This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
April 17, 2015
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Spotlight on AAS

Imagine yourself at AAS!

With hundreds of panels and thousands of participants, the annual conference of the Association of Asian Studies is a big deal. Yet, most people reading this have never attended. That may be about to change. AAS is coming to Seattle in 2016! In the meantime, check out their Flickr stream to get a feel for what the conference is really like. 
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Upcoming Events (6)

Hoa Khoi Lien Truong 2015

Saturday, April 16, 3:30-7:00 pm

UW Kane Hall, Room 130

Hoa Khoi Lien Truong, or the Miss Vietnam Intercollegiate Cultural Pageant, is a biennial pageant hosted by VSA UW with the purpose of promoting Vietnamese culture.

This year they have 14 lovely ladies representing various colleges and universities across Washington state, vying for the title of Miss Hoa Khoi and a $1500 scholarship!

With a lovely group of contestants, honorable judges, and generous sponsors, you won't want to miss it!

VIP Seating - $25
General Admission - $15
VSA UW Member - $12
At-the-door - $20

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This event is hosted by the Vietnamese Students Association

Viet Thanh Nguyen, "The Sympathizer" - Reading and Book Signing

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm

University Book Store (The Ave)

Told through the subversive and captivating voice of a double agent living among Vietnamese refugees in 1970s America, Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer, offers a frightening, fascinating, and darkly comic perspective of the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Through the eyes of the communist spy (and former captain of the South Vietnamese army), we experience the world of underground resistance groups still fighting against the Viet Cong, the lives of Vietnamese Americans in 1970s America, and the brutal plight of a conflicted man constantly torn between his political beliefs and his individual loyalties. Joining us for a reading and signing of his critically acclaimed new book, Nguyen will explore its gripping story and powerful reflections on history and human nature.

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This event is sponsored by the University Book Store

Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

Wednesday, April 22, 5:00-7:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Join us for this unique, inspiring event. The author, Erika Berg, will give a narrated presentation followed by a panel discussion with refugee youth artists living in the Seattle area. 
  • Learn about Burma’s ongoing struggle for democracy
  • Bear witness to stories (painted) by youth forced to flee violence in Burma/Myanmar
  • Explore ethnic, religious, political, socioeconomic divides
  • Promote justice through art and advocacy
Snacks provided, but please bring a dish for a community potluck 

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Learn more about the project and order the book online

Additional Sponsors:
Refugee Youth Empowered
Burma/Myanmar Student Association

Filipino Night: Finding my Pin@ay

Saturday, April 25, 5:30 pm

UW, Kane Hall 

Hosted by the Filipino-American Students Association, Filipino Night has been a tradition for over 20 years. It is a means to showcase the talents and potentials of the active members of FASA to both the UW community as well as the community of the greater Seattle area. Additionally, it is a night to raise awareness of current and historical issues Filipino-Americans face. This year FASA will present an original screenplay! The night also includes food, a silent auction and exhibit.

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Indonesian Festival: Keraton

Saturday, May 2, 3:00-9:00 pm

UW, Red Square

Hosted by the Indonesian Students Association, Keraton is an annual event that attracts hundreds of guests from around the Puget Sound. Watch incredible Indonesian dance and music performances, also participate in traditional Indonesian games. And of course, eat some very delicious Indonesian food.  All these highlights are thoroughly selected to showcase the indigenous Indonesian culture. It will most definitely be an evening to remember. 

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Thailand: The Failure of Democracy - From Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat to General Prayut Chan-ocha

Wednesday, May 20, 3:30-5:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 317

A Presentation by UW Professor Emeritus Charles Keyes, who writes:

In December 2014 and early January 2015 my wife, Jane, and I were in Thailand once again – perhaps concluding over a half-century of deep involvement with the country. That Thailand was once again under military rule as it had been when we first arrived in Thailand in August 1962 was distressing and saddening. The political history of Thailand from the late 1950s until today can be summarized as being from Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, the military dictator from 1958 to 1963, to General Prayut Chan-ocha, the head of the military junta that seized power in May 2014. Both based their domination of the political order on the assumption that only military rule could ensure order and protect the institution of the monarchy. Thai society is not, however, the same in 2014-15 as it was in 1958-73 when Sarit and his chosen successors ruled the country. In this talk I reflect on why there has to date been a failure of democracy in Thailand and then examine the contemporary conditions that may finally make military dictatorship untenable, but perhaps also lead to more political turmoil in the kingdom of no longer smiling Thai.

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These events are not sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, but we do recommend that you go!

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