December 2017
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Where in SEA

Photo courtesy of Uncornered Market

Answer to Last Week's question:
Congratulations to Ralph Coolman and Cliff Sloane for getting the answer right: Madagascar! The beautiful photo of Madagascar rice terraces was courtesy of Mariusz Kluzniak. For those of you who hadn’t heard about this “most astonishing fact of human geography,” archeological and linguistic evidence establishes that a group from what is today Indonesia colonized Madagascar circa 600-700 CE.  The Indian Ocean was then an active zone of maritime trade and there’s some evidence that the first Southeast Asian voyagers to Africa’s east coast sailed under the banner of Srivijaya.

This Week's "Where in SEA" (or not) am I?
I am enjoying a bowl of pho, perfect for the winter cold and the snow outside. No, I am not in Southeast Asia, but I might as well be, surrounded by a community of around 40,000 Vietnamese living around this market named after a picturesque mountain town in North Vietnam. Where am I? Submit your answers to!


Submit Your “Where in SEA” question, get a Starbucks Gift Card: It’s for the Kids!
“Where in Southeast Asia” is a new feature we’ve introduced with the goal of producing engaging questions for our newsletter readers while simultaneously building a catalog of SEA-focused historical/geographical/and cultural information available to junior- and high-school teachers for use in their classrooms. For example, Charlie Hirschman’s question last week will be coupled on SEAC’s Resources for K-12 Education webpage with an answer that describes who Alfred Wallace was, what he was famous for discovering, and what impact his discovery had for geology and biology. Teachers can use the questions to create a quick activity or as an opening for a longer discussion.

We need your ideas! Submit your “Where in Southeast Asia” trivia-style question and photo along with an informative answer of at least 250 words (400 max) that describes why the place, person, or natural feature you’ve chosen as your subject matter is important. As long as it’s suitable for posting on our website, you’ll receive a Starbucks gift card for each question and answer you submit. Hurry! Gift card offer is limited to the first 20 submissions.

Featured Articles

November 24, 1987

This week the Southeast Asia Center co-sponsored the residency of acclaimed filmmaker Rithy Panh.  Panh was 11 and living with his family in Phnom Penh when Khmer Rouge soldiers entered the city in April 1975.  Panh’s body of work principally concerns the subsequent genocide that he alone among his family members survived.

One of our first-year MA students, Vanna Song, was also personally affected by Pol Pot’s regime of terror.  His family fled Cambodia in 1983 and he recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of his arrival in the U.S. from a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border.  Our featured article this week is an essay he wrote to reflect upon his coming to the U.S. 

Also, read about recent changes in deportation practices that have led to increasing numbers of immigrants from Cambodia being sent home.

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Exciting Explorations of Seattle Restaurants

Another of our first-year MA students has also been busy writing more than final papers. Choirun Nisa Ristanty is moonlighting as a special correspondent to the Surabaya News Tribune. Read the original article in Bahasa Indonesia here to find out just what she had to say about makanan khas Seattle (Seattle's culinary specialties), including Dick's burgers and Molly Moon ice cream.



Age of the Kampuchea Picture


Video installation: Age of the Kampuchea Picture
using materials from the Elizabeth Becker archive
4-15 December
Research Commons, Allen Library South, Ground floor

There's one more week to see this video installation by Adrian Alarilla, Jenna Grant and Judith Henchy. Elizabeth Becker’s collection of documents from her 1978 visit to Democratic Kampuchea are housed in the UW Libraries Special Collection. You can watch a preview of the installation here.


Coming next quarter: The SEA x SEA Film Festival!

We are so excited to announce the Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival coming next quarter! SEA x SEA will feature films that explore Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future. We will be holding it at Thompson 101 on January 24 and 25, 2018.

We are still accepting entries as well! Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit. For more information, please visit our Film Freeway page here.

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Recommended Resources

Rithy Panh interview

If you missed hearing Rithy Panh discuss his work while he was on campus, you can watch an interview with him here.

Winter Quarter Course Offerings

Before we go on our Winter break, check out the available Southeast Asia-related courses you can take next quarter! You can view the available Winter Quarter courses here.

The JSIS Diversity and Equity Committee

The Jackson School just recently launched a site for the Diversity and Equity Committee. Please check out any available resources here.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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

Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2018: Deconstructing Borders & Barriers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 16, 2018 - Abstracts due December 15, 2017

The inaugural Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at the University of Michigan invites applicants from all fields of study and levels to engage, connect with, and explore the topics of borders and boundaries in Southeast Asia and its diaspora. Historically, Southeast Asia and its diaspora have confronted issues relating to borders and barriers – of colonization, of citizenship, of diverse ethnic and religious groups, of movement and migration. These issues continue to develop into the present. How are borders created, maintained, and challenged? How do individuals and groups overcome these barriers and obstacles?

Participants are invited to give a 10-15 minute paper presentation. Contingent on interest, opportunities to present a poster or to workshop current drafts may be available. 

Please submit a 250 word maximum abstract here. If there are any questions or concerns, please email

Queer Asian Conference and Film Festival 2018, SOAS University of London, June 29-30, 2018 - Submissions due December 30, 2017.

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.

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. We are developing a special section for spring 2018 titled “Asian Politics.” 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. 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

Call for Applications, 2018 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: “Infrastructure”

Penn State University invites applicants for its annual Asian Studies Summer Institute, to be held June 10-16, 2018.  This year’s Institute, co-directed by Leo Coleman (Hunter College/CUNY) and Jessamyn Abel (Penn State), focuses on the topic of “Infrastructure.” Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as significant time workshopping their work in progress.  Particularly strong work will be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue of Verge: Studies in Global Asias (

Penn State will cover housing and meals, and offer an honorarium to help defray travel costs (USD 400 from the East Coast, 600 from the Midwest, 800 from the West Coast; USD 1000 from Europe; USD 1350 from Asia).  Applicants must have completed their PhDs no earlier than June 2013, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations.

On the theme: We invite applications from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for projects that examine “infrastructure” as both concept and material reality in Asia, Asian America, and Asian diasporic communities around the world.

The infrastructures of the modern world shape everyday life, popular perceptions of space and movement, and prominent images of the individual, corporation, nation, region, and world. Attention to infrastructure, which has recently emerged as a key site of study across the social sciences and humanities, brings together disparate concerns with space, mobility, and circulations (of images, commodities, resources, people, and ideas). It enables a focus across scales and boundaries (whether political boundaries or those that run between rural and urban), highlighting political ecologies, physical processes, and material connections that link places and people while illuminating the often-hidden categorizations and mediations that inform local aspirations and political understandings.

In this workshop, we will explore the relationships between real and conceptual infrastructures, concrete materials and codes of practice, and means and motivations, both in particular parts of Asia and as Asian people, goods, and ideas circulate globally. We will examine how the study of infrastructures, broadly conceived, can help us better understand urban spaces and rural landscapes, development projects, technological changes, and emergent political and social realities. Key questions will include how infrastructure studies might renew classic approaches to Asian societies and their national or global histories, provide new insights into Asian and Asian diasporic literatures or arts, or help focus attention on current ecological and political concerns—for example, by mobilizing new concepts such as redundancy, resiliance, and repair. We will also consider how the study of infrastructure impacts our understanding of Global Asias—itself a nebulously defined, contested, and generative concept. A close examination of the evolution of the infrastructures that are fundamental to economic and political relations, and to the daily lives of billions of people, reveals the ways in which material technologies, sociotechnical processes, legal forms, popular culture, and the natural environment interact to produce the physical and imagined spaces of city, nation, region, and empire.

To apply, please send the following documents in a single PDF file to by March 15, 2018:
- An abstract of 1500 words outlining research project and clarifying its connection to the Institute theme.
- A sample of current work.
- A current c.v. (no longer than 2 pp).
- A letter from a principal advisor about the advanced status of work (in the case of graduate students).

Decisions will be made by the first week of April 2018. Other inquiries regarding the Summer Institute may be directed to Jessamyn Abel (

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).

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

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

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

2018 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Indonesia. Application Deadline February 8, 2018. 

Applications for the 2018 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Indonesia are now open! For U.S. university students or recent graduates interested in learning the language and culture of the most dynamic emerging economy in Southeast Asia, largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democratic country, fourth most populous nation, and one of the most diverse countries in the world, don’t hesitate to apply now for the 2018 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (May 24 - August 2, 2018)!

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

Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities

The Immigrant Solidarity Network is looking for volunteers to respond to Hotline calls in the following languages: Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Arabic, Punjabi, Cambodian, Chinese-Cantonese, Marshallese, Samoan, Amharic, Chinese-Mandarin, Japanese, Rumanian, French, Nepali, Mixteco, Lao, Hindi.

If you are fluent in one of the above languages, and are interested in helping out, please email Gerhard Letzing at

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

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