April 2018
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Where in SEA?

Photo by Truong Hung

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Chris Mena for getting the answer right: Mandalay, Burma during Thingyan celebrations!

This week's Where in SEA?
I am at the site of a former refugee camp located on a fairly remote island east of Viet Nam. Due to its relative proximity to the mainland, people fleeing from Saigon in 1975 arrived here by the thousands. The refugee camp was formally established in 1979 with the help of UNHCR, the local government, and the Catholic church. Today, as many of the refugees have been resettled in US, Canada, and elsewhere, the camp has reverted to woodland as many of the trees planted by the refugees have grown. However, a few refugees remain, and today maintain part of the camp as a tourist attraction. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Featured Article

Article on the Seattle Thai community

This week, we are featuring an article by International Examiner fellow Annie Kuo, who writes about the interesting ways the Thai community in Seattle celebrates. Read more here.

Photo by Picha Pinkaow


Rights, Contest, and Resources Across the Thailand-Burma Border

thai-burma border

Thursday April 26, 12:30-2pm
Husky Union Building (HUB) 307
Featuring Mollie Pepper (PhD Candidate, Northeastern University) and Kimberly Roberts (PhD Candidate, York University)

The Thailand-Burma border has been a space of contention for human rights and natural resources. Migrants and refugees from Myanmar have made Thailand’s border areas sites of resistance and activism, both for their rights in Thailand and for change in Myanmar’s restrictive political climate. Pepper’s work focuses on the activism of ethnic minority women from Myanmar who work from Thailand to advocate for human rights and an end to conflict in their home country. Roberts examines the transfer of knowledge and struggle over livelihoods between ethnic minorities as they move across both sides of the border.

Women’s Economic Rights in India, Liberia, and Myanmar: Issues and Interventions

Thursday April 26, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Thomson 317, UW Seattle
Lunch will be provided

The UW Center for Human Rights and Landesa invites you to join us for lunch and a panel presentation with Kanta Singh (India), Julie Weah (Liberia) and Aye Chan Myae (Myanmar), who will be highlighting their respective countries as a case study on women's economic rights issues and interventions. The panel will be moderated by Diana Fletschner, Ph.D., Senior Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at Landesa.


ASEAN, Maritime Security, Trade, and the Trump Administration


A Panel Discussion with U.S. Ambassadors to Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam
May 1, 2018, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall (KNE)

Join us for a talk with the U.S Ambassadors to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries of Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Following the panel discussion, there will be opportunity for audience questions. Since 1992, the US-ASEAN Business Council has brought U.S. Ambassadors stationed in major ASEAN countries to cities throughout the U.S. in order to raise the profile of the dynamic Southeast Asia region and to forge economic and people-to-people connections between U.S. business, government, academic leaders, and ASEAN markets. Learn more at www.aseanmattersforamerica.org.

Keraton: Indonesian Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 4-9 PM
Rainier Vista at the University of Washington 

Keraton: Indonesian Festival 2018 is finally here! The Indonesian Students Association (ISAUW) is bringing back its annual event, allowing you to experience life in Indonesia right here in Seattle. Step into a world of Indonesian folk tales and experience with Pak Raden (ISAUW's mascot) a journey you will never forget! Enrich your knowledge of this legendary experience through exquisite food, fun games and performances, featuring two special guest stars!


On National Identity in the Media Archaeology of Tan Pin Pin

tan pin pin

May 16, 2018, 6-7:30 pm
Thomson Hall (THO) 101
Film screening followed by discussion with Gerald Sim (Florida Atlantic University)

Gerald Sim, associate professor of film and media studies at Florida Atlantic University, will be discussing Tan Pin Pin's In Time to Come (2017). The film, which reflects on Singapore’s relationship to landscape and space, will be shown ahead of Sim's talk.

Gerald Sim is also the author of The Subject of Film and Race: Retheorizing Politics, Ideology, and Cinema (2014), and Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia.

Ang Pagkatao ng Pilipino - Being Filipino

Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM - 10 PM
Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon
662 South King Street, Seattle

Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts presents six Filipino/a poets and writers in a reading. The reading received funding from 4Culture, Poets & Writers, Inc and Dolores Sibonga. Free to the public. View the Facebook event here.

Being Filipino

Recommended Resources

Funding & Fellowships

Do you have talents in the graphic arts? Consider entering the COTI logo design contest! $100 gift card will be awarded to the winning logo selected to represent COTI (the Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian), the first organization for all teachers of Bahasa Indonesia in the US. Entries are due by April 30th. Please send your design to: board@coti-usa.org

Designs are expected to contain the following elements:
* Red color on a white background (representing the Indonesian flag)
* the Nusantara Archipelago
* the COTI acronym

COTI will own the copyright of the selected design. Learn more about the COTI organization here.

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

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

The Twelfth Global Studies Conference: The 'End of History' 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, June 27–28, 2019. Proposals due April 27, 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!

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