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Tuesday, October 10
Southeast Asia Center Annual Fall Reception
Breaking the Ramadan Fast with Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim

Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room (225)

Food and refreshments will be provided. Autumn greetings to all new and returning faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the Southeast Asia Center. Join us as we welcome Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim as the Severeyns-Ravenholt Distinguished Lecturer for 2006.

Tuesday, October 10
Human rights, Democracy, and the Destiny of Southeast Asia.

8:00pm, Kane 210 (reception time and location TBA).

Anwar Ibrahim is the 2006 Severyns-Ravenholt lecturer and was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993-1998. Highly respected for his principled stance against corruption and his skillful management of the Malaysian economy during the turbulent period of its financial crisis, Anwar is an ardent supporter of democracy and is an authoritative voice in bridging the gap between East and West. Anwar was expected to succeed Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister of Malaysia but their relationship soured over policy disagreements and Anwar's strident campaign to combat corruption within the government. In 1998 he was the victim of a political assassination and smear campaign, and under the jurisdiction of a compromised judiciary he was convicted on trumped-up charges and sentenced to prison for 15 years. After serving six years in solitary confinement, Malaysia's Federal Court granted an appeal which led to his release in the fall of 2004. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Monday October 16, 2006
"Elections, Islam, and Bhima's Enlightenment: Doing Politics in Indonesia with a Javanese Myth" by Ben Arps.

2:30 - 4:00 in Johnson 111

Ben Arps Ben Arps is Professor (Chair) of Javanese Linguistics and Literary Studies at Leiden University. His greatest intellectual curiosity is about how language is made to work in the world: a complex problem of acute importance, which he studies from a vantage point inspired particularly by linguistic anthropology. His theoretical interests lie in media, performance, thematization, control over language, and promotion (propaganda, publicity, proselytization, conscientization, enculturation, and kindred processes). He is a specialist on Javanese oral traditions, Javanese singing and music, and Javanese written literatures and performances. The first lecture will be a general one and the second more his current research.

Tuesday October 17 2006
"Shiva teaching Bhima in Muslim Java: A Scholarly Edition in a World of Performance" by Ben Arps.

2:30 - 4:00 in Lowe 116

Ben Arps is Professor (Chair) of Javanese Linguistics and Literary Studies at Leiden University. His greatest intellectual curiosity is about how language is made to work in the world: a complex problem of acute importance, which he studies from a vantage point inspired particularly by linguistic anthropology. His theoretical interests lie in media, performance, thematization, control over language, and promotion (propaganda, publicity, proselytization, conscientization, enculturation, and kindred processes). He is a specialist on Javanese oral traditions, Javanese singing and music, and Javanese written literatures and performances. The first lecture will be a general one and the second more his current research.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Welcome Reception for Social Work Students from Cambodia.

5:30pm, School of Social Work Commons, Room 306.

Join us as we welcome new graduate students from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and learn a little about their partnership with the University of Washington's School of Social Work.

Monday, October 30, 2006
Deadline for Conference Draft Papers: "Beyond Teleologies: Alternative Voices and Histories in Colonial Viet Nam"

Call for Conference Papers: "Beyond Teleologies: Alternative Voices and Histories in Colonial Viet Nam"
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA), in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, announces the start of a multi-year research initiative in Viet Nam Studies, "Alternative Voices and Histories in Viet Nam: Colonial Modernities and Post-colonial Narratives." Its aims are: to bring together scholars from around the world at three conferences focusing on new interpretations of Vietnamese history and historiography; to provide a forum for recent, disparate work in new sources and under-researched topics to critically engage with one another; and to publish the results for the wider academic community. The conference series will consist of the following three workshops: "Beyond Teleologies: alternative voices and histories in colonial Viet Nam" (March 2007), "Beyond Dichotomies: alternative voices and histories in post-colonial Viet Nam" (autumn 2007), and "Beyond Borders: alternative voices and histories of the 20th century Vietnamese diaspora" (autumn 2008). A call for papers for the first workshop follows below. Calls for papers for the second and third workshops will be issued at later dates. The workshop series is based on the understanding that modern Vietnamese historiography has been unduly dominated by several particular and at times overlapping discourses reflective of the prevalent ideological presumptions of the 20th century, such as: those that privilege the perspectives, interests, and actions of a central state or states; those that impose nationalist and traditionalist notions on Vietnamese history and culture; those that subsume Vietnamese revolutionary visions and movements solely under communist teleologies; and those that seek to enforce Cold War rhetorical postures by excluding, externalizing and de-legitimizing those that do not fit simplistic binaries.

By contrast, the workshops will highlight academic work that complicates, challenges and counters these paradigms, thereby enriching and expanding our understanding of the variety of modern Vietnamese historical actors, factors, and epistemologies, and suggesting the contours of alternative models. They will focus, for instance, on local, regional, cross-border or transnational identities, non-nationalist socio-cultural phenomena such as religious revivalist movements, the rich modernist possibilities explored in the 1920s and 1930s, non-communist thought in Viet Nam's revolutionary anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism, and so-called "third force" groups on the margins of, or in opposition to, the Republic of Viet Nam. In general, the organizers welcome papers that engage a broad range of sources and literatures. In particular, we expect a considerable number of conference papers to highlight the marked heterogeneity of Viet Nam's south, a region thus far comparatively under-researched in Viet Nam Studies.

The organizers are Christoph Giebel, Assoc. Prof. of History and International Studies, and Judith Henchy, Head, Southeast Asia Section, University of Washington Libraries, and Lecturer in International Studies,

International Call for Papers

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA) invites academics, advanced graduate students, and independent scholars to submit paper proposals for the first workshop,"Beyond Teleologies: alternative voices and histories in colonial Viet Nam," to be held on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington from Thursday, March 1st, to Sunday, March 4th, 2007.

Prof. Patricia Pelley (Texas Tech University), award-winning author of "Postcolonial Vietnam: new histories of the national past" (2002), will give the keynote address.

For this workshop, we are seeking papers that engage the broad themes of alternative voices and counter-histories for the period of French colonial rule, as well as the first phase of the Franco-Viet Minh war in all areas of the country known today as Viet Nam. Moving beyond the ideological demands of colonialism, traditionalism, and nationalism, we seek to re-evaluate various political, social and cultural movements and phenomena of the colonial era within their particular contexts and meanings. Therefore, without diminishing the historical centrality of 1945, the workshop will problematize teleologies of 1945 in revolutionary-nationalist historiographies; i.e., the ways in which colonial-era histories often have come to be interpreted merely through their supposed linkage to, and subsumption under, the August Revolution as historical endpoint. Papers might rather engage, for example, those social and intellectual histories that illuminate mentalités, or modes of thinking and being in the modernizing colonial world, and investigate the symbolic order and semantics of colonial power. Such topics might include explorations of food, fashion, travel, advertising, performance arts, or literature. Other papers might be concerned with certain religious activities, social identities, and political organizations beyond those that so far have been paradigmatically privileged. Research on “Cochinchina” up to 1949 is particularly encouraged.

Please submit

(1) a paper abstract,
(2) a brief statement how the paper will engage the larger themes and concerns of the workshop, and
(3) a short C.V. to:

Christoph Giebel & Judith Henchy
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Washington, Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650, USA

Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2006

Participants should agree to submit their draft papers no later than three weeks prior to the workshop, be willing to provide detailed comments on other select papers, engage in group deliberations during the entire workshop, and thereafter commit to actively participate in periodic follow-up discussions and commentary for the planned publications. Participants will receive a modest travel subvention from the organizers, but will be expected to cover most of their expenses through other institutional funds.

Wednesday, November 8
"The Destruction of a Shrine to Brahma in Bangkok and the Fall of Thaksin Shinawatra: The Occult History of the Coup in Thailand in September 2006" by Charles F. Keyes

Thomson Hall, Room 317 3:30-5:00pm


On the night of March 21st, 2006, a 27 year old man, Thanakorn Pakdeepol, took a hammer and smashed the image of the Hindu deity Brahma – whom the Thai call Thao Maha Phrom – near the Erawan hotel in Bangkok. The destruction took place just before the political crisis centering on Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister, reached a climax – the subsequently discredited election of April 2, 2006. Because the shrine has long been the most significant non-Buddhist shrine in Bangkok, its destruction immediately led both anti- and pro-Thaksin supporters to interpret the act as an omen. In this paper I use the story of the destruction of the Erawan shrine, which I believe can be seen as a watershed event in the crisis surrounding Thaksin. It also is part of a story of power and the occult which culminated in the coup of September 19, 2006 (or, in Thai, 19/09/2549).

Sunday, November 12
Film-showing: “The Journey of Vaan Nguyen”

4:00PM-6:00PM at the University of Washington Hillel located at 4745 17th Ave. NE in Seattle

Film director Duki Dror and Christoph Giebel, a Professor at University of Washington specializing in Vietnam and Southeast Asia will engage in post-film Q&A. Co-sponsors of this event are: AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival; Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Life at the University of Washington; and the Jewish Studies Program and Southeast Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. More information about the movie and the event can be found at Please also see the Jewish Journals recent review of the film at or call 206.622.6315.

Duki Dror, one of the most innovative young directors in Israel today, shows the intricacies of Vaan Nguyen a Israeli-born Vietnamese girl. Vaan’s father was one of the many “boat people” who fled Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and was given asylum in the Israel as part of the international effort to save Vietnamese refugees escaping the war. When Vaan’s family decides it is time to return to their home in Vietnam to try to reclaim their confiscated lands, their journey becomes a parable about the loss of identity and the fate of refugees.

“My constant quest is to better understand and define the complex modern identity,” says Dror. “I see myself as a researcher of the human dilemmas that mushroom in the society decades after the generals finish their devastating wars and conquests. This film is my journey too, if not back to my fathers homeland, then back in my inner conscious as is reflected in the story of Vaan and her father.”

Duki Dror, a son of an Iraqi refugee, deals in his films with the rights of minorities, refugees, and immigrants by sharing their narratives of expulsion, detachment, and the desperate search for a lost identity. Through the characters in his films, Dror deals with his family's past and his own complex identity. The story of Vaan, as well as Dror's other films, is the story of longing, the need to test the sense of belonging, and the constant feeling of foreignness.

“Now more than ever it is imperative that we try and see the world from other perspectives no matter how different they may be from our own,” commented Anson Laytner, Executive Director of The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. “Duki’s film provides real insight into the struggle and journey of the Nguyen family.”

This event is being brought to Seattle by The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Consulate General of Israel. Founded in 1906, AJC is the nation’s first human rights organization and a contemporary leader in promoting universal human rights, and combating racism, bigotry and intolerance. This program is part of a series of events celebrating AJC’s centennial year and the Seattle Chapter’s commitment to promoting the cultural, ethnic, religious and demographic diversity of both the Jewish community worldwide and Pacific Northwest. The Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco represents the State of Israel to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and regularly brings artists, performers and speakers to the region to showcase the best and brightest in Israeli culture. Co-sponsors of this event are: AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival; Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Life at the University of Washington; and the Jewish Studies Program and Southeast Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Monday, Nov 13th,
Film-showing: Story of Pao

6:00PM-8:30PM in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220

Post-film discussion with Director Ngo Quang Hai and leading actress Do Thi Hai Yen Moderated by Judith Henchy PhD.
Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the UW Libraries, Seattle University and the Greater Seattle Vietnam Association.

IVCE is pleased to announce the upcoming arrival of the newest Vietnamese film (with English subtitles), "Story of Pao", to the United States. A debut feature film by Ngo Quang Hai-- scriptwriter, producer, and director extraordinaire--Story of Pao aims to share with viewers around the world the often understated presence of the ethnic minority people living in the mountainous regions of Vietnam.

Synopsis: The story centers on a young girl, Pao, living in a mountainous area on a journey to discover her family's past and her own future. Recalling memories of marriage and the emotional life of her parents, the story deftly develops the concept of love from different points of view, both traditional and modern. The interaction between the people in the movie is told in a very moving and vivid manner. Secret desires, pent up feelings, and internal emotions come to light in different situations that make the already romantic story even more attractive. The movie's storyline is further accentuated by its setting: the magnificent mountain ranges of Northwest Vietnam that are engulfed year-round by an immense veil of fog. This movie is not only an honest and moving picture of a family's emotional life but it also provides an intimate look at what Vietnam is all about. The main protagonist in the movie is played by none other than acclaimed Vietnamese actress Do Thi Hai Yen, known for her roles in "The Quiet American" (U.S.), "The Vertical Ray of the Sun" (France), "Song of the Stork" (Singapore), among other films. The director Ngo Quang Hai has also collaborated in some of these big-screen hits, such as "The Quiet American", "The Vertical Ray of the Sun", "The Scent of Green Papaya" and "Cyclo." He has acted also in various foreign films in Vietnam.

At each screening location, the director Ngo Quang Hai and actress Do Thi Hai Yen will happily engage in an open forum to discuss the film. This is a rare opportunity to experience the newest product of Vietnamese cinema. For more information about the tour or IVCE, please visit:

Tuesday, November 14
Speaking Engagement by Sondhi Limthongkul

6:00pm in Kane Hall, Room 110

Media mogul and People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul has been invited to meet with the Thai community in the United States from November 12th to the 20th. His visit will highlight the pre and post coup effects as well as discuss the future course of democracy in Thailand. In addition to speaking with the Thai community and foreign press, Sondhi will be promoting the launch of ASTV USA, a new channel catered to the needs of Thai-US expatriates. Sondhi Limthongkul, founder of Manager Media and ASTV News1 television network has captivated the Thai US community on the political situation in Thailand sparking national fervor among Thais in the United States. Due to his involvement with the PAD rally’s to oust former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawtra and ASTV News1’s coverage highlighting the graft and corruption in the former administration,Thai-Americans have become more proactive in following the politics and democracy in Thailand.



Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan
A film by Robert Mills, 2005
12:30-2:00pm Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Masks and outfits made of coconut husks, rice steamers, shredded rags and clanging bells transform participants of Thailand¹s PHI TA KHON festival into ghosts, devils, demons, and spirits unleashed for a bacchanal. Outrageous wooden phalluses and plenty of rice whiskey heighten licentious behavior as MO LAM--Thai country groove music--blasts from makeshift bands in the back of pickup trucksŠ Described as ŒThe Mardi Gras from Hell¹ and ŒThai Halloween" PHI TA KHON is a ghost festival that takes place every year in the Isan province of Northern Thailand. Meaning 'ghosts with human eyes' or Œghosts follow people¹, Phi Ta Khon features magnificent costumes, ornate masks, decorative phallic icons, strange ceremonies, drinking, dancing, and endless addictive Mo Lam music in higher doses than most souls can process. Filmed on location by Robert Millis and Richard Bishop in June 2004, Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan, is shot from the perspective of a participant, ensuring an intense and immersive experience for the viewer.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
SEAC Graduate Student Brown Bag Series
"The Representation of the Buddhist Movement in Vietnamese Press: 1963-1965"
Hoang Ngo, Jackson School of International Studies
1:30pm - 2:30pm Thompson 317

This paper explores the Buddhist movement, from 1963 to 1965, in the Republic of Vietnam, through its key events and the representation of these key events in Vietnamese press, namely the Buddhist weekly Hai Trieu Am (The Sound of the Rising Tide) and the English-language newspaper Saigon Post, to show that the movement maintains its original goals by redefining itself constantly through its own press, and that the misrepresentation of the movement in the press keeps it from materializing into a possible solution for peace in Vietnam.

This paper also argues that, despite media imperialism, the Buddhist movement localizes foreign press with its own process of selection, translation and underground distribution, all of which not only negates the severe censorship imposed by the government, but also asserts the goals of the movement in the Vietnamese national consciousness – until the inception of the Saigon Post.

A Seattle Times and UW Jackson School Article Series and Workshop
Series: February 13 - March 20, 2007
Workshop: February 7, 2007 ~ 4:30pm - 7:30pm

The Seattle Times Building Auditorium, Seattle, WA

For the third year in a row, the Jackson School Asia Outreach Centers have teamed up with the Newspapers In Education program of The Seattle Times to offer a series of articles about Asia (written especially for young readers), a teaching guide, and a complementary workshop. Topics in the five-article series include child labor in India, pastimes in Indonesia, online chatting in Central Asia, and examination held in Japan. Students will get a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities that confront their peers around the world and make connections to current news. One week before the series debuts, teachers will have an opportunity to hear experts speak in depth about two of the regions featured in the article series. Craig Jeffrey, Assistant Professor in the UW Jackson School and the Department of Geography, will present on youth and child labor in South Asia. Dr. Leila Madge, former Assistant Professor in the UW Jackson School, will talk about education in Japan. Pat Burleson, master teacher in Asian studies, will introduce the extensive teachers' guide she authored to accompany the series. Registration: The article series is offered at no cost to educators.


The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education website and click on "registration," call the NIE office at 206-652-6342, or email The workshop registration fee is $20, which includes clock hours, dinner, and materials. To register, call or email the NIE office. For more information about workshop content, call the EARC at 206-543-1921.

Please note: Workshop participants must also be registered for the Youth Culture in Asia article series.

Monday, February 12, 2007
Challenges Facing Vietnam Today
Registration & Buffet: 4:00 - 4:15 pm
Program 4:15pm - 7:15pm

Burke Museum, UW

In the past two decades Vietnam has moved from bicycles to motorbikes to cars, from being the third poorest country in the world to being the world's second fastest growing economy, from importing rice to a position as the world's third largest rice exporter. While poverty and malnutrition still exist, vigorous campaigns have led to their dramatic reduction. In today's Vietnam,cell phones and the latest international fashions coexist and at times compete with a return to tradition. Art isflourishing and Buddhism is experiencing a revival. Relations with the US have warmed in light of shared concerns about China and many former refugees are returning to live and set up businesses while a few return to call for the overthrow of the government. The war with America is ancient history to many of today's Vietnamese, the majority of whom were born since its end. Yet the war lingers in the memories, hopes, fears, and policies of those who now hold power, and remains embedded in the land in unexloded ordnance, landmines, and hot spots of toxic chemicals that continue to impact the environment and human health. Joinus as our speaker Diane Fox (and a panel of Vietnamese) discusses the challenges facing Vietnam today. From 1991 to 2001 Diane Fox lived and worked roughly half of each year in Vietnam as a teacher, journalist, and finally as a consultant to theRed Cross and researcher on the consequences of Agent Orange.

Registration deadline is February 7; cost is $26 andincludes lecture, panel, classroom resources, light buffet, and three clockhours.

For more information and to register, please visit

Monday, February 12, 2007
"Women and the Body in Sundanese Performing Arts of Indonesia"
Sean Williams

4:00pm, Music Building, Room 213

Professor Sean Williams will be the first candidate for the Ethnomusicology position in Musics of Islamic Southeast Asia, this coming Monday, February 12. Her presentation, "Women and the Body in Sundanese Performing Arts of Indonesia," will take place in Room 213, Music Building at 4:00 p.m.

* Sean Williams (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1990) teaches ethnomusicology, Asian Studies, and Irish Studies at The Evergreen State College. Her publications include The Sound of the Ancestral Ship: Highland Music of West Java (Oxford, 2001) and The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook (Routledge, 2006). SEAC faculty and graduate students and others are urged to attend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2007
“Beyond Intensification: Land Use and Polity in Mainland Southeast Asia”
Lisa Kealhofer

4:00pm, Savery 249

Dr. Lisa Kealhofer is a candidate for a teaching position in the Anthropology Department. She will be visiting the University of Washington Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14-15 and give a talk titled “Beyond Intensification: Land Use and Polity in Mainland Southeast Asia”.

February 16-18
15th Annual Seattle Human Rights Film Festival.
Time & Place: Various times, Northwest Film Forum
$8.00 general / $5.00 student, senior citizen, low income

Amnesty International Puget Sound proudly announces the 15th annual Seattle Human Rights Film Festival. A total of 10 short and feature-length films from a myriad of international talents will screen at the Northwest Film Forum, Feb. 16-18, 2007. These films expose the global struggle for freedom and dignity against oppression and injustice. The Saturday screenings focus on the Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, now in its third year. Discussions with filmmakers and activists will follow each film. Admission is $8.00 or $5.00 for students, seniors and low income. Festival passes are $40.00 or $20.00 for students, seniors and low income. Complete program info is available at

Thursday, February 16
Total Denial (2006)
Milena Kaneva, producer/director of film
Time & Place: 9:00PM, Northwest Film Forum
$8.00 general / $5.00 student, senior citizen, low income

Total Denial is the inspiring story of fifteen villagers from the jungles of Burma whose quest for justice eventually leads them to bring suit in a U.S. court against two oil giants - UNOCAL and TOTAL - for human-rights abuse. Milena Kaneva will hold a Question & Answer session after the film. Admission is $8.00 or $5.00 for students, seniors and low income. Sponsored by the Burma Action Group.

Saturday, February 18
Seeing Proof (2007)
Rob Fruchtman, the filmmaker
Time & Place: 3:00PM,
Northwest Film Forum
$8.00 general / $5.00 student, senior citizen, low income

From 1975 until 1979, during the brutal Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia, more than a quarter of the population-over two million people-died. Yet today, at the start of a tribunal to try the surviving leaders, much of the younger generation refuses to accept that it happened. The filmmakers traveled the country with a group of young Cambodians to find out the terrible stories of that period and why their contemporaries refuse to believe. Rob Fruchtman will hold a Question & Answer session after the film. Admission is $8.00 or $5.00 for students, seniors and low income.

Friday, February 23, 2007
"Retreating Borders: Musical Islam in an Unconverted Land"
Dr. Julia Byl
4:00-5:30pm, Room 213, Music Building

As the site where Islam first entered Southeast Asia in the thirteenth century, North Sumatra can be seen as the most easterly point in an older Middle Eastern and Southern Asian religious world. The new religion's cultural and philosophical mores spread unevenly but persistently throughout the island, drawing first the societies of the coastal regions and eventually the mountainous interior into a network of mutual religious influence. In Indonesia today, Sumatran societies are among the most devoutly Muslim, a characteristic reflected in language and performance as well as in religious beliefs. Yet the area is also home to the Toba Batak, a group comprised of many Protestant believers. This presentation considers Toba religious and musical subjectivities as they are revealed in various places: in the borders between societies and religions in post-contact Sumatra; in the realm of culture as it is formulated in contemporary Indonesia; and in a place which spans both of these: the urban Sumatran palm-wine liquor stands where Toba men gather to discuss their worlds and play their guitars.

February 27 & 28
Indonesian Law Conference and Dinner

William H. Gates Hall, University of Washington, Room 115

The Law School is partnering with the University of Indonesia to bring 23 of Indonesia's leading legal scholars to the University for a conference on Tues 27 and Wed 28 February. The meeting is in honor of Emeritus Prof Dan Lev (Political Science, UW), who passed away last Summer.

The conference "Current Issues in Indonesian Law" covers just about every area of law and the legal system. Please join us for one or more of the sessions. There is no charge for the conference, but please RSVP to Alice Stokke (astokke@u.washington) for catering purposes.

The conference dinner will be in a private room at McCormick and Schmicks on Lake Union on Tues 27th February. The dinner address will be given by Indonesia's leading public interest lawyer and founder of Indonesia's Legal Aid Foundation, Mr. Adnan Buyung Nasution.

McCormick & Schmick's Harborside Restaurant
1200 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
Restaurant: (206) 270-9052
P lease advise Alice Stokke (astokke@u.washington) if you would like to join us.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
SEAC Graduate Student Brown Bag Series
Word Pairs in Sino-Vietnamese
Katherine Thornton, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington

12:30pm - 1:30pm, Thompson 317

Katherine Thornton is a graduate student in Asian Languages and Literature. She will be presenting a short paper about word pairs in Sino-Vietnamese where there are two words, with the same meaning, but with interesting vowel alternation patterns. She will draw connections between similar word pairs in a variety of modern languages spoken in Southern China to raise questions about these correspondences and what they might tell us about the origins of such word pairs.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
"Packaging Ethnicity: Pop Songs, Processions, and the Celebration of Weddings"
Jennifer Fraser
Time and Place: 4:00 PM 213 Music Building

In this talk, Jennifer Fraser explores contemporary wedding practices of the Minangkabau people of Indonesia, both in their home territory in West Sumatra and in the nation’s capital, Jakarta. By examining wedding processions and affiliated musical styles in indigenous to cosmopolitan contexts, Fraser demonstrates how the aesthetics and ethics of ceremony inform, and are informed by, socio-cultural orientation and the packaging of ethnicity.

Jennifer Fraser, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, conducted 14 months of fieldwork in Jakarta and West Sumatra. She has taught talempong, a gong and drum ensemble from West Sumatra for more than six years.


Thursday & Friday, March 1-2, 2007
Beyond Teleologies: Alternative Voices and Histories in Colonial Viet Nam
UW Suzzallo/Allen Library, Peterson Room -- public events

Keynote address by Patricia Pelley, award-winning author of “Postcolonial Vietnam: new histories of the national past” (2002)

This is the first conference-workshop of a multi-year research initiative in Viet Nam Studies, "Alternative Voices and Histories in Viet Nam: Colonial Modernities and Post-colonial Narratives."

Aimed at highlighting new interpretations of Vietnamese history and historiography, the Beyond Teleologies conference-workshop addresses the broad themes of alternative voices and counter-histories for the period of French colonial rule, as well as the first phase of the Franco-Viet Minh war. Moving beyond the ideological demands of colonialism, traditionalism, and nationalism (including revolutionary nationalism), it seeks to re-evaluate various political, social and cultural movements and phenomena of the colonial era within their particular contexts and meanings. Using such topics as physical bodies, food, fashion, travel, advertising, performance arts and literature, as well as religious activities, social identities and political organizations, the papers at the Beyond Teleologies conference-workshop challenge existing historiographies, engage social and intellectual histories that illuminate mentalités and investigate the symbolic order and semantics of colonial power.

Organizers are Christoph Giebel, Assoc. Prof. of International Studies and History,, and Judith Henchy, Head, Southeast Asia Section, Univ. of Washington Libraries, and Lecturer in International Studies,

Support from the following University of Washington sponsors is gratefully acknowledged: the Southeast Asia Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Department of History, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the University of Washington Libraries.


Thursday, March 1, 2007
Univ. of Washington Suzzallo/Allen Library, Petersen Room

1:00 Opening remarks, Christoph Giebel and Judith Henchy, UW-Seattle


Bradley Davis, Univ. of Washington-Seattle
"Subversive Technology: Chinese Bandits, Telegraphs, and the Plot to Overthrow the Qing Empire from French Tonkin, 1891-1924"
Comments by Paul Sager, NYU

David Del Testa, Bucknell University
"Forgotten Stories of Deviance: Vietnam’s Colonial-era Railroad Workers and the Construction of a Revolutionary Heritage"
Comments by Bradley Davis, UW-Seattle

Paul Sager, New York University
"'Proletarian' Solidarity inside the Colonial State: Franco-Vietnamese Civil Service Unionism, 1935-1940 and 1947-1950"
Comments by David Del Testa, Bucknell

Gerard Sasges, Univ. of California-Berkeley / Univ. of California Education Abroad Program Viet Nam Study Center
"'Indigenous representation is hostile to all monopolies': Pham Quynh and the end of the alcohol monopoly in colonial Viet Nam"
Comments by Sarah Whitney Womack, UV

Sarah Whitney Womack, Univ. of Virginia
"Beyond Resistance, Before the Revolution: Towards a History of Failure for the Many Vietnams"
Comments by Gerard Sasges, UC-Berkeley

Janet Hoskins, Univ. of Southern California
"A Religious Vision of the Nation and Its Pantheon: Caodaist Perspectives on Decolonizing French Indochina"
Comments by Pascal Bourdeaux, Paris Sorbonne

Pascal Bourdeaux, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris Sorbonne
"Interpretative essay on the 'Hoa Hao Revolution'"
Comments by Janet Hoskins, USC

5:45 - 6:45 Dinner-time reception -- Smith Room, Suzzallo Library

7:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS -- Kane Hall 210

Introductory remarks, Christoph Giebel and Judith Henchy, UW-Seattle

Keynote address, Patricia Pelley, Texas Tech University
"Twentieth-Century Centricities: Reflections on the Field of Vietnamese Studies"

Friday, March 2, 2007
Univ. of Washington Suzzallo/Allen Library, Petersen Room


Philippe Peycam, Center for Khmer Studies
"From the Social to the Political: 1920s Colonial Saigon as a Space of Possibilities in Vietnamese Consciousness"
Comments by Pham Hong Tung, VNU, Ha Noi

George Dutton, UCLA
"Advertising Modernity in the Vietnamese Colonial Newspaper"
Comments by Nguyen Thi Phuong Chi, Journal "Nghien Cuu Lich Su"

Judith Henchy, Univ. of Washington-Seattle
"Contesting Historicisms: Teleology, Aesthetics and Dialectical Thinking in 1930s Viet Nam"
Comments by Philippe Peycam, Center for Khmer Studies, Inc.

Caroline Herbelin, Centre de Recherche sur l’Extrême-Orient, Paris IV Sorbonne
"Architects of the fine Art school of Indochina: the question of modernity in Vietnamese architecture"
Comments by Hazel Hahn, Seattle University

Hazel Hahn, Seattle University
"Ambiguous Modernism: Politics of the Municipal Council and the Urban Planning of Hanoi, 1935-43"
Comments by Caroline Herbelin, Paris IV Sorbonne

Pham Hong Tung, Viet Nam National University, Ha Noi
"Presentation and Interpretation of Colonial History in Vietnamese and French History Textbooks"
Comments by Judith Henchy, UW-Seattle

Nguyen Thi Phuong Chi, Journal
"Nghien Cuu Lich Su" "Main Research Orientation of Vietnamese Historians Presented in the Journal 'Nghien Cuu Lich Su'"
Comments by George Dutton, UCLA


Liam C. Kelley, Univ. of Hawai’i-Manoa
"Divine Lord Wenchang Meets Great King Tran: Spirit Writing in Late-Imperial/Colonial Vietnam"
Comments by Micheline Lessard, Univ. of Ottawa

Trung Nguyen, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
"Marginalizing Practices: Bureaucracy, Ethnography, and Becoming Chinese in Colonial Vietnam"
Comments by Liam C. Kelley, UH-Manoa

Micheline Lessard, Univ. of Ottawa
"'This Ignoble Traffic': The Trade in Vietnamese Women and Children During the Period of French Colonial Rule, 1885-1945"
Comments by Trung Nguyen, UW-Madison

Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University
"The Implications of Gia Truyen: Social Class within the Healing Community in Vietnam"
Comments by Peter Zinoman, UC-Berkeley

Peter Zinoman, Univ. of California-Berkeley
"From Political Metaphor to Social Problem: Deviant Sexuality in the Writing of Vu Trong Phung"
Comments by Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University

Erica J. Peters, Independent Scholar, Mountain View, CA
"Culinary Controversies in Colonial Cochinchina"
Comments by Shawn McHale, GWU

Shawn McHale, George Washington University
“Cannibalism and Race Transformation in a Mekong Delta at War, 1945-54”
Comments by Erica J. Peters, Independent Scholar

5:45 DOCUMENTARY SCREENING -- Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220
Janet Hoskins, Univ. of Southern California
Documentary film on Caodaism (ca. 50 minutes)
"The Left Eye of God: Voyages to Vietnam and California"

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
"The Selection of Tradition Through Interaction Between Musicians and Dancers in Malang, East Java"
Christina Sunardi
Time and Place: 4:00 PM, Music 213

Musicians and dancers in East Java play active roles in the selection of tradition through their interactions in the course of performance. To understand the nature of such interactions in Malangan dance, Christina Sunardi examines systems of communication between dancers and drummers in a specific performance of the dance Beskalan Putri. Drawing on performers' comments and her own analysis of a video of an unsatisfactory rendition of the dance, she considers the aesthetic and technical standards of performance, the relationship between dancer and drummer, and the ways that they make selections of tradition. Through this process of interaction, she argues, performers produce local senses of identity. Christina Sunardi is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently writing her dissertation on cross-gender dance and its music in Malang, East Java. She is an also active performer of Central Javanese, East Javanese, and Balinese gamelan music and dance in the United States and Indonesia.

March 8
Hearing across Theaters: Disability and Deafness in Performance
Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Asst. Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program, UW Bothell
Time & Place: 6:45PM in OtB s studio theater

ASL interpreted. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by UW's Simpson Center for the Humanities

March 8-11
Stories of Us
Le Vu Long and Together Higher
Time & Place: 8:00PM, On the Boards Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance
$24 general / $12 Student

Together Higher - a company of deaf and hearing impaired dancers - bucks the norm of the dance scene in South-East Asia. Led by on-the-rise choreographer Le Vu Long, the company uses Western-inflected modern dance, live music, and striking lighting design to perform stories inspired by those living on the fringe of contemporary Vietnam. Long is a dancer, choreographer and film actor who was born in Hanoi. While Long is currently supported by the classically-focused Vietnam Opera and Ballet Theatre, his choreography contributes a radical voice for dance in Vietnam. His partner, Luu Thi Thu Lan, co-founded Together Higher and is a professionally trained ballerina who dances in most of the company pieces.
Buy tickets or learn more at / 206.217.9888, Tue-Fri, noon-6pm

March 10
Master [Dance/Improvisation] Class
Le Vu Long
Time & Place: Noon-1:30PM, On the Boards
$12 general / $7 with ticket stub from performance

Vietnamese choreographer Le Vu Long of Together Higher will teach an improvisation class to develop movement through a technique based on his experiences working with dancers and non-dancers alike. Long's technique investigates how movement is initiated using different parts of the body as a point of departure to create expression throughout the whole body.
RSVP or more info

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Dissertation Colloquium: “Negotiating a Space for Tay Religious Traditions in the Modern Nation State of Vietnam"
Doan Thi Tuyen, UW Anthropology
Time & Place: 3:30 - 4:30pm, Denny Hall, Room 401

Join us at a UW Anthropology Dissertation Colloquium with Doan Thi Tuyen, Socio-Cultural Anthropology PhC Student.

Saturday, March 17, 2007
Teachable Traditions: Tales, Toys and Crafts from Around the World A Mosaic Workshop for K-8 Educators

8:30am - 3:30am UW, Seattle

*Pre-registration required. Program cost: $45 and includes workshop materials, 7 clock hours and lunch*

Join the Jackson School Outreach Centers on March 17, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM for a delightful day learning to make folk arts from around the world. Hands-on sessions will put educators to work cutting, stitching, and pounding their way to a new appreciation and understanding of world cultures through folk tales, crafts and toys. A special keynote session will introduce toys and tales from around the world with the nationally acclaimed Rick Hartman "The Teaching Toymaker" presenting his Wonderglobe. Following the keynote, participants will select from a series of break-out sessions that explore storytelling traditions, toys and traditional crafts from various world regions. Come to the program ready to get to work, and leave with cultural knowledge and a bagful of craft projects to take back to the classroom.


The cost of the program is $45. A scrumptious ethnic lunch is included with the registration fee and 7 clock hours are provided at no charge. Preregistration is required. A registration form is attached. For more information, contact Allison Dvaladze of the Ellison Center at:

Keynote Presenter: Rick Hartman is a professional toy designer, teacher and performer whose interactive programs and whimsical, patented inventions have gained widespread recognition in America for more than a decade. Nicknamed "The Teaching Toymaker," Rick makes hundreds of public appearances each year, bringing his wholly original brand of "Hands-on, Minds-on Entertainment" to venues around the U.S.. Formerly a journalist and public school teacher, Rick has been called "a uniquely inspiring and creative educator" by the Smithsonian Institution's Michael Judd. In the captivating style he's honed over more than a decade as 'The Toymaker,' Rick takes audiences on a journey of the imagination that inspires, instructs, and entertains. From a Brazilian tortoise that plays the flute to a man-eating, mechanical chicken from the Czech Republic, Rick reaches deeply into his bag of tricks, combining a masterful teacher's instinct with an off-the-wall, professional toy inventor's wit. For more information about the keynote see:

Monday, April 2, 2007
Malaysian Poetry Reading and Lecture - "A World in Four Lines: The Nusantara Pantun and its Traditional and Contemporary Uses."
Muhammad Haji Salleh
Time and Place: 3:30-5:00pm, Smith Room, Suzzallo Library
Refreshments will be served

Please join the Southeast Asia Center when we welcome Muhammad Haji Salleh, author, poet, critic, editor and translator.

Muhammad Haji Salleh will read poetry and present a lecture.

Poetry reading: "Rowing Down Two Rivers: A Reading of a Selection of Muhammad Salleh's Poetry in Malay and English." Muhammad has written in both Malay and English since 1964 and has written on the culture clash and problems of identity of both the poet and the Malaysians as a whole. Lecture: "A World in Four Lines: The Nusantara Pantun and its Traditional and Contemporary Uses." The pantun is perhaps the most important literary form that is used in almost all stages and fields of human experience in the Archipelago. This lecture attempts to trace its many functions, from the lullaby to the love song, proverbs, speeches and wakes.

Born in 1942 Muhammad Haji Salleh is one of Malaysia's leading poets. For more than 30 years, through his poetry, translations and literary criticism and theory, as well as by publishing the magazine Tengara, a journal of Southeast Asian Literature, he has been contributing to the literary and cultural life of Malaysia. Openly rejecting conformity to western cultural patterns, his poems often refer to myths and legends of the Malay oral tradition. Haji Saleh lives with his family near Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Southeast Asia Grad Students Brown Bag: "Politics and the Middle Path: Buddhism and Democracy"
Matthew Walton (UW Political Science)
Time and Place: 2:00pm, Thompson 317

Abstract: The interaction of Buddhism and democracy is an area that has been almost completely ignored by political theorists. In fact, it is only recently that democratic theorists have begun to explore in more detail the fruitful areas of comparison and overlap between democracy and non-Western political theories. Often this requires moving beyond the assumptions of liberalism since many aspects of these systems are incompatible with liberal ideas. In this paper I describe the beginnings of a theory of Buddhist democracy by finding concepts within Buddhist theory and practice that support or are compatible with elements of democratic theory, arguing not only that Buddhism is incompatible with several key elements of liberalism, but that an alternative version of democratic thought derived from Buddhism can address several limitations of liberalism. I investigate the potential of tathagathagarbha (Buddha Nature) theory in providing a framework for moral equality outside of the context of a rights-bearing autonomous individual. This component of Buddhist thought also has implications for a more active conception of political equality, requiring that a minimum of necessary conditions be filled in order to allow for practice and realization of Buddha Nature. This reading of tathagathagarbha theory suggests the development of a ‘differential equality’ as a means to address social, economic and political inequalities. In addition, I use the work of other scholars on democratic practices in the early Buddhist sangha (monastic community) to show the possibility of participatory democracy within Buddhist thought and the effects that this might have on conceptions of the self. Democracy has almost completely failed to consolidate and stabilize in Southeast Asia (the recent military coup in Thailand is only one example) and it is increasingly necessary to re-conceptualize the basic elements of a democratic system within a Buddhist context. This paper begins to address that need while also providing a commentary on liberalism and offering a different set of values on which to base a democratic community.

Wednesday, April 25
Sara Curran, Associate Professor of International Studies and Public Affairs, UW.
Global Human Trafficking and Its Implications for Washington State.
Hot Spots in Our World: A UW Jackson School Lecture Series.
7:00-8:30pm, University of Washington.
Registration required.

Sara Curran, an associate professor of International Studies and Public Affairs at the University of Washington, joined the faculty in 2005. In the spring of 2006, she directed a Jackson School of International Studies Task Force entitled "Trafficking in Persons - Spotlight on Washington State". The report was presented publicly and some of the work was adopted by the International Rescue Committee.

Prior to coming to Seattle, Curran served on the faculty of the Department of Sociology, Princeton University, where she was also a faculty associate in the Office of Population Research, and in the Center for International Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender. She is writing a book, Shifting Boundaries, Transforming Lives: Globalization, Gender and Family Dynamics in Thailand. Her work has appeared in Demography, Population and Development Review, Social Science Research, Teaching Sociology, Journal of International Women's Studies, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She serves on several national and international advisory committees and boards.

This lecture series will be held on six Wednesday evenings, March 28-May 2, 2007, 7:00-8:30pm, UW campus, Seattle. 9 Washington State Clock Hours are available for teachers who attend all 6 lectures.

For registration information, please visit:

Saturday, April 28.
Matthew J. Walton, UW Political Science
"Burma: Charting an Uncertain Future from a History of Ethnic Strife"
Washington Weekend: Jackson School Lecture Series. Thomson 317, 11:30-12:45.

This talk will discuss the prospects for economic development and a transition to democracy in Burma (Myanmar). Since independence in 1948 this predominantly Buddhist nation has been plagued by ethnic rebellion, resulting in military rule since 1962. How has this history of ethnic and religious conflict affected the standoff between the military regime, the ethnic minority groups, and the democratic opposition (led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi)? In an underdeveloped country that is in many ways ruled like a police state, what positive trends can we find that give us hope for the possibility of democracy and peace?

Matthew Walton is a PhD student in the Political Science department at the University of Washington, studying democratic theory, Buddhism and Southeast Asia. He holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.Mus with Honors in Music Composition, both from Syracuse University. His current research focuses on the Buddhist challenge to liberalism and ethnic conflict in Burma. Matt is on the editorial board of "Green Theory and Praxis: A Journal of Ecological Politics" and the co-author (with Jessica Widay) of a chapter in the book Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of Mother Earth. Matt remains an active composer, and his music has been performed in London, New York and Boston. His newest opera, Sundance, is based on the trial and incarceration of Leonard Peltier and was premiered by the Syracuse Society for New Music in the summer of 2005.

This UW alumni-sponosred lecture series runs from 10am to 5pm in Thomson 317 and features UW scholars with regional expertise on Russia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Canada, and Latin America.

Thursday, May 3
Thongchai Winichakul, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Madison.
"Silence of the Wolf: recent encounters with the perpetrators of the 1976 massacre in Bangkok."
1:30-3:00pm, Denny 401, University of Washington.

More than twenty years after the massacre at Thammasat University on Oct 6, 1976, the perpetrators who were jubilant after the carnage have now gone silent. The search for the reasons for their silence led Thongchai to several encounters with his "former enemies." The talk will explain the reasons for the silence of the perpetrators. But more importantly it will tell many intriguing stories of encounters, from the research at a neglected archive to the meeting with a possible murderer who forgot his past and the admonition by a once-most influential royalist broadcaster who may be the only person who told the truth.

Thongchai Winichakul is a specialist in the intellectual and cultural history of Thailand, with an emphasis on knowledge and the construction of the Thai nationhood. His book, Siam Mapped, is about the geography of nationalism, the encounter between the modern and indigenous knowledge of geography and mapping that resulted in the geo-body of Siam.

Thursday, May 3
South East Asia Spring Reception and UW Press Book Launch: Laurie J. Sears (editor), "Knowing SE Asian Subjects."
3:00-5:00pm, Parrington Forum

Join us for our annual spring reception--new books by UW SE Asia faculty will be offered for sale, food and drinks will be served. Students, Grads, Faculty and Community members are welcome. Come and celebrate spring with your fellow SE Asianists!

Monday, May 14
Warwick Anderson, Historian in science and technology studies, Chair of Department of Medical History, University of Wisconsin Madison.
"Pacific Crossings: The Imperial Logics and Transnational Formations of U.S. Public Health."
4:00pm, Communications 120, University of Washington.


Tuesday, May 15
Nguyen Qui Duc (journalist, writer and host of NPR's Pacific Time)
"Young and Free in Asia"
A presentaion in the Childhood and Youth Culture in Asia Lecture Seris.
7:00pm, Communications 120, University of Washington.

* Educators who attend at least 2 of the lectures will receive 3 WA State Clock Hours.*

Based in Ha Noi, Nguyen Qui Duc is Regional Editor for KQED's Pacific Time, a public radio program focusing on Asian and Asian American affairs, broadcast on more than 30 stations across the U.S., and in Hong Kong. Prior to joining KQED, Nguyen has been an editor and broadcaster with several international websites, TV and radio channels, including KAWL-FM in San Francisco and the Far Eastern Services of the British Broadcasting Corporation in London.

A former commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) Nguyen is also a contributing producer for PBS's FRONTLINE/World. He is the author of Where The Ashes Are, The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family (Addison-Wesley, 1994), co-editor of Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 1995) and Once Upon A Dream, The Vietnamese American Experience, (Andrews and McMeel, 1995). He has published numerous essays and short stories since the mid-80s; his work has appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, New York Times Magazine, Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and in several anthologies and literary magazines, including Under Western Eyes, Watermark, Zyzzyva, City Lights, Vietnam Review, Salamander, etc. He was the translator of the novella Behind The Red Mist by Ho Anh Thai (Curbstone Press, 1997), and The Time Tree, Poems by Huu Thinh (Curbstone Press, 2004), which was a finalist for the 2004 Translation Prize by the Northern California Book Reviewers Association.

In 2005, he received a joint Gerbode Foundation-UC Berkeley fellowship for outstanding individual achievements. His documentary on Chinese youths, Shanghai Nights, was part of FRONTLINE/World series that was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award of Excellence in Television from the Overseas Press Club of America. In October of 2006, he received the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to journalism from the Society of Professional Journalism.


Saturday, May 19
" Homebound," a Difficult Dialouges Workshop for Seattle's Veitnamese Community.
12:00-4:00pm, UW Ethnic Cultural Center, Black Room (At the corner of Brooklyn Ave and 40th St)
Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by email by May 14, 2007.

"Homebound" will give participants an opportunity to gain a new perspective on the notion of home and how it affects career paths made by Vietnamese American students. The workshop will bring together a diverse group of participants including guest speaker Nguyen Qui Duc, UW Vietnamese American alumni, international students from Vietnam, and Vietnamese American students who have studied abroad in Vietnam. Guest speaker: Nguyen Qui Duc Nguyen Qui Duc was born in Dalat and came to the US in 1975. He has been a radio producer and writer since 1979, working for the BBC in London, KALW-PM in San Francisco, and was a founding host of NPR's "Pacific Time." On September 14, 2006, Nguyen aired his final show and shortly after moved to Hanoi where he continues to work on his writing and translations.

This event is part of a series of mediated student dialogues organized through the Difficult Dialogues: Engaging Southeast Asian American Pluralism in Seattle project. Student dialogues encourage cross-cultural exchanges among undergraduate students beyond the classroom. For more information about student dialogues or about the UW Difficult Dialogues Project, contact Theresa Ronquillo, Project Coordinator, at


Tuesday, May 22
Anna Tsing, Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz.
"Free in the Forest: Combat Cultures and Popular Neoliberalism in the U.S. Pacific Northwest."
12:30-2:00pm, Thomson 231, University of Washington

Tsing will present a paper from her new research-in-process on Southeast Asian American commercial mushroom pickers. The title will be: "Free in the Forest: Combat Cultures and Popular Neoliberalism in the U.S. Pacific Northwest." Co-sponsored by the department of anthropology, the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Transnational Studies.


Thursday, May 31
Sheila Coronel, Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University
"New Media and Social Movements in Southeast Asia."
3:30-5pm, Communication 120, University of Washington.

Old and new media have played important roles in anti-dictatorship movements in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Since then, urban-based social movements have been adept at using new media technologies, including the Internet and mobile phones, to form networks, mobilize constituencies and reach out to citizens, including those overseas. But the new media have also created a divide between those who have access to them and those who don't.

12:00-1:30pm, brown bag with grad students. Topic: "Media and democratic transitions in Southeast Asia." A talk that would look both at media structures (ownership and regulation) and content; examine the rise -- and dominance -- of television; and ask whether or not the media contribute to democratization. Location TBA.

Bio: Sheila S. Coronel is currently director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Before that, she was head of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, an independent organization that produced trailblazing investigations, including a series of exposes that led to the fall of Philippine president Joseph Estrada in 2001. In 2003, she was given the Ramon Magsaysay Award for "leading a groundbreaking collaborative effort to develop investigative journalism as a critical component of democratic discourse in the Philippines."

Coronel is also featured in a Frontline/PBS special on slain journalists (


Wednesday, June 27 - 29, 2007
Teaching World Religions
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Annual Summer Seminar for Educators by the UW Jackson School's Outreach Centers Teaching World Religions will bring together scholars, practitioners and master teachers to examine religious traditions, practices and places, and the ways these can be used to teach about our world. This three-day seminar is designed for middle school, high school, and community college educators in all subject areas. The Summer Seminar will include presentations by university faculty, interactive activities, field trips to local places of worship, and small group discussions that will focus on curriculum enhancement. Tentatively scheduled presentations (subject to change) include “Introduction to Islam,” “Modern Representations of Hindu Deities,” “First Nations Practice and Ritual," and many others. Tentatively planned field trip locales (subject to change) include the Seattle Betsuin Temple, the Gurudwara Singh Sabha (Sikh Temple) in Renton, the White River Buddhist Temple, the Russian Orthodox Church of Seattle, and others.

Registration: Due to transportation limitations for the field trip, registration is limited to the first 50 participants. Due to the nature of some of the facilities we will be visiting, we cannot assure that this workshop will be fully accessible to those with mobility challenges. The registration fee is $120**, which includes parking vouchers or bus tickets, coffee/tea, morning pastries, three lunches and twenty-four WA State clock hours. Download the registration form

For more information, please contact Keith Snodgrass by calling (206) 543-4800 or emailing



Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant