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 email@example.com by May 31, 2019.
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
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The Buddhist Action Coalition
Buddhist Council of New York
The Union Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism
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.
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Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
Thailand has made great strides in education, achieving near 100% primary enrollment and a 98% youth literacy rate. Yet one third of ethnic minority teens are still illiterate in Thai, despite 6-8 years of schooling. The problem is most acute in the Deep South, among Patani Malay speaking youth. The Deep South is also the scene of a long-standing insurgency, pitting Patani Malay Muslim separatists against the Thai Buddhist state. Since 2004, over 7000 have died, including 180 teachers—some killed in front of their students—as the insurgency views the Thai education system as a threat to Islam and the Patani Malay language/culture.Since 2006, linguists from Mahidol University have cooperated with UNICEF Thailand and the Patani Malay community to pioneer mother tongue based multilingual education for children in grades K-6. The results have been overwhelmingly positive; the program received both the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Award and the 2017 UNESCO Wenhui Award for Innovation in the Professional Development of Teachers (honorable commendation). This lecture will examine the structure of the programme, detail student and community assessment methods employed, and discuss the implications for education and peace building in Thailand and beyond. Full copies of UNICEF Thailand’s just-published project documentation (175 pages) will be available free of charge in limited quantities.
Kirk R. Person, Ph.D. (University of Texas, Arlington) came to Thailand in 1988 as a volunteer English teacher—and stayed! He works with SIL International, an NGO focused on minority language issues. He has conducted linguistic fieldwork in Thailand, Myanmar, and China (PRC), taught graduate linguistics courses at several Thai universities, represented SIL International to the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (hosted by UNESCO-Bangkok), served on the Royal Institute of Thailand’s National Language Policy Drafting Committee, and contributed to the British Academy’s language policy recommendations for Myanmar.
Hosted by Columbia University Teacher’s College.
Since spring of 2003, the faculty and students of the Yale Southeast Asia Language Studies Programs have organized and hosted an annual “Cultural Festival,” featuring displays and performances of regional arts, crafts, music, and dance, along with a buffet dinner of Southeast Asian cuisine. The festival evenings have been open to the University and the public, and each year have attracted enthusiastic crowds of Yale students, faculty, and community participants.
Past festivals have featured Yale student and local community groups presenting songs, dances, fashion shows, photograph collections, and traditional crafts from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia, and the Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo has provided small and large group performances. Festivals have also occasionally featured guest performers such as the Nguyen Dinh Nghia Family Ensemble playing traditional Vietnamese instruments, the Gamelan Dharma Swara and Balinese Dance Troupe from the Indonesian Consulate in New York, and the Amnaj Jatuprayoon Dance Troupe of NYC performing the Ramakien Thai Ramayana.
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Hosted by Council on Southeast Asian Studies.
Spend your World Toilet Day listening to professionals in the sanitation space talk about urban toilets from both a domestic and international lens. You will have the opportunity to sit down with sanitation experts and discuss their work and outlook on urban sanitation - from access and human rights to urban planning and finance. Speakers will come from city government, international NGOs, academia, and multilateral agencies.
Similar to speed dating, you will have the opportunity to change tables every 10-15 minutes, allowing you to speak personally to multiple panelists and gain a deeper understanding of the global sanitation challenges in urban settings.
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Hosted by NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association, NYU Stern's Social Impact and Sustainability Association, and FLUSH LLC.
LaoNow 2018 is this year’s premiere national Laotian American community gathering, featuring inspiring designers, filmmakers, storytellers, and chefs. This all-day event will bring together 350 community members to connect and celebrate our community’s shared heritage and our creative evolution, while supporting a brighter future for the next generation in Laos.
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Hosted by Legacies of War.
Jason Wee is an artist and a writer working between contemporary art, architecture, poetry and photography. His art practice contends with sources of singular authority in favour of polyphony and difference. He transforms these histories and spaces into various visual and written materials. He founded and runs Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library and residency in Singapore and Berlin. He is an editor for Softblow poetry journal, and the author of the essay chapbook My Suit and the poetry collection The Monsters Between Us (Math Paper Press).
Jason will read from We Contain Multitudes (Singapore: Epigram Books), which he co-edited. The anthology celebrates 12 years of the Anglophone poetry journal Softblow, and includes poems by Singaporeans such as Boey Kim Cheng, Christine Chia, Tania De Rozario, Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi, Ng Yi-Sheng, and Arthur Yap; and international voices such as Sherman Alexie, Ingrid de Kok, Kristine Ong Muslim, Mariko Nagai, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Simon Perchik, Marge Piercy, Jeet Thayil, and Ocean Vuong. Jason will also read from his forthcoming book An Epic of Durable Departures (Math Paper Press).
Loo Zihan is an artist from Singapore working at the intersections of critical theory, performance, and the moving-image. His work emphasises the malleability of memory through various representational strategies that include performance re-enactments, essay films and data visualisation. His research includes the erotiohistoriographical potential of archives and queer bondage. His performances have been presented at the Singapore International Festival of Arts and the Brisbane Festival. He was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2015.
Zihan will speak about his installation "Queer Objects: an archive for the future." To assemble a hypothetical Singaporean queer archive, Zihan reached out to artists, theatre companies, queer-friendly faith groups, civil society organisations and personal friends. During the collection process, he encouraged the inclusion of objects that each contributor associated with their journey of queer identification. The final selection of 81 objects showcased the spectrum of queer experiences.
After their presentations, Jason and Zihan will engage in a conversation about "Queer Objects" and other queer stuff about Singapore. There is a very short open mike before their talks. RSVP Jee at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions. Let him know what dish you'd like to bring for the potluck and whether you'd like to read for the open mike.
Hosted by Singapore Unbound.
Jack Yeager, from Lousiana State University (Baton Rouge), speaks on 'Metissage and "Queer" Spaes of Interrogation in Marguerite Duras, Kim Lefevre and Linda Le.'
Leslie Barnes, from Australian National University, speaks on 'Market Demands, Migratory Flows: Married Women in Colonial Vietnam and the Diaspora.'
Nora Annesley Taylor, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, speaks on 'The Document as Event: Vietnamese Artists' Engagements with History.'
This event is sponsored by the Department of French and the Program in Comparative LIterature in the Rutgers School of Arts and Science.
Hosted by Rutger’s University.
Singapore Unbound Fellowship winner Nur Sabrina binte Dzulkifli and Singapore-based playwright Joel Tan join award-winning author Gina Apostol and publisher Jee Leong Koh to read from Alfian Sa'at's MALAY SKETCHES, and speak about why these stories about the Malay Muslim community in Singapore matter. Reception with Singapore food follows.
Hosted by Singapore Unbound.
The corrupt are clever and adaptable. Thus, anticorruption efforts must continuously adjust in order to ensure that efficiency and integrity in government is maintained. Two investigative bodies, New York City’s Department of Investigations (DOI) and Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), embody both the innovation and persistence necessary to serve as watchdogs for their respective communities. Singapore is internationally recognized as a country with zero-tolerance for corruption and Singapore’s CPIB is a global success story in state-level efforts to fight corruption. Similarly, DOI has a reputation of using innovative approaches that lead to high-profile arrests and the proactive monitoring of corruption vulnerabilities. DOI is uniquely positioned to oversee all city agencies and employees, including the NYPD, expanding the responsibility of the agency to address corruption and systemic failures at all levels of city government.This event will highlight the success of the anticorruption agencies of two of the world's leading cities: Singapore and New York. Welcoming both CPIB and DOI to Columbia University will serve as an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices. What can both institutions teach the world about corruption control?Join us in welcoming Director Hong Kuan Wong of Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and Commissioner Mark Peters of New York City’s Department of Investigation. They will then be joined by for a panel discussion with Jennifer H. Arlen, the Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law at New York University, and Xiaobo Lü, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. The panel will be moderated by Paul Lagunes, Assistant Professor at the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University. Opening remarks will be done by Ester R. Fuchs, Director of the Urban and Social Policy Concentration, Columbia University SIPA.
Hosted by SIPA Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG), Urban and Social Policy (USP) Concentration, Economic and Political Development (EPD) Concentration, and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
Prof. Jorge López Cortina, of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, will discuss the Cham Heritage Extension Program, a literacy project that ran between 2011 and 2017 and saw the first formal attempts to produce literacy materials for the Western Cham language and train instructors as advocates of Cham literacy to the wider community.
Initially envisioned as a small literacy project for a few villages, the program produced six textbooks and language guides, trained more than thirty Cham teachers, and served over 2,400 students. Most importantly, the program has expanded the scope of use of the written Cham language, producing not only textbooks, but children books, books of poetry, and a monthly general interest publication, Mukva, the first ever Cham language periodical. The program also established the Cham Language Advisory Committee, a body that watches over all these initiatives in order to ensure that the process of normalization of the Cham language is steered by the Cham community.
The Cham are a Muslim minority in Cambodia, an overwhelmingly Buddhist country. The Cham language belongs to the Austronesian family, which includes Tagalog, Malay and Hawai’ian, and is unrelated to Khmer, the majority language in Cambodia. Cham is the first Austronesian language documented, with texts going as far back as the 4th century CE. In spite of the rich history and literature of the Cham language, Cham literacy has been in decline for centuries, as Vietnam gained influence in the region and finally annexed the remains of the kingdom of Champa in 1832.
Prof. Jorge López Cortina is currently the director of the Spanish Program at Seton Hall University. Besides his involvement in Cham literacy projects, he has authored several texbooks in Spanish and coauthored the Khmer textbook used by the Peace Corps in Cambodia.
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Hosted by Seton Hall University
Owners of the Map, a study of Bangkok through an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers, advances an analysis of space and power that is of interest to both social research and design. In 2010, thousands of Red Shirts protesters took over the commercial center of Bangkok to demand democratic elections and an end to inequality. Key to this mobilization were motorcycle taxi drivers, who slowed down, filtered, and severed mobility in the area, claiming a prominent role in national politics and ownership over the city and challenging state hegemony. Claudio Sopranzetti will speak at this event, with Duncan McCargo moderating.
Hosted by NYSEAN and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.