This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
October 23, 2015
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Ben Moseley (center) with his students in 2013
Our M.A. student Ben Moseley moved to Singapore with his family when he was 15 years old. In fact, he graduated from high school in Singapore. During his time there, Ben really enjoyed exploring the different neighborhoods, such as Chinatown, Arab Street, and many others. He has been interested in Singapore and Southeast Asia ever since.
After graduating from Lewis & Clark College, Ben received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant. He was placed “in Indonesia’s Maluku province, which was the site of intense Muslim-Christian rivalry and violence from 1999 to 2002.” Ben observed: “Even today, over a decade since the conflict officially ended, the scars of that period of violence are still very visible in the cultural and social landscape of the region.” This experience ultimately shaped Ben's research project and interest in Indonesia. His project “will primarily be focused on the origins and aftermath of the sectarian conflicts that occurred throughout Indonesia following the fall of Suharto’s authoritarian New Order regime in 1998.” 
The M.A. program in Southeast Asian Studies at UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies helped broaden Ben’s interests and approach to Southeast Asia. For instance, literature became a new way for Ben to understand the region. He wrote, “I certainly appreciate the role of literature as a window into Southeast Asian society a bit more. Initially, I was very much of a newspaper, documents, and history book sort of scholar.” After taking classes with Laurie Sears, Christoph Giebel and Judith Henchy, Ben learned to “pay significantly more attention to local literature as a way to understand how local authors interacted, interpreted, or tried to influence the societies they lived in.”
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Upcoming Events (4)

UN Day 2015

Today, 7:00 PM


University of Washington, HUB 332

Come celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, where we will be discussing the Sustainable Development Goals and how local organizations are supporting them. Featuring panelists from Landesa, VillageReach, Water1st, and UNICEF, as well as a speaker from our National Bureau.

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Horror Movies from Southeast Asia

Come share popcorn and shivers and make new friends, as we celebrate the season of Halloween.

Jangan Pandang Belakang (Malaysia)

Tue, Oct 27, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

UW, Thomson Hall, Room 101

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The Maid (Singapore)

Thu, Oct 29, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

UW, Thomson Hall, Room 101

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Tue, Nov 3, 6:00-7:30 PM

UW, HUB South Ballroom

Q. "UW Freshmen in Honors 100, What keeps you up at night?"
A.  "Lots of issues. Especially this: Healthcare access is limited by poverty, here and around the world."

Driven by student interest, the University Honors Program presents Global Challenges—Interdisciplinary Answers: where we explore big questions not just as intellectuals, but as potential agents of positive change.

Our first event centers on the complex interrelations between health and poverty. The format is dynamic: bring together passionate thought leaders from disparate disciplines and lead them in a fast-paced, no-gloves conversation addressing audience-generated questions.

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