February 2018
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Where in SEA

photo by Abdullah Geelah

Answer to last newsletter's question:
Congratulations to Marjorie Muecke, Cliff Sloane, and Jeff Hodson, for getting the answer right: Chiang Mai!

Where in SEA:
I am in a small country with big dreams, and enough natural gas deposits to fulfill all of them. The capital city, situated on the banks of a river, houses this beautiful, gold-domed mosque in the middle of an artificial lagoon, with a ceremonial barge meant to commemorate the coming down of the Quran. The mosque itself was designed by Italian architect and sculptor Rudolfo Nolli, and besides having a dome made of gold, also uses marble from Italy, granite from Shanghai, crystal chandeliers from England, and carpets from Saudi Arabia.  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

Southeast Asian films shine in this year's Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The 2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival is coming up in a couple of weeks! SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American community. Our Graduate Student Assistant, Adrian Alarilla, who is also the Programming Manager for SAAFF, shares his picks from this year that represent our region. Read more here.

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

Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing the Philippine Drug War
Thomson Hall (THO) room 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?

If you can't make it on Tuesday, Prof. Rafael will be holding a talk on the same topic at Seattle University, Pigott Hall Auditorium, Saturday, February 10 at 10:00am.

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.

Indonesian Movie Night: Cek Toko Sebelah!

Thomson Hall (THO) room 101
February 9, 5-7pm

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 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.

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Singapore Students' Association Chinese New Year Celebration


Twelve at U District
4535 12th Ave NE
Thursday, February 15, 6-10PM

Come ring in the Year of the Dawg with SSA! The Lunar New Year is traditionally a festive celebration that reunites friends and family on this special occasion. It is a time to reflect, be thankful and eat, eat and eat. Join us at TWELVE @ U District (formerly AVA) for an evening of food, drinks, music and above all, community. All are welcome! Please RSVP to ensure that there will be enough food for everyone!

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

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

azeem ibrahim

Seattle University, Pigott Hall Auditorium
Saturday, February 24, 9:00am

The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. In his talk, Ibrahim investigates Myanmar’s marginalized and vulnerable ethnic Rohingya. Despite their centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,000 Rohingya internally displaced in refugee camps, and cast a pall on Myanmar’s peaceful democratic transition.

Presented by the Search for Meaning Festival Seattle University with the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, Seattle Art Museum

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

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

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

Spring 2018 Featured Courses

featured courses

For more details, view our course list here.

Violence, Race, Memory (JSIS B 264/HSTAS 264) with Laurie Sears
TH 3:30-5:20, More Hall (MOR) 220

Southeast Asian Knowledge and the Politics of Information (JSIS A 419/ANTH 469) with Judith Henchy
W 1:30-3:20, Denny Hall (DEN) 125

International Environmental Policy (JSIS B 455) with Jeff Begun
TH 1:30-3:20, Thomson Hall (THO) 234


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 Abstracts: The 22nd International Symposium On Malay/Indonesian Linguistics, Los Angeles, May 10-12, 2018 - Abstracts due February 15, 2018.

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

Call for Papers: 13th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies, National University of Singapore, July 23-27, 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.

Carnegie Council’s Asia Dialogues program, Manila, Philippines, October 21 to 27, 2018. Applications due March 16, 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.

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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