April 2017
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Featured Article

Bainbridge - The Island School: The Month of Indonesia

Dr. Christina Sunardi teaching the students gamelan

This week in TWISEA we are featuring an article written by our Managing Director Rebakah Daro Minarchek.

The Island School on Bainbridge Island, just west of Seattle, annually plans and implements a month of K-5 curriculum focused on a single country. This year, the school’s planning team chose Indonesia to highlight across all subjects and requested the Southeast Asia Center’s assistance in coordinating programming. SEAC faculty, staff, and graduate students all assisted in a variety of activities, both at the school and on the UW campus.

Our staff team traveled to Bainbridge Island in early March to speak with teachers about Indonesian material cultural items and to offer a lending library of various items.  Here teachers feel a batik tulis material and learn the difference between batik tulis, batik cap, and machine-produced batik.

All students had the opportunity to visit the UW campus. While on campus they visited the Islamic House, the Gamelan room with SEAC faculty member Christina Sunardi, and participated in a rice tasting demonstration with SEAC staff. Students voted on their favorite rice from those tasted and red rice was the clear winner.

Anthropology graduate student and SEAC affiliate Imam Subkhan also participated in a classroom visit to the school. He spoke to students about the typical school experience for Indonesian children and shared his own personal experiences.

Former Outreach Coordinator Tikka Sears visited the school as a part of the collaboration, hosting a multiple day workshop for students in music and movement. She also returned to do a wayang performance for the students, parents, and teachers.

If you are interested in doing outreach events with the Southeast Asia Center, let us know! We also have resources for K-12 educators on our SEAC webpage, which you can find here. In this section, we feature curriculum units, book recommendations and country profiles. We are currently working on a section called “Teachable —” that highlights themes and subjects from Southeast Asian countries with lesson ideas and other resources. You can check out our Teachable Indonesia guide here.

If you are interested in helping with our education outreach, we are still looking for any Southeast Asian “artifacts” donations for our cultural kits for students throughout Washington State. These items will not be returned and we would like items that are kid-friendly and small enough to fit in a medium flat-rate box through UPS. Items can be samples of bills or coins, weavings, CDs of music, children’s books, games, anything. If you have an item, you can bring it to the Southeast Asia Center (Thomson Hall Room 303) or email us at seac@uw.edu to arrange a pickup.



Featured Event

Dr. Giora Eliraz

The Case of Ahok: Insights offered for thinking about the big picture of the political landscape of Indonesia

Date: Wednesday, April 12

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Thomson Hall Room 317

Presenter: Dr. Giora Eliraz

During the recent months the Jakarta’s Christian and ethnically Chinese governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, stands in the eye of a storm that soon brought him to the defendant’s chair, accused of insulting the Quran based on a blasphemy law. On the top of the entire fuss, diverse political aspects are evident, let alone that this case is very closely connected with the current gubernatorial race in which Ahok contests for a second term. The fact that Ahok and his running mate had a lead in the first round of gubernatorial election also attests to the multifaceted nature of the discussed case (the run-off election will be held on April 19).

This entire case, which might cause someone to travel by thought to an enigmatic shadow puppet play, intriguingly illustrates diverse challenges faced by Indonesia in the post-Reformasi Era. Hence, the talk will address some significant aspects of this case for thinking about the big picture of the contemporary political landscape of Indonesia. 

For Dr. Eliraz's article on the topic, click here


Burma/Myanmar Student Association's Burmese Tea Time

Monday, April 10 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | UW School of Social Work

Malaysian Student Association's Rojak

Saturday, April 15 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM | UW Intellectual House

UW Khmer Student Association 21st Annual New Year Show

Saturday, April 15 | 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM | HUB Ballroom (2nd Floor)

Asian Development Bank's 2017 Economic Forecast for Asia

Tuesday, April 25 | begins at 12:00 PM | Thomson Hall Room 317

Indonesian Student Association's Keraton: Indonesian Festival 2017

Saturday, April 29 | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Rainier Vista

Recommended Resources

Conferences & Journals

UW Three Minute Thesis Conference, May 11, UW Campus - abstracts due April 14

CKS Khmer Language and Culture Study Program, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 20 - July 29 - application deadline April 30

People In and Out of Place: 33rd Biennial Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) Conference, York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto, October 26 - 27 - submissions due April 30

Funding & Fellowships

Spring 2017 Storytelling Fellows online skill-building program for graduate students (4/15 - 4/29) - deadline April 10

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program (Fall 2017) for Southeast Asian citizens - application due April 14

Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore Rsearch Fellowship Grant 2017-2018 - application due April 30


Regional Director (Indonesia) at Ford Foundation, Jakarta - deadline May 4 @ 8:59 PM in your local timezone

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