This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 24, 2016
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Arthit (left) with friend at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference in March

This week, we will hear from Arthit (Gun) Jiam. He's an international student from Thailand, and he's studying Philippine history. Arthit is one of the rare students whose work connects mainland and island Southeast Asia.

... Six years ago when I was a junior at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, I got an opportunity, thanks to the Department of History, to join other student delegates from neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, for five weeks. Although my knowledge about the Philippines back then was literally zero, I was extremely excited about the trip because it’s going to be my first time ever flying and staying abroad.

What I was even more grateful for was the summer program itself. It was impressively instructive and truly the first and foremost moment that defined my interest in Filipino history and culture. There we made friends (indeed very good friends), learned about the region from multidisciplinary perspectives, and then made a trip to Northern Luzon to do fieldwork research. Shortly before going back to Thailand, for some reason I bought a lot of Filipino history books from bookstores in Makati and Ateneo, some of which would unwittingly become my bread and butter in years to come. After that, my interest was fostered by Ambeth Ocampo, who was then a visiting fellow at Chula and gave a well-attended fun talk on banknotes and history, and the late Benedict Anderson (bless his soul), both of whom suggested to me that I should apply for the History graduate program at UW since my interest seemed to correspond to the expertise of some professors here. So that’s how the story begins...
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Featured Courses - Fall 2016

ANTHROPOLOGY ANTH 479/JSIS 486 D (5 cr) with Jenna Grant
Medicine, Science, and Technology in Southeast Asia

MW 130-320 CDH 115

HISTORY HSTCMP 485/CHID 485 (5 cr) with Vicente Rafael
Comparative Colonialism

TTh 330-520 SMI 211

MUSIC MUSEN 411/MUSEN 511 (1 cr) with Christina Sunardi
Gamelan Ensembles

MW 330-450 MUS  058

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES JSIS 486 A/JSIS 586 A (5 cr) with Judith Henchy
Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
MW 230-420 PAR 212

SOCIOLOGY SOC 470 (5 cr) with Charles Hirschman 
Contemporary Southeast Asia
MW 900-1020 SAV 131

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Upcoming Events (4)

Films from Southeast Asia at SIFF

Dates: May 22 - June 4, 2016

Locations: Various venues; venues are listed below in parentheses after the show times 

There are five films from Southeast Asia at the Seattle International Film Festival this year. We compiled this guide to help you choose a movie or two or three that interest you. SEAC is sponsoring the screening of A Copy of My Mind. Happy watching!

Artificial Life:
Filipino Labor and Capital Under U.S. Empire.

Allan E. S. Lumba


Wed, May 25, 3:30-5:00 pm
Thomson 317

"Artificial Life" explores the official and public debates over Philippine Independence during the Great Depression, paying particular attention to anxieties over the free movement of labor and capital across the U.S. Pacific empire. On one hand, pro-colonial Americans argued against independence, citing the disorder and discontent of peasant communities and the immaturity of the archipelago's markets. Filipino statesmen, on the other hand, appropriated the language of imperial paternalism, asserting that while the Philippine economy had initially benefited from racial tutelage, it had now matured beyond American supervision. Surprisingly, Filipino statesmen also established tense and fleeting solidarities with American anti-immigrant activists and several U.S. cartels. Finally, this talk examines other visions of Philippine freedom that emerged during this period. Instead of nominal independence, some envisioned a future beyond colonialism through anti-imperial and internationalist revolutions.
Allan E. S. Lumba is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Before arriving in Michigan, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Washington. His forthcoming book Monetary Authorities: Economic Policy and Policing in the American Colonial Philippines explores the historical intersections between race, capitalism, U.S. empire, and Filipino politics in the first half of the twentieth century.

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KERATON 2016: Indonesian Festival


Saturday, May 28, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Washington
HUB Lawn

Experience and witness the beauty of Indonesian culture through ISAUW's highly anticipated event.

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Sundanese Music and Dance of Indonesia

With UW School of Music Visiting Artist Ade Suparman

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm 
Location: Meany Hall at UW


UW School of Music Visiting Artist Ade Suparman, an instrumentalist and composer from West Java, Indonesia will perform with his students in this concert of Sundanese music.

The concert will be accompanied by Sundanese contemporary and classical dance, Jaipongan and Ketuk Tilu folk style dances performed by Nurrika, a Sundanese choreographer, and students at the University of Washington.

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Recommended Resources (1)

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

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Jobs (1)

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  • Academic Position: Lecturer (History), University of Houston - Downtown - deadline July 16

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