This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
November 10, 2015
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Tylor Fulkerson with Mount Mayon in the background
This week we will hear from one of our alumni, Tylor Fulkerson (Class of 2014). “He double majored in History and Southeast Asian studies with a minor in Comparative Religion.” Currently, he is pursuing an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies at University of the Philippines Diliman. Tylor will be exploring the relationship between monuments and nationalism in the Philippines. Specifically, he’s interested in the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Cebu and the Marcos Monument in Tuba, Benguet.

Things, however, were not always this clear for Tylor. “When I arrived at UW, I did not know what I wanted to study, just that I wanted to study history,” he wrote. Tylor also confessed that the history he learned in high school was “the common American exceptionalist version of history.” He explained, “We only tell the parts that create a positive image, and anything that is not talked about is implicitly seen as not important. I had never heard of the Philippines or Indonesia or Vietnam.”

Tylor’s interest in Southeast Asia began with the classes he took with Professor Christoph Giebel and Professor Laurie Sears and a study abroad trip to the Philippines with Dr. Third Anderseen. The classes, the academic community and the study abroad trip and not only shaped but also nurtured his interest. “As I learned more about Southeast Asia, it opened up many more compelling questions for me that I wanted to follow. Also I really liked the community within Southeast Asian Studies. It felt a lot more inviting to me than the other courses I had taken,” Tylor wrote.
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Linda Cuadra

Program Coordinator

Southeast and South Asia Centers


Tel: (206) 543-9606

It is our great pleasure to welcome Linda Cuadra as the new Program Coordinator for the Southeast and South Asia Centers and programs!  
Linda officially started on Oct 26, however, she has been working part-time at the Southeast Asia Center for the past year and will finish her MA this quarter. She was awarded FLAS for Indonesian as well as an Arctic Fellowship for her research on Singapore and the Arctic Council. Prior to grad school, she worked for 25 years in transportation and urban planning, and has extensive experience with public speaking, project management, data analysis and summary, training, and in leading coalitions of multiple stakeholders.
On top of all that, she has been behind our recent Southeast Asian horror film series (plus our new popcorn maker!) and has been a great help in coordinating a number of highly successful events for Southeast Asia. Now South Asia will also get to benefit from her many skills. Her 50% FTE position will have her working with Southeast & South Asia faculty and students on course scheduling, events, and grant reporting, among other things.
Please stop by the center if you get a chance and congratulate her in person. She can be reached at
Sara Van Fleet, Ph.D.
Managing Director
TWISEA moving to Tuesday

In other news, our weekly "This Week in Southeast Asian Studies" (TWISEA) will be moving to Tuesday, starting today. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at Thank you for your patience.

Hoang Ngo, Ph.D.
Program Assistant

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Upcoming Events (5)

Myanmar's Historic Elections: A Turning Point?

Mon, Nov 16, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall
The University of British Columbia 1855 West Mall Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2

Speakers: Dr. Kate Grace Frieson (Royal Roads University), Dr. Yves Tiberghien (UBC), Dr. Robert Hanlon (Thompson Rivers University), Mr. Larry Dohrs (Texas Christian University), Dr. Kai Ostwald (UBC), Dr. Rick Barichello (UBC) and members of the Burmese diaspora

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Walden Bello

Promise and Performance:

The Politics of Good Governance under President Benigno Aquino III


Tue, Nov 17, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

UW, Communications, Room 120

During his six years in the House of Representatives as representative of Akbayan (2009-2015), Walden was a principal author of many laws and bills promoting the welfare of diverse groups of citizens and the citizenry as a whole, the most important being the Reproductive Health Law, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program
Extension with Reforms (CARPER) law, Amendment to the Overseas Voting Act, Martial Law Human Rights Compensation Law, and the Fair Competition Act.

Rep. Walden Bello resigned from Congress on March 19, 2015, because he could no longer support a hypocritical good governance policy under which President Aquino went after his political enemies but protected his corrupt cronies. His resignation was also an act of protest at the president’s refusal to accept command responsibility for the Mamasapano tragedy.

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Thu, Nov 19, 6:30-8:30 PM

UW School of Social Work, 4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle - Room 305

The Burma/Myanmar Student Association (BMSA) at UW will be hosting a documentary, dinner, and discussion event highlighted by a screening of the film This Kind of Love.

This Kind of Love (Delo Acheq Myo) is a 45- minute documentary film directed by Jeanne Hallacy and produced in association with Equality Myanmar.

This Kind of Love follows Burmese human rights educator and activist, Aung Myo Min, as he returns home after 24 years in exile. The film embraces the idea that community and inclusion are fundamental to creating meaningful political and social change in Burma/Myanmar.

Myo's vision that human rights is for everyone - from children to transgender people to ethnic nationalities - makes This Kind of Love an offering of hope for the future.

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A Taste of Empire

Written and Performed by Jovanni Sy


Original Production directed by Guillermo Verdecchia

Check out Filipino artist and director Jovanni Sy and his upcoming performance A Taste of Empire!

Sy will cook a traditional Filipino dish while simultaneously taking the audience on an entertaining and thought-provoking trip through history as he weaves stories of conquest, imperialistic desires, and colonialism through the construction (and deconstruction) of the Rellenong Bangus.

Dates, performance times, and venues:

Nov. 17 at 7pm @ Liu
Nov. 18 at 2pm @ Liu
Nov. 19 at 2pm @ UBC Farm
Nov. 20 at 7pm @ UBC Farm

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Online Information Session

M.A. Southeast Asian Studies
UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies


Thu, Dec 3, 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)

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Recommended Resources (2)

This section lists news items and other recently-published resources that have been recommended by faculty and grad students over the past week. To submit an item for next week, email

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Jobs (2)

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Fellowships and Funding (3)

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For general information on funding sources, including FLAS, visit the SEAC website
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Conferences and Calls for Papers (6)

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