The Narco- and Necro-Politics of the Philippine Drug War

February 22, 2018

By Shannon Bush One of the questions from the audience following Vince Rafael’s February 13th talk, “Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing the Philippine Drug War,” concerned allegations that Duterte and his inner circle profit from collaboration with Chinese narcotics syndicates, using their position to allow the importation of methamphetamine into the country.  Clandestine meth labs operate

Rohingya: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority

February 13, 2018

In anticipation for Azeem Ibrahim’s upcoming talk at Seattle U on the Rohingya crisis, our featured article this week was published in the Mekong Review, a new Southeast Asian literary journal, and is itself a book review of Francis Wade’s recently-published “Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the making of a Muslim ‘Other’”.

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

Giora Eliraz’ Article Featured by the Middle East Institute

January 31, 2018

The Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. It aims to provide non-partisan, expert information and analysis on the region. Giora Eliraz is an affiliate instructor at the Jackson School of International Studies. You can read his article on Indonesia and Tunisia here.

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

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.