This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
July 10, 2015
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“The teachers are wonderful – patient, kind and funny,” wrote Linda Cuadra.


This week, we will hear from Linda Cuadra. She’s studying Indonesian language at SEASSI in Madison, WI from June 15 to August 7. Linda just finished her MA in Southeast Asian Studies. More importantly, she’s a single mother of two teenage boys.

Her first week in Madison was “wonderful” because she was “without any children.” She wrote, “I could go to class, take a nap, walk, study, then watch… Hulu shows! It was more like a vacation than language boot camp, because I didn't have to cook, clean, shop, drive kids, entertain kids, nag kids, etc.”

By the second week, Linda was no longer in vacation mode. She explained, “The material began to get more challenging... But the teachers are wonderful - patient, kind and funny.” According to Linda, the hardest part of her class thus far was to learn Indonesian “slang” (bahasa gua). She wrote, “So I am trying to figure out what people on videos and in interviews are saying when they speak half in bahasa Indonesia that I am familiar with, and half in what sounds like a completely different language.”

Linda’s youngest son finally arrived in Madison. Life was back to normal. She wrote, “Within minutes of his arrival, my apartment, which is wonderfully, sparsely furnished and thus not cluttered at all, had clothes and shoes everywhere.”
Here are some observations Linda had of Madison:
  1. Even if the temperature and humidity here say it is the same as Tacoma, something is off. It is about 3 times wetter here. The air feels like walking through a sauna.
  2. There are few coffee places, and almost none are drive through.
  3. Lots of cheese. I mean LOTS of cheese. So much I went home without any because I couldn't decide what to buy.
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Recommended Resources (3)
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:

  • On TV: July 28, America ReFramed, CAMBODIAN SON “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?” Poet Kosal Khiev was lucky to escape war-torn Cambodia before he was two but deported to the country he’s never known after 14 years in jail. Follow a year in the life of the poet while he navigates his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet and receives the most important invitation of his career.


  • DVD Release: To Singapore, with Love - A Film by Tan Pin Pin. Director Tan Pin Pin traveled to Thailand, Malaysia and United Kingdom to interview Singapore political exiles about their feelings about Singapore. Some have not been home for 50 years. The film though banned in Singapore for undermining national security, has moved audiences the world over.

  • New Article: “Democracy Thwarted: Political Crisis in Thailand” by Charles "Biff" Keyes in Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) 2015 #11


Items from last week:

  • New book: Glimpses of Penang's Past by Badriyah Haji Salleh and Loh Wei Leng

  • Performance: Waterfall the MusicalOctober 1-25, 2015 at the 5th Avenue Theatre

    Based on the contemporary Thai novel Behind the Painting, this tempestuous romance is set in 1930s Thailand and Japan as the monarchy crumbles with Japan on the brink of war. In this turbulent time, a young Thai student and the American wife of a Thai diplomat fall into forbidden love whose dangers parallel the shifting world around them.


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Fellowships and Funding

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