April 2018
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Where in SEA?

Photo by Truong Hung

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Hoang t. Dieu-Hien for getting the answer right: The Palawan Refugee Camp on Palawan Island, Philippines!

This week's Where in SEA?
I am at the oldest museum on this very large island. It was established by the local rajah in 1891 after much encouragement from naturalist Alfred Russel Walace. Today it houses exhibits of the island's fauna as well as indigenous cultures, including this gallery decorated with traditional motifs. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to seac@uw.edu!

Featured Article

Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy

This week's featured article is from journalist Quinn Libson of the Phnom Penh Post who investigates the disturbing monetization of images of Khmer Rouge victims. Read more here.

Photo by Phnom Penh Post


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.

Cambodian Rock 'n Roll: Film, Talk, and DJ Party


May 4, 2018, 9pm
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle

In honor of the Khmer New Year, Rotanak Oudom Oum (aka ORO), one of the leading archivists of pre-conflict Cambodian pop will present the Seattle premiere of From ORO With Love (Raw Music International), a short film chronicling his travels in the search of some of the rarest music in the world. 


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. View the Facebook event page here.

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

The Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship is open for applications!


The Southeast Asia Center in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for the Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship. The Fellowship provides broad-based direct financial support to graduate students in good standing studying Southeast Asia at the University of Washington. Please visit our Funding page for more details. Send inquiries and application submissions to seac@uw.edu

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.

Job postings; miscellany

Research Fellow position with the Karen Human Rights Group
There is an opening for in the organization's human rights documentation team. It would be an excellent opportunity for a young person interested in Myanmar to work in a grassroots organisation and gain experience researching ethnic minority issues. Check this link for more information. For inquiries, please contact Sara Sudetic at sara.khrg@gmail.com.

ACICIS Study Indonesia recruiting new Consortium Director
Following the announcement of the retirement of Professor David T. Hill AM as ACICIS Consortium Director, and the subsequent call for Expressions of Interest, the position is now being advertised and is open for applications. Please see the link for Jobs at UWA: Consortium Director (ACICIS) for full details and to apply. Applications close Friday, 18 May 2018.  
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr David Bourchier at david.bourchier@uwa.edu.au or on +61 8 6488 2074 or Ms Janelle May at j.may@acicis.edu.au or on +61 8 6488 6679.

Summertime Sublet
Taking summer classes but don't have a place to stay during the summer? Live two blocks from Lake Washington beach in Madison Park. Available: June 4 to Sept. 23. 1 Bdr., 1 Bath, large closet, fully furnished, with WiFi, TV, full kitchen, laundry facilities, bike racks, in a charming pre-WWII building with wooden floors, French doors and large bright windows. Walk to restaurants, bars, grocery store, beach, etc. Very easy access to Metro Bus 11 (straight shot to downtown). In high-rent Seattle, this is a bargain at $1650 a month/negotiable. For more, please call: 206 354 2628, or e-mail: vrafael82@gmail.com

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