February 2018
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Where in SEA

photo by Sgt. Tony Tolley

Answer to last newsletter's question:
Congratulations to Jeff Hodson, Broman Barry, and George Dutton for getting the answer right: Luang Prabang, Laos!

Where in SEA:
I am by a huge statue of Christ the King overlooking the capital of the newest nation in Southeast Asia, and standing as testament to the fact that this is one of two nations in the region that are predominantly Roman Catholic. At around 88 feet in height and made of 27 separate copper sections, it took more than a year to fabricate and construct this statue that looks over both land and sea. Today, it is one of the major tourist sites in the country, and can be reached by climbing around 500 steps to the summit of a peninsula. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Featured Article

The Philippine Drug War

Vicente Rafael's talk last week and Neferti Tadiar's talk this week gave us a lot to ponder about the Philippine Drug War. Shannon Bush dissects the politics of the Philippine Drug War, tracing its possible colonial roots and locating it within today's globalized underground economy. You can read her full article here.

photo by AFP


Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

azeem ibrahim

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

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

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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week

The UW School of Law is hosting a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week from February 20 to 28, 2018. Read the event descriptions here.

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

Study abroad in Hanoi and Haiphong!

The deadline for applications to our study abroad program in Hanoi and Haiphong (Seattle's sister city) under our Vietnamese language instructor Bich-Ngoc Turner has been extended to March 1! You can apply here. You can also visit their Facebook page here.

Watch a short video about the host campus and city here.


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) 112

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


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.

Funding & Fellowships

The Marcy Migdal Fund for Education Equality. Application closes March 30, 2018

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 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.

Escaping the Homeland: Contesting Diasporic Narratives, The 17th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia, Yale University,
April 21, 2018. Proposals due March 14, 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.

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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