberta and Chinese institutions.


CONTACT US

DR. ASHLEY ESAREY
Administrative Lead, Taiwan Studies Program

Email: esarey@ualberta.ca
Office: 12-9 Tory Building
Office Phone:
(780) 492-5772

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NOUREDDIN ZAAMOUT
Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Administrator 

Email: zaamout@ualberta.ca
Office: 
12-15 Tory Building