May 2017
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Featured Article


This week we are featuring an article written by Malaysian Student Association member and Malaysian international student Farhanah Faizal about their latest event.

Since the spring of last year, the Malaysian Student Association at UW (MASA UW) holds an annual cultural night – also famously known as Malaysian Night among Malaysian students all over the USA – in the hopes of sharing bits of Malaysia’s rich history and diversity to locals and making other Malaysians feel like home in a foreign land.  For last year’s Malaysian Night, MASA UW hosted a legendary theatrical play, presenting historical legends in the most dramatic time-traveling adventure. This year, we decided to showcase another part of Malaysia that we Malaysians take pride in – the beauty of diversity (and all the perks that come with it!). With ROJAK 2017 as its theme, MASA UW showcased the many festivals and holidays that are annually celebrated in Malaysia through live performances such as dancing, singing and short sketches!

So what is ROJAK anyway?

In Malaysia, we adopted the Malay word rojak, which represents the rich diversity of our race and ethnicity, language, lifestyle and of course, our wide range of mouthwatering food! Rojak, as a noun, is a type of food made of a conglomeration of different ingredients (mainly fruits, fritters and vegetables!) and garnished with a plethora of sauce and flavors … yummy! Rojak has also become a wordplay that usually describes the variation of languages with which Malaysians use. If you listen carefully, Malaysians would usually add and mix different languages when speaking to one another (and this is not limited to only English and Malay!).

On April 15, with over 200 ticket-buyers, the Intellectual House was packed with UW students, faculty, as well as other students who came all the way from all over the state (there were even students from Oregon!). Guests were served with the ever-famous Nasi Lemak, Rojak, and teh tarik which were all made by MASA UW’s own amazing cooking team – yeap, they were all hand-made to give the guests the authentic taste of Malaysia. The event kicked off with an opening speech by the ROJAK 2017’s event director, Sarah Roslan, and were led by two awesome emcees, Xin Ray and Fairuz Aisyah (who was also the event’s co-director).

The biggest highlight of the event was the dancing performances that came to life right after each movie clip which featured two UW students and with one of them sharing his one-year experience in Malaysia. Each dancing performance represents the celebration of each major religious/cultural holiday in Malaysia and the flow of the performances was arranged in accordance to the dates of these festivities on the calendar (starting with Chinese New Year celebration and followed by Hari Gawai, Eid, and Deepavali). In between these outstanding dances was an action-packed Silat performance and a spectacular tarian sumpit (or blowgun dance) that kept everyone unsettled in their seats!

The event ended with singing performances by MASA UW’s own talented members as well as a riveting bamboo dance by the famous Tanak Borneo! The 2-hour event was short and sweet and we hope everybody enjoyed ROJAK 2017 from start to finish. MASA UW thanks all the sponsors, hard-working committee members, performers and all those who helped behind the scene – not forgetting all of you who came for ROJAK 2017!

P.S. Be on the lookout for next year’s Malaysian Night! ;)




Featured Event


UW Night Market

Date: Saturday, May 13

Time: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Location: Red Square

Hosted by the Taiwanese Student Association (TSAUW).

Experience delicious foods from Taiwan and other Asian countries with 20+ food vendor stands, listen and dance to live music and performances, and play classic Taiwanese festival games! Mark your calendars, because UW Night Market has been set for MAY 13th, rain or shine!

Throughout the past century, night markets have played an important role in bringing Taiwanese communities together through food and fun. They are an integral part of Taiwanese heritage and continue to attract millions of locals and tourists each year. 

A night market is typically held in the middle of a busy street and is comprised of many food vendors, local shops and services, and festival games. UW Night Market will be no different, because this year we are proud to announce that UW Night Market will stretch from Red Square all the way to the historic Quad!

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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 

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.

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

Funding & Fellowships

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

Info Session: Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Friday, May 12 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Online

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

Info Session: Luce Scholars Program

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

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


Show of Force, a New York-based production company, is looking for someone who can help with their translations and add subtitles to their documentary about the 2015 polio outbreak in Laos and the government's quick reaction to vaccinate vulnerable populations and keep the disease contained. Languages are Lao and Hmong. Compensation is $150 per hour of video footage and the job is 100% remote. Email for inquiries.

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

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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