March 2018
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Where in SEA is Christoph Giebel?

Welcome back to school! Hope you all had a great Spring Break, and you were able to go somewhere fun. It looks like Prof. Christoph Giebel was also out and about in Southeast Asia!

This is at the Hiền Lương Bridge over the Bến Hải River, former site of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the 17th parallel, Quảng Trị Province, Việt Nam. The DMZ was originally only meant to establish two temporary military regroupment and administrative zones, 1954-56, before the envisioned reunification of the two temporary zones of an undivided country through the ballot box. In Western writing, it is often erroneously described as a "political border" between a "North Vietnam" and a "South Vietnam." It was a Cold War flash point between 1955 and 1972, when it came under full and permanent revolutionary control.

Thanks so much for the submission, Prof. Giebel!

Hien Luong Bridge

This week's Where in SEA?

Photo by Harry J

We know there are a lot of floating markets all over Southeast Asia. This particular one is located in a "River City" on the delta of not one, but two rivers, near the southern tip of the third-largest island in the world (the largest in Asia). This city was founded as far back as 1526, and houses the oldest mosque in the province of this archipelagic nation. Besides fresh fruits and flowers, this city was also known for its diamond mines and its mascot, the proboscis monkey. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to!

Featured Article

Seattle Central College students visit and study the Burke’s Jukung

At the end of winter quarter, students from Seattle Central College toured the offsite location housing the Burke Museum’s collection of traditional, wooden boats from Southeast Asia, inccluding the Balinese jukung currently in the process of restoration. Read the full article here.

photo from Shannon Bush


Malaysian Night 2018: IKAT


Malaysian Night, an event organized by Malaysians annually to showcase and embrace the Malaysian culture. This year, the theme is IKAT. IKAT, in Malay, means tied together. It signifies friendship and bond. Malaysia is a unique, multicultural country. IKAT celebrates the friendship and unity between different races through a skit, featuring friendship and romance between actions of badminton, the most popular sport in Malaysia. For information and tickets, read more here.

The ART of Survival

Saturday, April 7, 1-7pm
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave
Hosted by Cambodian American Community Council of Washington

The ART of Survival is an arts event exploring the Cambodian American identity. This will be the second in an annual Cambodian American community series called Remembering the Past, Welcoming the Future, which was the inaugural event held in 2015 to reflect on the 40th anniversary of the Cambodian Genocide. For this year’s event, we aim to showcase Cambodian Americans who have held onto their identity through the trauma of war and resettlement through art. This event is free and open to the public.
Free parking available on a limited basis. Read more details here.

ART of Survival

Washington as a Global Actor


Featuring State of Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib
Thursday, April 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Communications Building (CMU) Room 202

Lt. Governor Habib will talk about global opportunities for Washington, from trade to foreign relations, and the role of the Lieutenant Governor's Office in creating a more prosperous Washington for all. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Burmese Refugees' Narratives, Anthropological Narratives

Writing Cultures in Working with Forced Migrants in Worcester, MA
a talk with Susan Rodgers
Friday, April 13th, 12:30-2:00pm
Thomson Hall 317

Dr. Rodgers' talk will interrogate storytelling about Karen and Karenni forced migrants now resettled in New England. After being driven away by the Myanmar military to refugee camps along the Thai/Burma border, they settled in Worcester, MA five to fifteen years ago. They have now become a focus of intense narrative energy in town, but when participating in ethnographic interviews, the Karen and Karenni tell quite different, more nuanced stories. What types of anthropological writing best evokes the complexities of this thicket of storytelling about forced migrants now living in America?

Susan Rodgers will also talk about Ikat Textiles from Indonesia and Malaysian Sarawak on April 14 at SAM downtown, as part of the Gardner Center's Saturday University series. Learn more here.

burmese refugees

Spring Fling: An Evening of Dance, Music, & Food


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S

The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) and the Filipino Community of Seattle will be hosting "Spring Fling: An Evening of Dance, Music, & Food," in anticipation of the 2018 Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival! For ticket inquiries, please contact Marie Serica or Juliet OmliCawas Cheatle at (206) 722-9372.

SAVE THE DATE! Pagdiriwang 2018: Sat June 2 to 3!

Games for Our Future: Surviving Climate Change

Co-organized by the UW Center for Creative Conservation, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Indies, and Seattle Serious & Social Impact Games Group

Video games are now one of the most popular genres in the history of humanity. How could they help change the world for the better? We invite environmental researchers, educators, game creators, and other change-makers to join a series of events designed to explore how games can make environmental learning fun and catalyze action. This year we are focusing on the theme, “Surviving Climate Change”: how might games–and players–respond to the new reality of rising temperatures–and all of its social, biological, and geophysical consequences? Learn more here.

earth games

Recommended Resources

SEASSI Scholarship deadline extended!

The SEASSI Scholarship deadline has been extended to next Monday, April 2nd, which is also the general application and Tuition Scholarship deadline. The SEASSI Scholarship awards the full SEASSI program fee along with an $1,100 living stipend. Graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this award. Non-NRC graduate students are eligible for the SEASSI Scholarship at all levels of language study; however, graduate students at NRCs are only eligible for the SEASSI Scholarship for the first-year level of language study. All SEASSI Scholarship awardees must attend SEASSI in person. The Tuition Scholarship awards up to one-half the SEASSI program fee (up to $2,000) and is available to all SEASSI students regardless of background or level of study.


Spring 2018 Featured Courses

featured courses

For more details, view our course list here.

Viet Nam Wars (JSIS A 265/HSTAS 265) with Christoph Giebel
MTWTH 9:30-10:20, Thomson Hall (THO) 125

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

Funding & Fellowships

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

The Rotary Peace Fellowship. Application closes May 31, 2018.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL), Vientiane, Laos, June 27-July 31, 2018. Applications due April 2, 2018. Full Scholarships also available.

The Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, University of Patras in Patras, Greece, June 5–7, 2019. Proposals due April 20, 2018.

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

UW Department of Asian Languages and Literature 2018 Graduate Student Colloquium: "Transnationalism and Transdisciplinarity", University of Washington, May 12, 2018. Abstracts due April 30, 2018.

Transnationalism reflects the crossing of cultural, ideological, and linguistic borders and boundaries. Multiple disciplines can provide different lenses and help us better understand cultures, language, communication, and identities. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

•Analysis of nation-state ideology: nationalism, neoliberalism, colonization and decolonization, immigrants, and national identity;
•Language acquisition in a variety of contexts: internal migrants, distance learners, and immigrant learners;
•Language politics
•Politics and literature: imagination, resistance, and political identity;
•History and literature: collective memories, representation of the past, and trauma;
•Identity: cultural identity, mass culture, subjectivity and objectivity Participants in the colloquium can choose to participate in either the conference or workshop.

Conference presenters will deliver a talk no longer than 15 minutes that summarizes research in progress. Workshop participants can submit a work in progress to other members one week in advance and agree to read other participants’ submissions and provide constructive feedback. Graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals on Asia-related topics. Please submit proposals of no more than 200 words by April 30 to Rie Tsujihara: Indicate in your email whether you would like to present at the conference or join a workshop. Proposals will be considered by representatives of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

The 3rd International Music and Performing Arts Conference (IMPAC2018), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Malaysia, November 13-15, 2018. Abstracts due May 2, 2018. 

Call for Publications: Verge 5.2 (Forgetting Wars), Deadline June 1, 2018.

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