Jun 14, 2019
What in SEA?

The answer to last week's What in SEA?

The answer is Kwai or Khwae Yai! It used to be part of the Mae Klong river in western Thailand until the 1960s. Since then it has been known as Khwae Yai. 
Congratulations to Linda Cuadra for winning the prize! Also congratulations to Cliff Sloane, Grace Lee, Broman Barry, Christoph Giebel, Thu Thu May Oo, Peter Halamek, Timothy Manring, and Pinkaew Laungaramsri!

Featured Article

FLTA Teaching Experience
In late August 2018, the Southeast Asia Center welcomed our first Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant.  Unaree Taladngoen came to UW both to teach Thai on campus and to take classes in her fields of education and linguistics.  In Thailand, Unaree teaches English as a Foreign Language at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Phitsanulok Campus, having earned her M.Ed. in 2012.  Everyone who has had the pleasure of getting to know Unaree this year—her colleagues, classmates, and students—will miss her graceful but indomitable spirit and her creativity in making Thai instruction at UW engaging and highly rewarding.  However, we are excited by the possibility that she will be back at UW in the near future to pursue her PhD.  Click here to find out more about Un’s year at UW, in her own words.

Southeast Asia Representation in Virtual Reality
This time, we take a quick look on how Southeast Asia is represented in Virtual Reality form. Whereas the tech is still considered for niche audience, VR is becoming simpler to use compared to a decade ago. This allows for easier content creations. Read a more detailed look about what Southeast Asia-related content in the VR platform here

JSIS 202: Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World 
Summer A-Term | M - Th | 9:40 - 11:50 | GWN 201
SLN: 11963
Professor Celia Lowe
This class introduces a critical approach to empire, security, religion, and the environment including human-animal relations. Students will learn key concepts of cultural theory to understand how the world is socially constructed. Learning how to use interpretive methods, students will acquire new understandings of the varied approaches through which social scientists confront global challenges.

For more information about the course, contact Celia Lowe at
Summer On-Line Class: Introduction to Filipino Histories
Summer A-Term | June 24 - July 24, 2019
Professor Vicente L. Rafael
This course is open to UW and non-UW students. Additional information about Summer Quarter tuition and fees can be found here, or send a message to
GRDSCH 595 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: From Campus to Career
Online (2 credits) Credit/No Credit
Instructor: Wei Zuo

GRDSCH 595 focuses on the development of teaching materials for academic job searches. Students will develop engaging and comprehensive written materials that dovetail with research materials. The course includes online group work, peer review, and mock interviews. Recommended for advanced graduate students, year 3 or beyond. View the course on the course catalog
Fall 2019 Language Courses
This fall, learn the languages of Southeast Asian countries! Offered courses: 
  • JSIS E 101: Elementary Khmer and JSIS E 301, Advanced Khmer
  • JSIS 486A: Beginning Thai (hybrid live/online course taught through group start online instruction and three classroom meetings/week. )
  • JSIS 486B: Elementary Burmese
  • JSIS 486F: Intermediate Thai
For more information about the courses, contact Shannon Bush (
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, July 2 | 1:30 PM and 6:45 PM
The Grand Cinema | 606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98402
Funan is a film about Chou, a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. The film will cover her struggle in bringing her family members back together.
There will be a discussion after both screenings. 
Tickets are available here. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information. 
JamFest 2019

Thursday, July 18 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Wing Luke Museum
Come visit JamFest 2019 to enjoy local artists' works. The exhibit will be held outdoors in Maynard Alley. 
The exhibit is still accepting submission until Jun 18th, 2019. Participate by registering through this link
Jobs and Opportunities
Call for Applications: TRIALS Asian Law Workshop at National University of Singapore
The Center for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore is accepting applications for  several workshops to train law and society scholars who conduct research in Asia. The workshops will feature a four-day introduction to the theories and literature of law and society. 
To apply for the workshops, follow this link.
Information about TRIALS can be found here
Application deadline is June 20, 2019
Wing Luke Museum - Internship and Summer Camp Counselors
The Wing Luke Museum at International District is looking for volunteers in the Summer Camp program. 
The Summer Camp Counselors must commit to at least one of the following weeks: 
  • Camp Bruce Lee (July 29 - August 2)
  • Neighborhood Stories Through Food (August 5 - Augut 9)
  • Beam Me Up: Sci-Fi Worlds (August 12-August 16)
Typical volunteer hours are 9:00am - 4:30am Monday to Friday. 
To apply, send a resume or summary of experience to Heather Chan through by July 1
US-ASEAN Business Council, Inc. : Membership and Development Director (Washington, D.C.)

This position will be tasked with managing the US-ASEAN Business Councing membership base and adding net new members as well as leading fundraising efforts for major programs and events. 
To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to More information can be found here

Mongabay Staff Writer - Philippines

The full-time staff writer is expected to produce multiple stories per week about conservation and environmental issues in the Philippines published in English. The reporting responsibility includes coverage of the status of high conservation value forest and marine ecosystems, the impacts of climate change directly relevant to people and wildlife, the actions of natural resource industries, and the government’s approach to sustainable development policy. A person with strong analytical skills and extensive knowledge about environmental issues is desired. 
More details about the position and how to apply can be found here

Recommended Resources
Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University Thai Studies Summer Program 
This program combines two regular courses: Thai Society and Culture and Buddhism Institutions, focusing on the complex relationships between Buddhism and Thai history, politics, economics, education, literature, law, arts, and theatre. 

The application form can be downloaded here. Please follow the instructions available in the form, along with the required documents that can be found here
For more information, feel free to send a message to 
Recommended Resources
Call for Papers and Conferences

International Conference on ASEAN 2019 (IC-ASEAN)
Date: September 5 -6, 2019
Location: Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Deadline: June 30, 2019

WCAAS 2019 Conference
Date: October 18-19, 2019
Location: Mexico City
Deadline: June 28, 2019 

Thirteenth Global Studies Conference
Date: June 4-5, 2020
Location: Concordia University in Montreal, Canada
Abstart due by: July 2, 2019

New Dimensions of Migration in Southeast Asia
Date: March 19-22, 2020
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Deadline: July 5, 2019

Special Issue of Religions: Reframing Islam in Southeast Asia 
Deadline for manuscript submissions: August 15th, 2019

International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) 2020

Date: September 3-6, 2020
Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom 
Abstract due: by October 18, 2019
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