Learning Across Boundaries (LABs)

*Closed* China’s Rise and the Future of ASEAN

May 2019

A Summer LAB led by Vincent Ni (Journalist and Yale Greenberg World Fellow) 

In the context of the rise of China and the decline of US leadership in the region, organisations such as ASEAN have shown their potential in shaping the geopolitics and economics of the region. ASEAN is projected to become the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2030. While the US and China both have strategic interests in the region, China is moving quickly to establish strategic leadership. This journalism LAB offers participants an opportunity to look at ASEAN’s future by reporting on Cambodia and China: what roles can Cambodia and ASEAN play in the US-China trade friction? How is technology shaping the young generation in Cambodia? What kind of competition is happening between China and the US? Is the current debate inflated by rhetorics? And more broadly, what does the role of Cambodia say about the future of this regional organisation? Students on this LAB will gain experience reporting, researching, interviewing, writing, and using geopolitical and economic analyses from the field. The LAB will begin with several days in Singapore, discussing major literature and past reportage. Students will pitch story ideas and discuss them with the LAB facilitators. The group will then travel to Cambodia to visit businesses, factories, NGOs, intellectuals, and the local Chinese community. Upon return to Singapore, students will spend a few days debriefing with the LAB facilitators, as well as finalizing and submitting their stories.

At the end of this LAB, students are required to submit one story from Cambodia and one story from Singapore. Both writings should draw upon the visits and the meetings in both countries.

LAB DATES: Monday, 20 May 2019 – Friday, 31 May 2019


CO-PAY: S$300
Some need-based financial assistance will be available for students with demonstrated financial need. There will be a separate application for financial assistance after students are selected for the LAB.

Have Questions?
Annette Wu
Executive, Experiential Learning

Contact with questions about travel fellowships and LABs.


To apply, please complete the following and submit to Annette Wu annette.wu@yale-nus.edu.sg by Sunday, 7 April 2019 at 11:59pm SGT.  Please submit your application via email, using the subject header “Cambodia LAB Application”. Include personal information in the body of your email, and attach your statement of interest in a PDF document named “First Name_Last Name”. Personal informationthis information will be kept confidential, and will only be used if you are selected for the LAB.

  • Name (as on passport)
  • Class (e.g. 2020, 2021, or 2022)
  • Yale-NUS College Email
  • Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
  • Passport issued by (country)
  • Passport number
  • Whatsapp number

Statement of interest: Why do you want to participate in this LAB and how will you use this experience to further your personal, academic, and/or professional goals? (500 words maximum)

Writing sample: Please provide a sample of your written work. It should be analytical or descriptive in nature (not fiction or creative writing) and no more than 800 words.