This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 17, 2016
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Social History of War
This week, we will hear from Diu-Huong Nguyen. She's currently a PhD Candidate in History, and she was awarded a highly competitive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2016-2017 for her dissertation "Living the Vietnam War: A Social History of the City of Huế, 1957-1967.” Congrats Huong!

...I'm writing my dissertation on the social history of the Vietnam War, particularly social and cultural life in the city of Hue in the period of 1957 – 1967. By emphasizing the voices of ordinary people, my research examines the daily life of the people of Hue during wartime. The project is based on the government documents from archives centers, personal narratives from memoirs, diaries, newspapers, photos, artifacts, as well as interviews.
I did my fieldwork in Viet Nam in 2013-14. As I told many people, I was both an outsider and insider when conducting research in Viet Nam. I'm not from Hue, so although I'm Vietnamese, it doesn't mean I understood all their local customs and dialects. It also took time to build up trust with senior informants, who experienced hard times in their lives. Conducting research in a city like Hue was not easy, and outside researchers were not always welcome, but I was lucky to make good friends, who offered great help during my research trip in Hue and other places...
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Upcoming Events (6)

How Asia Works:
Two Kinds of Economics and the Rise of a Divided Continent

Thu, May 19, 3:30-4:30 pm
CMU 226


This talk will explain that the story of East Asian development is the means to understanding the nature of economic development worldwide. Joe Studwell dissects the region’s history to show how, for many years, heady economic growth rates masked the most divided continent in the world – a north-east Asian group of states that is the most extraordinary developmental success story ever seen, a south-east Asian group that proved to be a paper tiger.

Joe Studwell has worked as a freelance writer and journalist in east Asia for more than 20 years. He has written for the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Observer Magazine and Asia Inc. From 1997 to 2007, Joe was the founding editor of the China Economic Quarterly (CEQ), the recognised English-language journal of the Chinese economy. He was also a founder and director of the Asian research and advisory firm Dragonomics, now GaveKal Dragonomics.

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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!

In and Out of Academia:
Non-academic Career Path and Possibilities

Joseph Bernardo, PhD
with Jon Olivera (Career Counselor, UW Career Center)
and John Charlton (Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations, JSIS)

Monday, May 23, 12-1:30 pm
Thomson 317

What can one do with a Ph.D. in Humanities or Social Sciences outside of academia? Is it possible to move in and out of academia?

Our own former PhD student Joseph Bernardo will share his journey, advice and reflection on graduate school and his nonacademic career path. Also, Jon Olivera and John Charlton will bring their experience and expertise in career counseling to help students explore the possibilities and services offered at UW.

Joseph earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 2014.  He has worked in government, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector in Los Angeles.  His professional interests include Ethnic Studies, Philippine and Filipino American history, urban planning, and diversity policy.  He currently works as a Research Associate for the Office of Intercultural Affairs at Loyola Marymount University, researching and developing projects and policies aimed at increasing institutional diversity.

Light lunch and coffee will be served.

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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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  • Classes for Fall 2016 are up. Click here for list. Check them out and register! (Please note that JSIS 486 A/586 Southeast Asia Seminar is now taught by Dr.Henchy, MW 2:30 - 4:20)

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