This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
November 18, 2016
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Letter From the Director
This week we are featuring a letter from our new director Celia Lowe. 

Celia Lowe giving her welcome speech at the SEAC Fall Reception & Showcase

People have asked me what my vision for the Center is, and whether perhaps we would all now have to do Science and Technology Studies! As lovely as it would be for me to have an entire Center for the Study of STS in SEA, that is not what I see as singularly important. One thing I have learned since taking on this position in the summer, is that most of our funding actually goes to language study and outreach. Title 6 funding comes to us so that we become a National Resource Center for learning and teaching about Southeast Asia. This means primarily working with faculty and staff of Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions in order to enhance their ability to teach about Southeast Asia. This vision of the purpose of our center is somewhat different than the view I had as a faculty member before taking on the position, where I had imagined support of research about Southeast Asia as more central. So we will work on enhancing our Outreach mission. We also are funded to support and grow our languages. This is critical to the research and pedagogical mission of all of us, and we will be working to see how to sustain what we have and grow languages like Khmer and Burmese which are just getting off the ground. We also have a mission to enhance undergraduate learning. I have recently been working with Sam Le, head of the Asian Student Commission, to understand how we could communicate what we do to the various Southeast Asian-American interest groups on campus. Larger enrollments in language and content classes help us make the case that we are worthy of support. I think a strong arts program attracts students to Southeast Asian studies and makes our community vibrant, so that will continue to be important to the Center. Fundraising is always a goal. We always need contributions to our discretionary fund since we are not allowed to use federal funds for food, and other things. We are fortunate to have two graduate awards. The Keyes award is awarded in the Winter for graduate student preliminary research travel, and the Gething award is awarded in the Fall for conference travel. Finally I believe it is important to be responsive to our graduate students and faculty across the disciplines and across Mainland and Island Southeast Asia. This is not my Center to decide what the priorities will be, but our Center. I need your ideas and your vision for what the future of Southeast Asian studies that we want to build here, and I hope you will help me with this! We are planning a retreat for mid-winter in order to work on this communal vision, and to begin planning for the next Title 6 round.

Read the full letter here.
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Featured Courses*

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Featured Courses - Winter 2017

EDUCATION EDUC 401H (1-10 cr) with Dalya Perez & Kriya Velasco
Miseducation of the Filipinx: History, Decolonization, and Action
Th 230-350 MEB 237 

GRADUATE SCHOOL GRDSCH 525 (3 cr) with Tikka Sears & Theresa Ronquillo
Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
T 130-420 DEN 303 

HISTORY HSTCMP 205/JSIS A 205 (5 cr) with Vicente Rafael
Filipino Histories 

TTh 230-420 JHN 175

HISTORY HSTAS 530/JSIS A 580 (5 cr) with Laurie Sears & Christoph Giebel
Field Course in Southeast Asian History

T 130-320 THO 215

MUSIC MUSEN 411/MUSEN 511 (1 cr) with Christina Sunardi
Gamelan Ensembles

MW 330-450 MUS  058

Upcoming Events (3)

Burma/Myanmar Student Association presents
Walking a Fine Line

Monday, November 28, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: UW School of Social Work, Room 305 (4101 15th Ave NE, Seattle)

The Burmese/Myanmar Student Association (B/MSA) at the UW would like to cordially invite you to our “Documentary • Dinner • Discussion” event, which will take place on November 21st (Monday). This event will screen Walking a Fine Line, the extraordinary story of Burmese actor Kyaw Thu who has dedicated his life to serving others and has used his influence to bring awareness and justice for those in need.

Prior to the screening, we will be serving our traditional foods, prepared entirely by the B/MSA members. Vegetarian options will also be available. After the film (approximately 55 minutes), we’ll have a discussion where everyone is welcome to share their take regarding the film or Burma in general. (Watch the trailer here:

The event is free and open to the public and the UW community. Suggested donation is $5 and the funds will support more interactive, delicious events like this one! With your help, we promise to host more exciting events to enrich the diversity of our campus.

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
To learn more about B/MSA and future events, click here.

Venturing Laos' Mighty Mekong
A talk with Barry Broman presented by Friends of Asian Art

Date: Sunday, November 27
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: The Seattle Asian Art Museum Volunteer Park


Former Associated Press photographer Barry Broman served more than 25 years in the US Department of State, primarily in Southeast Asia. He also served as the US Counselor of Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar.

An active writer and photographer, he has written several books, including: Cambodia: The Land and Its People, Myanmar Architecture: Cities of Gold, Irrawaddy: Benevolent River of Burma, and Spiritual Abodes of Thailand.

Among his credits as a documentary film producer, Broman's works include: Flowers of Death, and Jim Thomson, The Man and the Legend.

Venturing Laos' Mighty Mekong chronicles a river passage up the Mekong river from Vientiane to Ban Houai Sai, a rare ten day journey due to heavy current and dangerous rocks encountered between Vientiane and the former royal capital at Luang Prabang, Broman includes cultural highlights along the way, notably the Buddhist temples in Luang Prabang.

Tickets are $15 for FA3 members and $20 for non-members. Parking is free. To register, click here.

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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
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  • Our very own Southeast Asia MA students and Southeast Asia affiliated students studying Indonesian were featured in the Indonesian newspaper, Kompas. Featured in the photo above are Jorge Bayona, Kasey Rackowitz, Faizah Abdullah and Shannon Bush. Joss Whitaker and Desiana Pauli Sandjaja, their Indonesian language instructor, were also featured.

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Fellowships and Funding

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  • Don't forget! The FLAS application is open until January 31. For more information, check out the upcoming info sessions:
    Tue, November 29, 2-3 PM PST, Webchat (see website for instructions)
    Thu, December 8, 3:30-4:30 PM, Thomson Hall, 317
    Wed, December 14, 1-2 PST Webchat (see website for instructions)
    Wed, January 11, 3:30-4:30, Thomson Hall, 317

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For general information on funding sources, including FLAS, visit the SEAC website
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Conferences and Calls for Papers

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