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January 16, 2015
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UW Southeast Asian recruiter position reinstated 

Muhamed Manhsour, a UW alumnus, has filled the newly reinstated position of Southeast Asian Recruiter for the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. Read the full story on the UW Daily website
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Study Abroad
For Educators
Upcoming Events

Malaysia: Politics, Social Change and Student Power

Sunday, January 18, 1:30-3:30 pm

UW Architecture Hall, Room 160

The Malaysian Student of UW will host a discussion about politics, social change, and student power. Speakers include Charles Hirschman of UW, Kat Ostwald of UBC, Terence Gomez of UCSD, and Hannah Yeoh, the Speaker of the Selangor State Assembly.

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Paris and Beyond: Making Sense of the World with Jackson School Faculty

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00-9:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Join the Jackson School of International Studies for a faculty roundtable discussion as we try to make sense of events in Paris and beyond. Confirmed faculty panelists include Daniel Chirot, Kathie Friedman, Ellis Goldberg, Reşat Kasaba, Sabine Lang, Noam Pianko and Anand Yang. More details

JSIS Pre-major Info Sessions

Wednesday, January 21, 4:30-5:30 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Wednesday, January 28, 12:00-1:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 317

Is a BA from the Jackson School right for you? Come find out. Undergraduates can major in Asian Studies or minor in Southeast Asian Studies.

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Economic Outlook for Asia

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-8:00

The offices of Davis, Wright, Tremaine

This first Asia Business Forum of the new year will assess the business trends and economic prospects for Asian economies in 2015.  Attendees will learn about the current conditions of key Asian countries and what to expect in this year. This will include discussion from our panel of country experts, as well as Consular representation from the ROK and Vietnam.


Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

Friday, January 30, 6:00-8:00 pm

Wing Luke Museum

Please RSVP for the screening of acclaimed PBS documentary Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town. The film explores the education opportunity gap in Long Beach, California—the city with America’s largest Khmer community.

The evening also includes cultural performances by UW Lecturer Luoth Yin, the Lao Heritage Foundation, and a Vietnamese hip-hop group. Local students will also share their stories.

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"Viet Nam - An Alternative View"
Photographs by Richard Baker

Through February 21

The Tacoma Public Library

Artist Statement: "Over the last five years I have mostly photographed in Vietnam. I love and respect the people and the country and to me nothing gathers feelings and emotions, or shows more respect like the basic cameras I use. I use each of my cameras, the Holga, Holga pin- hole panoramic and pinhole Nikkormat, for specific reasons. They are all very simple cameras and require a different knowledge to be used effectively..." Read more
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Fellowships and Funding

New this week:

For the following fellowships, please refer to last week's email:

  • Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary SEA

  • Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

  • Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students

  • Thailand Studies Programme in Singapore

  • FLAS: Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

  • International Research/Study Fellowships, Chester Fritz and Boeing International Endowments

Sumitro Fellows Program

The United States-Indonesia Society

Application deadline: January 31, 2015

The Sumitro Fellows Program is a $10,000 travel/study grant for post-doctoral scholars, PhD candidates, senior academics, and otherwise professionally qualified candidates to engage in field research.

One Fellowship is awarded to a United States citizen/permanent resident for an outstanding research project relating to improving understanding of the political economy of Indonesia

A second Fellowship is awarded to an Indonesian citizen for an outstanding research project contributing to understanding or advancing the Indonesian-United States relationship.

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Job Opportunities 

For the following job opportunities, please refer to last week's email:

  • Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology - University of Washington

  • Academic Position, Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society - Harvard Divinity School

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

For the following conferences, please refer to last week's email:

  • Southeast Asian Religions on the Periphery

  • Hmong Around the World - Hmong Studies Conference - NEW

  • Sharing Cultures 2015: 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage

  • Shari'a and Its Implementation in Southeast Asia

  • Berita - Call for Articles for Special Spring Issue

  • Cultures of Freedom and Contending Visions of Justice and Governance: Voices from the Arab and Muslim Worlds 

  • Celebrating 20 Years of SEASREP and Southeast Asian Studies

  • Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context

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Study Abroad and Summer Programs

New this week:


For the following summer programs, please refer to last week's email:

  • Summer Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program 2015 - COTI 

  • Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: Migratory Aesthetics and Asian/American Studies 

  • Summer Study Abroad in Laos

  • Viet Nam: Building for Peace in the Wake of War 

Summer Archaeology Field School in Thailand

University of Washington

Application Deadline: February 6, 2015
  • All undergrads welcome
  • Four weeks of archaeological excavation and scientific analysis in tropical peninsula Thailand 
  • 2015 Summer Quarter (term B) for 12 credits of ARCHY 270 
  • Directed by UW Archaeology Prof. Ben Marwick 
  • Local collaborators include Silpakorn University and the National Science Museum of  Thailand
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Opportunities for Educators
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Summer Bamboo Workshop in The Philippines

University of Washington

Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Bamboo–previously regarded as 'old' and outdated–is now considered by many to be current and progressive, offering a strong and sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. Our program will focus on bamboo's potential–not only as a building material–but also as a cultural signifier and economic catalyst for developing countries. We will study these possibilities through hands-on bamboo workshops, a community design charrette, and independent research. We will also consider the material's role in urbanization and disaster mitigation for the Philippines. 

Graduate students and upper level undergraduate students in architecture, landscape architecture, and construction management are encouraged to apply for this Summer A Term program. Students in other departments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New this week:

Bali and Lombok Tour

Global Exploration for Educators Organization

GEEO and the Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from the University of Washington, who will help you process the experience for your classroom.

Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. We will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands' locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life.

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