January 2018
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JSIS Southeast Asia Center

Where in SEA

by Christopher Harriot

Answer to last newsletter's question:
Congratulations to Polly Woodbury and Broman Barry for getting the answer right: Pha That Luang in Vientiane, Laos. The original structure was believed to have been built in the 16th century, but after damage by successive raids and wars, the structure seen today is a result of reconstruction by French colonialists who adhered to the original design. Today it is one of the most important nationalist symbols of Laos.

This Week's "Where in SEA" am I?
I'm currently crossing one of the longest bridges in Southeast Asia, on my way to the "island of the areca nut palm," a place filled with a rich history, diverse people, and most of all, yummy food! Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Submit Your “Where in SEA” question, get a Starbucks Gift Card: It’s for the Kids!
Send us 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 Article

Myanmar Roundtable panelists discuss the crisis

rohingya roundtable

Last week the Southeast Asia Center sponsored a roundtable discussion about Myanmar and the Rohingya Crisis.  Information presented by the panelists was startling: one of the worst genocides in the last 50 years may be taking place now in Rakhine State.  The event’s organizer, Professor Ben Marwick, summarizes the evening’s discussion here.

Rohingya Rountable



Talk with Elizabeth Becker


Rare Witness:
Reporting War, Genocide, Pol Pot and Testifying at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Universitry of Washington Libraries Smith Room, Suzzallo Library, 3rd Floor January 26th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Ms. Becker will describe her journey as a war correspondent during the US bombing of Cambodia, her observations of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, her experience interviewing Pol Pot, and her week-long testimony as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

RSVP on our Facebook event here.

SEAxSEA: The Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival

4:30pm-7:30pm, January 24-26, 2018
Thomson Hall 101

The SEAxSEA Film Festival, explores Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future. View the full program and list of films here.


Mega-Workshop on immigration and citizenship assistance

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (301 Mercer St)
Saturday, February 3, 2018
10 AM – 2 PM

On Saturday, February 3, the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is holding a mega-workshop to provide legal consultations for immigrants of any status and citizenship assistance for eligible green card holders. If you need assistance, please attend. If you are worried about your safety, please know that you will be in a room with some of the best attorneys in Seattle.

P.S. We need volunteer interpreters! Join us in standing for immigrants and refugees. You can sign up to volunteer here.

Talk on Photographing the Philippine Drug War


Thomson Hall 101
Tuesday, February 13th, 4:30pm

Professor Vicente Rafael’s talk will investigate aspects of documenting the bloody war on drugs under the regime of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. While popular, Duterte’s narco- and necro-politics has also called forth other responses. One example is the work of photojournalists covering the war. This talk will look into photojournalism as a form of advocacy and mourning, inquiring into the ambivalent effects of aestheticizing the images of those killed by the police and their death squads.

RSVP on our Facebook event here.

Serious Fun Lecture Series: Mysteries and Secrets

Brechemin Auditorium
February 21, 2018, 7:00 PM

There’s never a single way to approach a topic. In the Serious Fun Lecture Series, outstanding faculty and alumni from across the University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences share their varied perspectives on everything from rhythm to dragons. The February 21 lecture, which features Andrew Nestingen (Scandinavian Studies), Brett Morris (Astronomy), and our very own Laurie Sears (History) asks: What do experts in crime fiction, astronomy and history have in common? Their work is steeped in mystery. Join our presenters as they illuminate new ways of looking at the world. Shawn Wong and Frances McCue, faculty in the Department of English, serve as moderators.

Laurie Sears

Recommended Resources

Study abroad in Hanoi and Haiphong!


Our Vietnamese language instructor Bich-Ngoc Turner is pleased to announce that her proposed study abroad program in Hanoi and Haiphong (Seattle's sister city) has been approved and now up for online application. You can take a look at the program overview here. You can also visit their Facebook page 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

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.

The 2018 School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) Graduate Student Conference on Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, March 14-16, 2018- Abstracts due January 20, 2018.

We are interested in proposals for papers, panels, and performances, reflecting on what scholars and others deem “The Asian Century.” Through historical rotation of power, Asia is taking prominence on the global stage. We are interested in research that examines this concept, especially the ways that smaller countries across Asia have gained power. We are also looking for presentations that address inter-Asia and hegemonic interactions, whether through politics, economy, or culture, and can support or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia Pacific region. With this goal in mind, we also encourage those with a background in the arts to apply.

We are especially looking for papers that:
· Involve original research in all areas of Asia and Asian Studies
· Incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks
· Engage comparative studies or transnationalism
· Explore new and emerging trends in Asian Studies
· Critically re-examine existing methodologies and frameworks
· Present Asian performance practices

We invite and encourage you to share our announcement for the Call for Papers to your graduate students who are doing work on Asian Studies. Our theme is “The Asian Century: Emerging Stories” and our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Sophal Ear, from Occidental College.

The 11th Global Studies Conference, University of Granada, Granada, Spain 30–31 July 2018 - Proposals due January 30, 2018.

Call for Papers: InterAsian Connections VI, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, December 4–7, 2018 - Proposals due February 28, 2018.

Call for Applications: Delta cities: rethinking practices of the urban, IIAS In situ graduate school, Ho Chi Minh City/Long Xuyen, An Giang, December 10-15, 2018. Applications due March 1, 2018.

Call for Applications, 2018 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: “Infrastructure”, Penn State University, June 10-16, 2018 - applications due March 15, 2018.

Education About Asia Call for Manuscripts: "Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part II)" Manuscripts due April 20, 2018.

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.

Did you know that there are approximately 140 FLAS fellowships per year for UW students? 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).

Applications now open! Due January 31, 2018 at 5 PM PST.
For more information and to apply, visit jsis.washington.edu/advise/funding/flas/

Tu Jan 23, 2:30-3:30 PST Web Chat (see website for access instructions)
Th Jan 25, 2-5:30 PM (FLAS Table), Scholarships Fair, Mary Gates Hall Commons
Th Jan 25, 2:30-3 PM 'Last-minute tips for FLAS Applicants,' Mary Gates Hall 171

Questions? Contact Robyn Davis at rldavis@uw.edu

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

Multi-Country 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)! http://www.usindo.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/USINDO-2018-Summer-Studies-Program-Information_171121.pdf

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 gerhard@washingtonjustice.org

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 jeffrey.rice@shu.edu.

We want to hear from you!

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Would you like your photo of Southeast Asian to be featured in TWISEA? We would love to hear from our readers! Please email us your queries at seac@uw.edu!

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