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This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
February 11, 2017
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Tết: Vietnamese Lunar New Year with Cô Bích
This week in TWISEA we are spotlighting our Vietnamese language instructor’s first Tết celebration on campus.


Cô Bích (center) with some of her first year Vietnamese language students.
 
On Saturday, January 21, Vietnamese language instructor Cô Bích Ngọc-Turner hosted her first Tết (Lunar New Year) event on campus at the Water Activities Center. Those who attended were Vietnamese American community members, Southeast Asian Center and Asian Languages & Literature faculty as well as UW students learning Vietnamese. Men wore suits and dress shirts while many of the women and children wore traditional outfits (áo dài) in a variety of colors.
 
To celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, Cô Bích prepared a variety of fun activities. The prizes, small red packets (lì xì in Vietnamese) filled with money. The activities began with guessing lyrics from popular Tết songs and guessing the descriptions of common Tết scenes. When the scenes of New Year’s Eve offerings (cúng giao thừa) and song lyrics appeared on the screen, everyone from local professionals to Vietnamese American UW students in Cô Bích’s class, shouted out answers in Vietnamese. The highlight was the tug-o-war games played in groups of men, women and children. Everyone made their way onto the balcony to cheer on each group. The activities ended with the final raffles for flowers and a fruit platter of five fruits in five different colors, symbolizing the five elements of the universe (mâm ngũ quả), including dragonfruit, bananas and oranges.
 
But of course, the most enjoyable experience of the day was conversations over a potluck meal. UW students studying Vietnamese language got the opportunity to practice with native speakers. Those who are heritage speakers studying with Cô Bích got the opportunity to network with Vietnamese American professionals in the greater Seattle area.
 
Community members brought traditional homemade food for the Tết potluck. Vietnamese sausage, made up of lean meat, spices and fish sauce, (chả lụa) was served on a bed of sticky rice (xôi). Both fried (chả giò) and fresh (gỏi cuốn) spring rolls were served alongside generous amounts of dipping sauce (nước chấm). On top of that were oranges, dragonfruit, salad, and other delicious foods. The meal ended with cookies and traditional fruit in coconut milk (chè thái).
 
In Cô Bích’s Vietnamese language class, students get to not only study the language, but also learn about Vietnamese culture in class and at cultural events on campus like this one. Elementary, intermediate, and advanced Vietnamese are offered every year as a 3-quarter series.
 
Another way to learn more about the Vietnamese language, history and culture is to go on Christoph Giebel’s study abroad trip to Viet Nam this summer! Non-UW students are also encouraged to attend. You can apply here. Applications due this Wednesday, February 15. There will be an info session this Monday, February 13, in Thomson 317 at 5:00 PM. 
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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 seac@uw.edu.

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  • CFP: The UW Southeast Asia Center is hosting a Graduate Student Conference March 24-25 - abstracts due February 13

  • UW Summer Study Abroad to Viet Nam: Peace in the Wake of War, June 14 - July 19.
    Reduced fee and open to non-UW students. 
    The next info session is this Monday at 5:00 PM in Thomson 317- Application deadline is February 15

  • The Office of Global Affairs has just launched uw.edu/globalaffairs/executiveorder-info/, a resource for UW faculty, staff and students from nations affected by the recent executive order on immigration (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). It provides updated travel recommendations as well as campus, state and federal resources.

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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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Conferences and Calls for Papers

Newly listed opportunities:

  • CFP: Comparative Peacebuilding in Asia: Liberal Illiberal Transitions from Ethnic Conflict and Authoritarianism, New Mandala, Sri Lanka (June 30 - July 2, 2017), Indonesia (December 2017), and the UK (June 2018) - abstracts and CVs due February 24

  • Three awards that may be handy for those going to AAS this year:
     
    There is, first, the ITLSC Graduate Student Travel Award, which provides up to $500 in travel funds to assist a graduate student actively participating – which usually means presenting a paper – at the conference in Toronto. Applicants should submit: (a) a current CV; (b) information regarding any other financial support received for attending the conference; and (c) a brief description of their participation in the conference (e.g., presenting a paper, organizing a panel, acting in other official capacity). All materials must be sent to indotimorleste@gmail.com no later than Monday, February 13. Original receipts will be required for reimbursement after the conference. Standard AAS travel policies apply when deciding on eligible travel expenses (details at the conference website here). For students already receiving a travel grant from the AAS, receipts cannot be refunded twice.
     
    Second, there is the ITLSC Fund for Scholars Traveling from Asia, which provides up to $1000 to assist a scholar traveling from Indonesia or Timor Leste to participate in the conference in Toronto. Applicants should submit (a) a current CV; (b) information regarding any other financial support received for attending the conference; and (c) a brief description of their participation in the conference (e.g., presenting a paper, organizing a panel, acting in other official capacity). All materials must be sent to indotimorleste@gmail.com no later than Monday, February 13. Original receipts will be required for reimbursement. Standard AAS travel policies apply when deciding on eligible travel expenses (details at the conference website here). For scholars already receiving a grant from the AAS (e.g., LDC travel grant), receipts cannot be refunded twice.
     
    There is, finally, the Graduate Student Paper Prize, for which $250 will awarded for the best paper from a graduate student or recent PhD. Papers will be submitted to indotimorleste@gmail.com *after* the conference. Further details will be circulated a little closer to the time.CFP: Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories International Symposium, Power Institute, University of Sydney, 11-13 October 2017 - proposals due February 28

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