May 2018
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Where in SEA?

Photo by Truong Hung

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Miriam for getting the answer right: Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysia!

This week's Where in SEA?
I am currently spelunking inside the largest discovered cave in the world. It is over 5.5 miles long and can fit a 40-story building within the cavern walls and ceilings. It is so large that even a jungle grows inside it. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to!

Featured Article

US Ambassadors visit campus


On Tuesday, May 1st, the Southeast Asia Center and the Foster School’s Global Business Center co-sponsored a panel discussion featuring the US Ambassadors to Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as well as the President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. Read more here.


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.

Thoun Chey: Servant to Savior

thoun chey

May 5, 2018, 5-11 PM
UW HUB Ballroom, HUB 211

The Khmer Student Association is proud to present their 22nd Annual New Year’s Show, "Thoun Chey: Servant to Savior." The story features Thoun Chey, a clever servant to the King of Cambodia. Follow Thoun Chey’s journey where he showcases what it takes to be a leader and make Cambodia a better country! For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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!


Rally to Release Xiyue Wang from Iranian Prison


Help Bring Xiyue Home! #FreeXiyue
Tuesday, May 8th at 5 PM in Red Square

Xiyue Wang, a United States citizen and University of Washington alum of the Jackson School of International Studies (BA 2006), has been imprisoned in Iran since August of 2016. Xiyue is a current Princeton Ph.D. student who was conducting research for his dissertation on late 19th and early 20th-century Eurasian history. He was detained arbitrarily, given a farce of a trial with no due process, and has been inhumanely imprisoned for almost two years. Xiyue's mother, wife, and five-year-old son have not seen him since his detainment.

We will hear from leaders from the Seattle community (including representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Congressman Adam Smith, OneAmerica, and the Seattle Human Rights Commission), Xiyue's family and friends, and the UW community in an appeal to President Trump to secure his release. We will also have a book for participants to write personal notes of solidarity that we will send to his family. Candles will be provided and signage is encouraged.

SAAFF Best of the Fest 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2-9 PM
Wing Luke Museum
719 S King St, Seattle

Miss any of SAAFF 2018? Come check out the award winning films of this year’s festival!

Grand Jury Awards: MondayThe Apology
Audience Choice Awards: WonderlandForever, ChinatownIsland Soldier

Tickets now available for purchase here.


On National Identity in the Media Archaeology of Tan Pin Pin

tan pin pin

May 16, 2018, 5-7:15 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

DIWA Filipino Film Showcase


June 2 & 3, 2018, 12-7 PM
Seattle Center Armory Loft 1

SAVE THE DATE! The Diwa Filipino Film Showcase is a small community film festival made in cooperation with the annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, celebrating the Filipino Spirit wherever it resides, by exhibiting films from the Philippine islands and beyond. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Recommended Resources

Funding & Fellowships


The  Christen J. Grorud  Endowed Memorial Fellowship
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

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

2019 Kyoto CSEAS Fellowship. Apply by May 31, 2018.

Visiting Fellowships in Thailand Studies, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Apply by June 15, 2018.

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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.

Asia in the World: Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies 2018, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA, October 19-20, 2018. Proposals due June 30, 2018.

Job postings; miscellany

Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL) Program Leader
May 15-July 31, 2018 (May 15-June 20 in USA; June 22-July 31 in Laos)

Under the direct supervision of the Center for Lao Studies' Executive Director, the program leader oversees the SAIL program by supervising the students, coordinating the program's activities, and working closely with the Lao American College in Vientiane, Laos. To apply, please send a cover letter with resume to Dr. Vinya Sysamouth at by 5PM (Pacific Time) on Friday May 10, 2018.

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 or on +61 8 6488 2074 or Ms Janelle May at or on +61 8 6488 6679.

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

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:

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