May 2018
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Where in SEA?

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Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Louie Tan Vital, Timothy Manring, and Caleb Stewart: Son Doong Cave in Viet Nam! And thank you Caleb for the added information: Soon Doong Cave has the largest known cave passage cross-section in the world, but Miao Room in China's Ziyun Getu He Chuandong National Park is the largest known cave chamber by volume in the world, and Sarawak Chamber in Borneo, Malaysia, is the largest known cave chamber in the world by area.

This week's Where in SEA?
Spring quarter is drawing to an end! Who's ready for summer?

I am currently lounging on a beach over 200 ft above sea level. This is possibly the only beach area in this country, but it has almost everything you're looking for in a tropical vacation: sun, sand, and watersports. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to!

Featured Article

“I’m brave, I’m not fragile”

On April 27, 2018, first-year MA student Choirun Nisa Ristanty from Banyuwangi, Indonesia gave a speech at the FIUTS Blue Marble Bash. In it, she talked about her experience living and studying in the United States so far. She has graciously allowed us to share the transcript of her speech, as well as the video. Read more here.



Asian L&L Grad Student Colloquium 2018

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The 2018 Asian Languages and Literature Graduate Student Colloquium “Transnationalism and Transdisciplinarity” May 12th, 2018 University of Washington.
Saturday, May 12th, 9:00am – 2:30pm
Savery (SAV) 408

The graduate student body of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington is holding a one-day conference and workshop on “Transnationalism and Transdisciplinarity.” 

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.

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.


What's Next with My Asian Language Degree?

Andrew Kim, Microsoft Corporation
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Communication Building 202
Free | Open to the public
Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program 

Andrew Kim will share advice and his story on transitioning from student to full-time employment with an Asian language degree. Topics will include the value of teaching programs like JET, the process of job hunting, what companies look for in multilingual candidates, and advancing your career. Andrew received his B.A. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Washington. After three years as an assistant language teacher in the JET Program he returned to Seattle and landed a position at Microsoft with his Japanese language skills as the first bilingual support engineer for a product now called Office 365. Andrew continues at Microsoft after 9-years and after 5-years of not working with his Japanese language skills is back utilizing them and helping large Japanese corporations in his new role with the Office product group as a senior engineer for a new product called Workplace Analytics:

On National Identity in the Media Archaeology of Tan Pin Pin

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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


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

SEAC End-of-Year Celebration


May 23, 2018, 3:00-4:30 pm
Thomson Hall (THO)  317

Join us in celebration as we acknowledge all of your efforts over the past year, congratulate our Southeast Asia Graduates, and announce the recipient of the 2018 Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship. In addition to appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, all students in attendance will also have the opportunity to choose a work from Chris Grorud’s collection of books, generously donated to the Center by his family. Book selection will begin by lottery, with each student selecting one book of his or her choice, and will then be opened for the remaining titles.

3:00-3:30:  Draw number for book selection order, nosh, and mingle
3:30 – 3:45: First-round book selection
3:45 – 4:00:  Recognition of graduates and 2018 Grorud Fellow
4:00 – 4:30: Open selection for all remaining titles

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.

WHAM! BAM! POW! Cartoons, Turbans & Confronting Hate


On view May 4, 2018 - February 24, 2019
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began drawing cartoons in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks: as a Sikh American with a turban and beard, he had become the target of a toxic mix of fear, anxiety and ignorance. Vishavjit set out to challenge the label of the ‘other’ placed upon him by illustrating stories capturing the joys and predicaments of Sikh American life. Learn more here.

Recommended Resources

Lao American Website covers SEAC Event

Lao American website "Little Laos on a Prairie" featured our previous event with the US Ambassador to Laos, The Honorable Rena Bitter. Read more here.

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.

Council on Thai Studies (COTS) Annual Meeting, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2-14 October 2018. Questions and proposal submissions should be sent to Tyrell Haberkorn, (Chair, COTS 2018). Deadline for proposals for presentations: 1 August 2018

Job postings; miscellany

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.

Foreign Language Teacher in Indonesian
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) offers foreign language instruction in more than two dozen languages on a schedule that extends throughout the year. Courses are taught six hours per day, five days a week, with the exception of holidays. Faculty work on teaching teams consisting of six members. These positions are in the excepted service. Employment in the excepted service does not confer competitive status to apply to competitive service jobs in the federal civil service. Apply by June 1, 2018. For more information, click here.

The position expiration date (not to exceed date) may be extended based on workload and funding availability and is not subject to regulatory time limits.

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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