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April 3, 2015
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The Persistence of Maritime Borderlands: Understanding the 2013 Lahad Datu Standoff

This week in the SEAC blog, history grad student Hongxuan Lin analyzes the 2013 Lahad Datu Standoff. "On 11 February 2013, 235 men led by Agbimuddin Kiram, some of whom were armed, landed their boats in Lahad Datu..." Read more on the SEAC blog
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Forbidden Love Film Series
Food, friends and forbidden love. Relax with the Southeast Asia language programs as we explore the theme of "Forbidden Love" in films from Indonesia,  the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

All films start at 6 pm in UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Tuesday, April 7 - Cinta Tapi Beda (Indonesia) Will Cahyo, Mitha, Diana and Fadholi find love? - See who's going on Facebook

Thursday, April 9 - The Blossoming of Maximos Oliveros (The Philippines) Will 12-year-old Maximo fall for the young attractive cop or remain loyal to his petty thief family? - See who's going on Facebook

Tuesday, April 14 - Sepet (Malaysia) Will Ah Loong's Chinese heritage keep him from dating Orked, a Malay school girl? - See who's going on Facebook

Thursday, April 16 - Me Thao - Thai vang bong (Vietnam) Can Nguyen and Tam's unlikely friendship withstand the murder of Nguyen's girlfriend and the accusations that follow? - See who's going on Facebook

 Snacks and English subtitles provided!
Upcoming Events

The Anatomy of (Indonesian) Rule of Law Assistance

Monday, April 6, 12:30 - 1:20 pm

UW, William H. Gates Hall, Room 117

Anna B. Bosch, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law, will present this week's Global Monday lecture. The site of donor-funded rule of law (RoL) assistance delivery is host to the relationship dynamics of a complex, multi-faceted group of actors. Through the lens of principal-agent theory, Ms. Bosch introduces four case studies of RoL assistance in Indonesia: their participants, parties and projects, and a multiplicity of local actors with self-interests.  In addition to donor and recipient principals (including USAID), World Bank, the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office and Supreme Court), their respective agents, and hired contractors (Chemonics, The Asia Foundation), we also see BAPPENAS (Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency), and “reform teams” established in the Indonesian Supreme Court and Attorney General’s Office.

Lunch provided. No RSVP required.

More details on the vent page 

Engaging Area Studies in the Large Research University: Climate Science Across National Boundaries

Monday, April 6, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

UW Communications Building, Room 226

At the UW, as at many other institutions, scientific research is not informed by an equivalent critical understanding of local cultural values, attitudes and beliefs about scientific sample collecting, effective ways to share research results after fieldwork, and potential for collaborative and community oriented research, particularly when US-based researchers work in international field sites.

These issues will be discussed in a round table format by:
  • George Nichols (Archaeology, Simon Fraser University)
  • Suraya Afiff (Anthropology, University of Indonesia)
  • Peter Lape (Archaeology, University of Washington)
  • Celia Lowe (Anthropology, University of Washington)

More details on the event page 

Forbidden Love Film Series

Starts Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Relax with the Southeast Asia language programs as we explore the theme of "Forbidden Love" in films from Indonesia,  the Philippines, Malaysia and Viet Nam.

Tuesday, April 7 - Indonesia
Thursday, April 9 - The Philippines
Tuesday, April 14 - Malaysia
Thursday, April 16 - Viet Nam

Snacks and English subtitles provided!

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UW Khmer Students Association: 19th Annual New Year's Show

Saturday, April 11, 5:00-11:00 pm

Husky Union Building

This year the Khmer Students Associaton's New Year's show is about the Khmer folktale of Moni Mekhala. From the food to the language to the dancing - be prepared to have fun with Khmer-Americans from all around the greater Seattle area!

Presale tickets are $15 for UW students and $18 for the general public. See the Facebook page for details about how to purchase presale tickets.

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Please view the event page to see additional sponsors of this event

Bradley Davis: Under the Black Flag: Violence and Oral Tradition in the China-Vietnam Borderlands

Monday, April 13, 4:30-6:30 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 317 

This presentation examines the relationship between violence and oral tradition in the China-Vietnam borderlands. Drawing on years of archival research and fieldwork, historian Bradley Camp Davis tells the story of life in the borderlands under the Black Flag and the continued resonance of nineteenth century violence in contemporary uplands oral traditions in Vietnam and China. 

Bradley Davis is an Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) in Willimantic, CT.  He received his Master of Arts in International Studies, China Studies (2002) from the Jackson School of International Studies, and Ph.D. (2008) in History from the University of Washington.  

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Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

Wednesday, April 22, 5:00-7:00 pm

UW Thomson Hall, Room 101

Join us for this unique, inspiring event. The author, Erika Berg, will give a narrated presentation followed by a panel discussion with refugee youth artists living in the Seattle area. 
  • Learn about Burma’s ongoing struggle for democracy
  • Bear witness to stories (painted) by youth forced to flee violence in Burma/Myanmar
  • Explore ethnic, religious, political, socioeconomic divides
  • Promote justice through art and advocacy
Snacks provided, but please bring a dish for a community potluck 

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Learn more about the project and order the book online

Additional Sponsors:
Refugee Youth Empowered
Burma/Myanmar Student Association

Filipino Night: Finding my Pin@ay

Saturday, April 25, 5:30 pm

UW, Kane Hall 

Hosted by the Filipino-American Students Association, Filipino Night has been a tradition for over 20 years. It is a means to showcase the talents and potentials of the active members of FASA to both the UW community as well as the community of the greater Seattle area. Additionally, it is a night to raise awareness of current and historical issues Filipino-Americans face. This year FASA will present an original screenplay! The night also includes food, a silent auction and exhibit.

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Indonesian Festival: Keraton

Saturday, May 2, 3:00-9:00 pm

UW, Red Square

Hosted by the Indonesian Students Association, Keraton is an annual event that attracts hundreds of guests from around the Puget Sound. Watch incredible Indonesian dance and music performances, also participate in traditional Indonesian games. And of course, eat some very delicious Indonesian food.  All these highlights are thoroughly selected to showcase the indigenous Indonesian culture. It will most definitely be an evening to remember. 

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Other events hosted by FASA sa UW Other upcoming events

These events are not sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, but we do recommend that you go!

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