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  • SEASSI Lecture Series: Kong P. Pha
    15:00-16:00
    2017-07-05

    Rethinking Equality: Legibility, Belonging, and the Politics of Marriage in Minnesota

    Presented by Kong P. Pha, PhD Candidate in American Studies, University of Minnesota.

    Abstract: In 2012, a ballot initiative was enacted in Minnesota in order to determine whether or not residents wanted to define marriage as being a union between one man and one woman. Opponents and proponents both established gigantic campaigns on their respective sides. Minnesotans United for All Families was the organization established to defeat this ballot imitative. I was involved in the efforts to defeat of the ballot imitative with several other queer and allied activists, organizers, and community members. Through my ethnographic and activist participation, I examine the efforts of queer Hmong American youths in defeating this ballot imitative. In doing so, I show how queer Hmong American youths are remaking the very notions of queerness, gender, and sexuality in relation to Hmong American social and political belonging at the dawn of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S.

    This lecture is free and open to the public.

     

     

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  • SEASSI Film Series: 6ixtynin9
    18:00-20:00
    2017-07-06

    Pen-Ek Ratanaruang directs this gritty thriller about crime, gangsters, and the will to survive in the wake of the 1997 Asia economic meltdown. After losing her job at a Bangkok bank, Tum wakes up one morning to find a box stuffed with cash on her doorstep. When the two hapless gangsters who had misdelivered the box come back to reclaim it, Tum finds herself with a pair of dead criminals in her apartment and a lot of explaining to do — especially to her nosy neighbor, Pen.

    The film screening will be followed by a discussion and is free and open to the public.

     

     

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  • SEASSI Film Series: The Scent of Green Papaya
    18:00-20:00
    2017-07-11

    In this Vietnamese drama, a young peasant girl named Mui is hired to work for a well-to-do family in Saigon. Although the household’s fortunes change for the worse, Mui stays with them as a servant and grows infatuated with one of their friends, the handsome Khuyen. Years later, Mui is employed by Khuyen, who has become a renowned pianist. Although Khuyen has a girlfriend, he gradually begins to realize his own strong connection with Mui.

    The film screening will be followed by a discussion and is free and open to the public. 

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  • SEASSI Film Series: Arisan! (The Gathering)
    18:00-20:00
    2017-07-13

    Sakti is a handsome young architect living in Jakarta with his nagging mother. He is so deep in the closet that even he has not figured out he likes men. But those around him begin to suspect something is up when Sakti meets Nino, a good looking TV producer. Nia Dinata directs this satirical comedy about friendship, homosexuality, adultery, the shallowness of the nouveau riche – but most of all, about our ability to accept each other no matter the circumstances.

    The film screening will be followed by a discussion and is free and open to the public.

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  • SEASSI Film Series: One Evening After the War
    18:00-20:00
    2017-07-18

    In the early ’90s, Cambodian soldiers return to civilian life in Phnom Penh. Living with his uncle, kickboxer Savannah begins a romance with 19-year-old bar girl Srey Poeuv, who is trapped by her debts to the bar’s owner. Savannah makes the mistake of teaming up with an ex-soldier pal for a crime that he hopes will raise money to clear Srey’s debt.

    The film screening will be followed by a discussion and is free and open to the public.

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  • SEASSI Lecture Series: Dr. Margaret Bodemer
    15:00-16:30
    2017-07-19

    “Centering Southeast Asian Perspectives in the Teaching of Southeast Asia: A Methodology”

    Presented by Dr. Margaret Bodemer, Lecturer in History and Asian Studies at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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    Asia, and particularly Southeast Asia, seem to occupy a unique position in the imagination of most Americans today.  On the one hand for the Vietnam War generation there is war and suffering; for the younger generations there are contradictory notions of white-sand beaches and tourist destinations.  Of course both of these “gazes” obscure local socio-cultural, historical and political complexities.  Beyond American perspectives and remembrances of Asia and Southeast Asia, how have inhabitants of those places understood and viewed their own pasts, cultures and politics?  What about Southeast Asians abroad, including what many scholars have called a diaspora, and the next generations of those refugees and immigrants?  What acts of memory and identity are meaningful for them? In this talk, I illustrate how autobiographical, first-hand narrative accounts can be effectively used to understand these complex and multifaceted realities, both in a classroom setting and for research.  I argue that Southeast Asian experiences should be repositioned as central to our explorations of this fascinating region and beyond; in order to de-Orientalize our own gazes and to create a more inclusive understanding of the past, present and future.

    Bio:

    Dr. Bodemer teaches classes on The Vietnam War, Modern East Asia, Modern Southeast Asia and Multicultural America in the History Department and the Asian Studies minor at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. An interdisciplinary scholar, she has also taught Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. After earning a B.A. in International Studies (Southeast Asia) and History at the University of Washington, she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Studying Vietnamese since 1998, she also attended SEASSI in 2006. Her Fulbright-Hays sponsored research project explored the history of museums and anthropology in Viet Nam from 1945 on. Other projects have explored popular religion and propaganda posters. She has traveled and conducted research in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan and has served on the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Studies Group since 2011.

    This lecture is free and open to the public.

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  • SEASSI Film Series: Mystic Ball
    18:00-20:00
    2017-07-20

    Mystic Ball follows filmmaker Greg Hamilton deep into the culture of Chinlone, the traditional sport of Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Chinlone encompasses elements of sport, dance and meditation. Primarily non-competitive but certainly as strenuous as any competitive ball sport, Chinlone does not focus on losing or winning, but on how beautifully one plays the game. Greg documents his own journey with the pasttime, from amateur to respected player, as he explores the many differences between Chinlone and North American sports.

    The film screening will be followed by a discussion and is free and open to the public.

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  • WISLI Student Conference
    All day
    2017-07-22

    Time TBA. Featuring keynote lecture by Dr. Christi-Anne Castro, Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, and Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan.

    This conference is free and open to the public.

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