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  • Please visit our October 2014 newsletter to view recent CSEAS news and photos!

  • Peter Swift receives Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award
         Peter Swift, a PhD student in the UW-Madison Geography Department, has received the 2013-14 Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in Social Studies. The award is made each year by UW-Madison's Social Studies Divisional Committee to recognize outstanding research by a PhD student in the social sciences. Peter's award was for his article, "Changing ethnic identities among the Kuy in Cambodia: Assimilation, reassertion and the making of Indigenous identity," in Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 54, No. 3, December 2013, pp 296-308.

  • Ambassador of Thailand chairs seminarOn February 8-9, 2013, Dr. Chaiyong Satjipanon, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States of America, chaired a seminar titled “Development and Promotion of Thai Language Studies in the United States” at the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Chicago. The seminar, jointly organized by the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Chicago, was attended by lecturers from 11 universities in the United States which offer Thai language courses.  Professors Katherine Bowie and Robert Bickner attended, along with Dr. Patcharin Peaysantiwong, SEASSI Thai Language Coordinator, and Kannikar Elbow, Lecturer in Thai at UW-Madison, representing the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During the seminar, participants had an extensive exchange of views and experiences on standard of Thai language, as foreign language, and encouraging Thai studies through Thai language teaching.

  • Prof. Alfred W. McCoy, Dept. of History, has received the Hilldale Award for Arts & Humanities for 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
         He also received the 2012 Wilbur Cross Medal, awarded annually by the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association to "a small number of outstanding alumnni" to recognize "distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service."

  • Prof. Ellen Rafferty, Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia, has received the "Ambassador Special Award for Education" from His Excellency, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia's Ambassador to the United States.
         The award was presented to Prof. Rafferty "in recognition of your important academic achievements and for your continued efforts in effectively promoting a deepening and growing interest among scholars and university students to study the rich and diverse cultures of Indonesia." Prof. Rafferty is first author of the three-volume Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia: A Grammar Practice Text and the two-volume Ayo Berbahasa Indonesia: An Oral Proficiency Text forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press, 2012. She developed the interactive website Warung Sinema, that offers multimedia, listening comprehension lessons based on clips from popular Indonesian films. Currently, she is developing a second interactive website, Ayo Membaca, that offers multimedia, reading lessons based on texts selected from the mass media.

  • Dr. Judith L. Ladinsky Receives 2011 "Peacemaker of the Year" Award
         On Saturday afternoon, October 8th in the Pyle Center Dr. Judith Ladinsky received the 2011 "Peacemaker of the Year" Award from the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. In a ceremony beginning at 2:30 PM, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice honored Judy "for her long-time work with health care in Vietnam."

  • Professor Alfred W. McCoy receives the 2011 George McT. Kahin Prize for his book "Policing America's Empire:  The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State"
         The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is pleased to announce that the Association for Asian Studies has awarded the George McT. Kahin Prize this year to Professor Alfred W. McCoy for his book "Policing America's Empire:  The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State"
         The Association for Asian Studies awards the Kahin Prize only every other year to recognize distinguished scholarly work on Southeast Asia beyond the author's first book--making this the most prestigious award in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Since the award is open to all disciplines and all country specializations, the selection committee received over seventy submissions, all for books written by established and senior scholars.
         In its award, the Association for asian Studies said that:  "Policing America's Empire is a passionate, elegantly written book that owes its mastery to McCoy's narrative and analytical gifts, his years of painstaking research and his sure sense of the ominous global implications of his story."
         The book is available from the UW Press: http://uwpress.wisc.edu/newperspectives_se_asian_studies.htm

  • Vina Lanzona Wins Major Hawai'i Book Award for Historical Writing
         Professor Vina Lanzona (PhD, History, UW-Madison, 2000), associate professor of history at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, was 2011 recipient (for 2008-2010) of the Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize for "the best history book written by a resident of Hawai'i." The winning book, published by the University of Wisconsin Press (2009), was based on Dr. Lanzona's doctoral dissertation in history at UW-Madison and is titled: Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines. Among other praise for her work, the judges for the award had the following to say about the book: "For its masterful methodology and its meaningful recovery of the past in the form of a readable monograph, the Hawaii Chapters of Phi Alpha Theta take great pride in presenting the Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize to Vina Lanzona." We join the history faculty at the University of Hawai'i in sending our congratulations to Vina!
          The book is available from the UW Press: http://uwpress.wisc.edu/newperspectives_se_asian_studies.htm

  • Telling Our Stories:  A youth creative writing and mentorship program
         The Telling Our Stories Project is a youth creative writing and mentorship program. High school youths are invited to participate in six writing workshops during Spring 2010 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Teachers are experienced writers and mentors.
         Many Southeast Asian American youths, and many youths in general, grow up not fully knowing about their parents' or grandparents' forced departure from their home countries of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. For many, the journey towards uncovering their unique family history can help enrich their sense of place in the world and enhance their tools to critically construct their own version of history and events.
         This project is intended to mentor youths in discussing and writing about their parents' history and how they came to Madison, Wisconsin. This can include sharing daily challenges and rewards they experienced growing up, and creating a space for youths to share their future aspirations and goals. Stories, poetry, photographs and sound clips will emerge from the writing workshops facilitated by campus graduate students and community educators, culminating in a public awards ceremony and multimedia website launch in May 2010.

  • Hmong Studies Consortium launched
         With generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, the UW-Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Univ. of Minnesota Consortium for the Study of the Asias have established a Hmong Studies Consortium. The UW-UM Hmong Studies Consortium intends to establish a major collaborative program that will serve all of the United States Ė one that will develop faculty expertise, offer new courses, encourage and sponsor research, and systematically collect and preserve resources related to the study of the Hmong. Primary attention will be directed to the study of the Hmong in Southeast Asia, with a secondary interest in Hmong resettlement in the United States.
         The Univ. of Minnesota already has two tenure-track faculty members focusing on Hmong Studies and UW presently has none, so the Luce Foundation grant is providing seed money to establish a tenure-track faculty position in Hmong Studies at UW-Madison beginning Fall 2010. The Univ. of Minnesota is using money from the grant to fund a post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Leena Her. Both universities will be offering graduate assistantships in Hmong Studies in upcoming academic years.

  • In Our Image Website
          The UW-Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies recently received at 2-year, $200,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the creation of a website to make publicly accessible a very large number of materials related to the 1980ís production of the PBS mini-series, The US and the Philippines: In Our Image. The project is meant to be a resource both for educators and researchers. The website, which is scheduled to go online in Summer 2011, will present not only clips from the mini-series, but a myriad of source materials that were used in making the film, including archival sources, hundreds of still photographs, and audio clips and video clips (with transcripts) of interviews with key figures involved in the international relationship between the two nations. The videos include, for example, two interviews with President Corazon Aquino; President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda; Admiral William Crowe, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, on the American decision to displace President Marcos; Richard Holbrooke, Assistant Secretary of State on removing Pres. Marcos; and George Shultz, Secretary of State, on the process in Washington, DC. The goal of the website will be to provide information and background on the whole range of issues and relationships between the U.S. and the Philippines over the 20th century.

  • SEALANG Library Grant
         Dr. Robert Bickner, Prof. of Thai Language and Literature in UW-Madisonís Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia, and collaborator Doug Cooper of the Center for Research in Computational Linguistics (CRCL), lead a research project, the Southeast Asian Languages Library, which just received a second four-year grant. Primary funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Educationís Technical Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program, with matching funds from CRCL and UW-Madison. The SEALANG Library is an ambitious, technically innovative plan to create essential digital resources for all national and substantial minority Southeast Asian languages. The first four-year project created online, searchable dictionaries, searchable bodies of texts, and other online resources for Burmese, Karen, Khmer, Lao, Mon, Shan, Thai, and Vietnamese. The second four-year project will further extend these resources, and also add new facilities for 17 other languages, including Acehnese, Balinese, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Indonesian, Javanese, Maguindanao, Malay, Mien, Tagalog, Tetum, Wa, and Waray. These resources will include a mixture of monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, text and parallel bitext corpora, facilities for library search, interoperability standards for sharing data, and a variety of software tools. The resources are expected to have a broad impact on the field of Southeast Asian Studies, by supporting:
    • access to on-line and library resources in the eleven Southeast Asian countries,
      pedagogy and new teaching, study, and translation tools for Southeast Asian languages,
      scholarly inquiry in linguistics, history, lexicography, and Southeast Asian Studies,
      scientific research in computational linguistics and cross-language information retrieval, and
      language reference often unavailable to 5.3 million Americans of Southeast Asian heritage.

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