June 2018
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Where in SEA?

where in SEA

Answer to last newsletter's Where in SEA question:
Congratulations to Barry Broman, Miriam, and Camille McDorman for getting the answer right: Naypyidaw, Myanmar!

This week's Where in SEA?
I am at an institution that is not in Southeast Asia, but is one of the foremost centers for Southeast Asian Studies in the US. It stemmed from the  Northwest Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies that was established in the 1980s to strengthen Southeast Asian Studies. In the 1990s, it became its own entity in the UW, and steadily expanded in the coming years. This past week, we celebrated the life of an alum of this institution, Chris Grorud, whose family started the Christen J. Grorud Endowed Memorial Fellowship in his memory. This year, the Grorud Fellowship was awarded to two graduate students: Ulil Amri, pictured in the center of the photograph, in blue; and Lezhi Wang who will begin the MA program in Southeast Asian Studies this fall.  Congratulations to both and to our graduates!

Okay, let's not kid ourselves: this week we are featuring the Southeast Asia Center! If you want to learn more about its history, take a look at this essay written by Charles F. Keyes. 

It has definitely been a memorable year for us, and we hope you had one too. Thank you very much for being part of SEAC! We hope you enjoy your summer! Drop us a line at seac@uw.edu!

Featured Article

A Tale of Three Universities

three universities

Our Featured Article today is a look both to the past and the future, as well as a meditation on how the former influences the latter.  It is especially relevant as we wind down the academic year and prepare to say farewell to those who are graduating.  It is also especially poignant as the Southeast Asia Center girds itself to say goodbye to Adrian Alarilla, SEAC’s Graduate Student Assistant for the past year.  Adrian is responsible for the weekly “Where in SEA,” has written many of the featured articles (including this one), conceived of and organized our first ever film festival (SEAxSEA), and just generally made events and Center life more creative and enjoyable.  We will miss him terribly but wish him the very best as he enters the PhD program in History at the University of Hawai’i. One consolation: he promises to come back to run the second annual SEAxSEA festival in 2019! Read more here.


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

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

Conferences, Study Abroad & Journals

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, tyrell.haberkorn@wisc.edu (Chair, COTS 2018). Deadline for proposals for presentations: 1 August 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.

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

We want to hear from you!

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Would you like your photo of Southeast Asian to be featured in TWISEA? We would love to hear from our readers! Please email us your queries at seac@uw.edu!

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