This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
September 18, 2015
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Kasey Rackowitz (middle) with friends at the FIUTS CulturalFest in 2014
This week we will hear from Kasey Rackowitz. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Kasey did her undergraduate studies at UW, and she will begin her MA program in Southeast Asian Studies this fall. Kasey is interested in Malaysian politics.
1) Could you tell me a bit about yourself? How you were interested in studying Southeast Asia? Was there a particular moment that made you want to pursue an MA in SEA studies? 
I'm from the town of Marysville (AKA Seattle Premium Outlet Mall) about an hour north of the U [University District] depending on the amount of accidents on I-5. In other words, I grew up in a community that was almost 100% white and almost every one of those people have lived there for generations. Everything I learned in school was your typical American-centric history and world history was just British/German/French history. 
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Upcoming Events (2)

The Annual SEAC Fall Reception

Friday, October 2, 2015, 4-6pm
Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room

All Welcome!
Burmese Poetry Reading
by Maung Yu Py

Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2015, 12-1pm
Allen Library, Peterson Room

Maung Yu Py is a poet from Burma and participant of the International Writing Program’s Fall Residency for 2015. Since his debut The Bird that was Killed when the Sky Capsized in 2000, he published two poem collections: There is a New Map for That Little Island Town Too (2007) and With the Big Television Turned On (2009). His poems, though unconventional in form, touch on the universal themes of hope, peace, unity and irony.
In a poem titled “Western/Eastern Movie/Moving,” Maung Yu Py describes the irony he saw in movies produced in the West. He then proposes, “Give us science, technology, heavy machines, weapons, vehicles, and oil well. / You can take the meditation, the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, Yoga…/ If we want the world more peaceful, let’s just change places, why not?”

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