This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 29, 2015
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Postcolonial Cacophonies: Yasmin Ahmad's Sense of the World

June 1, 2015, 3:30-5:00 pm
UW Communications Building, Rm 226

Gerald Sim, Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, will be on campus to speak about Malaysian film culture. Specifically, he will show how filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad creates a Malaysian sense of the world through language with a close analysis of the film Sepet. Read more on the event webpage and see who's going on Facebook
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Upcoming Events (4)

Fifty Years of Opium and Conflict in the Shan State of Burma: A Visual Retrospective

Saturday, May 30, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

UW HUB, Room 334

This conference and film series highlights the work of documentary filmmaker Adrian Cowell, while exploring the intersections of US drug policy, opium use and conflicts in the opium-growing region of Shan State.

Morning Sessions

Panel 1, 9.00 - 10.30
Creating the Shan State through media production
  • Andrew Weaver and Libby Hopfauf:  "Odds and Sods: The Hidden Music of the Adrian Cowell Films and Research Collection”
  • Jane Ferguson : "Mediating Insurgency: Sixty Years of Shan Media Production."
  • Discussants:  Patricia Zimmermann,  Al McCoy

Panel 2, 11.00 - 12.30
Opium and Conflict in Burma and Afghanistan
  • John Buchanan: “Conflict, Opium and Local Authority: The Rise of Opium and Resistance in the Shan State.”
  • Ba Win:  "An Overview of Politics and Opium in Burma."
  • James Bradford: "Poppies and Power in Afghanistan: The Evolution of Drug Control, from Taxation to Prohibition"
  • Respondants:  Ferguson/ Zimmerman

Keynotes Panel

2.00 – 4.30

Civil War and its Chaos in the Shan State

Alfred McCoy and Bertil Lintner
Response from Patricia Zimmermann

Event website with full program
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Diwa Film Showcase celebrates Filipino Spirit

June 6th and 7th

Loft 3, The Armory, Seattle Center

The Diwa Film Showcase features Filipino and Filipino American stories with the Seattle Community. Featured films include: 

Migkahi e si Amey te, Uli ki pad (Father Said, Let's Return Home) by Nef Luczon

The Cotabato Sessions by Joel Quizon 

The Dreamweaver by Jedd Rommel Diomaro

Walai (Home) by Adjani Arumpac

War is a Tender Thing by Adjani Arumpac


Event page


Seattle International Film Festival

Through June 7th

Various venues

Consult our guide to the eleven films set in or about Southeast Asia at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this year. 

Buy tickets and explore other films on the SIFF website. 


World Percussion Bash!

Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 pm

UW Meany Studio Theater

A Featuring the UW Percussion Ensemble (directed by Thomas Collier), the UW Gamelan Ensemble (Christina Sunardi), the UW Harry Partch Ensemble (Charles Corey) and the UW Steel Drum Ensemble (Shannon Dudley).

Join these ensembles and their directors in a fun evening of music performance from a variety of musical traditions.

The conductors and musicians hail from a variety of musical and performance backgrounds. The conductors have performed with professional groups throughout the US. Come and here a sampling of music from these different approaches to percussion.

Tickets are $15/$10 (students and seniors)

Sponsored by the University of Washington School of Music

Event page

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Recommended Resources
This section lists news items and other recently-published resources that have been recommended by faculty and grad students over the past week. To submit an item for next week, email

New this week: Items from last week:
  • Tiger Stone - a novel for young adults set in 14th century Central Java (Indonesia) by Deryn Mansell. Read a review in Inside Indonesia, Ed. 120

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Fellowships and Funding

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For general information on funding sources, including FLAS, visit the SEAC website
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