May 2018
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Where in SEA?

Photo Where in SEA

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
"Marlina the Murder in Four Acts" is set in Sumba, Indonesia! You can catch the film at SIFF this year! For more information, click here.

This week's Where in SEA?
I am in this very new capital city, which was first settled at the auspicious time of 6:37 am on November 6, 2005. At a land area of more than 2700 square miles, it is almost 20 times as large as Seattle, even though it is only populated by around 900,000 people, just a little more than Seattle's estimated population in 2017. Although the government still has not explained why the capital was moved so suddenly, it is speculated, among other theories, that there were fears of a foregn invasion by sea, as the old capital was located close to the coast, and this city is around 200 miles inland. Where in Southeast Asia am I? Submit your answers to!

Featured Article

Max Lane writes about post-Suharto Indonesia

Max Lane, a writer and academic who visited us last year, recently wrote an article about post-Suharto Indonesia. 20 years after Suharto's fall, new movements in Indonesia are resuming a struggle against capital that had been buried by 33 years of dictatorship. Read more here.

from verso


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

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.

Call for Papers: "SEA Languages in the 21st Century: Teaching Strategies and Overcoming Challenges," The 24th COTSEAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE at SEASSI 2018, University of Wisconsin, Madison, July 27-28, 2018. Deadline June 7, 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.

Call for Submissions: Malaysian Journal of Music, Deadline 1 July 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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