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This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
February 16, 2016
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Conservation & Language Study
This week we will hear from our alumna Linda Uyeda. She finished her PhD in Wildlife Science last summer, and her research brought together STEM and area studies. More importantly, Linda's career path is inspiring.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Southeast Asian studies rarely intersect. In fact, they typically do not appear in the same sentence. But in the case of our alumna Linda Uyeda, the two must be combined.
 
For her PhD, Linda studied “monitor lizard behavior and human dimensions” on Tinjil Island, Indonesia. Her research combined both “conservation biology” and “international conservation.” Linda took her first trip to the island through the International Field Study Program in 2008. At the time, she “didn’t really know much about Indonesia.” So, after the trip, she “wanted to really get serious about Indonesian language study.”

Thanks to the FLAS Fellowships, Linda was able to improve her Indonesian for research. For subsequent trips, she “interviewed local Indonesian villagers to learn about their perspectives and attitudes towards wildlife.” Linda commented, “I feel for conservation measures to be successful, the two [STEM and Southeast Asian studies] must often go hand in hand.”
 
Beyond research, knowing Indonesian helped Linda connect with Tinjil Island on a personal level. “Being able to speak Indonesian allowed me to have much more meaningful experiences beyond my research; after a while, living on the island was like being with friends and family,” she explained. Also, the alternative is rather grim. “It would have been very lonely staying on the island for months at a time without being able to have conversations in Indonesian!” Linda said. 
 
Like her research, Linda is not typical. She’s very brave and inspiring. Before entering the PhD program, she already had two careers under her belt: 10 years as a gymnastic coach and 5 years as an informal educator and zookeeper. Of course, she “was really nervous about going back to school” after such a long break. “Back when I was an undergraduate, we used to have to register for classes by using a touch-tone telephone,” Linda recalled. But the transition wasn’t as difficult as she had expected. Her advice for balancing work and school was to focus on one thing at a time – and be in the moment.
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After Myanmar’s 2015 Election:
How History Reveals What Lies Ahead for “Discipline Flourishing Democracy”

 

Mary Callahan
Associate Professor, JSIS

Wed, Feb 24, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Communications Building (CMU), Room 226

Myanmar has stood on the edge of history-shattering transformations twice in the last thirty years. The most recent triumph of Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party in the November 8, 2015, election has been widely celebrated as a major step toward the fulfillment of popular aspirations in a nation long left behind by past wave(s) of democratization.
 
But the country faces enormous challenges in the coming months and years, not the least of which are the distorted popular expectations that Aung San Suu Kyi can fix everything. What lies ahead, as Myanmar’s opening to reform moves into rule by the former opposition, and as the military continues to wield significant influence?

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Featured Courses - Spring 2016

Politics & Change in Southeast Asia
JSIS A 343/POL S 343 with Mary Callahan
MW 230-420

History of Southeast Asia
JSIS A 221/HSTAS 221 with Christoph Giebel
MTWTh 1030-1120

Music of Indonesia
MUSIC 439 with Christina Sunardi
MW 130‐250

Islam, Mysticism, Politics & Performance in Indonesia
JSIS 462/586, HSTAS 466/566 with Laurie Sears
TTh 330-520

Non-Western Architecture
ARCH 251 with Vikram Prakash
TTh 930-1120

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