Boedi Widjaja: "Declaration of"
Sep
11
to Nov 7

Boedi Widjaja: "Declaration of"

Helwaser Gallery is pleased to present Declaration of, the first solo presentation in New York of works by artist Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975, Java, Indonesia). The exhibition presents recent and latest works from the artist’s Imaginary Homeland series (2015–ongoing) encompassing drawings, photography, and installation. For this exhibition, Widjaja focuses on press photographs taken during the Cold War of Indonesia’s founding figures, Sukarno and Suharto. Having left Indonesia at a young age, the artist’s perception of his former country is constructed mostly through images, and the imagined. Widjaja’s works re-examine these images, connecting them with ideas of embodiment, gaze and memory. 

The show is running from September 11th-November 7th, beginning with an opening reception on September 11th from 6-8PM.

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Film Screening: Wandering Souls
Oct
19
9:00 PM21:00

Film Screening: Wandering Souls

  • American Museum of Natural History (map)
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Can art create a sense of closure for a wounded nation? Forty years after the brutal Khmer Rouge reign and Cambodian genocide, an international group of artists creates a production of film and Bangsokol music to properly mourn those who died. The production is threatened by clashing egos and a limited budget, but the stakes are too high to let the project fail.

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Demonstration: Cambodian Dance - Sophiline Arts Ensemble (First Performance)
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Demonstration: Cambodian Dance - Sophiline Arts Ensemble (First Performance)

  • Level B1 Lobby, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (map)
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Learn about classical and contemporary dances from Cambodia, their role in Buddhism, and their connections to Cambodian art on view in the Sackler. Members of the Sophiline Arts Ensemble in Phnom Penh demonstrate dances, with discussion facilitated by Emma Stein, Curatorial Fellow for Southeast Asian Art. These performances are presented in conjunction with Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Lead Sponsor: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

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 The Rohingya: Statelessness, Refugeehood and a 'Subhuman' Life
Oct
21
12:15 PM12:15

The Rohingya: Statelessness, Refugeehood and a 'Subhuman' Life

Considering the intensity of atrocity committed by the state forces in Myanmar, Rohingyas have been dealt with as if they are not human beings. Now, they are ‘struggling for existence’ in Bangladesh having an obscured past, critical present and an uncertain future. The Rohingyas belong to no state as Myanmar stripped of their citizenship four decades ago and Bangladesh does not recognize them even as refugees.

In this talk, Nasir Uddin, a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh, will present the current states of Rohingya in the Borderland of Bangladesh and Myanmar within the broader spectrum of statelessness, refugeehood and “subhuman life”.  

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Properties and Powers of the Matriarch: an Arab-Malay 'Great House' in Singapore in the 20th CENTURY
Oct
21
5:30 PM17:30

Properties and Powers of the Matriarch: an Arab-Malay 'Great House' in Singapore in the 20th CENTURY

  • Richard Ettinghausen Library at the Kevorkian Center (map)
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Research Workshop with Michael Gilsenan and Discussant Mandana E. Limbert

This draft chapter is from a book on capital and kin in the Hadhrami Arab diaspora (roughly 1880-1980). It focuses on a 'great house' in Singapore and the woman who is represented as an extra-ordinary figure of originary powers. Sharifa Alwiya (1868-1968), from a major trading family, the AlJunied, is always known by her Malay honorific, Mak Tok. A woman of wealth and considerable property holdings, she is represented in repertoires of active memory as originating patterns of cuisine, medicine, a family habitus, and complex social practices through her unique powers. This emphasis on Mak Tok opens up avenues of exploration and rethinking of the forms and practices of kinship, genealogy, property and culture in the Hadhrami diaspora that diverge from dominant historical and anthropological perspectives.

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From the Crates to the Archives: Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

From the Crates to the Archives: Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia

  • NYPL for the Performing Arts, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (Third Floor) (map)
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Join us for a talk and listening session with Nate Hun (Cambodian Vintage Music Archive) and David Novak (University of California Santa Barbara) focused on rare vinyl, cassettes, and digital files from Southeast Asia. 

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Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia
Oct
23
12:00 PM12:00

Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia

  • Luce Hall, Yale University, Room 203 (map)
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The Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University’s Brown Bag Seminar Series presents “Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia.”

Major studies of American foreign relations treat U.S. failures in Vietnam as the end of both a short-lived American empire and western imperialism in Southeast Asia. Wen-Qing Ngoei, assistant professor of History at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, argues that Vietnam was an exception to the region’s overall pro-U.S. trajectory after 1945, that British neocolonialism and Southeast Asian anticommunism melded with preexisting local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from formal colonialism to U.S. hegemony.

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ISG 2019 Lemkin Award and Lecture
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

ISG 2019 Lemkin Award and Lecture

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Room 1008 (map)
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The biennial Lemkin Award honors Raphael Lemkin, the originator of the term "genocide" and exponent of the UN Genocide Convention. The award recognizes the best non-fiction work focusing on genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross human rights violations, and on strategies of prevention. This year's award recipient is Professor Geoffrey Robinson, Department of History at UCLA, for "The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66."

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For Whom are Southeast Asian Studies?
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

For Whom are Southeast Asian Studies?

  • Physical Sciences Building, Cornell University, Room 120 (map)
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Which audiences, publics, and peoples do Southeast Asianists address and serve? The question of “audience(s)”—real and imagined, intended and unintended—is arguably central to (re)conceptualizing the rationale, scope, efficacy, and limits of Southeast Asian Studies. It has an important bearing on what kind of topics are chosen for study, what and how personal and institutional networks and intellectual exchanges are mobilized, which dialogues and collaborations are initiated, what language(s) one writes in, where one publishes or works, which arenas one intervenes in, and how the region is imagined and realized.

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Xieng Mieng: A Trickster from Southeast Asia
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Xieng Mieng: A Trickster from Southeast Asia

In Laos and Northern Thailand, Xieng Mieng is a very popular trickster character that represents the common man’s ability to lay low the mighty. In this new production, artists Caroline and Suzanne Borderies (puppeteers), Mirna Lekic (pianist), and David McCorkle (narrator) retell some adventures of the notorious trickster with shadow puppetry and live music.

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Living in a Time of Madness: Last Days of Java's Last Prophetic Poet
Nov
6
12:00 PM12:00

Living in a Time of Madness: Last Days of Java's Last Prophetic Poet

  • Room 203, Luce Hall, Yale University (map)
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Shortly before his death in December 1873, the renowned Javanese court poet R. Ng. Ronggawarsita composed a short work of social criticism and Islamic ethics that is among the most celebrated of Javanese literary texts. Serat Kalatidha (The Time of Darkness) reflects upon the avenues that remain open to the ethical subject in what Ronggawarsita calls the “time of madness,” the time of darkness and error that marked his dismal present in high colonial Java. Most celebrated as a prophecy, the poem is, in part, a critical reworking of an early nineteenth-century prophetic reflection on the Javanese past.

This by Professor Nancy Florida explores the troubled context in which the author wrote this twelve-stanza (108-line) poem and how its text forms both a critical commentary on the state of the poet’s current-day society and a pensive reflection on the ethical imperatives of Islam.

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Film Screening: The Kingmaker (First Showtime)
Nov
6
8:45 PM20:45

Film Screening: The Kingmaker (First Showtime)

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of VersaillesGeneration Wealth) continues her exploration of extreme wealth with the most political work of her career. Filmed over five years, this portrait of Imelda Marcos chronicles her efforts to exert control in the Philippines through support for President Rodrigo Duterte and the candidacy of her son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Greenfield includes the voices of political dissidents who give damning testimony against the Marcos family. Courtesy of Showtime Documentary Films.

Expected to Attend: Director Lauren Greenfield

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Top Down or Bottom Up? Politics and Society in Thailand and Indonesia
Nov
7
2:30 PM14:30

Top Down or Bottom Up? Politics and Society in Thailand and Indonesia

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University, Room 918 (map)
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This panel discussion will look at the broad question of whether changes in society are happening as a result of political manipulation from the top; or because of substantive changes within culture, values and beliefs.

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Film Screening: The Kingmaker (Second Showtime)
Nov
7
3:30 PM15:30

Film Screening: The Kingmaker (Second Showtime)

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of VersaillesGeneration Wealth) continues her exploration of extreme wealth with the most political work of her career. Filmed over five years, this portrait of Imelda Marcos chronicles her efforts to exert control in the Philippines through support for President Rodrigo Duterte and the candidacy of her son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Greenfield includes the voices of political dissidents who give damning testimony against the Marcos family. Courtesy of Showtime Documentary Films.

Expected to Attend: Director Lauren Greenfield

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Book Launch: Malaya by Cinelle Barnes
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: Malaya by Cinelle Barnes

From Cinelle Barnes, author of the memoir Monsoon Mansion, comes a moving and reflective essay collection about finding freedom in America.

Lyrical, emotionally driven, and told through stories both lived and overheard, Cinelle’s intensely personal, yet universal, exploration of race, class, and identity redefines what it means to be a woman—and an American—in a divided country.

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Religious and Cultural Drivers and Responses to Political Dynamics in Southeast Asia
Nov
8
8:30 AM08:30

Religious and Cultural Drivers and Responses to Political Dynamics in Southeast Asia

How and what role are religious communities and leaders playing in civic life in Southeast Asia today? Politics in Southeast Asia is in a dramatic state of flux. Populist and anti-democratic rule has taken hold in the Philippines, there is continued military rule in Thailand, louder and more forceful activism from conservative Muslim groups is taking place in Indonesia, and leaders are using Islam for political purposes, and we see victory for opposition parties in Malaysia. These are just some of the political dynamics in today's Southeast Asia.

Join us for a full day of presentations, a film screening of The Venerable W. Scholoars, and presentations by activists on their work addressing a range of topics and questions.

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Short List Shorts Film Screening: The Nightcrawlers + Lost and Found
Nov
8
3:00 PM15:00

Short List Shorts Film Screening: The Nightcrawlers + Lost and Found

  • Cinepolis Chelsea 260 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10011 (map)
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LOST AND FOUND: Kamal Hussein is a Rohingya refugee who has dedicated his life to reuniting children who have been separated from their parents during the campaign of ethnic cleansing and violence perpetrated by the Myanmar military, which has driven more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes.

THE NIGHTCRAWLERS: A revealing look at the terrible human cost of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, following a group of fearless photojournalists known as the Manila Nightcrawlers on their mission to expose the truth. 

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Film Screening: On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship
Nov
9
9:00 PM21:00

Film Screening: On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship

US PREMIERE: In 2016, 50 years of military rule in Myanmar ended when power was transferred to former political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. While her ascendancy represented a victory for democracy, she came under fire after military involvement in the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Archival footage and candid interview access to Aung San Suu Kyi and other key players in the government provide a wide-ranging look into the troubling complications and compromises of a regime change decades in the making.

Expected to attend: Director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen

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 Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (First Showtime)
Nov
13
7:35 PM19:35

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (First Showtime)

WORLD PREMIERE: After the patriotic themes of her first hit song launch her to stardom in Vietnam, Mai Khoi’s personal and artistic growth places her and those around her in jeopardy. A shift from pop star to activist sees Khoi run for office, advocate for women’s rights and sit down with President Barack Obama. Her aspirations to release an album with her new band, The Dissidents, are challenged by looming retaliation by the authoritarian Vietnamese regime, leading the young activist to take drastic measures.

Expected to Attend: Director Joe Piscatella, producer Mark Rinehart, Matthew Torne, executive producer Andrew Duncan, editor Matthew Sultan, subject Mai Khoi

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Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (Second Showtime)
Nov
14
3:20 PM15:20

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (Second Showtime)

WORLD PREMIERE: After the patriotic themes of her first hit song launch her to stardom in Vietnam, Mai Khoi’s personal and artistic growth places her and those around her in jeopardy. A shift from pop star to activist sees Khoi run for office, advocate for women’s rights and sit down with President Barack Obama. Her aspirations to release an album with her new band, The Dissidents, are challenged by looming retaliation by the authoritarian Vietnamese regime, leading the young activist to take drastic measures.

Expected to Attend: Director Joe Piscatella, producer Mark Rinehart, Matthew Torne, executive producer Andrew Duncan, editor Matthew Sultan, subject Mai Khoi

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Labor, Politics, and Democracy in Indonesia: Unions, Parties and Elections in the Last Decade
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Labor, Politics, and Democracy in Indonesia: Unions, Parties and Elections in the Last Decade

  • Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072), The Puck Building (map)
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Indonesia’s political parties have made little attempt to define themselves by a commitment to particular policies, and have faced little sustained pressure from outside to do so. An important exception to this generalization is the organized labor movement. Drawing on case studies from five union-dense locations, this talk by Professor Michele Ford will examine unions’ engagement in the 2009, 2014 and 2019 electoral cycles, which we argue has been tremendously significant for Indonesia’s emerging democracy.

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Being Gay in the KDP: Politics in a Filipino American Revolutionary Organization (1973 to 1986)
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Being Gay in the KDP: Politics in a Filipino American Revolutionary Organization (1973 to 1986)

  • Asian American / Asian Research Institute (map)
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Prof. Karen B. Hanna (Connecticut College) will discuss her research, featured in CUNY FORUM Volume 6:1, into the KDP (Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino) organization, from 1973 to 1986, and the exploration and views of sexuality during that era by its members. The KDP was arguably the most militant anti-imperialist national organization in the Filipina/o American community during the 1970s, fighting for civil rights and antiwar movements in the United States and democracy and national liberation in the Philippines and beyond.

What was it like to be LGBT in the KDP? How did LGBT members navigate homophobia and heteropatriarchy in the Third World Left, racism in the gay liberation movement, and the emerging AIDS crisis? Through original oral histories conducted with KDP members from 2015-2018, Hanna offers a glimpse of how activists negotiated and expressed emerging sexual identities while maintaining revolutionary political commitments in the KDP.

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Migrating Shadows: CU Music
Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

Migrating Shadows: CU Music

Two Indonesian artists, one from Bali and one from Java, come together to create Migrating Shadows, a multimedia production centered around wayang, Indonesian shadow puppet theater. Gusti Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar) and Darsono Hadiraharjo (SEAP Visiting Critic) are joined by Christopher J. Miller, Kevin Ernste, and graduate student composers from Cornell's Department of Music. They will also present a program of excerpts from traditional wayang.

The event is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.

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Armed Forces, State, and Society in Southeast Asia: Identity, Authority, Legitimacy, Legacy
Dec
6
10:00 AM10:00

Armed Forces, State, and Society in Southeast Asia: Identity, Authority, Legitimacy, Legacy

In Southeast Asia today, there exists a range of arrangements along a spectrum. Some countries (such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines) operate, at least nominally, under a regime of objective control. In others, the military operates explicitly (Vietnam and Lao PDR) or implicitly (Cambodia) as a tool of the ruling political party. Indonesia is a former military dictatorship that has reformed its armed forces; Myanmar operates what might be called a transitional model.   Thailand has only recently emerged after five years of military rule, and the possibility of a return cannot be ruled out.  

This one-day conference, consisting of panel presentations and a roundtable, will explore the following key questions:

  1. What is the relationship between the military and the identity of the nation, people, or elites?

  2. What is the relationship between the military and political authority? 

  3. How does the military impact structures of legitimacy?

  4. What are the key principles, myths, or events that have helped shape the relationship between the military and the country?  Is that expected to change or remain the same in the future?

Professor Dr. Aurel Croissant (Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg) will deliver a keynote address.  

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Film: "Folklore: Pob"
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Film: "Folklore: Pob"

  • Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art (map)
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HBO Asia’s miniseries Folklore presented tales of the supernatural from six Asian countries, based on each region’s traditional legends. One standout was Thailand’s entry, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaurang (Last Life in the UniverseHeadshot), who visited the Freer for a retrospective in 2014. Ratanaurang takes on the myth of the pob, a ghost known for devouring human intestines. When an American corporate executive is found murdered, a photojournalist covers the story, only to find himself meeting the pob who committed the crime and now wants to tell its side of the story. Shot in rich black and white tones, this film mixes horror and humor with a touch of politics. One of the the pob’s beefs, it turns out, is that the arrogant American refused to believe in ghosts.

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IF WE WERE XYZ (Second Performance)
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

IF WE WERE XYZ (Second Performance)

Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo premieres a durational performance work IF WE WERE XYZ at Asia Society. In this new work, she explores dreams—both in the sense of the subconscious experiences we have while sleeping and the conscious aspirations we have when awake. Drawing upon Javanese mysticism, traditional beliefs, the artist’s own dreams documented in a self-devised sleep laboratory, and other sources, Suryodarmo’s intensive research process leads to a visceral and immediate three-hour performance.

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Join Live: Union Activists Organizing and Fighting Repression in Asia
Oct
17
9:00 PM21:00

Join Live: Union Activists Organizing and Fighting Repression in Asia

The International Labor Rights Forum and Labor Notes are co-hosting a webinar, Snapshots of Organizing Across Asia, on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations. 

What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize? These are some of the questions we hope to discuss with activists from Japan, Myanmar, and the Philippines. 

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IF WE WERE XYZ (First Performance)
Oct
17
3:00 PM15:00

IF WE WERE XYZ (First Performance)

Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo premieres a durational performance work IF WE WERE XYZ at Asia Society. In this new work, she explores dreams—both in the sense of the subconscious experiences we have while sleeping and the conscious aspirations we have when awake. Drawing upon Javanese mysticism, traditional beliefs, the artist’s own dreams documented in a self-devised sleep laboratory, and other sources, Suryodarmo’s intensive research process leads to a visceral and immediate three-hour performance.

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 Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam

  • Kahin Center, Cornell University (map)
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Remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora have played an important role in  Vietnam’s post Cold War economic development, providing important inputs to a range of  household spending areas, from education to health care. In the case of Vietnam, however, remittances are also caught up with memories and traumas of war, betrayal, separation and exodus. Conceptually examining remittances as money, but also gifts, this talk by Ivan V. Small (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University) illustrates how Vietnam’s particular postwar refugee and remittance histories and channels exacerbate  inherent contradictions in the mobile flows of finance, people and goods across borders that define globalization.

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Melati Suryodarmo: Body as Container
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Melati Suryodarmo: Body as Container

One of Asia’s most important performance artists, Melati Suryodarmo, has been creating powerful, immersive performance work for nearly 25 years. In this talk, she discusses her creative journey, philosophy, and artistic practice, shaped by multiple influences from traditional Javanese meditation to Japanese butoh to her study of performance art with Marina Abramović. She will be in conversation with Asia Society’s Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Museum Director Boon Hui Tan.

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A Dialogue on Vietnam’s Economic Development
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

A Dialogue on Vietnam’s Economic Development

  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Room 404 (map)
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Vietnam Finance Society (VFS), Columbia University’s Southeast Asian Student Initiative (SEASI) and New York Southeast Asian Network (NYSEAN) are proud to bring together two leading scholars on Vietnam – Dr. Edmund Malesky of Duke University and Dr. Anh Tran of Indiana University Bloomington in an event – A dialogue on Vietnam’s Economic Development. Dr. Malesky and Dr. Tran are among a handful of U.S.-based scholars who have done extensive research and seen the ebb and flow of the Vietnam story. Join us for an open dialogue about the state of Vietnam’s economy and market, as we bridge the gap between Vietnam and the United States.

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NYAS Lecture: 21st Century Plantations and the Sustainability Fix
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

NYAS Lecture: 21st Century Plantations and the Sustainability Fix

  • Pratt Manhattan, Lecture Hall Room 213 (map)
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The New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division is hosting the Distinguished Lecturer Series this year with a new theme, Sustainable Humanity: Social, Political, and Ecological Considerations.

The first lecture of the series, 21st Century Plantations and the Sustainability Fix, features Tania Murray Li. Drawing on ethnographic research on Indonesia’s massively expanding oil palm plantations, she explores the human dimension of 21st century plantation life and explains why sustainability standards cannot fix it.

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Gamelan Çudamani - An Evening of Balinese Music and Dance
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Gamelan Çudamani - An Evening of Balinese Music and Dance

Gamelan Çudamani is a 24-member music and dance ensemble from Bali that weaves layers of intricate sound from deep bronze gongs to the delicate sounds of the flute in the Indonesian gamelan tradition. The group also performs dances such as the legong - one of the island’s most revered and demanding classical dances, historically seen only by the royal family. These talented young performers bring to life vivid tales of gods and heroes of Balinese mythology and history and explore the shifting dimensions of human emotion, nature, the spirit world, and the cosmos.

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Demonstration: Popular Music from Java - Keroncong
Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

Demonstration: Popular Music from Java - Keroncong

  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Level B1 Lobby) (map)
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Indonesian guest artists Danis Sugiyanto on violin and vocalist Endah Laras join the American keroncong band Rumput to demonstrate and discuss the traditional string band music of Indonesia and its connection to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century.

These performances are part of “Performing Indonesia” and are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia.

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The Foley Artist Book Launch: a Reading & Pinoy Party
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Foley Artist Book Launch: a Reading & Pinoy Party

Join us for a raucous reading & celebration of Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s debut collection of stories, The Foley Artist. Co-sponsored by Gaudy Boy and Kundiman.

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a writer, educator, and activist. He has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a board member of Kundiman, a national literary organization dedicated to Asian American literature. Ricco lives in Los Angeles and The Foley Artist is his first book.

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Colloquium on Global Hồ Chí Minh
Oct
4
9:30 AM09:30

Colloquium on Global Hồ Chí Minh

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University, Room 918 (map)
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Held on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Hồ Chí Minh, this international colloquium will interrogate Hồ’s role in the formation of modern Vietnam and explore the country’s position in world affairs in the 20th Century. Participants will share their new multi-lingual and multi-archival research and past works on the life, career, and legacy of Hồ Chí Minh. This colloquium also serves to announce a new partnership between Columbia University and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi.

This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute 70th Anniversary event.

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Apiwat Ratanawaraha: Street-Smart David vs Digital Goliath: Competitive Dynamics Between the Top and Bottom of the Informal Mobility Pyramid in Bangkok
Oct
3
4:30 PM16:30

Apiwat Ratanawaraha: Street-Smart David vs Digital Goliath: Competitive Dynamics Between the Top and Bottom of the Informal Mobility Pyramid in Bangkok

  • West Sibley Hall, Room 115, Cornell University (map)
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Motorcycle taxis are everywhere in Bangkok, serving millions of trips a day throughout the city. Rent-seeking activities and informal governance at the street level have allowed the operators and the "influential people" to capture monopoly rents from the relatively captive market for a long while now. Things have changed since global ride-hailing firms started to provide comparable, if not more convenient, services a few years ago, luring away their passengers and chipping away their market power and income. In this talk, Ratanawaraha uses the concepts of economic rent and competitive dynamics to explain the competition and contention between the two groups of informal operators and to discuss policy options.

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Disinformation and Elections In East And Southeast Asia: Digital Futures And Fragile Democracies
Oct
3
to Oct 4

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

  • School of Journalism, Columbia University (map)
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A recent series of elections in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and indeed across Asia has highlighted the salience of digital media in political campaigns and insidious modes of electoral manipulation. This two-day event aims for interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to thinking through issues of disinformation that draw from areas of sociology, politics, media and communication studies, journalism studies, critical legal studies, information science, and anthropology.

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Democratic Reversal in Cambodia: Counter-Movement and Shifting Dependency
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

Democratic Reversal in Cambodia: Counter-Movement and Shifting Dependency

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University, Room 918 (map)
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In 2017, the Cambodian government dismantled the Cambodian National Rescue Party, clamped down on civil liberties and organized elections in 2018 without the presence of a credible opposition party. The presentation examines the reasons underlying the government’s decision to close down democratic space.

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From Survival to Resilience: NYU's Silver Partnership in del Carmen, Siargao del Norte, Phillipines
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

From Survival to Resilience: NYU's Silver Partnership in del Carmen, Siargao del Norte, Phillipines

Alfredo Matugas Coro II, Vice Mayor & Former Mayor, Municipality of Del Carmen, will discuss the significant partnership that his rural community launched in 2012 with NYU Silver, and the role of Dr. Robert L. Hawkins and social work students in critical community, economic, health, and social development.

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The George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies Presents Bilahari Kausikan on How to Think About Southeast Asia
Sep
30
4:30 PM16:30

The George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies Presents Bilahari Kausikan on How to Think About Southeast Asia

  • Henry R. Luce Hall, 101 (Auditorium), Yale University (map)
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The George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies Presents Bilahari Kausikan
Bilahari Kausikan is currently the Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. He has spent his entire career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before retiring as Ambassador-at-Large in 2018. During his 37 years in the Ministry, he served in a variety of appointments at home and abroad, including as the Second Permanent Secretary and Permanent Secretary.

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20th Anniversary Screening: "Nang Nak"
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

20th Anniversary Screening: "Nang Nak"

  • Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art (map)
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Based on a famous Thai legend that has inspired movies since the silent era (not to mention plays, TV shows, comic books and even an opera), Nang Nak is, according to some, a true story illustrating the dangers of earthly attachments. It is so deeply rooted in Thai culture that to this day a shrine to its tragic heroine still exists in Bangkok. In it, a soldier goes to war, leaving behind his pregnant wife. After nearly dying in battle, he returns home to his wife and newborn son. The problem is, he’s the only one in town who doesn’t know they are both ghosts. Set in a lush jungle village, Nonzee Nimbutr’s elegant, hauntingly beautiful adaptation is the most acclaimed cinematic expression of this heartbreaking tale.

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Visual Culture Colloquium - Bliss Cua Lim
Sep
26
4:30 PM16:30

Visual Culture Colloquium - Bliss Cua Lim

  • Goldwin Smith Hall, History of Art Gallery (map)
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The contours of Philippine cinema’s archival crises are alarming: of over 350 films produced before the outbreak of World War II, only five Filipino films from the American colonial period survive. The dupe negative of the last surviving Filipino film on nitrate, Ibong Adarna (Vicente Salumbides and Manuel Conde, 1941), was destroyed shortly after its 2005 restoration.

Drawing on postcolonial historiography, archival theory, and the on-the-ground realities of the Philippines’ decentralized audiovisual archive advocacy, this talk by Bliss Cua Lim examines three issues that emerge as keywords for the crises of moving image preservation in the Philippines.

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Thailand: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
Sep
25
12:45 PM12:45

Thailand: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Asia Society is delighted to host His Excellency Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, for an address and discussion with Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society. The discussion will be on Thailand's perspective on the evolving international landscape -- with special attention to Asia -- and Thailand's role as Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year.

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Philippines: Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.
Sep
24
4:45 PM16:45

Philippines: Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.

Asia Society is delighted to host His Excellency Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, for an address and discussion with the Hon. Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. The discussion will be on the country’s relations with China, and the situation in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea.

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The Global Asia Friday Colloquium
Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

The Global Asia Friday Colloquium

The New York Center for Global Asia’s Fall 2019 Friday Colloquium Series is a venue for discussing Global Asia research in a wide range of disciplines. It is also a graduate course in History open to students in any discipline in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.

On September 20, the Colloquium will feature Phillip Bowring, a journalist, and Zoe Griffiths from Baruch CUNY.

Phillip Bowring is a journalist based in Asia since 1973 and previously in Sydney, Africa and London. He has variously been correspondent for the Financial Times, Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and independent columnist and consultant on regional political and economic issues. He has an MA in History  from Cambridge University where he is a Fellow Commoner of St. Catharine’s College.

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Beyond the Grass and the Elephants: Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia
Sep
19
4:00 PM16:00

Beyond the Grass and the Elephants: Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia

What is strategic thinking? Are the foreign policies of some Southeast Asian states more strategic than those of others? If so, in what way, and with what implications for US policy?

Donald K. Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Program in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also a faculty affiliate of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

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Under Threat: Thai Democracy and Human Rights Since the 2019 Elections
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

Under Threat: Thai Democracy and Human Rights Since the 2019 Elections

  • Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Lafayette Conference Room (map)
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Throughout the past five years, a small band of committed Thai civil society leaders and activists has defied military rule to mount a struggle for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Two prominent figures from these movements are traveling to Washington, DC and NYC to speak about the ongoing challenges and threats to human rights and democracy in Thailand.

 This talk will be given by Sirikan “June” Charoensiri, a lawyer with the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, received the State Department’s International Women of Courage award in 2018. Yingcheep “Pow” Atchanont is the Program Manager for iLaw, a Thai civil and political rights policy research and campaigns organization.

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Constructing an Asian Look: Beauty Ideals and Cosmetic Surgery in Malaysia
Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

Constructing an Asian Look: Beauty Ideals and Cosmetic Surgery in Malaysia

  • Room 203, Luce Hall, Yale University (map)
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The Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale’s Brown Bag Seminar Series presents “Constructing an Asian Look: Beauty Ideals and Cosmetic Surgery in Malaysia.“

About the Speaker: Alka Menon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University, where she is also a research fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Her research examines the effects of globalization and medical consumerism on physician authority and healthcare. Currently, she is working on a book project on cosmetic surgery in transnational perspective, focusing on the multiethnic cases of the U.S. and Malaysia. Her work has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Alka received her PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2018.

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Hmong Fugitive History and Refugee Epistemology
Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Hmong Fugitive History and Refugee Epistemology

  • Kahin Center, Cornell University (map)
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This talk examines the critical narratives of refugee migration and community formation from a Hmong epistemological perspective. By analyzing Hmong women’s narratives against U.S. redacted archival records that erase Hmong and Laos history during the U.S. “secret war,” the talk explores the politics of knowledge formation which has generated a historiography about the Hmong refugee as a masculinized refugee soldier and a distinct U.S. ally.

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The Voices of the Victims: The Rohingyas and their “Subhuman” Life
Sep
10
6:15 PM18:15

The Voices of the Victims: The Rohingyas and their “Subhuman” Life

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University, Room 802 (map)
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Accounts gathered by Nasir Uddin from the Rohingyas living in Ukhia and Teknaf unfold the horrible ways they were dealt with as if they were lesser than human beings what Uddin terms “subhuman” life. This talk presents the first-hand narratives of the Rohingya refugees, the voices of the victims, in the broader spectrum of statelessness, refugeehood and human rights in the world.

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The Uncounted Dead of Duterte's Drug War: Talk by Sheila Coronel
Sep
10
12:30 PM12:30

The Uncounted Dead of Duterte's Drug War: Talk by Sheila Coronel

  • Rudin Forum for Civic Dialogue (NYU Wagner, 2nd Floor) (map)
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Huge numbers of deaths have gone uncounted in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. What does that mean for due process, and for the countries that emulate him? 

Sheila Coronel is the Dean of Academic Affairs, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism and Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, at the Columbia School of Journalism. She co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and has written and edited more than a dozen books on the Philippines, freedom of information and investigative journalism.

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Producing Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia: Methodological and Empirical Reflections
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Producing Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia: Methodological and Empirical Reflections

  • International Affairs Building, Room 918, Columbia University (map)
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Why has aggregate economic expansion in Southeast Asia so often been accompanied by individual and community decline? How do we explain the persistence of poverty in the context of growing wealth? These are old questions but they have not been adequately answered, let alone resolved; they remain pertinent and vital at national and individual levels. In this talk, Professor Rigg will bring together work from across Southeast Asia to argue that illuminating this puzzle requires that we go beyond explanations rooted in the political economy of inequality and instead pay attention, first, to academic questions of methodology and academic framing and, further, to empirical issues linked of trans-local relations and emergent articulations of deprivation. He does this by connecting land reclamation in Singapore with sand mining in coastal Cambodia, livestock-raising in peri-urban Hanoi with maize cultivation in upland Houaphan, isolation in Flores with integration in Luang Prabang, and vulnerable farming in Khon Kaen with precarious industrial work in Ayutthaya. Each of these pairings opens up a different view onto the issue of the co-production of wealth and poverty across the Southeast Asian region.

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Experience Thailand 2019
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Experience Thailand 2019

Take a break for fun, flavor and friends at our annual Experience Thailand event!

We have invited fourteen of New York’s best Thai restaurants to take part of this event! Enjoy a variety of flavorful Thai food or grab a refreshing fresh coconut juice while enjoying many cultural activities and fun that we have prepared for you!

The cultural festival is free and open to the public from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. In cooperation with the Thai community in New York, the festival will simulate an atmosphere of Thailand in the multicultural city of New York.

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