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January 23, 2015
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UW is sponsoring five summer study abroad programs in Southeast Asia - apply now!

Architecture in the Philippines, Animal Psychology in Indonesia, Human Rights in Cambodia, History in Viet Nam, Archaeology in Thailand: Whatever your flavor, UW Study Abroad has a summer program for you! Application deadlines are fast approaching. Check out the details on the SEAC study abroad web page.

Photo: "World Traveler" by Daniel Foster; license: CC BY 2.0

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Study Abroad
For Educators
Upcoming Events

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.


JSIS Pre-major Info Sessions

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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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.

Event website

"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

Edith Mirante Book Talk: A Wind in the Bamboo

Tuesday, February 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Indigneous Asian hunter-gatherers of ancient ancestry, once defined as a separate “Negrito race” due to their African appearance (dark skin, curly hair) survive in the Philippines, Malaysia and India. Author/activist Edith Mirante reveals their contemporary lives and challenges with a slide show based on her new book about her journeys to meet them. 

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center and the Center for Human Rights

Book website


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Fellowships and Funding

In this edition:

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

UW Summer Study Abroad Programs in Southeast Asia


Viet Nam: Building for Peace in the Wake of War

Location: Ha Noi, Hue and Dong Ha, Viet Nam
Department: CHID (Comparative History of Ideas)
Program Dates: June 17 - July 22, 2015
Program Fee: $3,950
Credits: 12
Program Director: Christoph Giebel (JSIS / History)
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Thailand: Archaeology Field School

Location: Southern Thailand
Department: Anthropology
Program Dates: July 22 - August 20, 2015
Program Fee: $3,000
Credits: 12
Program Directors: Benjamin Marwick and Seungki Kwak
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Philippines: Building with Bamboo in the Philippines

Location: Dumaguete City, Philippines
Department: Architecture
Program Dates: June 18 - July 16, 2015
Program Fee: $3,700
Credits: 9
Program Directors: Elizabeth Golden and Ray Villanueva
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Cambodia: Studies in Global Health and the Rights of Women and Children in Cambodia

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Department: School of Law
Program Dates: June 22 - August 1, 2015
Program Fee: $5,900
Credits: 10
Program Director: Beth E. Rivin
Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Indonesia: Conservation Biology & Global Health: At the Human-Environment Interface

Location: Tinjil Island, Indonesia
Department: Psychology
Program Dates: August 6 - September 1, 2015
Program Fee: $2,200 +  UW tuition
Credits: 3 credits in the Spring at UW; 7 credits in the field
Program Director: Randall Kyes (Psychology)
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions with February 27, 2015 deadline

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Opportunities for Educators

In this edition:

Bali and Lombok Tour

Global Exploration for Educators Organization

GEOO BaliGEEO 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.

More information + registration

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