This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
May 3, 2016
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Strategic International Partnerships
Laurie Sears, Christina Sunardi, Judith Henchy, Beth Rivin and Randy Kyes
University of Washington faculty members are collaborating with colleagues in Indonesia in fields as diverse as bioethics, dance, library collections, gamelan music, and human-wildlife interaction.

At a presentation on April 28, 2016, five faculty members reported on the collaborations they seeded while travelling in and around Jogjakarta, Indonesia over the summer of 2015. Their travel was funded by the Office of Global Affairs Strategic International Partnership Travel Award (now the Global Innovation Fund), which was granted to the Southeast Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The five faculty members were Judith Henchy, Head of the Southeast Asia Section at UW Libraries, Huck Hodge, Associate Professor in the School of Music, Randall Kyes, Director of the Center for Global Field Study, Beth Rivin, Director of the Global Health and Justice Project, and Christina Sunardi, Associate Professor in the School of Music.

While in Jogjakarta, the faculty deepened existing relationships with Indonesian colleagues and established important new connections which will allow them to return to Indonesia to collaborate on library exchanges, online course development, and grant proposals. Interest was also expressed in creating more opportunities for UW students to study abroad in Indonesia. 

U.S.-Indonesia academic mobility is a priority for both countries. In 2010, President Obama and President Yudhoyono signed an agreement that created the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program (USIPP), a bilateral consortium of 12 partner institutions, six from the U.S. and six from Indonesia, including UW and Gadjah Mada University. This initiative has facilitated the development of new study abroad programs, increased academic collaboration, and provided the opportunity for partnerships among participating institutions, upon which the 2015 Strategic International Partnership Travel Award built.

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country and has the largest Islamic population in the world. It is home to nearly 20 million secondary school students (13-18 years old) and 5 million tertiary school students with 53 state universities and over 400 private universities. In 2013, there were 7,670 Indonesian students studying in the United States.

Photograph and article by Mary Barnes
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Upcoming Events (5)

PERMIAS Seattle presents you the coolest cultural and street food festival in town: BAJAJ!

It will be a night filled with live performances and games! AND we will also have a GRAND DOORPRIZE through a surprise raffle - you really don't want to miss this chance! You can anticipate this event with excitement, as we will bring out the Indonesian spirit inside YOU!

Save the date and come with an empty tummy, for delicious FOOD is coming your way!


How Asia Works:
Two Kinds of Economics and the Rise of a Divided Continent

Thu, May 19, 3:30-4:30 pm
CMU 226


This talk will explain that the story of East Asian development is the means to understanding the nature of economic development worldwide. Joe Studwell dissects the region’s history to show how, for many years, heady economic growth rates masked the most divided continent in the world – a north-east Asian group of states that is the most extraordinary developmental success story ever seen, a south-east Asian group that proved to be a paper tiger.

Joe Studwell has worked as a freelance writer and journalist in east Asia for more than 20 years. He has written for the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Observer Magazine and Asia Inc. From 1997 to 2007, Joe was the founding editor of the China Economic Quarterly (CEQ), the recognised English-language journal of the Chinese economy. He was also a founder and director of the Asian research and advisory firm Dragonomics, now GaveKal Dragonomics.

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In and Out of Academia:
Non-academic Career Path and Possibilities

Joseph Bernardo, PhD
with Jon Olivera (Career Counselor, UW Career Center)
and John Charlton (Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations, JSIS)

Monday, May 23, 12-1:30 pm
Thomson 317

What can one do with a Ph.D. in Humanities or Social Sciences outside of academia? Is it possible to move in and out of academia?

Our own former PhD student Joseph Bernardo will share his journey, advice and reflection on graduate school and his nonacademic career path. Also, Jon Olivera and John Charlton will bring their experience and expertise in career counseling to help students explore the possibilities and services offered at UW.

Joseph earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 2014.  He has worked in government, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector in Los Angeles.  His professional interests include Ethnic Studies, Philippine and Filipino American history, urban planning, and diversity policy.  He currently works as a Research Associate for the Office of Intercultural Affairs at Loyola Marymount University, researching and developing projects and policies aimed at increasing institutional diversity.

Light lunch and coffee will be served.

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Artificial Life:
Filipino Labor and Capital Under U.S. Empire.

Allan E. S. Lumba


Wed, May 25, 3:30-5:00 pm
Thomson 317

"Artificial Life" explores the official and public debates over Philippine Independence during the Great Depression, paying particular attention to anxieties over the free movement of labor and capital across the U.S. Pacific empire. On one hand, pro-colonial Americans argued against independence, citing the disorder and discontent of peasant communities and the immaturity of the archipelago's markets. Filipino statesmen, on the other hand, appropriated the language of imperial paternalism, asserting that while the Philippine economy had initially benefited from racial tutelage, it had now matured beyond American supervision. Surprisingly, Filipino statesmen also established tense and fleeting solidarities with American anti-immigrant activists and several U.S. cartels. Finally, this talk examines other visions of Philippine freedom that emerged during this period. Instead of nominal independence, some envisioned a future beyond colonialism through anti-imperial and internationalist revolutions.
Allan E. S. Lumba is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Before arriving in Michigan, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Washington. His forthcoming book Monetary Authorities: Economic Policy and Policing in the American Colonial Philippines explores the historical intersections between race, capitalism, U.S. empire, and Filipino politics in the first half of the twentieth century.

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KERATON 2016: Indonesian Festival


Saturday, May 28, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Washington
HUB Lawn

Experience and witness the beauty of Indonesian culture through ISAUW's highly anticipated event.

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