May 2018
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Where in SEA?

Photo by Wybe

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Admittedly, this was a tough one: A "beach" resort along Nam Ngum Lake in Laos! Nam Ngum Lake is an artificial reservoir that was formed by the construction of the Nam Ngum Dam, which was completed in 1984. Today, the lake has become a tourist attraction where visitors can relax by the water in this landlocked country.

This week's Where in SEA?
This week, we're tying in with SIFF, and featuring the main location of the Indonesian film featured in #SIFF2018! I am on an island located along the Wallace Line, making it unique in being the home to both Asian and Australasian flora and fauna. It's also a popular tourist destination because of its gorgeous beaches. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to!

Featured Article

Funny, Frightful Feminist Films in #SIFF2018!

As Spring quarter winds down, why not reward yourself for your achievements during the past year and enjoy one (or two, or all) of the films offered at this year's Seattle International Film Festival? Adrian Alarilla breaks down the Southeast Asian films being featured this year--and they seem to have a running theme. Read more here.



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

Dinner, Documentary, and Discussion: A Screening of Sittwe


Monday, May 21, 6-8 PM
UW School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, Seattle

The Burma/Myanmar Student Association-B/MSA at UW will be screening "Sittwe," a film about "two teenagers from opposing sides of deadly religious and ethnic conflict" that has been banned in Burma.

Prior to the screening, Burmese dishes will be served. After the film, Jeanne Hallacy will be joining in via a Skype call. The call will be followed by a dialogue regarding the film and the current ongoing conflict in Burma.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and the UW community. There will be a jar for suggested donations of $5 as the funds will go towards the costs of hosting this event. Click here for more information.

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

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

New Book by Prof. Eliraz

Dr. Giora Eliraz, an affiliate instructor at the Jackson School of International Studies, has a new book that sheds light on the modern intellectual history of Egypt and posits that the fertile interwar period provided a stimulus for the dissemination of ideas across a much wider Islamic circle, including the Malay-Indonesian world.  The Intellectual Discourse of Interwar Egypt: Globalization of Ideas Amidst Winds of Change examines the zeitgeist of the time.



Funding & Fellowships

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.

SEAC Call For Papers: "Archaeology, Heritage, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia- Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies,"  2019 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies,  Denver, Colorado, March 21–24, 2019. Deadline June 15, 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

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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