This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
October 28, 2016
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Ade Suparman & Nurrika
This week we remember Ade Suparman and Nurrika’s teaching visit last spring quarter with an article written by our MA student Shannon Bush.

Ade Suparman playing the kacapi

Over the spring quarter, UW’s School of Music, in cooperation with the Southeast Asia Center, hosted artist in residence Ade Suparman and his wife, choreographer and dancer Nurrika. Ade, a master musician, composer and teacher, first began learning music during his childhood in West Java. His father taught him to play kacapi (Sundanese zither), an instrument which Ade began studying formally in high school at a prestigious arts conservatory in Bandung. There he learned music theory and trained in the classical Sundanese form before earning his B.A. at the Arts Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia) in Surakarta, Central Java.

It was in Bandung that he met Nurrika who studied traditional dance at the same conservatory. Like Ade, she found artistic inspiration from an array of forms and continued to expand her knowledge after graduation, incorporating contemporary elements into her repertoire. For Nurrika this means that in addition to the traditional court style, she specializes in folk dances as well as jaipongan—a dance that integrates movements from pencak silat martial arts.

Over the course of the residency, Ade taught classes and provided one-on-one tutorials to fifteen UW students while Nurrika worked with ten students learning dance. The students who participated represented a broad range of disciplines and fields—from Ethnomusicology to Asia Studies to Chemistry—and included undergrads, MA and PhD students. One of the dancers joined the class several weeks after the quarter began, but explained that the individual attention she received from Nurrika allowed her to master the movements in time to participate in the public performance showcasing pieces the students learned.

Nurrika (3rd from right) with her student dancers in costumes brought from Bandung, Java especially for Tari Merak

To read the full article, click here.

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Featured Courses - Fall 2016

ANTHROPOLOGY ANTH 479/JSIS 486 D (5 cr) with Jenna Grant
Medicine, Science, and Technology in Southeast Asia

MW 130-320 CDH 115

HISTORY HSTCMP 485/CHID 485 (5 cr) with Vicente Rafael
Comparative Colonialism

TTh 330-520 SMI 211

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

MW 330-450 MUS  058

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES JSIS 486 A/JSIS 586 A (5 cr) with Judith Henchy
Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
MW 230-420 PAR 212

SOCIOLOGY SOC 470 (5 cr) with Charles Hirschman 
Contemporary Southeast Asia
MW 900-1020 SAV 131

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Upcoming Events (3)

Arahmaiani Feisal
Art & Activism in a Changing Time

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Thomson Hall (THO) 317

Arahmaiani has grappled with contemporary politics, violence, critique of capital, the female body, and in recent years, her own identity, which although Muslim, nonetheless mediates between Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and animist beliefs. Arahmaiani often uses her public presence in order to attract attention to violence against women in general and to female discrimination in Indonesia's Islamic society. Since September 11, 2001, she has focused her critical tools on Islam, fighting its general stigmitization by non-Muslims. Since 2010, Arahmaiani has been working with Tibetan monks in Tibet Plateau dealing with environmental issues and deepening her commitment to non-violence.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

If you have interest in meeting individually with Arahmaiani Feisal this Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, please send an email to


SEAC Fall Reception and Showcase

Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Allen Library, Petersen Room

The Southeast Asia Center is hosting their Fall Reception and Showcase for all SEAC faculty, staff and students. SEAC MA students and affiliated PhD students will be presenting summaries about their current research.

The event will also be a recognition in the change of staff within SEAC. Laurie Sears, Tikka Sears, Sara Van Fleet and Linda Cuadra have contributed so much to SEAC to make it the center that it is today. We will all miss them dearly.

Please come and have a great time meeting with your fellow colleagues. Drinks and food will be provided.
Asia Talks: Aung Zaw

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Asian Art Museum (Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium)

Partners Asia and Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas welcome Aung Zaw, founder and editor in chief of The Irrawaddy Magazine.

Please join us for a critical view of politics and economics, the current state of affairs in Myanmar.

In the darkness that descended over Burma-Myanmar in the years following the brutal military crackdown on the democracy mvoement, former student leader Aung Zaw kept a flickering lamp burning. From his exile perch in Thailand, Aung Zaw launched The Irrawaddy Magazine which has emerged as an important news magazine not only for a muzzled Burma, but for stories from all over Southeast Asia that are often left out by mainstream media. As of 2012, The Irrawaddy has relocated it's operations to Yangon, Myanmar where they are one of the country's most independent news sources."

Free with RSVP. Get tickets here.

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