Week 03: Plastics, from Texas to Taiwan

APRIL 29, 2021

"Pellets discovered and sampled at Cox Creek near Formosa outfall 06", 2019, courtesy of Diane Wilson, nomorenurdles.org.


You can chose one of the episodes below, or watch both if you like to. 

Watch a)Dirty Money. (2020). Point Comfort. 60 min (Netflix)

Watch b): Our Island 我們的島. (2019) Petrochemical Kingdom on the Sea: The Sixth Naphtha Cracker Complex 六輕 海上石化王國. 25 min. Taiwan.  (YouTube)


Read: Fortun K. (2009). Environmental right-to-know and the transmutations of law. In Catastrophe: Law, Politics and the Humanitarian Impulse, edited by Austin Sarat. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. (link)


Huang, H., & Chen, C. L. (2018). Displaying and interpreting industrial pollution. The Future of Museum and Gallery Design: Purpose, Process, Perception. (link)

Jobin, P. (2021). “Environmental Movements in Taiwan: a Civic Eco-Nationalism”, in Environmental Movements and Politics of the Asian Anthropocene (ed. by Paul Jobin, Ming-sho Ho and Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao), Singapore: ISEAS, pp.37-79. (link)

Mah, A. (2021). Future-proofing capitalism: The paradox of the circular economy for plastics. Global Environmental Politics, 1-22. (link)

Key Concept



1. write four annotations (two each) responding to the structured fielnotes and civic data capacity analytic.

2. try to find coverage by media, NGO and environmental groups for your case study and add them to your sketchbook (sketch no. 6).


Petrochemical Kingdom on the Sea: The Sixth Naphtha Cracker Complex 六輕 海上石化王國

我們的島 穿梭島嶼20年-汙染開發篇 六輕 海上石化王國(第988集 2019-01-14)