February 2018
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Where in SEA

photo by Takeaway

Answer to last newsletter's question:
Congratulations to Choirun Nisa Ristanty for getting the answer right: Yogyakarta! The particular image was a still from the short film "Kitorang Basudara" (Far Away Home). Congratulations to its filmmaker, Ninndi Raras, as well! The results are in, and Kitorang Basudara won the Audience Choice Award for last week's SEAxSEA Film Festival!

Where in SEA:
Although its name means "new city," this place actually has a rich and deep history. Situated inland in the mountainous north, this city is studded with beautiful and unique temples, museums, and art galleries. Art is everywhere in this creative city!  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

Insights on the the Philippine Drug War

photo by Noel Celis

In anticipation of Prof. Rafael's talk on photojournalism and the Philippine drug war, and Prof. Neferti Tadiar's talk on extra-judicial killings, our MA student Adrian Alarilla wrote about his experience during his most recent visit to Manila last Winter break. Read more here.


Be sure to catch Prof. Vicente Rafael's and Prof. Neferti Tadiar's talks:

Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing the Philippine Drug War
Thomson Hall 101
Tuesday, February 13, 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?

Objects of a Just War: Expendable Life in Duterte's Philippines
Communications Hall 120
Wednesday, February 21, 4:00pm

Prof. Neferti Tadiar speaks on race and capitalism as part of “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization,” a 2017-2018 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor of Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her work examines the role of cultural practice and social imagination in the production of wealth, power, marginality, and liberatory movements in the context of global relations. Her research focuses on contemporary Philippine and Filipino cultures and their relation to political and economic change, while addressing broader issues of gender, race, and sexuality in the discourses and material practices of nationalism, transnationalism, and globalization.

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.

Walking Down Memory Lane: Writing Indonesian Teaching Material in the US

Denny Hall 159
February 9, 5-8:30pm

The Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian (COTI) and Atma Jaya Catholic University (Unika Atma Jaya) will hold a seminar via Zoom Teleconference.
“BIPA Millenial Era: Various BIPA Teaching Methodologies and Materials”
This seminar will be held in Indonesia (February 10th) and in several universities in the US (February 9th). The University of Washington will join the seminar via Zoom teleconference at Denny Hall 159 from 5 PM – 8:30 PM (Friday February 9th, 2018). This seminar is open to the public but RSVP is required. All presentations will be delivered in Indonesian language. RSVP to sandjaja@uw.edu.

Desiana Pauli Sandjaja from the Department of Asian Languages and Literature will deliver her presentation at 7:15 PM. The title is “Napak Tilas Lika-Liku Penyusunan Bahan Ajar Bahasa Indonesia di Amerika” (Walking Down Memory Lane: Writing Indonesian Teaching Material in the US”).

Indonesian Movie Night: Cek Toko Sebelah!

cek toko sebelah

February 9, 5-7pm
Thomson Hall 101

Cek Toko Sebelah (Check The Store Next Door) is an Indonesian comedy-drama film written and directed by Ernest Prakasa and Jenny Jusuf. In this heartwarming comedy, Erwin is an overseas university graduate content on his path to climbing the corporate ladder. He receives an offer to get promoted to work in the Singapore office, although his father suddenly falls ill and requests him to take over their little family shop. Erwin is forced to spend a month working at the little shop, pressured by his father and to the disappointment of his girlfriend Natalie. Erwin's older brother Yohan laments about his father's favoritism and tries to make his own ends meet as he struggles with his own perceived failures.

This event is brought to you by the Indonesian Student Association at UW.

Serious Fun Lecture Series: Mysteries and Secrets

Brechemin Auditorium
February 21, 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

A Discussion on the Legacy of the Vietnam War and Opportunities to Take Action


Tuesday, February 27, 5–6pm
Thomson Hall (THO) room 101

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Giebel to address the issues facing countries coping with landmines and unexploded ordnance and how the legacy of war continues to affect people. Dr. Giebel will talk about underlying issues, long-term effects, and contemporary remedial efforts. PeaceTrees Vietnam will also be sharing opportunities to become involved with this effort.

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

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

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

The University of Puget Sound is looking for a One-year visiting assistant professor in International Political Economy for the 2018-19 academic year. Click on the link to learn more.

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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