Ma-Yi Theatre Presents: Felix Starro, a New Musical by Jessica Hagedorn
Aug
23
to Sep 15

Ma-Yi Theatre Presents: Felix Starro, a New Musical by Jessica Hagedorn

FELIX STARRO, a new musical by Jessica Hagedorn in collaboration with composer Fabian Obispo and director Ralph Peña of Ma-Yi Theater, is based on Lysley Tenorio’s haunting short story of the same title.

Felix Starro is a famous faith healer in the Philippines, whose clients included celebrities and big politicians. After falling on hard times, Felix decides to go to San Francisco with his young grandson to set-up shop for ailing Filipinos in the Bay Area- to earn just enough money to go home and retire comfortably. Unbeknownst to Felix, his grandson Junior has plans of his own to leave his grandfather and take his chances as an undocumented immigrant. What happens to them is a story about faith, immigration, and the unique Filipino experience in America.

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Indonesian Film Festival NY 2019
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Indonesian Film Festival NY 2019

At the School for Visual Arts Theater in New York City, the Indonesian Film Forum will present their 3rd annual festival. With support from the Indonesian Consulate in New York, the festival aims to present some of the best of contemporary Indonesian cinema, presenting short films, documentaries, and feature length narratives.

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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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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.

The event is free and open to all. Click here for more information.

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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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

  • 420 West 118th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (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 workshop aims to gather evidence into the operations and impact of digital disinformation in the context of recent Asian elections. The conference approaches Asia as a site in which disinformation in various digital and analog forms have not only deep local histories but also radical acceleration and innovation the likes of which have little to no precedent in advanced liberal democracies in the West. Many Asian countries lead in both scale and intensity of technological adoption and use while serving as “laboratories” for testing and experimentation by Big Tech firms, with minimal oversight and accountability to the potentially grave consequences of algorithmic tweaks, the dispersed labor of content moderation, and new platform rollouts. Thus we seek to develop a framework that examines the social and political ramifications of this process beyond the region.

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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

  • Roon 203, Luce Hall, Yale University (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. Ngoei 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. By the 1970s, Southeast Asia’s anticommunist nationalists had established, with U.S. support, a geostrategic arc of states that contained Vietnam and China.

About the speaker: Wen-Qing Ngoei is assistant professor of history at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He completed his PhD at Northwestern University and, before joining NTU, did postdoctoral stints at Northwestern and Yale University. Ngoei’s book, Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2019), argues that British decolonization intertwined with Southeast Asian anticommunism to shape U.S. policy in the wider region. He has published in Diplomatic History (2017) and his prize-winning essay on the domino theory appears in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (2014).

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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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Indonesia’s Religions and Their Contested Narratives
Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

Indonesia’s Religions and Their Contested Narratives

  • The Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072) (map)
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This presentation examines the contested place of religion in political and local narratives in Indonesia. At times, state and regional policies appear to legalize discrimination towards some religious communities. These policies, however, are often at odds with local traditions and more modern efforts aimed maintaining religious pluralism. Based on fieldwork in Java, Sulawesi and Maluku, this presentation argues that local efforts aimed at promoting religious pluralism, both on the ground and online, function as a reservoir of inter-faith understanding that supports national government efforts to maintain peace between religious communities.

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Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection

This exhibition (running now through August 4) features a selection of the finest artworks from the renowned Asia Society Museum Collection. Included are Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics; Indian and Cambodian Hindu sculptures; and sculptures from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas that show imagery associated with the transmission of Buddhism across the region.

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Cambodian Agonistes: Musical Reading at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Cambodian Agonistes: Musical Reading at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

One night only at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre: Cambodian Agonistes is an epic musical theatre production that includes original songs ranging from operatic lyricism to beat café jazz, and a classical Cambodian dream ballet. The play celebrates the Cambodian people’s resilience to survive after the civil war in the 70s.

Limited seating is available. Please RSVP to info@panasianrep.org 

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New York Asian Film Festival Screening: The Pool
Jul
14
3:15 PM15:15

New York Asian Film Festival Screening: The Pool

18th New York Asian Film Festival Presents: The Pool

A nap on a rubber raft in a twenty foot deep swimming pool turns into a nightmare for a young couple after an unfortunate series of events puts their lives in danger. Filled with dark humor, nail biting thrills and seething with emotional turbulence, writer-director Ping Lumpraploeng’s film turns a seemingly mundane situation into an existential obstacle course as the protagonists face the greatest challenge of their lives. With a surprising element of suspense and metaphoric resonance, The Pool brings a fresh new style of thriller to Thailand.

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New York Asian Film Festival Screening: Ma
Jul
7
9:15 PM21:15

New York Asian Film Festival Screening: Ma

  • Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center (map)
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The 18th New York Asian Film Festival Presents: Ma

Two tragic stories of motherhood converge in a phantasmagorically macabre tale of loss, sacrifice and evil. After his mother dies suddenly, Samuel goes into a mysterious cave that claims to grant wishes and asks for his mother’s life back. The cave wants something in exchange. Meanwhile, a childhood friend of Samuel’s mother returns to town pregnant, reeling from her fiancé’s suicide. She has what the cave wants so Samuel enlists his little brother and sister in a sinister plan to take it at any cost. Director Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s chilling feature debut proves he was born to make horror films.

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Klenengan: a singular experience of Javanese music
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Klenengan: a singular experience of Javanese music

  • The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (map)
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Back by popular demand! Gamelan Kusuma Laras and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia present "Klenengan: a singular experience of Javanese music," on June 29 from 5PM to 11PM. We invite you to join us for our second ever Klenengan, building on last year's tremendously successful inaugural event.

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Craft Talk & Reading: Very Peak Summer Solstice with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Craft Talk & Reading: Very Peak Summer Solstice with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen

Join us for a very special event this summer solstice. Presented by ISSUE Project Room 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Benedict Nguyenvery peak summer solstice (vpss) features performer and performance maker Fana Fraser, poet Jasmine Gibson, dancer and choreographer Annie Heath, and poet Sokunthary Svay. This is their second program in soft bodies in hard places, a platform of trans-disciplinary events circling planetary events over 2019.

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Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6)
Jun
13
to Jun 15

Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6)

  • Cornell University Ithaca, New York United States of America (map)
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This year's three-day conference has a total of 18 panels, with topics on all aspects of Lao Studies. In addition to panel speakers, we are honored to have an art exhibition, entitled "Between Two Worlds: Through the Eyes of the Lao Artist" by Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith, an artist from the Lao royal court, who will be showcasing his work on stencilling and gold thread embroidery along with a Lao America artist, Chantala Kommanivanh, who will be showcasing a more contemporary piece. In addition, our keynote speakers come from Laos, Mr. Anasay Keodara, a filmmaker, and Ms. Khamly Philvong, an actress from "Sabaidee Luanphrabang," who will be discussing issues of filmmaking in Laos along with Dr. Steve Arounsack, a Lao American professor of Anthropology.

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FX Harsono: NAMA
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

FX Harsono: NAMA

  • 529 West 20th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present NAMA, a solo exhibition of new works by FX Harsono, one of Indonesia’s most revered contemporary artists, taking place at our gallery in New York from April 25 – June 7, 2019. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, April 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; the artist will be in attendance.

For more information, click here

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Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund
May
31
12:00 AM00:00

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

The mission of the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) is to promote research on, and awareness of, Southeast Asia. Toward that end, NYSEAN has established the Partners Fund to foster collaboration among academics, artists, policymakers and other professionals working on contemporary Southeast Asia. To promote such cooperation, the NYSEAN Partners Fund is issuing a call for proposals aimed at funding conferences, small workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, art installations or performances that address historical or contemporary issues in Southeast Asia and/or U.S.-Southeast Asia relations.

Proposals should be submitted to coordinator@nysean.org by May 31, 2019.

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Aliens of Manila: New York Colony
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Aliens of Manila: New York Colony

Pintô International is launching its quarterly exhibitions program on March 9, 2019 with the opening of Aliens of Manila: New York Colony, an immersive site-specific installation by artist and designer Leeroy New, curated by Pintô director Luca Parolari, that launches the organization’s new regularly programmed global exhibitions and event series. To inaugurate the program, Pintô International’s East Village headquarters will host contemporary Philippine artist, Leeroy New for a two-week artist residency starting in February 2019. During this time, New will create an immersive, site-specific installation responding to the structure of the space. The artist will engineer Aliens of Manila: New York Colony a warping, psychedelic sculpture constructed from food covers, flexible conduit, fiberglass strips, cable ties, and other materials that clings to the architecture of Pintô’s East Village loft. The sculpture will comprise materials from recycling centers, surplus shops, dollar stores, and industrial market districts local to New York. New will also present a series of wearable sculptures — an extension of his design projects in interdisciplinary design and architecture — for his ongoing Aliens of Manila project.

This exhibition will run until May 27, 2019.

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China's Political Influence on Democracies
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

China's Political Influence on Democracies

  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (map)
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China is radically expanding its strategy to wield influence in the domestic politics of other countries. This information campaign is designed partly to bolster China's power but also to undermine the space for rights and democracy in other states, and to potentially support pro-China authoritarian leaders. Carnegie Council is convening a special evening panel and reception to explore what techniques China uses to influence democratic societies and what democracies can do to respond. (Asia Dialogues Program)

This event is moderated by Devin Stewart, senior program director and senior fellow, from Carnegie Council. Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House. Isaac Stone Fish is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, and a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Josh Kurlantzick is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author, most recently, of A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.

Update: This event is now sold out. However, to access the live stream, click here.

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The Rohingya Genocide: A Panel Discussion
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Rohingya Genocide: A Panel Discussion

  • Union Theological Seminary, James Chapel, 3041 Broadway New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Please join us for an evening of presentation and discussion concerning the history and development of the Rohingya humanitarian tragedy in Myanmar and the resulting refugee crisis. The evening’s conversation will focus on the causes and conditions of the crisis along with the role that Buddhist laity and monastic communities have played in the rhetoric and violence. Led by an esteemed guest panel, this open discussion will hopefully bring a better understanding to the situation and identify compassionate ways of seeking justice and delivering relief to those who are suffering.

The panelists for the event are:

  • Khin Mai Aung, US Coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition

  • Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, Author of “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide”

  • Adem Carroll, New York and UN Program Director of the Burma Task Force

  • Ashley Aye Aye Dun, Writer and Founder of Saddha: Buddhists For Peace

To register for the event, click here.

HOSTED BY:

  • The Buddhist Action Coalition

  • Buddhist Council of New York

  • The Union Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism

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Islamist Agenda in Indonesia Beyond 2019
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Islamist Agenda in Indonesia Beyond 2019

  • The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072), 3rd Floor New York City, NY 10012 United States of America (map)
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A fragile alliance of Islamist groups known as the "212 Movement" that first emerged in 2016 has managed to sustain its mobilizing power by using Prabowo, the rival of incumbent candidate Joko Widodo, as a rallying point during the campaign leading up to the April 17 election. Now that Prabowo is the presumed loser, what will happen to the Islamists? Is a Jokowi win really a victory for pluralist democracy?

Nava Nuraniyah has been an analyst at the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) since 2015, and her research interests include the role of Islam in politics as well as the evolution of extremism in South East Asia, including the role of women. Before joining IPAC, she worked as a researcher on terrorism and radicalization in Indonesia at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.

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HOSTED BY:

  • NYSEAN

  • Race to Istana

  • Wagner's Office of International Programs

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Southeast Asian Day of Resilience
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Southeast Asian Day of Resilience

  • 2751 University Avenue NY, 10468 United States (map)
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In the spirit of April 30th, a diasporic Vietnamese day of remembrance, and April 17th, the Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day, Mekong NYC is hosting a 2-part event centered around Southeast Asian resilience and healing. The first portion of the Southeast Asian Day of Resilience is an invite-only discussion featuring Southeast Asian (Vietnamese and Cambodian) community leaders and members, with a select group of Mekong NYC's allies invited to listen to and support this discussion. The second half of the event (from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) is an open reception where Mekong and Southeast Asian artists will share our work, especially regarding how Southeast Asian people have pioneered amazing healing work for our diasporic community. We are proud to show the work of Khmer, Viet, and Lao artists: Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan, and Michelle Nguyễn Bounkousohn.

For more information, click here.

HOSTED BY:

  • Mekong NYC

  • Manhattan College

  • Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation

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Democracy at Risk in Indonesia: What the 2019 Elections Mean for the World’s Third-Largest Democracy
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Democracy at Risk in Indonesia: What the 2019 Elections Mean for the World’s Third-Largest Democracy

  • The Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room (map)
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The April 17th national election is over, but Indonesia remains polarized and vulnerable to further democratic decline. Marcus Mietzner, a leading scholar of Indonesia from the Australian National University, and Margaret Scott, a journalist who writes about Indonesia and an adjunct at NYU Wagner, will discuss the results and what they mean for the future of Indonesia’s democracy.

Speakers

Marcus Mietzner has written many books on Indonesia, and his most recent is Money, Power, and Ideology: Political Parties in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia. He has also co-written a chapter entitled "The Mobilization of Intolerance and Its Trajectories: Indonesian Muslims’ Views of Religious Minorities and Ethnic Chinese,” in the forthcoming book. Contentious Belonging: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia.

Margaret Scott writes for The New York Review of Books and is one of the founders of the New York Southeast Asia Network.

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Hosted by: 

  • NYSEAN

  • Wagner's Office of International Programs

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Helping the Wounded as Heroic Mission: Self-Organization of Humanitarian Action in Karen State, Myanmar
May
3
4:30 PM16:30

Helping the Wounded as Heroic Mission: Self-Organization of Humanitarian Action in Karen State, Myanmar

Crisis, warring, and never-ending suffering propel humanitarian organizations to the forefront of media attention. Examining the use of témoignage (witnessing) in the work of MSF, Peter Redfield notes that big NGOs now play a central role in defining secular moral truth for an international audience (Redfield 2006: 5–6). Combining medical expression, expert knowledge, public expression, and in the case of the Free Burma Rangers, mission, health organizations are able to mobilize both the most vulnerable people as well as substantial financial and moral support from a great field of followers (Redfield 2013). Moreover, the Free Burma Rangers also involve Rangers and ethnic minority villagers in witnessing and fact finding, by training them for independent human rights documentation, which will then feed the news of their website.

Through the work of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), professor Alexander Horstmann looks at how emergency healthcare is provided for the wounded ethnic minorities in Myanmar’s border zones and analyzes how humanitarian health organizations shape new landscapes for humanitarian assistance and mobilization.

Alexander Horstmann is an Associate Professor in Anthropology of Southeast Asia,at the School of Humanities at Tallinn University. His teaching includes Current Anthropology courses, Applied Anthropology “LIFE” project courses, AsianPolitics and Society courses, and PhD courses in Cultural Studies.

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HOSTED BY:

  • Cornell Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

  • Cornell Southeast Asia Program

  • Cornell East Asia Program

  • Cornell Department of Anthropology

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Threading the Contemporary: Visualizing Gender and Tradition
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Threading the Contemporary: Visualizing Gender and Tradition

Join Boon Hui Tan, Asia Society Museum Director & Vice President of Global Arts and Cultural Programs; Livia Straus, Founder of Hudson Valley MOCA; and Malaysian artist Anne Samat for a discussion on the role of gender and traditional art-making practices in Samat’s work.

Anne Samat (b. 1973, Malaysia. Lives and works in Kuala Lumpur) creates elaborate totems that merge the traditional and the contemporary through her innovative practice of weaving with everyday household objects. The artist received a BA in Art and Design from the Mara University of Technology. She has been included in international group exhibitions at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2019); Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2018); Yokohama Triennale (2017); and the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2015). Samat is currently an artist-in-residence at Hudson Valley MOCA.

Livia Selmanowitz Straus is co-founder and Board President of Hudson Valley MOCA, formerly known as Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Straus is an educator who has lectured widely on art and spirituality. She is currently Professor Emeritus of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at The Academy for Jewish Religion and was formerly Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fordham University among other prestigious positions. Straus has served on the boards of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York and the Hebrew Union College Museum in Manhattan as well as participated in various capacities at other art institutions.

Hosted by: 

  • Asia Society

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Australia Festival: Attractor
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Australia Festival: Attractor

Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne’s choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Lucy Guerin Inc and Dancenorth to create Attractor. Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering a trance through dance and music as a powerful, secular, present-day ritual. Dancers are propelled into wild abandonment and ecstatic release, creating a visceral experience for the audience, as unrehearsed volunteers join the company on stage, to dissolve the demarcations between professionals and amateurs.

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Indonesia’s Elections: The World’s Third Largest Democracy Votes
May
1
8:00 AM08:00

Indonesia’s Elections: The World’s Third Largest Democracy Votes

On April 17th, Indonesia will choose between incumbent Joko Widodo (widely known as Jokowi) and challenger Prabowo Subianto for the presidency. Simultaneously, Indonesian voters will choose representatives to its national and regional Parliaments. Jokowi’s victory in the last election was accompanied by optimism for change and prosperity — he is the first president to not have come from the military or the political elite. President Jokowi has successfully jump-started massive national infrastructure projects with tangible results, and a national health insurance plan. Yet, critics will point to his handling of the economy, human rights, and religious intolerance. On foreign policy, Jokowi has taken a more assertive position on Indonesia’s maritime borders — specifically involving the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea — and expressed his desire for Indonesia to shape the Indo-Pacific region as a maritime country.

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Cameron Hume, Chairman of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee, the Hon. Mari Pangetsu, former Minister of Trade of Indonesia, and Dr. Robert Hefner, Professor of Global Affairs and Anthropology at Boston University, on the results of the election, and what the future holds for the country, its economy, and the Indo-Pacific region.

For more information, click here.

Hosted by: 

  • Asia Society

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Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy & the ASEAN and Chinese Responses
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy & the ASEAN and Chinese Responses

The Trump administration has articulated a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ strategy as the new modus operandi for the United States's policy on Asia, but is it a useful organizing concept? Please join Dr. Amy Searight, Senior Advisor and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for a discussion of the Trump administration’s ‘free and open Indo-Pacific” and the Southeast Asian response. Dr. Andrew Nathan will provide a Chinese view of the ‘free and open Indo-Pacific” strategy in promises to be a stimulating discussion of an important topic. Acting as the moderator for the event will be Dr. Ann Marie Murphy of Seton Hall University. 

Hosted by: 

  • NYSEAN

  • Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

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Last Night I Saw You Smiling - Yub Menh Bong Keunh Oun Nho Nhim
Apr
28
4:30 PM16:30

Last Night I Saw You Smiling - Yub Menh Bong Keunh Oun Nho Nhim

  • Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (map)
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Q&A with Kavich Neang

Once a thriving artist community and cultural hub, Phnom Penh’s historic White Building has been sold to Japanese condo developers, displacing nearly 500 families. Born and raised in the building, filmmaker Kavich Neang returns to interview friends, neighbors, and family as they prepare to uproot, stirring up the dust and memories that have accumulated in the building’s walls. As longtime residents somberly reflect on their old home and its imminent destruction, summoning memories of Cambodia’s post-independence golden age and of similar evictions during the Khmer Rouge, Neang captures the serene light and music its storied hallways one last time.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Herstories and Healing: A Khmer Culinary and Literary Workshop
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Herstories and Healing: A Khmer Culinary and Literary Workshop

In celebration of the new year - the Cambodian New Year in the month of April - the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association presents "Herstories and Healing: A Khmer Culinary and Literary Workshop Poetry and Khmer Food In Memory of Mak's Kitchen." 

This hybrid writing and culinary workshop will take its cue from the flavors and healing herstory of Khmer cuisine. Taking into account the sensations on our tongue, we will also play and reimagine traditional flavors while adapting to the contemporary diasporic experience. Come share, eat, and write with us as we bring in the Cambodian New Year.

POET SOKUNTHARY SVAY

Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is currently poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), the recent recipient of the American Opera Projects' Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19, and the 2018 Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House. Her publication credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and TimeFLESH, Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Perigee, and The Margins. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, is available from Willow Books. She is currently a doctoral student in English at the The Graduate CenterCUNY.

CHEF CHAKRIYA UN of KREUNG CAMBODIA

To visit her Instagram page, click here.  

It is necessary to RSVP for this event with a $10 admission fee. 

For more information and to register for this event, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Cambodian American Literary Arts Association

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The Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese People: Then and Now
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

The Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese People: Then and Now

The night starts out in the AACC at 5 pm with a dinner and discussion with Vietnamese poet and novelist Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, author of the widely acclaimed 2003 novel 'The Gangster We Are All Looking For.' The event will feature a performance and reading from Ms. Thúy and then a moderated discussion on her experiences as a Vietnamese writer and engaging with Vietnamese identity and the traumas of war in her work. Afterward, from 7-8pm, ViSA will have a reception for its 'Fall of Saigon' exhibit in the AACC Exhibition Room. The exhibit will feature photography, interview excerpts on personal interpretations of what it means to be Vietnamese, family stories relating to the war, and a project on media representations of Vietnamese refugees. 

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Vietnamese Students' Association

  • Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies

  • Yale Center for Race & Indigeneity and Transnational Migration

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Stunted Development, Labor Politics and Low-Value Added GPNs
Apr
26
3:00 PM15:00

Stunted Development, Labor Politics and Low-Value Added GPNs

Recent scholarship on labour and development in the global South has renewed critiques of conventional development theory along two main lines. The first has highlighted the unsuccessful transition of peasant small-holders into wage workers, whose incomes and employment benefits, it was once argued, would both satisfy their social reproduction needs and allow for expanded consumption. As a consequence of this apparently ‘stalled transition’ a contradiction has emerged between the valorization of wage labour/full employment, and the precarious reality of work and underemployment in contemporary capitalism. The second critique to emerge has focused on the failure of numerous late industrializing economies to transition from low- to high-value-added manufacturing. This latter failure of the development project exposes the contradiction between the promise and the reality of contemporary development strategies, and has led to disillusionment with industrial and other forms of waged work. As a result, growing frictions at the point of production and beyond have emerged, exposing tensions and fissures in development models across Continental Southeast Asia. What happens, we thus need to ask, when low-value-added export-oriented factories that are central to long-term strategies for economic growth at a sub-regional level, fail to serve as a stepping stone to higher-value-added manufacturing? How do states and workers adapt to and address the apparent lock-in of low-value, precarious, production network at the national and sub-regional scale? This presentation, led by speaker Professor Dennis Arnold of the University of Amsterdam, seeks to address these questions through analysis of the multiple power relations between state, capital and labor in Cambodia’s garment production network.

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Hosted by: 

  • Cornell Department of Development Sociology

  • Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations

  • Cornell Southeast Asia Program

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Indigenous Rights Defenders Under Attack: Challenges and Responses
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Indigenous Rights Defenders Under Attack: Challenges and Responses

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Human Rights Defenders and Indigenous Peoples are increasingly under attack worldwide. This convergence of threats was recognized by a report last year from the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples. That report highlighted how intensified competition over natural resources -- led by private companies and at times with government complicity -- has placed indigenous communities seeking to protect their traditional lands at the forefront as targets of persecution.

This panel features perspectives from the Americas, Asia, and Africa on the nature of these threats against indigenous rights defenders and the responses these organizations and their allies are taking to ensure the security of indigenous rights defenders and advancing efforts to defend the lands, resources, and rights of indigenous communities.

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

Panelists:

Antenor Vaz, a former senior official at FUNAI, the federal agency responsible for Brazil's indigenous peoples, and an author of a recent report on the situation of voluntary isolated tribes in the Amazon.

Nidia Becerra, has been elected leader of the Inga three times. Nidia works with the Yunguillo, a reserve in the department of Putumayo, in the Colombian Amazon, to achieve the protection of its territory. Under her leadership, she has quintupled the amount of formally protected traditional Inga land. She also coordinates Land is Life’s Indigenous-Led Grantmaking initiative throughout the Amazon.

Daniel Kobei, Founder and Executive Director of Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program, a Kenyan-based NGO working to secure human and land rights of the indigenous Ogiek community and other Indigenous Peoples across Kenya and Africa.

Aisah Czarriane Mariano is Deputy Secretary General of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance, a federation of peoples organizations in the Cordillera region of the Philippines.

Relmu Ñanku is a Mapuche leader from Argentina.

Moderator: John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

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Hosted by: 

  • NYSEAN

  • Wagner's Office of International Programs

  • Land is Life

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