This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 10, 2016
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One in a Husky 100!
The Husky 100 celebrates 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from all 3 campuses and all disciplines who are making the most of their time at UW. Meixi Ng, a PhD student in Education, is one of the Husky 100.
...I never really knew that I wanted to do a PhD in Education. But it all began when I was living in Mexico in 2011 and was part of Mexican Secretary of Education, where a public policy created networks of learning in Tutorial Relationships interchanged roles of tutor and learner and was extended to the 9000 “failing” schools in the country. 

However, there was still a lot of resistance to the work that we were doing precisely because it was so counter-cultural and bumped up against normative power paradigms of teacher and student. Some academic authorities said that there was no basis or theoretical foundations for this work even though what I lived and saw was so powerful in terms of the social changes that were occurring in community and the way that students and teachers were loving to learn and learning how to love again through this work.

In 2013, I moved back to Southeast Asia where I’m from and talked to some old colleagues and they said, why don’t we try it here? And so the work in Tutoría began in Singapore and Thailand with the same vision of bringing more humanizing learning back into the classroom. I basically wanted to apply and do a PhD so that I would have support to help polish and refine the work that we were doing in Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand and get the guidance to really research this work and speak powerfully to the field and academic authorities that were resisting this ground-level movement.
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Upcoming Events (6)

Other's Reality

Opening Reception: Thursday May 12, 4pm to 7pm

Tobya Art Gallery

2929 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98144

Other's Reality

Tobya Art Gallery is pleased to present the works of Chau Huynh for the second time. Her first solo show at Tobya Art Gallery was in June 2015 and it included large collage works with nine book arts bound by hand. Right after the opening of her show in 2015, Personalizing Vietnam: Wisdom of Time, she has been preparing for her second show that will open in May 2016.

Chau's new exhibit, Other’s Reality, like here first exhibit, is composed of small, medium, and large sized collage works. Chau, in preparation of this show, Other’s Reality, entirely used stretched canvas verses unframed canvas and print and drawing papers she used in the previous show. Moreover, her range, color wise, has gone beyond the limited pallets of her firs show. Her use of pastel as well as textured finish makes her body of work to appear different.

Chau, as conveyed in her hard work, or as she puts it in her own words “I experienced some happiness, quite sadness and a lot of surprises working on this project when things slowly unveil”, has shown us a true effort and genuine creativity.

Other's Reality will stay open May 4 to May 31.

Radicalizing Liberalism

The Ideological Inversions of Islamic Liberalism and Moderation in Malaysian Politics

Carlo Bonura
Monday, May 16, 3:30-5 pm
Thomson Hall, Room 317

The emergence of Islamic liberalism in Southeast Asia over the last two decades has been characterized by its highly uneven reception across and within national contexts. In Indonesia, particularly in the 2000s, Islamic liberalism had some public space to develop even though it was met with a wide variety of opposition. In Malaysia, however, liberalism is a thoroughly negative category in political and religious discourse. The concept has a significant political value as a means of policing religious interpretations and oppositional political claims without a corresponding development of Islamic liberalism as a public discourse. 
In part the mobilization of anti-liberalism is the product of two important trends in Malaysian politics: the proliferation and growing power of Malaysia’s Islamic bureaucracy and the increased public activism of a broad array of Islamic NGO’s.  These two trends reinforce each other in generating the controversies over Islamic practice or religious diversity that have punctuated Malaysia politics over the last ten years. In spite of these recurring controversies, Malaysia maintains an international reputation among North Atlantic governments as a “moderate Muslim” nation.   Prime Minister Najib Razak’s efforts to craft a state Islamic ideology of moderation (wasatiyyah) is viewed by the Malaysian state, however, precisely as a bulwark against the further spread of liberalism within domestic politics. This seminar will examine such ideological inversions at work in Malaysian politics located in the concepts of Islamic liberalism and moderation.   

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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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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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