November 2017
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War in the Land: Environmental History, Militarization, and the Bare Hills in Central Vietnam


David Biggs, Associate Professor of History at UC Riverside, will be speaking at 12:30 this afternoon in Thomson 101 about his forthcoming book, War in the Land: History and the Militarized Landscape in Vietnam, and on November 11th about the Mekong River as part of the Seattle Art Museum’s Saturday University speaker series. Ahead of these appearances, learn more about the formative experience as a volunteer English teacher in Vietnam that steered Dr. Biggs to UW’s PhD program in History and his take on US representations of the Vietnam War.

Read more here.


Special Screening: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor


In partnership with the 2017 PICA Conference, OCA, and ASUW ASC, KhSA is proud to present a screening of Arthur Dong's award-winning film, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor.

Join us on Thursday, November 9 from 3-5pm at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre for a screening of the film, light snacks, and Q&A with Mr. Dong himself following the film.

More about the film as written by the Center for Asian American Media:
"Award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong's The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor is the story of one of the most recognized survivors of the Cambodian genocide and of a man who became a worldwide ambassador for justice in his homeland, only to be murdered in a Los Angeles Chinatown alley. With a fascinating blend of animation and rare archival material - anchored by Ngor's powerful autobiography "Survival in the Killing Fields," the years of tyrannical rule by the Khmer Rouge are explored with a transcontinental journey of loss and reconciliation."

Ken Burns' & Lynn Novick's

November 14, 2017, Thomson Hall 101

Join us for a round-table discussion with panelists William S. Turley, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Southern Illinois University and author of The Second Indochina War: A Concise Political and Military History; Judith Henchy, UW Southeast Asia Librarian and PhD in Vietnamese History; Huong Nguyen, PhD in Vietnamese History with a focus on social history during the war; Linh Thuy Nguyen, UW Assistant Professor and PhD in Ethnic Studies with a focus on representations of the war in Vietnamese American communities; and Christoph Giebel, UW Associate Professor in History and International Studies who teaches about the Vietnam Wars.

Following the panelists' presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience questions and discussion. The event will be recorded.

ken burns

Gia đình là gia đình: “Ba mẹ ơi, con là người đồng tính!”


Chiêm nghiệm bộ phim ngắn “Nước” của đạo diễn Quyên Nguyen-Le và thảo luận để thấy được tầm quan trọng trong sự hòa nhập và nền tảng giáo dục đúng đắn ở gia đình. Bộ phim có phụ đề tiếng anh và tiếng Việt. Độ tuổi thích hợp khi tham gia sự kiện 13+ Đăng ký tham dự, liên hệ

Join us for a viewing of Nước by Quyên Nguyen-Le followed by a panel discussion to lean more about Vietnamese youth who identify themselves as LGBTQ. Film will be in both Vietnamese and English with subtitles provided. Due to graphic content, recommended for audience ages 13+. For more information or to RSVP contact 

Sponsors: King County Library System, Official Pride ASIA, Helping Link,Vietnamese Friendship Association, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

Recommended Resources

Max Lane Podcasts

If you missed Max Lane's talks from last week, you can listen to them online here:

Indonesian Politics Since Jokowi 
Pramoedya Ananta Toer: a talk by Dr. Max Lane

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival

The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival is part of our mission to actively organize Southeast Asia-related programs. We aim to feature films that explore Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future. Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit. For more information, please visit our Film Freeway page here.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

Call For Papers: The Politics of Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Southeast Asian Cinemas. Abstract Deadline Extended to November 7, 2017.

10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC), July 23-26, 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:
-Representation of religion, religious themes, and spirituality in cinema
-Faiths, identity-based politics, sectarianism
-Cinema as a vehicle for the adaptation and continual development of religious or traditional ideologies and systems of thought
-Cinema as a mediator between religious and political authorities and the public
-Cinematic reference to, or quotation of, traditional systems of belief and forms of expression
-Cinema and Institutional investment in defining and promoting tradition
-Faith/religion and reception, exhibition, distribution (ex. themed festivals)
-Films as interventions into religious politics/cultures and sectarian politics
-Faith/religion/spirituality, film, and consumer culture
-Religion and censorship
-Islamic themed films as a contemporary phenomena in Indonesia and Malaysia (and elsewhere)

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017. Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to: Katinka Van Heeren (, Patrick Campos (, and Sophia Harvey (

Ecologies in Southeast Asian Literatures: Histories, Myths and Societies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam, January 26-27, 2018 - Abstracts due October 30, 2017

3rd Biennial Richard Robinson Business History Workshop: Risk, Honor & Innovation: Imagining New Markets, Portland State University, May 24-26, 2018 -  Proposals due November 15, 2017.

Praxis Conference 2018: Translation Practices: Negotiating Difference, Abstracts due December 1, 2017.

Call for Manuscripts: "Asian Politics"

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content. 

We are developing a special section for spring 2018 titled “Asian Politics.” We hope that this special section will include articles, essays, and reviews applicable to both history and social science courses. The following are suggested manuscript titles that might be appropriate for the issue but we certainly welcome other submission possibilities: "Asian Democracies: An Overview,” "Teaching about the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula,” “Anglo-American Historical Influences and Contemporary Asian Governments,” “The Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire in World History,” “The Rise of Asian Nationalism,” “Indonesia’s Political Prospects,” “Religion, Politics, and Contemporary India,” “The Geopolitical Ramifications of China’s Post-Mao Rise,” “Tokugawa Japan: Myths and Realities,” “Japan and the UK; Contemporary Politics and Government,” “Lee Kuan Yew’s Political Thought and Asia,” and “Civil Society in Contemporary Asia.”

Please consult Submissions to Education About Asia before submitting a manuscript for this special section. Please note our relatively modest feature article and teaching resources manuscript word-count ranges. Prospective authors who are unfamiliar with EAA should also read archived articles and essays available at no charge in the website below my signature.

Since approximately half of EAA readers teach at the undergraduate level and approximately half of readers are secondary school teachers, we seek suitable manuscripts that are useful for instructors and/or students in undergraduate survey and high school courses such as government, world history, economics, human geography, and cultural anthropology as well as introductory Asia-related survey courses. We are not interested in manuscripts that would be intended for upper-level undergraduate courses in Asian studies.

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to email the Editor, Lucien Ellington, at
 1-3 paragraph descriptions of possible manuscript ideas and will receive prompt replies to queries.

Manuscripts for this special section should be submitted on or before January 8th , 2018 to

Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, March 9-11, 2018 - Abstracts due December 13, 2017

Possession and Persuasion conjure a range of images and concepts, from cultural performance, to the control and mobility of objects, bodies, and spaces, to modes of coercion, influence, and authority. The terms also evoke possibilities of resistance and transformation. How are entanglements of subjectivity and materiality at work across Southeast Asia? How have possessions and persuasions, broadly imagined, organized studies of Southeast Asia, and to what futures do they beckon?

Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference invites submissions that engage these questions. The conference will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Chiara Formichi from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 13, 2017 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review submissions, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. Each panel will have a faculty member serve as a discussant.

Please submit abstracts to

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a PDF file. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe's abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:

• Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address
• Title of paper
• Keywords to aid thematic organization
• The abstract

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 13, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: January 24, 2018
Deadline to Confirm Attendance: February 2, 2018
Full Papers Due: February 16, 2018

UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Conference: Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia, UC Berkeley, April 27-28, 2018 - Abstracts due January 19, 2018.

Migrations have characterized Southeast Asian lives and livelihoods in different ways in different eras; they have affected work, settlement patterns, resource use, small and large investments, religion, and culture. Contributors to this conference will discuss continuities and changes in migration practices, patterns, and personnel, addressing a wide range of historical periods, disciplines, and themes. For this conference, we solicit papers on such topics as:

-labor migration and remittances;
-resource extractions, claims, and trade;
-shifting policies governing international movements of people, resources and capital; human rights issues raised by transnational migration;
-transformations in urban and rural spaces brought by domestic and transnational migrants;
-cultural changes and cultural productions associated with migrant, resource, and capital flows;
-the ways that mobilities have changed or are changing gender, generational, racial, and cultural relations in families, communities, and across nations.

We invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be sent to CSEAS at UC Berkeley by Friday, January 19, 2018. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).

Contact: CSEAS, 1995 University Ave., 520H MC 2318, Berkeley CA 94704, Tel: (510) 642-3609; Fax: (510) 643-7062; E-mail:

Call for Publications: Verge 5.2 (Forgetting Wars), Deadline June 1, 2018.

Funding and Fellowships

Foreign Languages & Area Studies Fellowships 2018-19. Apply by January 31, 2018.

Interested in studying a foreign language and learning about different cultures? FLAS Fellowships award $7,500-$33,000 to UW students studying foreign languages. (Available to current and incoming undergraduate, graduate and professional UW students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents).

Th Nov 02, 1:30-2:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Tu Nov 14, 2:30-3:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Wed Nov 29, 3:30-4:30 Denny Hall Room 211
Wed Dec 6, 3:30-4:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Tu Dec 12, 3:30-4:30, Savery Hall Room 130
Th Jan 11, 10-2 (FLAS Table), Study Abroad Fair, HUB Ballroom
Wed Jan 17, 3:30-4:30 PST Web Chat (see website for instructions)
Tu Jan 23, 2:30-3:30 PST Web Chat (see website for instructions)
Th Jan 25, 2-5:30 (Table), Scholarships Fair, Mary Gates Hall Commons

Questions? Contact Robyn Davis at

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). Apply by November 7, 2017.

2018 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Apply by November 15, 2017.

The Hugh Young Studentship - Humanities, PhD. Apply by November 19, 2017

East-West Center-Graduate Degree Fellowship. Apply by December 1, 2017.

Blakemore Foundation Grants for the Study of East and Southeast Asian Languages.  Application Deadline December 30, 2017.

Boren Awards. Fellowship application due January 30, 2018, Scholarship application due February 8, 2018.

NEH Senior Research Fellowship Program. Apply by January 31, 2018.


Advanced Associate Professor/Professor, East Asia and/or Southeast Asia before 1900, History Dept., University of Texas - Austin, Closing November 15, 2017

Professor of East Asian/Southeast Asian History, Closing December 15, 2017

Assistant Professor Tenure Track in International Studies (East Asia or Southeast Asia), Simon Fraser University, Closing December 27, 2017

Adjunct wanted for Modern Asia course at Seton Hall University, to start during Spring semester of 2018. The introductory level survey course “History of Modern Asia” covers Asian history and culture from 1800 to the present. The course will meet twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes at the South Orange, NJ campus of SHU (exact times to be determined). 

Recent PhD graduates or ABD candidates with research interests in China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, or Mongolia will be considered. College teaching experience preferred.

If interested, please email a cv and include a brief message or cover letter describing your scholarly interests and your approach to teaching college students about modern Asia to Jeff Rice at

Featured Photo


Last week, friends, faculty, and students of the SEAC were able to meet with visiting academics Faiza Mardzoeki (3rd from the right) and Max Lane (4th from the right) who graciously shared their thoughts and ideas with us. We were even able to watch Faiza's play Nyanyi Sunyi Kembang-Kembang Genjer (Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers) about the experiences of members of Gerwani, a women's organization, during Suharto's regime.

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