November 24, 1987

December 8, 2017

by សុង វណ្ណា (Vanna Song) Some people settle in other countries on their own terms for personal, professional, academic, and other reasons.  For people like myself and other non-American-born Cambodians who resettled to the US, Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the 1970s and 1980s, our reasons were anything but the aforementioned. On April

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to visit Seattle next week

December 1, 2017

Rithy Panh was born in the capital city of Phnom Penh in 1964. His father was a civil servant who worked for the Ministry of Education. Perhaps it was due to their affiliation with the government that his family was among those targeted for “re-education” when the Khmer Rouge came into Phnom Penh in 1975.

Building a New perspective about US Students

November 22, 2017

by Choirun Nisa Ristanty My cultural trip to Roslyn on the first Friday in November was one never to be forgotten. It was a freezing morning—at least me for me—and it brought the first snowfall that I’d ever seen in my life. The other students on the trip regarded the weather with disdain, but I

Student profile: Dimas Romadhon

November 17, 2017

This week, we are featuring our graduating MA student Dimas Romadhon, who has been keeping himself very busy even between quarters. Let’s find out exactly what he did last summer. You are doing your MA Thesis on the oral tradition of leprosy in your home island of Madura, east of Java. What was your experience

Exploring the landscape and history of Vietnam with David Biggs

November 8, 2017

David Biggs, Associate Professor of History at UC Riverside, will be speaking at 12:30 this afternoon in Thomson 101 about his forthcoming book, War in the Land: History and the Militarized Landscape in Vietnam, and on November 11th about the Mekong River as part of the Seattle Art Museum’s Saturday University speaker series.  Ahead of


October 27, 2017

With Max Lane and Faiza Mardzoeki’s visit next week, we are all looking forward to the screening of the videorecording of Ms. Mardzoeki’s critically-acclaimed play, Nyanyi Sunyi Kembang Genjer (Silent Song of the Genjer Flower). But before that, we wanted to learn more about the Genjer flower, its song, and why it was so important

Toer in Translation

October 20, 2017

by Shannon Bush   “To explain the reasons, the dynamics, the causes, the forces at work in pushing history forward without dehumanizing or depersonalizing it is Pramoedya’s great achievement.  … History is not the background to these stories, it is the protagonist.”  -from Max Lane’s Introduction to his English-language translation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s House

Prof. Mary Callahan reviews book on Myanmar in Time Magazine

October 12, 2017

The Rohingya crisis has recently put Myanmar on the spotlight. Journalist Francis Wade published a book on the topic, entitled Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim “Other.” Professor Mary Callahan gives an insightful review of the book in Time Magazine. You can read her full review here.

A Tale of Two Jones Acts

October 6, 2017

Because of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more popularly known as the Jones Act, is a heated topic nowadays, with both conservative and liberal pundits calling it an “example of regressive regulation” as well as “obscure and protectionist”. But the Jones Act also has a lesser-known namesake,