May 2017
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KERATON 2017 "One-Day Pass to Indonesia"

KJRI San Francisco

This week we hear from Indonesian language teacher Pauli Sandjaja, Indonesian Consul General in San Francisco Ardi Hermawan and ISAUW President Kevin Hendarto about the success of KERATON 2017.

KERATON is an annual Indonesian cultural festival hosted by ISAUW (Indonesian Student Association at University of Washington). The purpose of hosting KERATON is to introduce the rich culture of Indonesia to the greater Seattle Community.

Six years after it first started in 2011, KERATON has become the second biggest Indonesian cultural festival in the country and the biggest one on the West Coast. Every year, KERATON has a unique theme. This year the theme was “One-Day Pass to Indonesia.” Every visitor was taken on a journey to explore the various cultures in Indonesia through dance, food, songs, traditional games and more. There were two activities unique to KERATON 2017. First, there was coffee tasting where visitors are able to try some Indonesian coffees. Second, a batik-making workshop where visitors were able to learn about how to make batik. All of these activities received a rousing response. It’s estimated that the number of visitors was even more than last year’s KERATON, which had about 6,000.

The event was very diverse. Dances included: tari Bungong, tari Kembang Girang, tari Gunung Sari, tari Saman, and tari Legong. Shows included: angklung and a traditional fashion show. There was also a traditional game that included audience members. During the performance breaks, people sang pop songs.

KERATON 2017 is a collaboration effort from UW students to Indonesian students from community colleges in the area. This event was also made possible by non-Indonesian students who volunteered as models for the fashion show. The Indonesian community also helped with the event, including various Indonesian restaurants and food trucks who served various Indonesian food and snacks.

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Featured Event


Tiny, Great Realities: Personal Cinema and the Filipino Diaspora

Date: Sunday, May 28

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: SIFF Film Center

Hosted by Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle. 

Documentary filmmaking is traditionally thought to be objective and impartial in capturing truths about the world, but we all know "truth" to be more complicated than that. There are many sides of the story, sometimes contradictory, sometimes just different shades of the truth.

In recent years, there has been a rise of what filmmaker Alisa Lebow calls the first-person film--what we will call personal cinema--that reveals the intricate subjectivities of film and filmmakers. Through a series of short films and film excerpts hosted by Film scholar and Diwa filmfest organizer Adrian Alarilla, we will explore how personal cinema has been made to good use by contemporary Filipino and diasporic Filipino filmmakers to more completely describe their multi-faceted lives, as well as see how the tiniest personal story can convey great cultural realities.

Distance Between by RJ Lozada
To Manong Carlos by Adrian Alarilla (Our MA student)
It Runs in the Family by Joella Cabalu (excerpt)
Some More Rice by Kidlat Tahimik
Bontok, Rapeless by Lester Valle and Carla Ocampo (excerpt)

Event is free and open to the public.

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UW Night Market

Saturday, May 13 | 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM | Red Square

Documentary Screening: Angkor Awakens followed by Q&A with Director Robert H. Lieberman

Friday, May 26 - Thursday, June 1 | Landmark Seven Gables Theater

Seattle International Film Festival 

Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, June 11 

SIFF Showing - Ma' Rosa

Sunday, June 4 | 1:00 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas

Monday, June 5 | 8:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

SIFF Showing - Diamond Island

Saturday, June 3 | 12:30 PM | SIFF Film Center

Monday, June 5 | 8:45 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas

Tuesday, June 6 | 9:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Recommended Resources

Summer 2017 Southeast Asian Class Opportunity

Looking for a class to take this summer? Evi Sutrisno is offering a class on Southeast Asian Civilization (JSIS A 315). The class counts for I&S and DIV credit requirements.

Taught daily 9:40 AM - 11:50 AM during A-term in Denny 303. 

The SSN for the class is 14535.

This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the rich variety of civilizations in Southeast Asia with special emphasis on Asian religions and politics. The time coverage will be pre-history, colonialism, nationalism and contemporary post-colonial periods. The class will discuss in some details the flows of (religious) ideas, migration, political and cultural representations as the results of interconnectivity among India, China, Arabia and Southeast Asia, such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.

The primary goals of this course are: 1) to gain an understanding of the general narrative of Southeast Asia civilization history; 2) to explore how encounters with other societies, as well as the interactions of people with their environment, influenced and shaped their values, cultures and institutions; 3) to understand the civilizations of Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic societies in several Southeast Asian countries and their influences in contemporary situation; 4) to improve analytical and critical thinking skills through class discussions, readings and writing assignments

Fall 2017 Seminar Opportunity

HUM 597B Missing Pictures: History and Poetic Imagination in the Cinema of Rithy Panh (1 credit, C/NC)

Instructor: Jenna Grant (Anthropology)

“As a filmmaker, you don’t wait for reality; you call it to the camera.” —Rithy Panh

This microseminar frames the October 2017 visit of filmmaker Rithy Panh to the University of Washington as a Walker-Ames Scholar. Panh is known for his innovative practice that includes reenactments, animation, and improvisation in addition to more traditional techniques of documentary and narrative cinema. His films deal with genocide and its effects, memory, living at the margins of Cambodia’s present modernity, and French colonialism in Indochina and in Africa. His 2013 Film The Missing Picture won the Jury prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and was nominated for an Oscar.

Rithy Panh is also an archivist and educator. He co-founded the Bophana Center, which is dedicated to repatriating and preserving film, photography, and audio materials related to Cambodian history.

The microseminar provides the opportunity for Masters and PhD students from multiple disciplines to think with each other and Rithy Panh about key themes in his work. Students are required to read in preparation for seminars; participate in screenings and colloquia during Panh’s visit; and complete a two-page paper or one-minute film. Questions? Contact Jenna Grant (

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia: Challenges of Protection Conference, July 13 - July 14, Bangkok, Thailand - abstracts and posters due May 15

2nd Studia Islamika International Conference 2017: "Southeast Asian Islam: Religious Radicalism, Democracy, and Global Trends," August 8 - August 10, Jakarta, Indonesia - abstracts due May 15

European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Conference 2017, August 16 - August 18, University of Oxford - abstracts due May 15

CFP: McGill University's IOWC Graduate Student Conference on Indian Ocean World History, October 20, Quebec, Canada - submissions due June 10

CFP: Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference at Florida State University, November 3 - November 5, Florida - abstracts due August 15

Funding & Fellowships

UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Scholarship - applications due May 12

UW Asian Studies Development Grant (for community college faculty) - applications due May 15

ANU Indonesia Project Research Fellowship (Postdoctoral) - applications due May 15

Info Session: Luce Scholars Program

Tuesday, May 16 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Allen Library (ALB) 181L

Info Session: Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Thursday, May 18 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Cherry Parkers, Tacoma campus


PhD candidate "The formation of an Indonesian postcolonial academia," Faculty of Humanities - Amsterdam School of Historical Studies - application due May 18

Jane Emison Assistant/Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art - application due May 19

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