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This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
January 19, 2016
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Open Access & Cycling in Thailand

This week, we will hear from Gennie Gebhart. She’s currently an MA student in the Master of Library and Information Science program and co-leader of the Open Access Initiative at UW. A Luce Scholar, Gennie spent a year in Laos and Thailand to conduct research on Internet access. She’s also an avid cyclist. Through cycling, she had a chance to experience Laos and Thailand differently from other researchers and visitors.
 
As a 2013-2014 Luce Scholar, Gennie Gebhart went to Laos, then Thailand, with a research focus on "Internet access and all the promise it held for communities.” But all of that changed after the coup in Thailand in May 2014. “The coup showed me in stark terms how the mobile phones and Internet access points that I championed as community assets were also points of vulnerability and surveillance for users,” Gennie explained.
 
After the coup, some of Gennie’s colleagues in Thailand fled the country, and others asked her for help in dealing with government surveillance. But she "didn't know how" to help them. This was when her perspective changed. "I immediately started teaching myself and shifting my focus to security,” Gennie said.
 
The coup in Thailand not only changed Gennie’s perspective on Internet access, it also shaped her MA thesis. In fact, she is conducting research on "web censorship in Thailand, particularly how users experience and react to it in their everyday lives.”
 
Despite the grim reality of governmentality, Gennie had fun during her trip. A former member of the Husky Cycling Club, Gennie brought her road bike along and connected with cyclists in Laos and Thailand. She rode with the Lao National Cycling Team and did some "track riding at a velodrome" in Chiang Mai. During a solo ride from Chiang Mai to Pai, which was 80 miles apart, she was “never really alone.” “I lost track of the number of cheers, friendly honks, and thumbs-up that I got on the road," she wrote. "Once I got to Pai, the Thai owner of a riverside bungalow hotel made me dinner and let me stay the night…all for free!”

Gennie just left for fieldwork in Chiang Mai. And she planned to visit Two Revolutions bike co-op, Pun Pun Organic Café and Documentary Arts Asia (all in the same building) as soon as she arrived.
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The Look of Silence

Mon, Jan 25, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
UW, Thomson Hall, Room 101
 
"The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing.

"Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence."

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This event is organized by the Indonesian Student Association at UW with the support of the Southeast Asian Center. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.

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