This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 22, 2015
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Spotlight on Opium

Fifty Years of Opium and Conflict in the Shan State of Burma: A Visual Retrospective

May 29 - 30th, 2015
University of Washington

This conference and film series highlights the work of documentary filmmaker Adrian Cowell, while exploring the intersections of US drug policy, opium use and conflicts in the opium-growing region of Shan State. For more details about the conference, click here.
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Upcoming Events (4)

Seattle International Film Festival

Through June 7th

Various venues

Consult our guide to the eleven films set in or about Southeast Asia at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this year. 

The Southeast Asia Center is proud to sponsor the film Bonifacio by Enzo WilliamsPacked with action and romance, Bonifacio is a stirringly dramatic telling of the story of Filipino nationalist Andres Bonifacio, who led a revolution against Spanish colonial rule in the late 1800s. Bonifacio is showing at the following times:

May 25 @ 5:30 pm (Renton)
May 27 @ 7:00 pm (Pacific Place)
May 29 @ 4:30 pm (Harvard Exit) 

Buy tickets and explore other films on the SIFF website. 


Diwa Film Showcase celebrates Filipino Spirit

June 6th and 7th

Loft 3, The Armory, Seattle Center

The Diwa Film Showcase features Filipino and Filipino American stories with the Seattle Community. Featured films include: 

Migkahi e si Amey te, Uli ki pad (Father Said, Let's Return Home) by Nef Luczon

The Cotabato Sessions by Joel Quizon 

The Dreamweaver by Jedd Rommel Diomaro

Walai (Home) by Adjani Arumpac

War is a Tender Thing by Adjani Arumpac


Event page


World Percussion Bash!

Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 pm

UW Meany Studio Theater

A Featuring the UW Percussion Ensemble (directed by Thomas Collier), the UW Gamelan Ensemble (Christina Sunardi), the UW Harry Partch Ensemble (Charles Corey) and the UW Steel Drum Ensemble (Shannon Dudley).

Join these ensembles and their directors in a fun evening of music performance from a variety of musical traditions.

The conductors and musicians hail from a variety of musical and performance backgrounds. The conductors have performed with professional groups throughout the US. Come and here a sampling of music from these different approaches to percussion.

Tickets are $15/$10 (students and seniors)

Sponsored by the University of Washington School of Music

Event page


Serialization in Asia

Friday, May 22-Saturday, May 23

UW Husky Union Building, Room 337

“Serialization in Asia” is a conference that aims to open up interdisciplinary and interregional discussions on seriality in Asia. Serialization is one of the core components of cultural production and consumption in many fields in predmodern and modern Asia, and continues to become an ever more important mechanism in the twenty-first century. 

Organizer: Heekyoung Cho (UW)

Presenters: Heekyoung Cho (UW), Jennifer Dubrow (UW), Chris Hamm (UW), Bohyeong Kim (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Miriam Kingsberg (University of Colorado), Uliana Kobyakova (Keimyung University, Korea), Ji-Eun Lee (Washington University), Ted Mack (UW), Zeynep Seviner (UW), Suyoung Son (Cornell University), and Bonnie Tilland (UW)

Discussants: Yomi Braester (UW), Jeffrey Knight (UW), Vicente Rafael (UW), and Cynthia Steele (UW)


Sponsored by the Center for Korea Studies

More details and schedule on the event page
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Recommended Resources
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

New this week:
  • Tiger Stone - a novel for young adults set in 14th century Central Java (Indonesia) by Deryn Mansell. Read a review in Inside Indonesia, Ed. 120

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For general information on funding sources, including FLAS, visit the SEAC website
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