January 2018
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Where in SEA


Answer to last newsletter's question:
Congratulations to Karen Villeda, Boon Goh, and Katia Chaterji for getting the answer right: Penang Bridge that connects Pulau Pinang to the rest of the Malaysian peninsula. While the island has been inhabited since the Neolithic era, and at one point was part of the Kedah Sultanate, it was the British East India Company that developed it as part of their Straits Settlements, and is today one of the most urbanised states in Malaysia.

Where in SEA: Special Edition
Tying in with SEAxSEA, our question this week takes a still photo from one of our film festival's official selections. If you've watched our films, you may recognize the city in which this film was set. For those who weren't able to catch it, here's a clue: I am at the city of students, the city of culture, the city that is "the vision of a perfect society." 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

Where will be Art?

If you missed the Film Festival, here’s some that we screened to tide you over until our Second Annual SEAxSEA next year:

You can watch some of the films we featured online here:
Dreams of Cambodia by Cyntheara Tham
Home Away from Phteah by Peter Prom
New Guitar Strings by May Oo Tha
Singh in the Lion City by Upneet Kaur-Nagpal

Our Featured Article this week offers a reflection on what we gain from film festivals in this tech-centric city and time. Read more 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

photo by Noel Celis

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

In this talk, Prof. Vicente Rafael inquires into the narco- and necro-politics of the war on drugs under the regime of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. While popular, the war has also called forth other responses. One example has been the work of photojournalists. In the context of the drug war, how does photojournalism become a kind of advocacy as much as a form of mourning? How is trauma and witnessing braided together in the experience of photographers covering the drug war? What are the ambivalent effects of aestheticizing the image of those killed by the police and their death squads? How does the aesthetic rendering of death make possible the act of witnessing even as it repeatedly endangers it? What is the fate of photographic images once rendered into commodities by the global media and put into circulation for the consumption of anonymous viewers? And among families of the victims, how are the dead remembered in ways that elude photographic capture? 

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

The 2018 Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Award and the Charles & Jane Keyes Award

The Southeast Asia Center is pleased to announce the application period is now open for the 2018 Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Award and the Charles & Jane Keyes Award. 

The Gething Award, made possible by a generous gift from Thomas and Mary Gething, provides travel funding for graduate students who will be presenting Southeast Asia-related papers at academic conferences.  The Keyes Award, underwritten by an endowment from Charles and Jane Keyes, provides financial assistance to graduate students undertaking fieldwork in or on Southeast Asia and may be applied toward the costs of their research or travel. 

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) on Thursday, February 15, 2018. To apply, please submit the following to seac@uw.edu with the subject heading Gething Award Application or Keyes Award Application, as appropriate.

To apply for the Thomas W. & Mary C. Gething Award to support conference travel, please submit: 

A cover letter that includes your name, address, email address, discipline, level of graduate study, and area(s) of research interest.  Please also include your paper title and abstract, whether it has been accepted for presentation, and the conference title, date, and location.  Finally, please indicate the amount of funding you are requesting, your total estimated budget, and whether you have secured any other sources of funding.

To apply for the Charles & Jane Keyes Award to support field research, please submit:

1) A brief cover letter that includes your name, address, email address, discipline, level of graduate study and area(s) of research interest.  Indicate the dates and location(s) of your proposed travel, the amount of funding you are requesting, your total estimated budget, and whether you have secured any other funding sources. 

2) A one-page summary of your research plans and goals for the proposed travel.

If you have any questions, please email seac@uw.edu.

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

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 February 1, 2018.

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/

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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