Splash Biography

CHAU PHAM, Aspiring plant ecologist

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2021

Picture of Chau Pham

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a junior student majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. I'm passionate about plants and can spend hours talking about them. Having grown up in Vietnam - a tropical country - I'm largely interested in studying plant communities in tropical forests. In the future, I hope to conduct research in Southeast Asia and contribute to forest research and conservation efforts there.

Apart from being a budding ecologist, I'm also deeply interested in Vietnamese culture, especially Vietnamese pop music (also known as Vpop). I'm an avid fan of the Vietnamese indie and hip-hop scene. Due to my ability to speak Vietnamese very fast, I'm also an amateur rapper.

Past Classes

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A4215: V-pop & Vietnam’s Creativity Scene in Splash Spring 2020 (Apr. 11, 2020)
An introduction to pop, rap, and indie music tracks that are topping the charts in Vietnam. Analyze creatively funny, aesthetic, emotional, complex V-pop music videos, learn how to pronounce (even sing?!) Vietnamese lyrics, and discover how V-pop might be taking its inspiration from your favorite American and K-pop artists. We’ll explore the works of The Chillies (Vietnam’s The Beatles), Suboi (an iconic female rapper), UNI5 (an adorable boy band), Son Tung MTP (whose song with Snoop Dogg was trending on Youtube this summer), the soundtracks from Vietnam’s growing film industry, and more! We’ll also take a quick look at some contemporary art, film, photography, and choreography that is defining “Vietnamese” creativity. Perhaps you’ll come away with some new V-pop idols and boy bands to stan!

S4218: Life as a bamboo (?) in Splash Spring 2020 (Apr. 11, 2020)
What is a bamboo? Is it a tree? Is it a grass? Why is there a question mark in the course title? Come learn about the biology and cultural symbolism of one of the most fascinating plants in the world.

C4144: Biodiversity and Conservation: A Case Study of the Southeast Asian Rainforest(s) in Sprout Spring 2020 (Feb. 15 - 29, 2020)
The Southeast Asian Rainforest used to be the largest forest in the world (yes, even larger than the Amazon!). But human activities have destroyed the majority of the forest, leaving only very small fragments of forested land. This class will walk you through the amazing biodiversity of the region, the impacts of human development on the natural landscapes, and possible solutions to conserve and restore the quickly disappearing forests.