Upcoming Events

Call for Submissions: The Stilt House Zine, Genealogy Stories

March 21, 2019 (All day)
Cambodian American Literary Arts Association

Visual Breaks

March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop​


March 22, 2019 - 7:30pm
Plaza Court 5, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers

March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia

March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Mulberry Conference Room, The Puck Building

Fifth Annual Thailand Update 2019: Making Sense of the Elections

March 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Columbia University

Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

March 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
Second floor, Faculty House, Columbia University

Film Screening: Journey from the Fall (Viet. Vượt Sóng) with film director Ham Tran

March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
Dodge 605, Columbia University

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Junior Resident Fellows Program in Siem Reap, Cambodia

March 29, 2019 (All day)
Siem Reap, Cambodia

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Khmer Language and Culture Study Program Summer, Cambodia

March 29, 2019 (All day)

Manta Ray. 2018. A Film by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

March 29, 2019 - 9:00pm
Lincoln Center and MoMA

DEADLINE EXTENSION: CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

March 31, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Call for Applications: SEASSI Intensive Language Training Program 2019

April 1, 2019 (All day)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for Proposals: Of Peninsula and Archipelago, The Landscape of Translation in Southeast Asia

April 1, 2019 (All day)
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies

Call for Submissions: 2019 Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies

April 1, 2019 (All day)
Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies

Vietnam’s Relations with China: Domestic impact and international implications

April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm
Room 203, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Call for abstracts - The 1st Asia Regional Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

April 4, 2019 (All day)
University of Hong Kong

Call for Papers: Disinformation and Elections In East And Southeast Asia: Digital Futures And Fragile Democracies

April 8, 2019 (All day)
Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture: "Out of Place: Refugees, Immigrants, and Storytelling" with author Viet Thanh Nguyen

April 8, 2019 - 6:15pm
The Italian Academy, Columbia University

Infrastructure as Asset or Public Good: Who Gives a Dam? Financing Development and Development Finance Along the Mekong and Ayeyarwaddy

April 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
Columbia University

Run to the Hills: Mainland Southeast Asia's Integration into Global Opium Markets (1940-1998)

April 12, 2019 - 11:00am
230 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

The Justice Facade: Genocide, International Justice, and Human Rights in Cambodia

April 17, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
NYU Wagner


April 29, 2019 (All day) to May 1, 2019 (All day)
The Joyce Theater

Job Vacancy: Instructor for Junior Resident Fellows Program in Cambodia

April 30, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Call For Submissions: Second Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Singapore Unbound

Call for Papers: Islam and Capitalism in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia

May 15, 2019 (All day)
European Association for Southeast Asian studies

Call for Papers: Monash Herb Feith Centre Conference 2019: ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories'

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Monash University Clayton Campus

New & Noteworthy

Social Weather Survey
Satisfaction with how democracy works at 76%

Social Weather Survey

The Fourth Quarter 2015 Social Weather Survey findings on satisfaction with democracy and preference for democracy are in.

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty Int'l

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty International

The lack of laws and structures to strengthen human rights contribute to the 'climate of impunity' in the Philippines, says Amnesty International.

The Jakarta Post
HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

An article from the Jakarta Post on Human Right Watch (HRW)'s call for the US government to reveal the truth about the 1965 massacre. Human Rights Watch has said an apology over the atrocities of 1965 would be futile unless the whole truth was revealed.

The International NGO said the government should be held accountable for its actions related to the killings of people who were considered associated with communism, including for what is hidden in secret files held by the US government.

Thailand: NRC Recommendations to the Government on Overcoming Violence

Thailand: NRC Report on Overcoming Violence Through the Power of Reconciliation

The PCIJ Blog
EDSA@30: An Unfinished Revolution

EDSA@30: An Unfinished Revolution

A collection of images of recent protests on the anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA uprising.

Thailand’s Cause Lawyers and Twenty-First-Century Military Coups: Nation, Identity, and Conflicting Visions of the Rule of Law (Frank Munger)

Thailand in 2014: The Trouble With Magic Swords (Duncan McCargo)

Branding Dissent: Nitirat, Thailand’s Enlightened Jurists (Duncan McCargo & Peeradej Tanruangporn)

Competing Notions of Judicialization in Thailand (Duncan McCargo)

Peopling Thailand’s 2015 Draft Constitution (Duncan McCargo)

The Economic Origins of Indonesia's Secessionist Conflicts

Monitoring team urges Plan B on sustaining Gov’t-MILF peace deal

Monitoring team urges Plan B on sustaining Gov’t-MILF peace deal

THE third party group monitoring the peace process in Mindanao has pressed the Philippine government to have an alternative plan to further its peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), amid the likely possibility that the proposed law on the Bangsamoro Region will not be passed under the current administration.

What were the 2016 presidential bets doing during the EDSA revolt?

What were the 2016 presidential bets doing during the EDSA revolt?

How old were the 2016 presidential candidates in 1986, and what were they up to then?

Philippine Daily Inquirer
30 years without the dictator

30 years without the dictator

Faces of Shwedagon

Visiting Burma again in July 2015, I became quite fascinated by people’s faces. I made several trips to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon at different times of day, taking nearly five hundred portraits and candid pictures. These are the best of them. A confession: my favorite subjects, the young woman and child, were actually photographed at the World Peace Pagoda in Naypyitaw, a replica of Shwedagon.



Latest on the U.S. and the Philippines

A recent article in the New York Times  discusses recent shifts in U.S.-Philippines security relations. Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S.-Philippines relationship has moved more explicitly to containing China and less focused on counter-terrorism. Read more

Thai junta marches toward day of reckoning

After a couple of false starts since the May 2014 coup, Thailand now has a draft constitution, and Aug. 7 has been set for a referendum on adopting... Read more

Thai Update 2016—what you missed

The 2016 Thailand Update at Columbia was attended by around 50 people throughout the day, drawn by the line-up of expert speakers discussing different aspects of Thailand's politics, society and economy. Read more


Irony in Malaysia

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad became internationally known in 1997 when he blamed Wall Street and Jewish bankers for deliberately causing the Southeast Asian Financial Crisis. He viewed every drop in the Malaysian stock market and value of the Ringgit as a global conspiracy. He stridently denounced foreign intervention and meddling in Malaysia’s domestic affairs... Read more

Trawler Confrontation: A Pivotal Juncture in Indonesia’s South China Sea Policy?

A mid-March incident in which two armed Chinese coastguard ships forced an Indonesian patrol boat to release a Chinese fishing trawler it was towing to land after catching it fishing illegally within its Natuna Island EEZ may turn out to be a pivotal juncture in Indonesia’s policy toward the South China Sea issue.   Read more

Indonesian Literature in the Margins

With support from the Lontar Foundation and the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been publishing a series on Indonesian Literature in the Margins. Read more