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January 30, 2015
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The Southeast Asia Center is partnering with the Global Exploration for Educators Organization on a tour to Bali and Lombok 

Educators are invited to join us on an adventure off the beaten path, where we'll meet locals from the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok and gain insight into a completely different way of life. View the details and register at

Educators are also encouraged to sign up for SEAC's new educator email list, which will be used to announce events and opportunities geared specifically at K-16 educators who want to learn about Southeast Asia. 
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Study Abroad
For Educators
Upcoming Events

Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

Friday, January 30, 6:00-8:00 pm

Wing Luke Museum

Please RSVP for the screening of acclaimed PBS documentary Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town. The film explores the education opportunity gap in Long Beach, California—the city with America’s largest Khmer community.

The evening also includes cultural performances by UW Lecturer Luoth Yin, the Lao Heritage Foundation, and a Vietnamese hip-hop group. Local students will also share their stories.

Event website

Seattle Asian American Film Festival

February 12-15

Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave)

Several of the 2015 SAAFF films were directed by or tell the stories of Southeast Asian Americans:

Cambodian Son
Documentary Shorts featuring "Sriracha" 
How to Fight in 6 Inch Heels 
The Last Season

We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance for these screenings. Enjoy!

Mytoan Nguyen Akbar: 
Ambivalent Belonging and Managed Identities

Thursday, February 19, 3:30-5:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

In this talk, Mytoan Nguyen Akbar presents an ethnographic study on the ambivalent belonging and identity among many Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) return migrants to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. These 1.5 and second generation Viet Kieu are the adult children of Vietnamese American refugees who resettled to the US between the 1970s and 1990s. Read more on the event website.

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center


Edith Mirante Book Talk: A Wind in the Bamboo

Tuesday, February 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Indigneous Asian hunter-gatherers of ancient ancestry, once defined as a separate “Negrito race” due to their African appearance (dark skin, curly hair) survive in the Philippines, Malaysia and India. Author/activist Edith Mirante reveals their contemporary lives and challenges with a slide show based on her new book about her journeys to meet them. Read more on the event website.

Book website

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, the Center for Human Rights, and the Center for Global Studies

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Fellowships and Funding

For information on the following funding sources, please visit the SEAC website:

  • Sumitro Fellows Program

  • Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary SEA

  • Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

  • Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students

  • Thailand Studies Programme in Singapore

  • International Research/Study Fellowships, Chester Fritz and Boeing International Endowments

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Job Opportunities 

For the following job opportunities, please refer to last week's email:

  • Academic Position, Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society - Harvard Divinity School

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

New this edition:

For the following conferences, please refer to last week's email:

  • Southeast Asian Religions on the Periphery

  • Hmong Around the World - Hmong Studies Conference - NEW

  • Sharing Cultures 2015: 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage

  • Shari'a and Its Implementation in Southeast Asia

  • Berita - Call for Articles for Special Spring Issue

  • Cultures of Freedom and Contending Visions of Justice and Governance: Voices from the Arab and Muslim Worlds 

  • Celebrating 20 Years of SEASREP and Southeast Asian Studies

  • Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context

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Study Abroad and Summer Programs

New this week:


For the following summer programs, please refer to last week's email:

  • Summer Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program 2015 - COTI 

  • Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute: Migratory Aesthetics and Asian/American Studies 

  • Summer Study Abroad in Laos

Open Applications for UW Summer Study Abroad Programs in Southeast Asia


Cambodia: Studies in Global Health and the Rights of Women and Children in Cambodia

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Department: School of Law
Program Dates: June 22 - August 1, 2015
Program Fee: $5,900
Credits: 10
Program Director: Beth E. Rivin
Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Indonesia: Conservation Biology & Global Health: At the Human-Environment Interface

Location: Tinjil Island, Indonesia
Department: Psychology
Program Dates: August 6 - September 1, 2015
Program Fee: $2,200 +  UW tuition
Credits: 3 credits in the Spring at UW; 7 credits in the field
Program Director: Randall Kyes (Psychology)
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions with February 27, 2015 deadline

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Opportunities for Educators

Educators are encouraged to sign up for SEAC's new educator email list. We will use the educator list to send occasional announcements about events specifically geared to K16 educators.

In this edition:

Bali and Lombok Tour

Global Exploration for Educators Organization

GEOO BaliGEEO and the Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from the University of Washington, who will help you process the experience for your classroom.

Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. We will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands' locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life.

More information + registration

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