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Southeast Asia Center Receives Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation

July 15, 2020





The University of Washington Southeast Asia Center has received a four-year $1,000,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s LuceSEA initiative for a project titled, Tracing Authoritarianism: Linking Southeast Asia with Southeast Asian America Through Archives, Language, and Pedagogy. Through the lens of critical archival studies, SEAC’s project will examine authoritarianism and develop new pedagogies that bridge Asian studies and Ethnic studies to engage SEAsian American audiences. Work with American and SEAsian partners in museum and archival collections will connect heritage communities to their homelands and histories and offer opportunities for empowerment and recovery from acts of violence and appropriation. Grant funds will also seed a tenure track line in the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures and fund needed training in SEA librarianship. SEAC Faculty who developed the project are Raissa DeSmet, Jenna Grant, Judith Henchy, Celia Lowe, Linh Nguyen, Vince Rafael, and Pauli Sandjaja.