April 2018
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JSIS Southeast Asia Center

This week's Where in SEA?

photo by Adrian Alarilla

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Siradj Okta, Liza Luboff, Timothy Manring, and Vanna Song, for getting the answer right: Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia!

Where in SEA is Jorge?
Jorge Bayona is a Doctoral Candidate in the History Department. He was in Southeast Asia recently to conduct fieldwork, and also presented his initial findings at a few universities in the region.  This photo was taken at a university founded by American colonialists in 1908. It has since become one of the centers of social and political activism in this country, especially during times of authoritarian rule. The main campus is located in a sprawling site that used to be swampland; hence, one of its most famous landmarks is a large, green clearing that seems sunken below the surrounding grounds. Where in Southeast Asia is Jorge? Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Featured Article

Rithy Panh event covered in the International Examiner

Left to right: Rithy Panh, Sameth Mell, Jenna Grant. Photo by Bunthay Cheam

Last December, the Southeast Asia Center, in conjunction with the UW Graduate School and the Rajana Society, hosted a number of events revolving around the visit of internationally-acclaimed Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. This made the front page of last week's issue of The International Examiner. 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

Malaysian Night 2018: IKAT


Malaysian Night is an event organized by Malaysians annually to showcase and embrace 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.

Chipotle Fundraiser for JSIS Senior

Monday, April 9th, 4-8 PM
Chipotle on The Ave (4229 University Way NE)

Last October, JSIS Senior Aylin Eldrin and her family lost their home, business, and almost everything they owned as a result of the Santa Rosa Wildfires. Aylin is currently struggling to balance helping her mother to bring back their income stream and home while also attempting to support herself and finish her studies.

To help Aylin finish her education in light of these extremely difficult circumstances, next , JSSA is hosting a Chipotle fundraiser, and Chipotle will donate 50% of all proceeds from meals purchased in this time frame to Aylin if we are able to reach $300 in sales. In order to ensure that funds are donated to Aylin, customers must tell the cashier that they are supporting the Jackson School Student Association or show them the flyer on the Facebook Event Page.

Please consider participating in this fundraiser with your peers, colleagues, and friends. If you are able to, please also consider donating. You can read Aylin's full story here.

Aylin Eldrin

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!

Recommended Resources

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 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Application closes May 31, 2018.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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.

From the Grassroots to the Global: the 9th International Small Cinemas Conference, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, November 9-10, 2018. Abstracts due April 30, 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: rtsuji@uw.edu. 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.

ASEAS-UK Conference: Southeast Asia Meets Global Challenges, University of Leeds, UK, September 5-7, 2018. Abstracts due May 31, 2018.
University of Leeds

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

Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia, National University of Singapore, September 27-28, 2018. Proposals due June 15, 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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