Manila in the Jaws of Hatred

February 2, 2018

by Adrian Alarilla On December 13, 2017, as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency was acquiring 126 new agents, an Ilocos Sur journalist was arrested for “rebellion,” the Philippine Congress was mulling over the Dengvaxia disaster, and a new typhoon called Urduja was inching closer to Southern Philippines, I was in an Uber from Quezon City

Where will be Art?

January 26, 2018

With the drumbeat of STEM growing louder on college campuses, the SEA x SEA Film Festival is a reminder that without the arts we miss the most important element in understanding and connecting with the world around us: the human.  Last fall’s talk by Jennifer Gaynor about a massive land reclamation project that would create

SEAxSEA: The Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival

January 12, 2018

This week, our MA student Adrian Alarilla writes about the film festival he’s organizing with the Center, The SEAxSEA Film Festival, that explores Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future.   “It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally

Roundtable Discussion on Myanmar and the Rohingya Crisis

January 5, 2018

SEAC is sponsoring a Roundtable Discussion on Myanmar and the Rohingya Crisis, organized by Associate Professor of Anthropology Ben Marwick, on January 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm in Thomson 101.  Our featured articles this week were published in the Mekong Review, a new Southeast Asian literary journal, and provide background regarding the historical context of

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